Google Chrome is a browser that is intended to be lightweight, simple and easy to use with less buttons and options than other internet browsers that are sometimes packed with so many unnecessary addons and plugins that they start to annoy many users. So Google Chrome is for those that want it simple and enjoy simplicity. That’s why Google chrome is slightly (or sometimes much more) faster when it comes to loading pages than any other internet browser (yes, including Firefox). I think we all agree that all this simplicity is cool and adds to speed but sometimes you just need something that will make your daily tasks much easier and faster. That’s why addons and plugins in other internet browsers exist. So the problem with Google Chrome is that it needs at least some basic addons that will help you with daily tasks but still keep it’s simplicity and speed.
Read on to find out 10 things that you can do (if you want) to make Google Chrome as good as Firefox.
Want to detect RSS feeds in Chrome and then subscribe to them through a third-party reader? Browse to savanttools.com/feedhelp-bookmarklet.asp and drag the ‘Detect Feed’ link on to your Bookmarks toolbar. Click this on any page with a RSS feed and you can then easily subscribe to the feed through one of nine supported readers, including Google Reader, Newsgator and iTunes.
Chrome doesn’t encrypt your saved passwords; neither does it provide a master password to prevent other users from using them or viewing them. Use the free KeePass tool to store and fill your passwords.
Thanks to Chrome’s support of bookmarklets, you won’t be left behind in the cut-throat world of social networking. Just drag and drop the links provided at the URLs below on to your Bookmarks bar for easy updates:
Share the current page via Twitter
Update your Twitter status quickly
If you want to use Chrome on multiple PCs, keeping your bookmarks synchronised between them is tricky. Foxmarks has reiterated its intention to develop a version for Chrome, but in the meantime use Google’s own web-based bookmarks service in place of Chrome’s own bookmarks. Use the bookmarklet from orizens.com/wp/topics/google-bookmarks-bookmarklet to access your Google bookmarks from a pop-up window.
The simplest way to block ads in Chrome is to use a third-party program called Hostsman. Once installed, choose Hosts > Check for Updates and add MVPS Hosts, Mike’s Ad Blocking Hosts and Peter Lowe’s AdServers List.
Missing Firefox’s mouse gestures? Add this functionality to Chrome with the lightweight, but infinitely customizable, gMote tool, which you can download from www.handform.net/gmote.php.
Don’t want to see the Most Visited page appear on opening a new tab? Type ‘about:blank‘ into the address bar. Drag this on to your bookmark’s toolbar, and then hold [Ctrl] + [Shift] when you click this to open a blank new tab.
If you’re tired of Firefox’s look, you can get another by installing a new skin. Chrome doesn’t have built-in support for swapping out themes, but it’s easily done by changing the default.dll file. You’ll find more than 20 alternative themes (including one that mimics Firefox) at freechromethemes.com, or you can find out how to create your own theme with the help of the tutorial at askvg.com.
Each installation of Google Chrome has a unique identifier that could potentially be used to identify you. It’s not necessary for Chrome to function, so if you’re the paranoid type, download UnChrome from www.abelssoft.net/unchrome.php, which will replace your identifier ID with zeroes.
Chrome is in a constant state of evolution, and new features that close the gap on other browsers will be made available in version 2. If you can’t wait to zoom into and out of web pages or autoscroll using the middle mouse button, use autocomplete in web forms, set up up multiple profiles or import bookmarks from Google Bookmarks, then visit dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-channel for instructions on trying the beta version.
That should be enough to make Google Chrome do the daily task like Firefox would (but only most necessary ones, remember – maintain simplicity and lightweight)
If you know more tips, please share them in the comments and I will update this list and add them here. Enjoy!
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