Google Chrome is a popular web browser for many reasons.It's cross-platform, which means you can use one version of Chrome on your Mac, Windows, Android, or iPhone.It is fast, efficient, and works with a large library of extensions that add additional features and functionality.
However, whether you're using Chrome for the first time or have been using it for years, chances are you haven't explored all the ways you can use Chrome settings to customize and improve your browsing experience.
How to Open Chrome Settings
There are two easy ways to get into Chrome settings, you can use what works better for you:
1. In the Chrome browser, click the three-dot menu at the top right of the window, then click Settings. Chrome's settings page will open in a new browser tab, keeping whatever page you're already on.
2. In the Chrome browser's address bar, enter chrome://settings and press Enter.The current web page will redirect to your Chrome settings page.
Chrome settings you should consider changing
Chrome's settings page is filled with dozens of options that can affect your browsing experience in various ways, big or small.Here are the seven most important settings you can change to personalize or optimize your browsing experience and protect your data.
Customize your Chrome startup page
When you start Chrome, it probably opens a new blank page every time - this is the browser's default behavior.However, if you want, you can open a specific set of pages, or reopen previous pages, so you can resume what you were at the last time you browsed.
To control this setting, go to Chrome Settings and click Launch in the left navigation pane.In the Startup section, choose how the browser should be started.
Change your browser color theme
Tired of the default color scheme in Chrome?You can choose your own colors and even change the Google account icon you see in the top right of your browser window.
Open Chrome Settings and click "You and Google" in the navigation pane.Click "Customize Your Google Profile".Now you can choose a theme color and change your avatar.
Control your extension
If you regularly install extensions for your Chrome browser, your browser retains many extensions that you no longer need or use.Every once in a while, it's a good idea to visit the extension page and clean it up.
To get to the extensions page, go to Chrome settings and click Extensions in the navigation pane.Now you can turn off extensions you don't currently need by swiping the blue button to the left, or click Remove to uninstall the extension completely.
Disable notification requests
It seems like every website on the internet these days is trying to make your browsing experience noisier by sending you notifications.If you find the constant notification requests annoying, you can tell Chrome to disallow them.
To control notifications, go into Chrome Settings and click Privacy & Security in the navigation pane.In the Privacy and Security section, click Site Settings.Finally, in the Permissions section, click Notifications, and then click Do not allow websites to send notifications.If you prefer to allow notifications, you can choose to use quieter messaging and customize notification behavior for specific sites.
Check your password and security
Chrome has its own built-in security checks.Not only can you see the passwords you've asked Chrome to remember, but you can also run a quick security check to assess whether your browsing is safe -- a good idea to run this regularly.
Open Chrome Settings and click Privacy & Security in the navigation pane.In the Security Check section, click Check Now to run the test and view the results.
After running the security check, click "Review" to the right of "Passwords" to see your saved passwords, modify passwords that may have been leaked, and manage your full set of passwords.
Control microphone and webcam access
Your microphone and webcam are a potential security risk, so you want to make sure that only websites and services that really need access to these devices have access.You can see the full list and manage permissions in Chrome's settings.
Open Chrome Settings and click Privacy & Security in the navigation pane.In the Privacy and Security section, click Site Settings.Then in the Permissions section, tap Camera.Here you can allow or disallow sites from using your webcam, and revoke permissions for any sites you've given permission to.When you're done, hit the "Back" arrow and repeat this safety check process for the microphone.
Block non-essential cookies
Open Chrome Settings and click Privacy & Security in the navigation pane.In the Privacy and Security section, click Cookies and Other Site Data.In General Settings, click Block third-party cookies.
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