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Monday, October 30, 2017

Crome Setting to Improve Your Browser

Change Font to Your Preferred Size

Everyone’s eyesight is different. The Internet is largely about reading text, and you want a clear, legible experience. Chrome has a setting that lets you set how big the font on any web page will look, so that you’ll always be able to read it without straining your eyes.
Go to Menu > Settings > Accessibility, where you will find this Text scaling option:

As the instructions say, just drag the slider around so that the text is how big you want it to be. Chrome will now apply this setting across all sites, making their text bigger so it’s right for your eyes. 

Enable Zoom Anywhere

Many mobile sites disable the ability to zoom in, especially on images. It can be a little annoying at times. If you can do it on the desktop, why not on mobile? Well, one hidden setting enables this too.

Go to Menu > Settings > Accessibility and check the box next to Force Enable Zoom.
Now you can magnify whatever page you are viewing, whether it inherently supports that or not. As with all smartphones, use the simple pinching gesture with two fingers to zoom in and out.

Speed Up Chrome, Reduce Data

One of the many ways to reduce data usage on Android is through Chrome’s built-in Data Saver tech. What many don’t know, though, is that this feature also makes Internet browsing faster.
Go to Menu > Settings > Data Saver and turn the switch on.

This technology basically puts a Google server between the site you are accessing and your Android device. So the site sends its data to the Google server where Google crunches it down and then sends it to your phone. It’s all instant and actually faster.
You see, Google’s data compression makes smart choices like converting all images into the WebP file format that is lighter than others. It also minimizes resources the page needs, like Javascript or CSS, and eliminates some bad coding to make the page more efficient. Here’s a full explanation for more details. The end result is that the page loads faster for you, while saving you data too.

Quick Lookup with Built-in Search Pane

When you’re reading something on the web and come across a word or phrase you don’t know, what do you do? Select and copy it, open a new tab, paste it, search, see the result, go back to your article. Or maybe you’ll look it up on Merriam-Webster’s dictionary app. Chrome tries to make this process shorter with “Touch to Search”.
With this feature, you can tap any word and Google will instantly search for it. A small bar at the bottom of your page shows this search. Drag the bar up halfway to see the results, which is usually enough if you want to check a definition or see a photo of the term. You can browse within this small pane, or even make the pane larger if you want, but that’s probably more than what you need. For a quick lookup, Touch to Search is perfect.

To enable it, go to Menu > Settings > Privacy > Touch to Search and switch it on.

Swipe Address Bar to Switch Tabs

This is one of those tricks that a surprising number of people aren’t aware of but are delighted when they see it in action. It will revolutionize how you use Chrome.
Let’s say you have several tabs open and you want to go to the previous one. You’d normally press the tabs button, flick through them, and tap the right tab. Instead, Chrome has built-in gesture support to flick through tabs directly.
When you’re looking at any page and want to go to the previous tab, just swipe right on the address bar. When you want to go to the next tab, swipe left on the address bar.
It’s the simplest trick, but it has a huge impact on how you go about your daily browsing on Chrome.

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