System hacks: Activate hidden features to make Google Chrome better

Google Chrome is one of the most used browsers and has a large market share. It pays a lot of attention to the development of the kernel, but gives the impression that it is slow in terms of functional applications. In fact, it does not, it actually comes with a lot of features, but some of them are hidden and not known by users. Here I’ll share how to activate some hidden features in the latest 86 release to make it better.

I. Activate Reader Mode

Reader mode can block all kinds of distractions in web pages, so that users can read immersively. Type “chrome://flags/” in the address bar and enter, then search for “Enable Reader Mode” in the page that opens (all the search terms below are for this page). Then select “Enabled” in the drop-down list and restart the browser as prompted (Figure 1).


When you open the browser again, you can see a button named “Turn on/off reader mode” behind the address bar, and click it to switch the current page directly to reader mode (Figure 2).


Tip: Since this feature has not been launched for a long time, there may be compatibility problems with some web pages, and the “Turn on/off reader mode” button will not appear behind the address bar.

II. Modify saved password information

When users enter their passwords for the first time, the browser will automatically fill in their passwords and accounts when they open the same login page again, thus enabling quick login. However, it has not been possible to change the saved passwords, but this new feature has been added in the new version, so that users can update the saved passwords manually.

Search for the keyword “Edit Passwords In Settings”, select “Enabled” in the drop-down list and restart the browser. Next, click the “Customize and control Google Chrome” button in the upper right corner of the browser, and select “Settings → AutoFill → Passwords” in the pop-up menu to see a list of all saved passwords. If you want to change a password, click the “More Actions” button on the right and select “Change Password” to confirm the user’s identity and then you can change it (Figure 3).


Three, one key to reach the traceless mode

In order to better protect users’ privacy when surfing the Internet, Google Chrome provides a traceless mode. In the past, to use this mode, you need to press the shortcut key “Ctrl+Shift+N” in the browser or use the relevant command in the settings menu to use it. In the new version, users can create a shortcut to this feature on the desktop and click on it to go straight to Incognito mode without having to launch the browser first. Search for the keyword “Enable Incognito Desktop Shortcut”, activate the feature and then open a window with “Incognito Mode”, then click the “Incognito Mode” button in the upper right corner, and in the pop-up dialog box Select the Create Desktop Shortcut command.

Firelink: There are also some hidden functions that are very useful, such as “tab tips and thumbnails”, “multi-threaded download”, and “generate QR code directly”. The specific activation methods can be found in the articles “Activate hidden features to make Google Chrome more convenient” in Issue 2, 2020 and “Browser QR code express delivery URL” in Issue 4, 2020.


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