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Heard of Chrome Flags before? No? Here’s all that you need to know in order enable them and to enhance your browsing experience.

By Labonya Chaudhuri

Google Chrome as we all know, is full of hidden features. Users often have a desire of searching for these features. One such feature which most of us are unaware of is Chrome Flags. If you don’t know about Chrome Flags as yet, you’re at the right place. We’ll be;l you all that you need to know about it and how to use it as per your needs.

What are Chrome Flags?

Chrome Flags are a set of experimental features and settings which are found in Chrome, especially for developers and tinkerers. These features have particular functions that Google is still working on. The number of features is quite a lot in Chrome Flags and it should generally interest people who love exploring new features.

Chrome Flags mainly enhance one’s browsing experience and also allows the person to use in-development features. They contain advanced options like hardware and GPU acceleration. These are generally useful for developer testing. But that is not all that makes Chrome Flags so attractive.

If one is a developer or one loves to play around with new partially developed options, Chrome Flags is certainly to be of great use to them.

How to enable Chrome Flags?

It is to be noted in the very beginning that some features in Chrome Flags may be problematic. Changes might even result in Chrome crashing along with the deletion of your data.

As a warning sign, Chrome puts up this warning note: “your browser may delete all your data or your security and privacy could be compromised”. One can use the reset button to sort out the problem or one may also run chrome://settings/reset in the address bar to reset Chrome instantly.

  1. One can type  “chrome://flags” or “about://flags” in the Omnibox (address/search bar) to search for Chrome Flags.
  2. A long list of features will show up which can be enabled or disabled.
  3. Every advanced feature will appear with a short description of itself below it. One can enable any feature by clicking on either “Enable” or changing the settings from “Default” to “Enabled” or “Disabled”.
  4. After making the required changes, one has to click on the “Relaunch Now” button which will allow Chrome to restart with the newly made changes in place.
  5. If at any point Chrome experience becomes unstable, one can use the “Reset all to default” button to restore the default settings of Chrome.

Labonya Chaudhuri