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How to Add and Remove Google Chrome Themes in Microsoft Edge Chromium

You can personalize Microsoft Edge with any custom theme you want from the Chrome Web Store. The theme appears around the border of the browser and as the background when you open a new tab.

When you install a Google Chrome theme from the Chrome Web Store to Microsoft Edge, it will automatically remove and replace the previously added theme.

This tutorial will show you how to add and remove Google Chrome themes from the Chrome Web Store to the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Enable or Disable Install Google Chrome Themes in Microsoft Edge Chromium

If you like, you can enable the Allow installation of external store themes experimental flag in Microsoft Edge to allow themes from external web stores like the Chrome Web Store to be installed in Microsoft Edge.

You can personalize Microsoft Edge with any custom theme you want from the Chrome Web Store. The theme appears around the border of the browser and as the background when you open a new tab.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable allowing installing Google Chrome themes from the Chrome Web Store to the Chromium based Microsoft Edge.

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How to Always Show Full URLs in Address Bar of Google Chrome

Google Chrome hides the “https://” and “www.” text in web addresses by default in the address bar until you double click in the address bar.

Starting with Google Chrome 83, you can enable the Context menu show full URLs experimental flag that adds an Always show full URLs context menu to the address bar to make it easy to toggle on and off as wanted.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable always show full URLs in the address bar of Google Chrome.

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How to Enable or Disable QR Code Generator in Google Chrome

Starting with the latest Google Chrome Developer version, you can enable the Enable sharing page via QR Code experimental flag that enables right-click UI to share the page’s URL via a generated QR Code.

You can download the QR Code and/or scan the QR code with your smartphone to share the page’s URL.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to generate a QR Code for the URL of an open page in Google Chrome.

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How to Enable or Disable Extensions Toolbar Menu in Google Chrome

You can customize Google Chrome and add features and functionality by adding extensions from the Chrome Web Store.

The Extensions Toolbar Menu experimental feature in Google Chrome allows you to enable a separate toolbar button and menu for extensions.

The Extensions toolbar menu shows a list of all installed extensions, and allows you to quickly manage them from one central location. You can pin and unpin extensions on the toolbar, remove (uninstall) extensions, change options for extensions, and more.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Extensions Toolbar Menu in Google Chrome for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Tab Groups in Google Chrome

Starting in Google Chrome 80, a new Tab Groups experimental flag has been added that allows users to organize tabs into visually distinct groups, e.g. to separate tabs associated with different tasks.

Tab Groups has only been enabled to a small group of users by default, but you can enable or disable Tab Groups if wanted.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Tab Groups in Google Chrome for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

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How to Enable Real Search Box in New Tab Page in Google Chrome

When you have Google set as your default search engine in Google Chrome, you can enable the Real search box in New Tab Page (Ctrl+N) experimental flag that enables the search box in the middle of the New Tab Page (NTP) to accept input directly (i.e. not be a “fake” box) instead of the default address bar. Search results will also show below the non-fake input (“realbox”) instead of below the address bar.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable a real search box on the New Tab page in Google Chrome.

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How to Enable or Disable Tab Freezing in Google Chrome

Starting with Google Chrome 79, a new Tab Freeze feature has been added that will automatically pause (freeze) tabs when they have been inactive in the background for 5 minutes by default until you return to the tab.

When Google Chrome freezes a tab, the web page open in the tab will no longer be active to stop its CPU usage and any actions the web page may be performing in the background until you return to the tab.

Tab freezing can help to free up CPU and RAM (memory) resources and save battery life.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Tab Freeze feature in Google Chrome for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable DNS over HTTPS (DoH) in Google Chrome

DNS over HTTPS (DoH) is a protocol for performing remote Domain Name System (DNS) resolution via the HTTPS protocol. A goal of the method is to increase user privacy and security by preventing eavesdropping and manipulation of DNS data by man-in-the-middle attacks by using the HTTPS protocol to encrypt the data between the DoH client and the DoH-based DNS resolver. Encryption by itself does not protect privacy, encryption is simply a method to obfuscate the data. As of March 2018, Google and the Mozilla Foundation started testing versions of DNS over HTTPS.

Starting with Google Chrome 78, you can enable DNS-over-HTTPS via a new Secure DNS lookups command line flag.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable DNS over HTTPS (DoH) in Google Chrome for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Tab Hover Cards and Tab Hover Card Images in Google Chrome

Starting in Google Chrome 78, tooltips for tabs has been replaced by Tab Hover Cards. Tab Hover Cards enables a popup containing tab information to be visible when hovering over a tab.

If you enable Tab Hover Card Images, a preview image of the page opened in the tab shows in Tab Hover Cards, if tab hover cards are enabled. The current tab will not show a preview image in Tab Hover Cards since it is already showing in the browser window.

If you disable Tab Hover Cards, you will see the classic tooltips for tabs instead, and Tab Hover Card Images will no longer show even if enabled.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Tab Hover Cards and Tab Hover Card Images in Google Chrome for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

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How to Hide or Show Shortcuts on New Tab Page in Google Chrome

When you open a new tab Ctrl+N in Google Chrome, you will see shortcuts of websites you visit often by default under the search box.

When you have Google set as your default search engine in Google Chrome, you can open a New Tab page Ctrl+N in Google Chrome and click/tap on the Customize button at the bottom to see the New Tab page customization menu.

Starting with Google Chrome 77, you can enable to use an updated second version of the New Tab page customization menu.

When you enable the second version of the New Tab page customization menu, it still allows you to change the Background of the New Tab page, but it adds a new Shortcuts menu that allows you to select to show My shortcuts, Most visited sites, or Hide shortcuts on the New Tab page in Google Chrome.

This tutorial will show you how to hide or show shortcuts on the New Tab page in Google Chrome.

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How to Enable or Disable New Tab Page Customization Menu version 2 in Google Chrome

When you have Google set as your default search engine in Google Chrome, you can open a New Tab page in Google Chrome and click/tap on the Customize button at the bottom to see the New Tab page customization menu.

Starting with Google Chrome 77, you can enable to use an updated second version of the New Tab page customization menu.

The second version of the New Tab page customization menu still allows you to change the Background of the New Tab page, but it adds a new Shortcuts menu that allows you to select to show My shortcuts, Most visited sites, or Hide shortcuts on the New Tab page in Google Chrome.

When you enable the second version of the New Tab page customization menu, you can also enable showing the Color and Theme menu in the New Tab page customization menu if wanted. The Color and Theme menu allows you to change the Google Chrome browser color scheme using a color you select. You can select from a number of preset colors, the default color, or a custom color.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable using the second version of the New Tab page customization menu in Google Chrome.

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How to Enable or Disable Color and Theme for New Tab Page Customize Menu in Google Chrome

When you have Google set as your default search engine in Google Chrome, you can open a New Tab page in Google Chrome and click/tap on the Customize button at the bottom to see the New Tab page customization menu.

Starting with Google Chrome 77, you can enable the Color and Theme menu to show in the New Tab page customization menu.

The Color and Theme menu allows you to change the Google Chrome browser color scheme using a color you select. You can select from a number of preset colors, the default color, or a custom color.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable showing the Color and Theme menu in the New Tab page customization menu in Google Chrome.

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How to Enable or Disable Global Media Controls in Google Chrome

Starting with Google Chrome 77, you can enable the Global Media Controls experimental flag that adds a Play button to the toolbar of Google Chrome.

Clicking on this Play button will open the Global Media Controls UI pop-up flyout that lists all your current media sessions along with Previous Play/Pause, and Next controls for each media session.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Global Media Controls feature in Google Chrome for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

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How to Create Google Chrome Incognito Mode Shortcut in Windows

If you don’t want Google Chrome to remember your activity, you can browse the web privately in Incognito mode. However, downloads and bookmarks will be saved.

When you browse privately, other people who use the device won’t see your activity.

Chrome doesn’t save your browsing history or information entered in forms. Cookies and site data are remembered while you’re browsing, but deleted when you exit Incognito mode.

Incognito mode stops Chrome from saving your browsing activity.

This tutorial will show you how to create a shortcut that will always open Google Chrome in Incognito mode in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Create Google Chrome Guest Mode Shortcut in Windows

While browsing in Guest mode in Google Chrome, you won’t see or change any other Chrome profile’s info. When you exit Guest mode, your browsing activity is deleted from the computer.

Guest mode is ideal for:

  • Letting others borrow your computer, or borrowing someone else’s computer.
  • Using a public computer, like one at a library or cafe.

This tutorial will show you how to create a shortcut that will always open Google Chrome in Guest mode in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Always Force Guest Mode in Google Chrome

While browsing in Guest mode in Google Chrome, you won’t see or change any other Chrome profile’s info. When you exit Guest mode, your browsing activity is deleted from the computer.

Guest mode is ideal for:

  • Letting others borrow your computer, or borrowing someone else’s computer.
  • Using a public computer, like one at a library or cafe.

Starting with Google Chrome 77, a new BrowserGuestModeEnforced policy has been added to Google Chrome. If this policy is set to enabled, Google Chrome will enforce guest sessions and prevents profile logins. Guest logins are Google Chrome profiles where all windows are in incognito mode.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Google Chrome to always open in and enforce Guest mode for your account or all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Open and Close Guest Mode window in Google Chrome

While browsing in Guest mode in Google Chrome, you won’t see or change any other Chrome profile’s info. When you exit Guest mode, your browsing activity is deleted from the computer.

Guest mode is ideal for:

  • Letting others borrow your computer, or borrowing someone else’s computer.
  • Using a public computer, like one at a library or cafe.

This tutorial will show you how to browse as a guest in Google Chrome by opening a Guest mode window.

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How to Enable or Disable chrome.exe Volume Control and Hardware Media Key Handling in Google Chrome

Starting in Google Chrome 75, you can enable or disable the Hardware Media Key Handling flag for using media keys on your keyboard to control the active media session.

For example, if you press the Volume Up, Volume Down, or Mute media keys on your keyboard, you will see chrome.exe media controls (Reverse, Play/Pause, Forward) next to the volume control on your desktop that you can use to control the active media session in Google Chrome.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the chrome.exe Hardware Media Key Handling and volume control feature in Google Chrome for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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