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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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How to Enable or Disable Sync in Google Chrome in Windows

To save your info to your Google Account, you would sign in to Google Chrome and turn on sync.

What happens when you sync:

  • You can see and update your synced info on all your devices, like bookmarks, history, passwords, and other settings.
  • You’ll sign in automatically to Gmail, YouTube, Search, and other Google services.
  • If you change devices (like if you lost your phone or got a new laptop), you’ll get all your info back.
  • You’ll personalize your experience in other Google products by including your Chrome history with your Web & App Activity.

Only turn on Chrome sync with devices you trust. If you’re using a public computer, use guest mode instead.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the availability to turn on or off sync in Google Chrome for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Saving Passwords in Google Chrome in Windows

By default in Google Chrome, users can turn on or off Offer to save passwords.

When turned on, Google Chrome can remember your passwords for different sites. Whenever you sign in to a website, Chrome asks if you want to save your account info for that site.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the availability to save passwords in Google Chrome for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Incognito Mode in Google Chrome 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.

Chrome won’t save the following information:

  • Your browsing history
  • Cookies and site data
  • Information entered in forms

Your activity might still be visible to:

  • Websites you visit, including the ads and resources used on those sites
  • Your employer, school, or whoever runs the network you’re using
  • Your internet service provider

 

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the availability of Incognito mode in Google Chrome for all users in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

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How to Enable Material Design UI Layout for Top of Google Chrome in Windows

Starting with Google Chrome 68, you can set a flag for an experimental feature to allow selection of a “UI layout for the brower’s top chrome” that changes the look of the tabs and address bar.

You can toggle between the following UI layouts for the top of Google Chrome:

  • Default
  • Normal – for clamshell devices
  • Hybrid (previously touch) – middle point for devices with a touch screen
  • Auto – Let Chrome decide.
  • Touchable – new unified interface for touch and convertibles (Chrome OS)
  • Refresh – Material Design refresh
  • Touchable Refresh – Touchable Material Design refresh

This tutorial will show you how to enable and change the Material Design UI layout for the top (tabs and address bar) of Google Chrome to what you want for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Changing New Tab Page Background in Google Chrome in Windows

Starting with Google Chrome 68, you can enable or disable a flag for an experimental feature to allow selection of a custom background image on the New Tab page when Google is set as the default search engine.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable being able to select a custom background image 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 Change Default Search Engine in Google Chrome in Windows

In Google Chrome, you can use the address bar (omnibox) as a search box. It automatically uses Google by default, but you can set another default search engine instead.

The search box on the New Tab page in Google Chrome will also use what you set as the default search engine.

This tutorial will show you how to set a default search engine you want to use in Google Chrome for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Tab Audio Muting in Google Chrome in Windows

In Google Chrome, you can enable or disable a flag for an experimental feature to be able to quickly mute or unmute a tab by clicking on the speaker icon (audio indicator) directly on the tab instead of having to right click on the tab and click on “Mute site” or “Unmute site”.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable being able to quickly mute and unmute a tab playing audio in Google Chrome by clicking on the speaker icon on the tab for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

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How to Enable or Disable Smooth Scrolling in Google Chrome in Windows

In Google Chrome, you can enable or disable a flag for an experimental feature to animate smoothly when scrolling page content in Google Chrome.

When you scroll a webpage using your mouse wheel, arrow keys, or touchpad, you might notice a jerky animation. The Smooth Scrolling flag will smooth out the stutter.

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

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How to Enable or Disable Fast Tab/Window Close in Google Chrome in Windows

In Google Chrome, you can enable or disable a flag for an experimental feature which affects the tab and window closing performance of Google Chrome.

When the Fast tab/window close flag is enabled, Chrome runs a tab’s onunload JavaScript handler independently of the GUI.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable fast tab and window closing in Google Chrome for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

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How to Manage Audio Focus Across Tabs in Google Chrome in Windows

In Google Chrome, you can enable or disable a flag to mute a previous tab playing audio whenever you open another tab and play audio.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable manage audio focus across tabs to mute a previous tab playing audio whenever you open another tab and play audio in Google Chrome for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

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How to Export Saved Passwords in Google Chrome

You can have Google Chrome remember your passwords for different sites. Whenever you sign in to a website, Chrome asks if you want to save your account info for that site.

If you like, you can export your saved passwords in Chrome to a .csv file to have as a backup.

This tutorial will show you how to export your saved passwords in Google Chrome to a .csv file from within Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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How to Allow or Block Website Notifications in Google Chrome in Windows

Some websites can show notifications on your computer desktop. By default, Google Chrome asks you if a site can show notifications.

You can manage settings to allow or block permissions for notifications from all sites or for a specific site.

This tutorial will show you how to change site permissions in Google Chrome to allow or block website notifications on your desktop in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

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