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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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How to Enable or Disable New Tab Page Material Design UI in Google Chrome

Google Chrome has a new Material Design refresh UI. This new UI comes with many new changes such as round curved tabs, round edges of address bar, color changes, etc.

The new Material Design refresh UI has also been applied to the New Tab page with round edged search box and small website thumbnails with their favicons. You can also add and customize (edit) shortcuts on the New Tab page.

The new Material Design refresh UI doesn’t get applied to the New Tab page if you selected to use the Bing search engine.

If you don’t like the Material Design UI on the New Tab page in Chrome, you can set the New Tab Page Material Design UI experimental flag to disable it and restore the classic New Tab page.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the new Material Design UI on the New Tab page in Google Chrome for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Single Tab Mode in Google Chrome

In Google Chrome, you can enable or disable an experimental flag called Single-tab mode.

When enabled, active Chrome windows with only a single tab open receive a special, minimal visual treatment of having no color on the tab bar and borders making them plain white.

When disabled (default), Chrome windows with only a single tab open will show color on the tab bar and borders. In Windows 10, the Chrome tab bar and borders color will be the same accent color you selected in Windows 10 if you turned on show colors on Title bars and windows borders. Otherwise, the color will be gray by default.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable single-tab mode for a minimal visual treatment in Google Chrome for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

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How to Change New Tab Button Position in Google Chrome

When you click/tap on the New tab (+) button in Google Chrome, it opens a new tab in the browser.

By default, the New tab (+) button is shown after opened tabs on the tab bar.

Starting with Google Chrome 69, there is a new New tab button position flag for an experimental feature to control placement of the new tab button within the tabstrip (tab bar) in Google Chrome.

This tutorial will show you how to change the New tab button position on the tab bar in Google Chrome for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove Close Buttons on Inactive Tabs in Google Chrome

Google Chrome shows close X buttons on inactive tabs in non-touch mode by default.

If you disable showing close buttons on inactive tabs, you will still see the close button when you hover the pointer over an inactive tab.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove close X buttons on inactive tabs in Google Chrome for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Add or Remove Security Indicator Text for HTTPS Pages in Google Chrome

Starting with Google Chrome 69, the Secure indicator text was removed from the Chrome URL address bar for HTTPS websites, and now only shows a lock icon to indicate a HTTPS page by default.

If you like, you can set the Simplify HTTPS indicator UI flag for an experimental feature to add the Security indicator text back to the Chrome URL address bar for HTTPS pages.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Security indicator text on the URL address bar for HTTPS pages in Google Chrome for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Allow or Block Sites to Play Sound in Google Chrome in Windows

While browsing websites in Google Chrome, it can be annoying when a site automatically plays sound.

While you can manually mute and unmute sites per tab as needed, you can also set to allow or block sites to play sound by default in Google Chrome.

If you set to mute sites that play sound by default, sites will be blocked from playing sound until you either unmute a site or add a site to the Allow list as an exception. When you manually unmute a site, it will automatically be added to the Allow list. When you manually mute a site, it will automatically be removed from the Allow list.

If you set to allow sites to play sound by default, sites will be allowed to play sound until you either mute a site or add a site to the Mute list as an exception. When you manually mute a site, it will automatically be added to the Mute list. When you manually unmute a site, it will automatically be removed from the Mute list.

This tutorial will show you how to allow (unmute) or block (mute) sites to play sound in Google Chrome for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Native Notifications for Google Chrome in Windows 10

Starting with Google Chrome 68, you can set a flag for an experimental feature to enable or disable support for native notifications from Google Chrome in Windows 10.

If enabled, Google Chrome notifications will use the same styling as Windows 10 notifications and will also show up in the Action Center.

Google is doing a staged rollout of the new native notifications feature, so not everyone will not have this feature enabled by default yet.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable native notifications in Google Chrome for your account in Windows 10.

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