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Some little features to like about Google Chrome

September 2, 2008 | 10:17 pm | Tags: browsers,google

These are some of Google Chrome’s unique useful features. A list of Google Chrome annoyances is coming soon, stay tuned! 🙂

Aero Glass support

What I always liked about Microsoft’s IE 7 was the fact that it was using Vista’s native Aero Glass look. Chrome is the first browser to include Aero Glass compatibility since IE 7, which makes the UI look nice and native on Vista. Mozilla should have included it in Firefox 3.

Aero Glass in Chrome

Advanced source code view

This is something I never saw in a web browser before. Chrome has just luxury source code viewer. It displays line numbers and turns everything that looks like a URL into a clickable link.

View source

Task manager

Yeah, you have probably seen the task manager in Google’s promotional comic book released yesterday. The task manager really rocks—it even has this little link label saying “Stats for nerds” that can open advanced memory usage statistics.

Stats for nerds

Download manager

Just like Opera and Maxthon, Chrome tries to avoid using extra dialog windows. Almost everything like bookmark manager or a download manager opens its own tab that looks just like a web page.

Downloads

Downloads

Searching within the current page

This is something we use a lot and don’t even realize it. When you hit Ctrl+F in Chrome and start searching, every match on the page is automatically highlighted without having to click on a button like in other browsers. Too bad Chrome does not allow you to start searching immediately without pressing Ctrl+F like Firefox does.

Find in Page

Great compatibility

This is just a minor issue… but did you notice that Chrome has both Gecko and Safari words in its user agent string? This makes work almost every web app that officially supports Firefox or Safari. Not all developers realize that there is something like KHTML and WebKit and some of them often put the word Safari in their browser detection scripts.

User agent

Language the browser UI uses

It looks like a typical Google product. I especially love the options dialog tab named “Under the Hood”.

Language #1

Language #2

Prism-like functionality

The “Create application shortcut” is more useful than Mozilla Prism. Even though the browser bar is hidden when the site is running in “application mode”, you can still access basic features like Back and Find in page by clicking the window’s icon in the top left corner.

Create application shortcut

Duplicate tab

Chrome allows you to duplicate any tab through its right-click menu.

Installing missing plugins

If a site requires a certain plugin, Chrome will take you to the download page immediately, in most cases you don’t need to search through the whole plugin vendor’s site.


Comments: 7

Comments: 7

  1. Opaquit:

    Jé, díky za komentář! Ale tož snažím se 😀 Asi půl roku mně na disku leží rozpracovaná verze, kód mám celý hotový, jenom chybí dopsat texty. Tak ale mohl bych si dat předsevzetí, že je už tento víkend dopíšu. For those who do not understand—it’s about the Czech version of my site (see link in the header), hopefully I’m gonna finish it on this weekend.

  2. Minťa:

    Kdy bude hotová ta česká verze?

  3. chrome browser:

    i like the download manager the best among the other browsers. i like it even better than firefox. i’m typing this with firefox though but i have a chrome window open for my gmail and analytics and for surfing forums.

  4. Google Chrome News » Blog Archive » Some little features to like about Google Chrome:

    […] David R wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptThis makes work almost every web app that officially supports Firefox or Safari. Not all developers realize that there is something like KHTML and WebKit and some of them often put the word Safari in their browser detection scripts. … […]

  5. Trubto:

    Steak sauce!

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  7. David Gerard:

    “We are so, so happy with Google Chrome,” mumbled Mozilla CEO John Lilly through gritted teeth. “That most of our income is from Google has no bearing on me making this statement.” – http://notnews.today.com/?p=57

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