Chrome has emerged as one the most popular and widely used browsers in the world. But few people are aware of the cool experimental features that are hidden in this browser. The best part is that anyone can try their hand on these features, and tweak the browser to suit their preferences.
What are Chrome Flags?
Chrome flags are developmental and prototype features hidden in the Chrome browser. These features are not yet released to the public, but if you like to play around with the browser and its features, this is right up your alley.
Chrome flags have a long list of features, some useful and some not so much. These features are so cutting-edge that they might not even work for everybody. We’ve noticed that sometimes different computers gave out different results for the same flag. If you use them well, they can enhance your browsing experience significantly.
Since these features still in their nascent experimental stage, they are prone to disappear altogether or reappear in a different avatar. In short, keep checking back for newer features.
How do I open Chrome flags?
It is very simple.
To enable Google Chrome Flags, type in chrome://flags/ in the address bar of your Chrome browser.
Alternately, you can type in chrome://chrome-urls/ for a list of all Chrome URLs and click on Flags.
This will throw up a whole list of really cool experiments that you can add to your browser and improve your browsing experience. Enabling some of the best Chrome Flags can make your browsing experience completely different from the default browsing mode.
Remember, these are still experimental features, so don’t be disappointed if some of them don’t work for you. Chrome also warns that some of these experiments could compromise your security and privacy; they could also wipe out all your data.
With a warning right up front, Chrome warns users to take caution while having fun with these features.
If your browser starts acting up after enabling certain flags, remember that you can disable it by clicking on the reset button. Whenever you enable an experiment, you will need to reload the browser for it to take effect.
If you are feeling particularly adventurous or bored with using the same old run-of-the-mill Chrome and feel that you need something more adventurous, read on. We have listed some of the coolest Chrome Flags for you.
1. Tab Audio Muting
This is a really nifty feature that allows you to mute the audio from a tab from the tab strip itself. You can also mute multiple tabs with this feature. To enable the Tab Audio Muting UI Control feature, search for Tab Audio Muting on the Chrome Flags page.
You can also use the tag #enable-tab-audio-muting to find the feature. Simply click on enable and reload the browser to enable the feature.
It is a pretty cool feature especially when you are playing music or videos on multiple tabs. It is easy to mute the tab you are not on without having to go to the tab.
2. Smooth Scrolling
This experiment enables smooth scrolling in your browser. It improves your scrolling experience which sometimes gets sluggish when multiple tabs are open. To enable Smooth Scrolling to use the tag #smooth-scrolling. Click on enable and relaunch the browser for a smoother scrolling experience.
To enable Smooth Scrolling to use the tag #smooth-scrolling. Click on enable and relaunch the browser for a smoother scrolling experience.
3. Automatic Password Generator
This really cool feature generates passwords automatically as soon as Chrome detects that you are creating an account on a website. If you enable this Chrome Flag, Google will suggest a password every time you need one; the perfect solution especially for those websites with tricky password rules.
Use the tag #enable-password-generation to find and enable this flag.
4. Material Design
Android Material Design is quite popular and Google seems to want to bring some of Material Design’s finer elements to Chrome as well. Using the Chrome Flags for Material Design, you can get a head start and enable these features before they are launched for the public.
There are several Material Design flags available such as Material Design Bookmarks, Material Design Feedback, MD settings, MD user menu etc. You can choose what looks interesting or enable all of them.
5. Fast Tab Close
Users have complained about Chrome’s sluggishness when it comes to closing tabs when multiple tabs are open. Bid those issues goodbye with this nifty Chrome flag that closes tabs faster than before.
Use the tag #enable-fast-unload to search for enabling this flag.
6. QUIC Protocol
QUIC protocol is an experimental connection protocol that is a mixture of TCP and UDP protocols. It is a fast and secure protocol created by Google that will increase your browsing speed and data exchange speed greatly.
It is still experimental, but you can get it on Chrome by using the Chrome Flag #enable-quic. Use the drop-down menu to enable the flag.
7. Automatic Password Saving
This flag will save your passwords for you without the intervention of the password manager. Use the tag #enable-password-force-saving to enable this Chrome Flag on your browser.
8. Show Auto-fill Predictions
Auto-fill is a real lifesaver when it comes to filling forms and creating accounts online. This Chrome Flag enables a feature that shows the auto-fill predictions as placeholder text.
You can enable this using the tag #show-autofill-type-predictions.
9. Media Remoting During Cast Tab Mirroring
This is a really neat feature that will speed up casting a video from your tab to a remote device. Once this flag is enabled, the media will cast directly when you put it in full-screen mode, from the bitstream to your remote device.
Use the tag #media-remoting to find and enable using the drop-down menu.
10. Offline Auto Reload
There are two really helpful Chrome flags that automatically reload offline pages. The first one automatically reloads all tabs when the browser comes online again. Use the tag #enable-offline-auto-reload to find and enable this feature.
The second flag only reloads the page if the tab is visible. This is especially helpful if you have many tabs open. Use the tag #enable-offline-auto-reload-visible-only to enable this really cool feature.
11. Group History By Domain
If you’re the type that frequently returns to your browsing history to find pages you have visited in the past, this Chrome Flag is perfect for you. When enabled, it groups your browsing history by domain making it easier to look for recently visited pages.
Use the tag #enable-grouped-history to find and enable this feature.
12. Settings in a Window
This feature is quite simple. When enabled, it opens Chrome Settings in a window instead of the browser tab like it is now.
Search for this flag using the tag #enable-settings-window.
13. Media Router Component
This feature loads the media router component at startup and allows you to share your Chrome tabs to any Google Cast-enabled device. To enable, search for #load-media-router-component-extension and
To enable, search for #load-media-router-component-extension and choose to enable in the drop-down menu.
14. Automatic Tab Discarding
A super useful feature, this Chrome Flag discards unused tabs when the system memory is low. The discarded tabs are still visible on the tab strip, they reload when you click on them.
Use the tag #automatic-tab-discarding to find and enable this feature.
15. Single Click Auto-fill
Fill forms faster than ever before by enabling this feature on Chrome. Autofill suggestions will be presented on a single mouse click on an online form.
Use the tag #enable-single-click-autofill if you think this is a cool feature to have on your Chrome browser.
These are just 15 of the many Chrome Flags that you can try. While some features are for developers only, others are fun to try. The flags keep changing, so don’t be surprised if you don’t find the ones mentioned on this list; it only means the experiment is no longer active. Many of these flags also end up as full-blown features on Chrome.
Do take the experimental nature of these flags to heart before trying out these experiments. It might be a good idea to back up your bookmarks and data first. Try out these flags and let us know which your favorite one is.
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