Google’s new “Flags” feature may be one of the most interesting features to debut for Chrome in recent memory, but being able to access ‘flags’ with relative ease is one of its major drawbacks.
The main reason, once you’re in Chrome’s flag menu, there’s no search tool. So trying to find that awesome flag you fell in love with last week may take a lot longer than expected. Instead of searching needlessly each time you want to access a flag, you can instead use the Service Pages extension to access flags in one click.
Our guide will outline how to use the Chrome extension, Service Pages.
Install Chrome Service Pages
As it is with any Chrome extension, you need to install it into your browser. To do this, visit the Chrome Web Store to download Service Pages. After opening the store, either search for “Service Pages” or go directly to its download page. Once you’re on the download page, click the blue “Add to Chrome” button.
After you click, a window will pop-up asking you to confirm the new extension, and click “Add.”
The extension is literally installed in a second or two, and right away a gear icon for Service Pages will appear in the top right corner.
Using Service Pages
To start using Service Pages, just the gear icon. When you click, a drop-down menu will appear listing the available flags and organized by their general section.
To activate a flag, just click it once and it will open in a new tab. To view plugins, for example, you can now just go to the “Services Pages” icon, then go down to “Plugins.” It will open your plugins in a new tab instantly.
The beauty of this extension is that it erases at least a couple of steps from the process of activating a service in Chrome. That can save a lot of time, and add up to several minutes by the end of the week.
Another nice thing about Chrome Flags that you will discover thanks to this extension is that you may find services you didn’t even know existed. Most of these will have the “globe” icon next to it. And some of the unique flags include one that lets you view your BLOB data, otherwise accessed via the code “chrome://blob-internals/” in your address bar.
Or by clicking “DNS,” you can view a complete overview of sites you recently visited and for how long.
Also as you use this extension, you may find some of the services won’t work, and you will get a warning message.
This is most likely because of settings currently in place on your browser, and this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. You can delete any inapplicable flags in the drop-down menu by going to “Options,” located at the bottom of the menu.
After you click Options, a list of every service with a check box next to it will open in a new tab. From here, uncheck the service(s) you’re not using and it’ll be automatically removed from the drop-down list.
Also in Options, you can change how Chrome operates in the “Context menu.” Here you can change the settings to launch apps, reload extensions, “Open this page in a new window” and more. These changes require a restart to begin working.
For anyone who loves one-click access, Service Pages is just the thing for an avid Chrome user. Chrome Flags offer great insight into so many aspects on Chrome, even if some of them require a slight learning curve. And if you’d like to try out another tool designed to let users access Chrome Flags in a pinch, check out the Symtica extension.