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Hidden Chrome Pages and Features You Should Know About
Hidden Chrome Pages and Features You Should Know About

The browser can do much more than meets the eye. Here's how to make the most of it.

Hidden Chrome Pages and Features You Should Know About
Hidden Chrome Pages and Features You Should Know About

Hidden Pages

Chrome has many hidden pages that provide access to browser service information or experimental settings. To see them, enter the following command in the address bar:

chrome: // about

Here are some of the most useful hidden pages in Chrome.

1. Experimental functions


The Chrome Flags page provides access to about 120 experimental features and settings for Chrome. Please note that some of these settings may cause the browser to become unstable. In this case, you can turn off all these experimental features by clicking the "Reset" button.

chrome: // flags /

2. Search history

The Omnibox page contains a history of all the requests you entered into the Chrome address bar. Enter a word or phrase in the search bar and press Enter. You will see all entries from the browsing history that match your request.

chrome: // omnibox /

3. Chrome extensions

You can of course access your extensions through the browser menu. But the fastest way is to do it directly through the address bar.

chrome: // extensions /

4. Chrome Apps

A page with your apps installed in Chrome. You can open it directly, bypassing your home page.

chrome: // apps /

5. Crash reports


This page displays information about the crashes that have occurred. Please note that for this you need to enable the option "Automatically send usage statistics and alert reports to Google" in Chrome settings.

chrome: // crashes /

6. Chrome bookmarks

Here you can manage your bookmarks and sort them into folders. Alternatively, you can import bookmarks from other browsers or export Chrome bookmarks.

chrome: // bookmarks /

7. Download manager

Chrome's built-in download manager, where you can see all the files you've downloaded from the web.

chrome: // downloads

8. Autocomplete


This page displays a list of words and phrases used by Chrome for autocomplete. The list is generated by the browser based on your search and browsing history.

chrome: // predictors /

9. Unloading tabs

Chrome can automatically unload unused tabs from memory to save memory. This helps improve browser performance. On this tab, you can configure which tabs to unload and which not.

chrome: // discards /

10. License Agreement

If you didn't read the license agreement when installing Chrome (as everyone usually does), and now you want to catch up, just open this page.

chrome: // terms /

11. Jumping Tyrannosaurus


When Chrome is unable to load the page, it displays the sad pixelated Tyrannosaurus. If you press the spacebar at this moment, then you can play a mini-game in which the tyrannosaur will have to jump over the cacti. So you can pass the time until your internet connection is restored. And to start the game manually, just open this page.

chrome: // dino /

Useful settings

To see all settings, enter

chrome: // flags /

… The built-in search will help you navigate through them. Here are some of the most useful experimental features you might find useful.

1. Search hints in the address bar


When you enter anything into Chrome's address bar, it displays matching addresses from your browsing history. However, only URLs are shown, and it can be difficult to determine which site prompts you to open a browser using them. Activate this option, and the browser will display not only URLs, but also site headers.


2. Automatic generation of passwords

When this option is enabled, Chrome will automatically generate random passwords when you visit the registration pages. This handy feature helps you create a strong password without the need for third-party extensions.


3. Preventing Interception of Pages

Surely you often find yourself on advertising pages that annoyingly crawl out on dubious sites. No matter how many times you press the "Back" button, trying to return to the previous page, you remain on the page with the advertisement. Enable this option and Chrome will prevent pages from manipulating the back button.


4. Smooth scrolling

As the name suggests, this option allows you to scroll web pages smoothly, not jerkily. Smooth scrolling makes browsing the web much easier, especially if you use the touchpad to scroll.


5. Controlling sound on web pages


This feature adds an icon for managing sounds to the tabs. Now, to turn off annoying sound from a web page in the background, you don't have to switch to it. Just click on the icon on the tab.


6. Quickly close tabs

You've probably noticed from time to time that tabs in the Chrome browser close with some delay, especially if there are a lot of them. You can enable this option to reduce latency and close tabs faster.


7. Restore tabs

This option allows the browser to automatically restore tabs after a connection loss. So you don't have to click the Refresh button.


8. Viewing saved copies of sites

If the page does not load, you can load a copy of it from the cache, if it is there. Useful for unstable connections.


9. Prohibition of flipping content

You open a web page, start reading, and suddenly the page rewinds to another place to show you ads or comments. To prevent such tricks, enable this option.


10. Video in a separate window

If you want to watch the video and work on another page at the same time, enable this function. Then right-click on the video and find Picture In Picture in the context menu. By selecting it, you will see your video in a pop-up window.


Task Manager


Chrome has a Task Manager. With it, you can see how much memory each open tab is consuming and close dangling tabs. To open Task Manager, press Shift + Esc or go to Menu → More Tools → Task Manager. You will see all your extensions, tabs and pages and estimate the browser resources they consume.