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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Starting in Google Chrome 78, tooltips for tabs has been replaced by Tab Hover Cards.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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How to Enable or Disable Rich Entity Search Suggestions in Google Chrome

Starting with Google Chrome 75, rich entity suggestions for search is now enabled by default.

When you perform a search in the address bar of Google Chrome when rich entity suggestions is enabled, it will display entity suggestions using images and an enhanced layout; showing more context and descriptive text about the entity.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable rich entity suggestions for Search in Google Chrome for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Enable Reader Mode to Distill page in Google Chrome

Starting with Google Chrome 75, a new Reader Mode feature is available.

When you enable Reader Mode in Google Chrome, you can use Distill page on a web page for a simplified view of the web page for easier reading. The Reader Mode feature does this by removing (distilling) all unnecessary elements (ex: ads, menus, scripts, etc…) from the web page.

If you disable Reader Mode in Google Chrome, Distill page will not be available in the “Customize and control Google Chrome” (3 dots) menu.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Reader Mode to Distill page in Google Chrome for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Extensions in Incognito Mode in Google Chrome

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

If you don’t want Google Chrome to remember your activity, you can browse the web privately in Incognito mode.

Allow in incognito is turned off (disabled) by default for extensions.

This tutorial will show you how to enable and disable allow in incognito mode for extensions in Google Chrome for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Change Theme in Google Chrome

You can personalize Google Chrome on your computer with any custom theme you want. The theme appears around the border of the browser and as the background when you open a new tab. Your Chrome themes are stored in your Google Account, so when you sign in to Chrome on any computer, you see the same theme.

This tutorial will show you how to change the theme in Google Chrome for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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