Google Chrome web browser comes with an in-built PDF viewer for viewing PDF files. It comes very handy when you want to have a glance before downloading any PDF files. Many Google Chrome users finds the in-built PDF reader as a very good feature of the browser. As with everything in this world, you cannot please everyone. As like the users who loves this features, many users dislikes the PDF reader. These users wants to use their favorite PDF reader applications instead of the Chrome PDF Viewer to view PDF files. Whether you like or dislike the feature, this post will come handy for you all. If for any reason the in-built PDF reader is disabled in Google Chrome, here’s how to enable it again. If you fall into the second group of users who don’t want to use the in-built PDF reader, here’s how you can disable Chrome PDF Viewer plugin.
How To Disable Google Chrome PDF Viewer Plugin
- Open a New Tab in Google Chrome web browser.
chrome://plugins/in the address bar and press Enter.
- Find the entry for Chrome PDF Viewer, and simply click on the Disable link.
From now on, Google Chrome will prompt you to download the PDF file instead of opening it.
How To Enable Google Chrome PDF Viewer Plugin
Follow the first two steps (as described above) to open the plug-ins tab in Google Chrome. Fine the Chrome PDF Viewer and click on the Enable link. Google Chrome will then enable Chrome PDF Viewer for you. You can now view any PDF file using the browser, without the need to install any PDF reader in your computer.
If you are interested in also disabling the Google Chrome built-in Flash support read here for a quick solution.
- How to Enable/Disable Google Instant in Chrome [Quick Tip]
Google Instant is a new type of search enhancement provided by Google that shows results as you type. Instant will help you get better search results, faster and can save 2-5 seconds per search. It predicts the most likely completion and streams results in real-time for those predictions - yielding a smarter and faster search that is interactive, predictive and powerful.
Google Instant is available to signed-in users in over 50 countries and for signed-out users in select regions who use the following browsers: Chrome v5 or higher, Firefox v3/4, v5 for Mac and Internet Explorer v8/9. In this article, we will show you, how you can get Google Instant search results right in the Chrome's omnibox (the address bar).
Faster Searches: By predicting your search and showing results before you finish typing, Google Instant can save 2-5 seconds per search.
Smarter Predictions: Even when you don't know exactly what you're looking for, predictions help guide your search. The top prediction shown in gray text directly in the search box, so you can stop typing as soon as you see what you need.
Instant Results: Start typing and results appear right before your eyes. Until now, you had to type a full search term, hit return, and hope for the right results. Now results appear instantly as you type, helping you see where you're headed, every step of the way.
Enable Google Instant in Chrome web browser
- Click on the spanner icon to get access to Tools menu, select Options/Preferences.
- Under Basic, look for "Enable Instant for faster searching and browsing" check box in the Search section.
- Select the check box to enable Google Instant.
- You don't have to do anything else, simply start typing in the omnibox. If Google is set as the default search engine, you will start getting suggestions by Google.
Disable Google Instant in Chrome web browser
To disable Google Instant in Chrome, simply follow the above first 2 steps. For the third step, simply deselect the check box and Instant will be disabled.
- Very Simple Google Chrome Tips And Tricks
Google Chrome is another milestone in Google's grand plans of world domination – and they are finding very few people who complain. Google Chrome is an extremely fast and lightweight web browser. It packs in a ton of features in a very minimal interface. The web browser also introduces some novel ideas to change the traditional way of web browsing. These ideas will surely change how people browse the Internet. Redefining everything, Google Chrome is challenging every dominant web browser. For instance, in Google Chrome, the top bar and the menu bar have been omitted completely, leaving a rather large space for web browsing. Here are a few quick tips to help all new Google Chrome users.
Make Google Chrome Your Default BrowserClick on the 'Customize and Control Google Chrome' button to the right of the address bar (omni bar), click on 'Settings' and under 'Default browser' click on the 'Make Google Chrome my default browser' button.
Google Chrome Incognito ModeChrome has a secret mode that allows you to surf the Web anonymously. On the top right corner of the browser, to the right of the address bar is the page control button. Click on it and select 'New incognito window' or Ctrl + Shift + N. The sites surfed using this mode will not appear in the history, and the cookies they store on the system will be deleted as soon as the tab is closed.
Chrome BookmarksTo bookmark a page, click on the star icon next to the address bar. To access the list of bookmarks at any point of time during browsing, key in Ctrl + B. To make it disappear, use the same shortcut again.
Inspect Memory UsageChrome has some advanced options for inspecting memory usage. Right-click on the browser tab in the start bar select 'Task Manager'. You will get a window showing how much memory is being used by each tab in the browser. Now click on 'Stats for Nerds' and a new tab will open in the browser, with a process ID, name of the site, memory and virtual memory usage. The great thing about this feature is that if you are using other browsers at the same time, then the tab shows the memory usage by that browser as well.
Inspect Memory Usage By A SiteRight-click on any empty space in the Web page, click on inspect element. This is, by the way, how you view the source code of a site on Chrome. Once here, click on the first line of the HTML code, which will effectively select the entire site. Then click on resources. This shows up the usage of memory by each element in the Web page. You can sort the elements by time or by size. If you reload the page, every image and script on the page shows up in the graph and gets plotted in real-time.
Google Chrome Navigation TipsRight-click on the back and next buttons to go through a recent history of visited Web sites. Drag and drop any tab from the browser into the desktop to start a browser with just that tab open. To open a tab you have just closed by mistake, use the keys Ctrl + Shift + T. Use Ctrl + 1 to 9 to cycle through tabs from the keyboard.
Expand Text BoxesThis is a very useful feature for use in any kind of site that requires you to fill in text in a text area. When you come across a text area in a forum or a form in a Web site, just click on the bottom right corner of the text area, click and drag it as per your requirements. Hope, you will like Google Chrome as much as we do! Share with us your tips on how to use Google Chrome in the comments.
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- Install Google Chrome For All Users Using Google Chrome Standalone Enterprise Edition
Normally when a user installs Google Chrome, it is installed only for the current user who installed the software. Installing this way, you will not need administrator rights to install Google Chrome. Thus, anyone, especially in corporate or offices, if you don't have administrator rights, you can install Chrome and don't have to forcibly use Internet Explorer. Until now, if users wanted Google Chrome to be available for all the users of a computer, they had to install Chrome using the Google Pack. Google has recently added a more straightforward location for a system-level setup:
http://www.google.com/chrome/eula.html?msi=truehttp://www.google.com/chrome/eula.html?system=true. The MSI installer only works in Windows, it currently installs the latest Dev Channel build and it seems to be targeted toward enterprise users. The link to the MSI installer will probably be added to Chrome's download page in the near future. Glenn Wilson, a Google Chrome engineer explained:
The current user-level installation experience doesn't require elevation (installing at system-level does), and most users don't know or care about system-level installs. That said, it would probably be a good idea to have some links on the download pages that say "click here for a system- level install or MSI", so interested/advanced users could find it easily as part of the normal download install flow. Not sure what this will look like yet. If you have aSimply download the Google Chrome Standalone Enterprise Edition msi installer using the link provided above and launch it. Windows Vista and Windows 7 users may get UAC prompt. This msi installer is not having any options and will install Chrome web browser directly at
mini_installer.exe, you can just run '
mini_installer.exe --system-level'. If you have an untagged standalone installer (an exe that fails if you run it without command-line parameters), let me know and I'll send you a commmand line for it.
C:\Program Files\Google. Thus, making Google Chrome available for all users, accessible through the Start Menu. Update: Google Chrome for Business has a new homepage. You can download Chrome for Businesses from here. Thanks to Google Operating System for the news. Thanks to our reader Kevin for the new working link.
- Disable Chrome Metro, Always Open Google Chrome In Windows 8 Desktop
Windows 8 flaunts two different user interfaces, the new modern "Metro" interface and the classic desktop interface. Now, the problem with this is if your favorite web browser supports the new interface, you will actually end up using two versions of the same browser. The first version which is easily accessible through the new Windows 8 Start Page and the second through the classic desktop version. In this how to article, we will see how you can take control over this behavior of Google Chrome web browser. After completing the process, Google Chrome will be always forced to open in Windows 8 desktop regardless of where it was actually launched from.
How to disable Chrome Metro and open Chrome in classic Desktop on Windows 8?If you don't like to open your favorite Chrome browser in the new Metro interface but instead want to always open in Windows 8 desktop, you need to do a few registry edits. After the registry tweak, you will be able to disable Chrome Metro completely. Chrome will then always open in the classic desktop offering you better controls over your browsing experience. To do that, open Notepad, copy and paste the following text into it.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Chrome\.exe\shell un\command] "DelegateExecute"=-Save the file as disablechromemetro.reg or any other name you prefer but keep the .reg file extension. To successfully save the file as .reg file, change the "Save as type" to "All files" in the Save dialog box of the Notepad. Then click on Save button.
After successfully saving the file as a .reg file, double-click on it to merge the entries with Windows registry. Depending on your Windows security settings, you will receive a UAC prompt, allow it to successfully import the file. The above registry tweak will force Google Chrome to always open in Windows 8 desktop. Source: Ghacks, via My Digital Life
- Google Chrome Keyboard Shortcuts and Easter Eggs
Google Chrome is one of the fastest and light weight browser. Then, why not take the full potential of Chrome by using these keyboard shortcuts and surf the Internet much more faster? Below are the keyboard shortcuts and Easter eggs present in Google Chrome: To open Google Chrome Task Manager press Shift + Esc. To open a New Incognito Window press Ctrl + Shift + N. To reopen the Last Closed Tab press Ctrl + Shift + T. Switch Tab (From Left to Right) Ctrl + 1 to Ctrl + 8. You can also switch Tab by pressing Ctrl + Tab. You can also switch directly to the last tab by pressing Ctrl + 9 or by pressing Ctrl + Page Down. If you want to go to the previous Tab press Ctrl + Shift + Tab. If you want to open the Home Page, press Alt + Home. To open a link in a new Tab, press Ctrl and then clicking on the link. If you press Shift and then click on a link, the link will open in a new window. Pressing the Spacebar will scroll down the web page. If you want to Bookmark this page or any other page, just press Ctrl + D. To access the Bookmarks, press Ctrl + B. To access the Downloads Tab press Ctrl + J. To access History press Ctrl + H. To view the Page Source, press Ctrl + U. You can also view any webpage's source without visiting the webpage first by typing view-source:http://www.web-page-address.com at the address bar and press Enter. For example, if you want to view Google's homepage source without visiting Google first, type, view-source:http://www.google.com and press Enter. To Print a page press Ctrl + P. To Refresh Page press F5. To Refresh both Page & Cache press Ctrl + F5. To go Back press Alt + Left Arrow. To go Down by one line press Down Arrow. To go Down by one page press Page Down. To go Up by one line press Up Arrow. To go Up by one page press Page Up. To open a File press Ctrl + O. To Find something in a page press Ctrl + F. To go Forward a page press Alt + Right Arrow. To go to the Address Bar press Ctrl + L. To go to the Search Bar press Ctrl + K. To go to the Bottom of the webpage press End. To go to the Top of the webpage press Home. To Stop loading a page press Esc. To close the current Tab press Ctrl + W. To open a new Tab press Ctrl + T. To close Google Chrome window press Alt + F4. Though this shortcut will close any open window in Windows ;) To open a new Google Chrome window press Ctrl + N. To decrease the text size press Ctrl + - and to increase the text size press Ctrl + +. To get back to the default size, press Ctrl + 0 You know these shortcuts already! Press Ctrl + C to copy, Ctrl + X to cut, Del to delete, Ctrl + Z to undo. These hidden commands are meant to be typed in the Google Chrome address bar, after typing, press Enter:
- How To Disable Flash Completely In Google Chrome (Quick Tip)
After Google decided to integrate Adobe Flash in Chrome web browser, a lot of My Technology Guide (MTG) readers were asking this question. Everyone wanted to know how they can completely disable flash in Chrome. After a few tinkering with Google Chrome, we finally found the answer. The answer was hidden in Google Chrome's internal plug-ins page (not the extension manager page). Here's how you can quickly disable Adobe Flash plugin in Google Chrome web browser.
How To Disable Flash Completely In Google Chrome?To disable the in-built Flash plugin completely, follow the simple steps below:
- Open Google Chrome web browser and in a new tab, type
chrome://plugins/and press Enter.
- Find Adobe Flash Player plugin on Google Chrome's Plug-ins manager page.
- Click on the Disable link for Adobe Flash Player plugin.
- Open Google Chrome web browser and in a new tab, type
- Google Chrome Mac Keyboard Shortcuts
Google Chrome web browser is one of the fastest and light weight. Why not take the full potential of Chrome by using these keyboard shortcuts and surf the Internet much more faster? Keyboard and mouse shortcuts are combinations of keyboard strokes and mouse clicks that you can use to do specific actions. Knowing the Google Chrome shortcuts listed below can help save you time. Previously, we had written an article about keyboard shortcuts for the Windows version of Google Chrome.
Below are the keyboard shortcuts related to Google Chrome Mac version:
Tab and window shortcuts
âŒ˜-N Opens a new window. âŒ˜-T Opens a new tab. âŒ˜-Shift-N Opens a new window in incognito mode. âŒ˜-B Toggles the bookmarks bar on and off. Press âŒ˜-O, then select file. Opens a file from your computer in Google Chrome. Press âŒ˜ and click a link. Or click a link with your middle mouse button (or mouse wheel). Opens the link in a new tab in the background . Press âŒ˜-Shift and click a link. Or pressShift and click a link with your middle mouse button (or mouse wheel). Opens the link in a new tab and switches to the newly opened tab. Press Shift and click a link. Opens the link in a new window. âŒ˜-Shift-T Reopens the last tab you've closed. Google Chrome remembers the last 10 tabs you've closed. Drag a tab out of the tab strip. Opens the tab in a new window. Drag a tab out of the tab strip and into an existing window. Opens the tab in the existing window. Ctrl-Tab Switches to the next tab. Ctrl-Shift-Tab Switches to the previous tab. âŒ˜-Q Closes Google Chrome. âŒ˜-W Closes the current tab or pop-up. Click and hold either the Back or Forward arrow in the browser toolbar. Displays your browsing history in the tab. Delete Goes to the previous page in your browsing history for the tab. Shift-Delete Goes to the next page in your browsing history for the tab. Double-click the blank area on the tab strip. Maximizes the window.
Address bar shortcuts
Use the following shortcuts in the address bar:
Type a search term, then press Enter. Performs a search using your default search engine. Type a search engine keyword, pressSpace, type a search term, and pressEnter. Performs a search using the search engine associated with the keyword. Begin typing a search engine URL, pressTab when prompted, type a search term, and press Enter. Performs a search using the search engine associated with the URL. Ctrl+Enter Adds www. and .com to your input in the address bar and open the resulting URL. Type a URL, then press âŒ˜-Enter. Opens the URL in a new background tab. âŒ˜-L Highlights the URL. Press Option and the left arrow together. Moves your cursor to the preceding key term in the address bar Press Option and the right arrow together. Moves your cursor to the next key term in the address bar Press Shift-Option and the left arrow together. Highlights the preceding key term in the address bar Press Shift-Option and the right arrow together. Highlights the next key term in the address bar âŒ˜-Delete Deletes the key term that precedes your cursor in the address bar Press Page Up or Page Down in the address bar menu. Selects the previous or next entry in the menu.
âŒ˜-P Prints your current page. âŒ˜-S Saves your current page. âŒ˜-R Reloads your current page. âŒ˜-F Opens the find bar. âŒ˜-G Finds the next match for your input in the find bar. âŒ˜-Shift-G or Shift-Enter Finds the previous match for your input in the find bar. Press Option and click a link. Downloads the target of the link. Drag a link to bookmarks bar Bookmarks the link. âŒ˜-D Bookmarks your current webpage. Space bar Scrolls down the web page.
âŒ˜-C Copies highlighted content to the clipboard. âŒ˜-V Pastes content from the clipboard. âŒ˜-X or Shift-Delete Deletes the highlighted content and copies it to the clipboard.
We will update with more keyboard shortcuts related to other browsers too.
- How To Completely Uninstall Google Chrome from Windows, Mac, Linux?
Google Chrome is a great browser, but sometimes it just starts acting odd. Then we are left with no choice but to re-install it to bring back order. But at times clicking on the Uninstall Google Chrome shortcut in the Start menu has no effect, neither does clicking on the "Remove" button in Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel. Then how to remove it manually? Is there any way? How can I uninstall Chrome from my Windows, Mac or Linux system? There are a couple of other ways to remove Google Chrome so that it can be re-installed. The first is to use the Google Updater utility. Start Google Updater and click on the Installed Software tab and look for the row for Google Chrome Web Browser. Click on the Uninstall link at the right of the row to remove Google Chrome. If it still doesn't work then you may have to then change the registry to remove Chrome manually.These instructions involve modifying your Windows registry. If you're uncomfortable or unfamiliar with editing your registry, you may want to consult a computer technician before you start. You may also want to consider backing up your registry before proceeding.
Uninstall Chrome from Windows
For a full profile backup, copy the User Data folder present inside the Chrome folder to a different location. If you want to backup your saved passwords then you may like to read ChromePasswordDecryptor that will help you recover Usernames and Passwords saved in Google Chrome.The instructions below are official instructions, we will add instructions on how to completely remove Chrome from OS X or Linux soon.
- First download
remove-chrome.zipand you will find a registry key file named
remove.reg. Extract this file.
- Now, double-click on the
remove.regfile that you have just extracted.
- In the confirmation window to import the file, click on Yes. Then click on OK.
- Now, Go to the Start menu > Run. Alternatively press Windows + R to open the Run... dialogue box.
- Enter one of the following commands in the text field, according to your operating system:
- For Windows XP users:
%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google
- For Windows Vista/Windows 7 users:
- Now delete the Chrome' folder in the directory that opens up to completely uninstall Google Chrome.
Uninstall Chrome from Mac OS X
- Open the folder having Google Chrome.
- Drag Google Chrome to the Trash icon in the Dock.
- If Google Chrome is installed in Applications folder, you'll need to give administrative rights.
- To remove the Google Chrome icon from your Dock, simply drag it out of the Dock with your mouse.
Uninstall Chrome from Linux
- Open Synaptic Package Manager and search for "Google Chrome" in the list of packages.
- Now, select the "Google Chrome package" check box.
- To completely uninstall Chrome (including configuration files), select "Mark for Complete Removal."
- To uninstall Google Chrome while saving your preferences, select "Mark for Removal."
- Click Apply and select Google Chrome from the "To be completely removed" menu. Click Apply again.
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- How To Make Google HTTPS (Secured SSL) Search Default in Google Chrome?
Google recently announced encrypted Google search over Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). If you want to access the SSL encrypted Google web search page, then point your browsers to
https://www.google.com/https://encrypted.google.com/. SSL encrypts the information that travels between your computer and Google secured search service. This encrypted information cannot be read by third parties who may try to access the connection between a searcher's computer and Google's servers.
The new Google secured service includes a modified logo to help indicate that you're searching using SSL and that you may encounter a somewhat different Google search experience, but as always, remember to check the start of the address bar for "https" and your browser lock indicators.
How to make Google secured search default in Chrome?
- Open Google Chrome web browser.
- Click on the Wrench icon and then select Options.
- Under Google Chrome Options dialog box, click on the Basics tab and then click on the Manage button under Default Search.
Click on the Add button, and type the following:
Google Secured Search
- Click on the OK button and then click on Make Default to make this new search engine your default Google Chrome search engine.
Now, when you will type
gsslin the Google Chrome address bar and press tab, it will automatically use Google secured search engine.
After you make a search query using the custom Google secured search engine in Google Chrome, you will the results displayed using the new https Google secured search page as shown in the screenshot below:
P.S. Just a small tip: Regarding the custom search engine keyword, it is fully customizable and you can use your own keywords which you are comfortable with. Here, I have used
gsslas I found it short, easy to type and remember. You can use anything like
googlesecure, etc... :)
Without doubt, Google SSL search is a step in the right direction. I suggest you give it a shot, and please leave your opinion in the comments!
Update: Article updated. Thanks to Anonymous for the tip.
- Enable Click-To-Play Feature In Google Chrome, Easily Disable Flash Ads Without AdBlocker
Earlier, we shared how to disable Flash completely in Google Chrome without using any Chrome extensions. Although it disabled flash completely but when you went to some online video website like YouTube, you can't play videos anymore. That's the main disadvantage of that method. If you follow this article you don't have to worry about playback issues anymore. You don't need to download any third-party Chrome extension or deal with userscripts. All you need to do is to use Chrome's built-in feature "Click to Play". Using We will use Google Chrome's in-built Click to Play feature for this tutorial. Using this method, you will be able to block flash contents including flash ads, while having the freedom to enable flash with just a click on the flash content.
How to Configure Click To Play Chrome Feature?
Quick Tip! You can skip steps 1, 2, 3 and 4 by directly opening Content Settings in a Tab. Simply, type
- Open Google Chrome browser if you haven't done so yet.
- Next, open Settings (see screenshot below). You can also directly open settings by typing
chrome://chrome/settings/in the Omnibar and pressing Enter.
chrome://settings/contentin the omnibar. Next, follow from steps 5 to enable "Click to play" in Google Chrome.
- Scroll down until you find a link that says "Show advanced settings…" click on it.
- Scroll down further until you find "Privacy". Here, click on the button that says "Content Settings…".
- From the overlay window that appears before you, scroll down again to find the section for "Plug-ins".
- Select the "Click to Play" option under "Plug-ins" section.
- Everything is configured! Enjoy flash ads free browsing without installing any ad blockers. You can selectively enable flash for websites like YouTube when you need to.
Tip! You can white-list a websites like YouTube by clicking on the blocked Flash icon and selecting "Always allow plugins on…".Do you have any good tips to share about Google Chrome? Share them below, we will love to know about them. We may also include them in one of our next article, including your name. :)Update: Article updated with new screenshots and updated instructions.
- To enable flash for a particular content, simply click on it.
- Common Browser Keyboard Shortcuts (IE, Firefox, Opera, Chrome, Safari)
I always use a number of browsers for surfing. The main reason is the features that I like in one but is not present in the other. One more reason is I test My Technology Guide by loading it into different browsers. This helps me to make My Technology Guide appear and work as flawlessly as possible in different browsers. Once before, I covered a nice small portable application called "Browser Chooser" which helps me dynamically assign default browser. Which is very handy for anyone who is having a number of browsers installed.
Today, I will share with you a few keyboard shortcuts that are common to all the common browsers, viz. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Google Chrome, Safari. Just remember these keyboard shortcuts and use them in any of your favorite mentioned browsers. After all using keyboard shortcuts is always faster than with the mouse! :)
KEYBOARD SHORTCUT FUNCTION [Ctrl] + [T] New Tab [Ctrl] + [W] Close Tabs [Ctrl] + [Tab] Cycle to Next Tab [Ctrl] + [Shift] + [Tab] Cycle to Previous Tab [Ctrl] + [Shift] + [W] Close all tabs [Ctrl] + [Shift] + [T] Restore Last Closed Tab [Ctrl] + [N] Open a New Browser Window [Ctrl] + [F] Find [Ctrl] + [C] Copy [Ctrl] + [V] Paste [Ctrl] + [X] Cut [Ctrl] + [+] Zoom In [Ctrl ] + [-] Zoom Out [Ctrl ] +  Default Zoom Settings [Alt ] + [D] Go to the Address Bar [Ctrl ] + [E] Go to the Search Bar [Ctrl ] + [H] Open History [Ctrl] + [Shift] + [D] Add Bookmark [Ctrl] + [Enter]
Autocomplete "www." ".com" before and after to an address. For Example if you type google and then press [ Ctrl ] + [ Enter ] and see how the browser automatically changes it to www.google.com
[F11] Switch to Full screen
If you know any more shortcuts other than the above don't forget to share them with us!