7 Chrome settings you can change to improve your browsing

  • On the Chrome settings page, you can find a wide range of options for customizing and optimizing the way Chrome works.
  • Open Chrome settings from the three-dot menu at the top right of a window or type chrome: // settings in the address bar.
  • Here are seven of the most useful ways to customize Chrome settings.

Google Chrome

is a popular web browser for many reasons. It’s cross-platform, which means there’s a version of Chrome that you can use on Mac, Windows, and your Android or iPhone. It is fast and efficient and works with a huge library of extensions that add extra functionality and capacity.

Whether you’re new to Chrome or have been using it for years, however, chances are you haven’t explored all the ways to personalize and enhance your browsing experience using Chrome’s settings.

How to open Chrome settings

There are two simple ways to access Chrome’s settings, and you can use the one that best suits your way of working.

  • In Chrome, click three-point menu at the top right of the window, then click Settings. The Chrome settings page will open in a new browser tab, preserving the page you were already on.
  • In the Chrome address bar, type chrome: // settings and press log into. The current web page will redirect to the Chrome settings page.

Launch settings in Chrome.

You can open Chrome settings from the menu or by typing in the address bar.

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Chrome settings you should consider changing

Chrome’s settings page is filled with dozens of options that can affect your browsing experience in a wide variety of ways, big and small. Here are seven of the most important settings you can change to personalize or optimize your browsing experience and protect your data.

Customize your Chrome start page

When you start Chrome, it probably opens a new blank page every time – this is the default behavior for the browser. But if you prefer, you can open a specific set of pages or reopen previous pages so you can pick up where you left off in a previous browsing session.

To check this setting, go to Chrome settings and then click On startup from the left navigation pane. In the On startup section, choose how you want your browser to start.

Change the browser color theme

Tired of the default color scheme in Chrome? You can choose your colors and even vary the Google account icon you see at the top right of the browser window.

To open Chrome settings and then click You and Google in the navigation pane. Click Personalize your Google profile. You can now choose a theme color and change your avatar.

Choice of custom Chrome colors in settings.

Using the You and Google menu, you can choose custom colors for the browser window.

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Take control of your extensions

If you install Chrome extensions from time to time, your browser may be a den of extensions that you no longer need or use. From time to time, it’s a good idea to visit the Extensions page and clean things up.

To access the extensions page, go to Chrome settings and then click Extensions in the navigation pane. Now you can turn off extensions you don’t currently need by swiping your finger blue button left or click To remove to completely uninstall the extension.

Disable notification requests

These days, it seems like every website on the internet is trying to make your browsing experience noisier by offering to send you notifications. If you find the constant barrage of notification requests annoying, you can tell Chrome to ban them.

To check notifications, go to Chrome settings and then click Privacy and security in the navigation pane. In the Privacy and security section, click Site settings. Finally, in the Permits section, click Notifications and click Don’t allow sites to send notifications. If you prefer to allow notifications, you can opt for Use quieter messages and customize the behavior of specific websites with notifications.

Checking the behavior of website notifications in Chrome.

If you don’t want websites to ask you to enable notifications, you can disable it in Settings.

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Review your passwords and security

Chrome has its own built-in security controls. Not only can you review the passwords you’ve asked Chrome to remember, but you can run a quick security check that evaluates the safety of your browsing – it’s a good idea to run it periodically.

To open Chrome settings and then click Privacy and security in the navigation pane. In the Security control section, click Check it out now to run the test and see the results.

The security check in Chrome settings.

You can find Google’s security check function in the Privacy and security section of the Chrome settings.

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After performing the security check, click Revision to the right of Passwords to view saved passwords, change passwords that may have been compromised, and manage the full set of passwords.

Take control of microphone and webcam access

The microphone and webcam pose a potential security risk, so make sure that only websites and services that really need to access these devices have this permission. You can see the full list and manage permissions in Chrome settings.

To open Chrome settings and then click Privacy and security in the navigation pane. In the Privacy and security section, click Site settings. Then in the Permits section, click Camera. Here you can allow or deny websites to use your webcam and revoke privileges for any sites you have already granted permission to. When you’re done, click Back arrow and then repeat this security check for Microphones.

Block non-essential cookies

Cookies play an important role in making the Internet comfortable and personalized for you. Many websites use cookies to store your login status so you don’t have to log in every time you visit, for example. But many so-called third-party cookies are of little or no use to you and simply allow companies to track your online activity. If you wish, you can disable these third-party cookies.

To open Chrome settings and then click Privacy and security in the navigation pane. In the Privacy and security section, click Cookies and other site data. In General Settingsclick Block third party cookies.

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