Google Chrome Is My Default Browser

  Sep 3, 2008     16264 Views      Google , Web       Comments (7)   

Google Chrome is very fast indeed when loading the GMail, Reader, Notes, Docs, iGoogle, Calendar and other Google products and other web sites also loaded very faster than other browsers. Installation is very easy and I have asked to close my Firefox so that Chrome can import bookmarks and other stuffs form Firefox. Here is the list of features I have impressed more with Google Chrome.

Application Shortcut feature is great and you can create shortcuts in desktop, quick launch bar and Start menu for your favorite sites.



Dragging and Dropping tabs feature allows dragging n dropping tabs within a window or we can put a tab outside the current window to launch new window and vice versa and dynamic..

Using Import bookmark and setting options allows me to import my favorites bookmarks from Firefox and IE with the following additional options as in the below screen shot.



Task Manager is an awesome feature will list all the tabs and windows Memory, CPU and Network usages and the running plugins. Task manager window is having a link called "Stats for nerds" which shows a very detailed summary about the memory usage of different browser which are currently opened. View page source will display with line numbers which is not available with Firefox and IE.



Inspect element feature will allow to inspect more CSS related functionality of a page. File downloads displays an arrow at the bottom of the page with current status of download. CTRL + F functionality for search is cool it highlights the results in the page we can navigate through them.



Bookmarks can be added easily by pressing star in the search bar. Hide / Unhide of bookmarks are fair easy by clicking the CTRL + B button. Search engines are managed by right clicking the address bar and selecting "Edit search engines". CTRL + SHIFT + L will launch a new incognito window for private browsing will which doesn't keep track of the web history of your pages. If you find any other features please comment.

Overall Google Chrome is great for me and I set Google Chrome as my default browser on my desktop computer.

Links:
Download Google Chrome Here : http://www.google.com/chrome
Why Google Chrome : http://tools.google.com/chrome/intl/en-US/why.html
Sergey Brin on Why Google's Launching a Browser : http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=7RSHMheDIrM
Google Chrome Shortcuts : http://www.google.com/support/chrome/bin/answer.py?answer=95743

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# Andy Sandefer on Sep 3, 2008 at 7:50 AM

I had to pull an all nighter last night and I spotted a news blurb about chrome. I downloaded it and used it (along with Firefox) for my testing and I was very impressed. Just think - this is only a beta. It handled ajax cfgrids very quickly and behaved very efficiently throughout the course of my night session. This is an awesome browser and they hit the nail on the head in terms of being more application focused.

# Akbarsait on Sep 3, 2008 at 8:53 AM

Great to hear Andy :-)

# KP on Sep 3, 2008 at 9:26 AM

Yes, all the mentioned features are cool.

But, 2 drawbacks as of now:
1. no STOP button.
2. no HOME button.

# Shane Zehnder on Sep 3, 2008 at 9:53 AM

Actually, there is a Home button you just need to go into options and enable it to show it on the tool bar

# Akbarsait on Sep 3, 2008 at 10:20 AM

Hi KP,

I have updated my post with the keyboard shortcut links for various Google chrome features. As Shane mentioned you can enable Home button in options by checking "Show Home button on the toolbar" and to stop page load you can use "Esc" key as per http://www.google.com/support/chrome/bin/answer.py....

# Andy Matthews on Sep 3, 2008 at 11:39 AM

You can also go to the "home page" by clicking ALT + Home.

One thing that I don't like is there's no way to get the URL of a page inside a frame or an iFrame. There's also no right click and reload.

# Mim on Sep 4, 2008 at 3:09 AM

Nice read...
Chrome speeds are avergae according to few tests, have a look

http://ptech.allthingsd.com/20080902/first-test-of...

http://minmaxmim.blogspot.com/2008/09/chrome-setti...

Cheers,
mim

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