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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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How to Enable AV1 Video Support on YouTube

AOMedia Video 1 (AV1) is an open, royalty-free video coding format designed for video transmissions over the Internet. It is being developed by the Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia), a consortium of firms from the semiconductor industry, video on demand providers, and web browser developers, founded in 2015. The AV1 bitstream specification includes a reference video codec.

The AV1 video codec provides advanced compression, bringing you smoother streaming in HD and data savings for more video on the go.

YouTube has published an AV1 Beta launch playlist of the first videos to receive YouTube’s AV1 transcodes. These transcodes are encoded at a very high bitrate for decoder performance testing.

Because it is new, streaming AV1 in HD requires a powerful computer, and only some videos have AV1 available at this time.

This tutorial will show you how to enable AV1 video support on YouTube for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable AV1 Video Codec Support in Google Chrome

AOMedia Video 1 (AV1) is an open, royalty-free video coding format designed for video transmissions over the Internet. It is being developed by the Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia), a consortium of firms from the semiconductor industry, video on demand providers, and web browser developers, founded in 2015. The AV1 bitstream specification includes a reference video codec.

Starting with Google Chrome 69, Google added an experimental flag to allow decoding of files with the AV1 video codec.

Support for playing AV1 videos in Google Chrome is disabled by default, but you can enable support.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable AV1 codec support to play AV1-encoded videos in Google Chrome for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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Hide or Show Scheme and WWW Subdomains of URLs in Address Bar of Google Chrome

Starting with Google Chrome 69, Google has decided to hide the scheme (ex: “HTTPS:”) and trivial subdomains (ex” “WWW” and “M”) from steady state displayed URLs in the address bar of Chrome by default.

While, you can still see the full URL address showing its scheme and subdomains when you double click on the address bar to edit the UR, it’s just not the same as seeing the full URL in the address bar by default.

Not seeing the full URL of a site in the address bar by default could be a security risk since you may actually be on a completely different site than the one you wanted.

In addition, due to bugs in this implementation, the “www” string could be stripped incorrectly and thus display an incorrect URL in the address bar.

As stated by a Chromium developer in the behavior’s bug report, the www and m (for mobile) subdomains are being classified by Google as “trivial” subdomains because they feel most people do not need to be concerned with the information they represent.

If you like, you can disable the Omnibox UI Hide Steady-State URL Scheme and Trivial Subdomains experimental flag in Google Chrome to show the scheme and subdomains for the full URL in the address bar by default again.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable showing the scheme (ex: HTTP) and trivial subdomains (ex: WWW) of URLs in the address bar of Google Chrome for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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