[Google Chrome Tutorial] Quick Access to Chrome Settings by URL

In this Google Chrome Tutorial column, we from time to time refer to different setting pages in Chrome.  Usually I ask you to click the wrench icon, then select something, then something, then something…  Do we have a simpler way to access to these setting pages?

Yes, Chrome is all about web pages.  Not only Chrome web apps are web pages, all Chrome functional pages are also web pages.  If you know the URL of a setting page, just enter it in Chrome’s address bar (omni bar), you can access that page directly.


Google Chrome Tutorial – Shortcuts to Chrome Settings

Here are the URLs of the most frequently used setting pages in Chrome:

Settings/Options/Preferences – chrome://settings

Settings > Basic – chrome://settings/browser

Manage Search Engines – chrome://settings/searchEngines

Settings > Personal Stuff – chrome://settings/personal

Setup Google Sync – chrome://settings/syncSetup

Manage Saved Passwords – chrome://settings/passwords

Autofill Options – chrome://settings/autofill

Settings > Under the Hood – chrome://settings/advanced

Privacy Content Settings – chrome://settings/content

Clear Browser Data – chrome://settings/clearBrowserData

Settings > Extensions – chrome://settings/extensionSettings


History – chrome://history

Downloads – chrome://downloads

Bookmarks Manager – chrome://bookmarks

Import Bookmarks and Settings – chrome://settings/importData

Print – chrome://print

Help – https://support.google.com/chrome/?hl=en (this is the Help page on Google’s site)


How to use these URLs?  The best way is to save them to the Bookmarks Bar.  If the “show bookmarks bar” option enabled, you can easily get access to the most frequently used setting pages without the hassle of going through the menu.  Simply drag the URL to the bookmark bar to bookmark it.  Or you can manually add the URLs in Bookmarks Manager.

Google Chrome Tutorial - Add Chrome Setting Pages to Bookmark

[Google Chrome Tutorial] How to Import Browser Data in Chrome

I’m a Chrome advocate who always recommends Google Chrome to friends.  While most of them are attracted by the clean and easy-to-use user interface, fast speed and vast variety of Chrome extensions, some of them are still reluctant to try.  The major reason is that they don’t want the hassle to migrate their existing data such as bookmarks from one browser to a new one.

In this article, I’ll show you how easy it is to switch from other browsers to Chrome.  It is very easy that takes a few minutes only.


Exporting Bookmarks and Settings from Safari, Internet Explorer and Firefox

In Chrome browser, click the wrench icon and choose “Bookmarks”.  Select “Import Bookmarks and Settings”.

Google Chrome Tutorial - Import Bookmarks and Settings

You will be brought to a pop up window asking you from which browser in your computer you want to import and what to import.  Depending on the browser you used, you can import browsing history, bookmarks, saved passwords and search engines.

Google Chrome Tutorial - Import Data from Browser

Import Bookmarks from Other Browsers

What if I do not use any of the above browsers?  Well, you can still export bookmarks and import to Chrome.

Usually browsers have a function to export bookmarks.  Run this to export your bookmarks into a HTML file.  Then, go to Chrome, click the wrench icon, choose “Bookmarks” and then “Bookmark Manager”.

In Bookmark Manager, click “Organize” and choose “Import Bookmarks from HTML file…”.  Open your saved HTML file.  Done!

Google Chrome Tutorial - Import Bookmarks from HTML File

Similarly, you can export your bookmarks in Google Chrome to a HTML file and import in other browsers.  How about transferring bookmarks among Chrome browsers on different computers?  Well, you don’t have to.  Simply choose to sync your data and every Chrome you use would have exactly the same bookmarks and settings!  You can find this option by clicking the wrench icon > “Preference” (or Settings, Options… depending on the operation system your computer runs) > “Personal Stuff” > “Set Up Sync”.

Google Chrome Tutorial: Privacy settings in a nutshell

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Today we are going to look at the privacy features and settings in Google Chrome browser.


Incognito Window

A incognito window one which your activities leave no trace (generally).  You open a new incognito window by clicking the wrench icon on the top right corner and choose New Incognito Window.

Chrome incognito window icon

This is how Google describes it:

Pages you view in this window won’t appear in your browser history or search history, and they won’t leave other traces, like cookies, on your computer after you close the incognito window. Any files you download or bookmarks you create will be preserved, however.

I said “generally” because not only files you download or bookmarks you create would be preserved, also since some Chrome extensions may record your activities if you allow them to do so in incognito window.  Go to the wrench icon, choose Tools > Extensions, you’ll find that every extension has a check box named Allow in Incognito.  Checking it allows an extension to record your activities even in incognito mode.

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Google Chrome Tutorial: Force Chrome to open web sites in https protocol

Some web sites support both HTTP and HTTPS protocols.  If you are unsure what they are, a brief explanation is that the HTTP is a network communication protocol that the web uses, and HTTPS is the combination of HTTP and SSL/TLS protocol (something for encrypted communication).  In even simpler terms, HTTPS generally gives better data protection.

Force https in Chrome

If you wish to force Chrome to open web sites in https protocol (provided that the web site supports it), apart from installing extensions, here is another method:

  1. open chrome://net-internals/ in the address bar
  2. go to the HSTS tab
  3. under Add domain, enter the domain name which you want Chrome to always open with https protocol (for example, dropbox.com)
  4. check Include subdomains
  5. done!

If for some reasons you want to cancel this, scroll a bit down on the same page, find the Delete domain section, enter the domain name you want to remove from the https list and click Delete.


source +Andy WU, via Chromi

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