Google Chrome’s Unique Features

By Gloson On December 4, 2008 Under Google
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I’ve been using Google Chrome for some time already, and it became my default browser. I think it is pretty cool. It is very fast. I have also found out some unique features that Google Chrome has, the feature which no other browsers have.

Chrome’s Unique Features

Here is the list of Google Chrome’s unique features, the features that Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer don’t have.

1. Information on whether the site is loading or resolving

When the site is being resolved, Chrome will display this gray line, revolving slowly, counter-clockwise.
resolving thumb Google Chromes Unique FeaturesWhen the site is found and is being loaded, Chrome will show loading thumb Google Chromes Unique Featuresthis blue line, revolving quickly, clockwise.

2. Task manager

Wow! A task manager inside a browser. It is just like a normal task manager, showing the processes and the memory it uses.

Here is the screen-shot of the task manager:
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If your computer seems as though it is going to crash, you can open the Google Chrome task manager and see which tabs are using a lot of memory, and then end their processes so your computer won’t crash. Don’t worry. The tab won’t be closed, but instead show a crashed smiley.
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If you reload that tab, the process will begin again. If you end a process such as shockwave flash, the flash object will show the crashed plugin smiley.
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To open the task manager, hit ‘Shift + Esc’.

3. Stats For Nerds

If you click the ‘Stats for nerds’ link at the corner of Google Chrome task manager, a tab, displaying memory usage will appear:
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Reload the page to refresh the stats. I do not exactly know how the stats work, but this is a feature of Google Chrome that no other browsers have. Without a doubt, this is stats for nerds.

4. Application shortcuts creator

Google Chrome also can create application shortcuts, like this.
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If you click on that icon, a Chrome window will appear, displaying the website.
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Application shortcuts can be created at the start menu, the quick launch bar, and the desktop.
To create application shortcuts, follow these steps.

5. Display of find results at the scroll trough

Unlike IE and Firefox, Chrome displays find (Ctrl + F) results at the scroll trough.
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It also highlights other find results (which is also featured in IE 8). I find this feature convenient, especially when I am designing my blog – I view the source of a page, then I use the find feature (Ctrl + F). It also adds to my HTML knowledge.

6. Opens really fast

Oh, yes. Open Chrome, Firefox, and IE at once and Chrome will pop in front of your eyes before the others do. I wonder how Chrome can open so quickly.

7. Suggestions as you type

You don’t have to type the full web address of a site you’ve visited. Chrome will suggest it for you. You just have to press ‘Enter’ to visit the site. This is useful for long site addresses.
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Also, if you type a term, such as ‘Internet Explorer’, Chrome would list out the popular sites that are related to it. For example, Chrome would list IE’s homepage if you type ‘Internet Explorer’.
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To know more about this, watch this video.

8. Search from the browser

If you typed in the address bar a searchable site or a site with a search engine, Chrome will notify you to press tab in your keyboard. After you pressed tab, type the search term, and then hit ‘Enter’. The search results will appear in no time. See picture above.

9. Crash Control

Each tab has its own process (which is why you see many chrome.exe’s in the ‘Processes’ tab of the task manager). So, if a tab crashes, the other tabs won’t crash. This is useful if you are in a middle of something such as writing an email or any unsaved work.

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If any of these features are featured in another browser, please let me know (via comments), or it would not be unique. Also, if you find another unique feature in Google Chrome please let me know, too.

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. RizzoTees
    December 4, 2008
    10:50 pm

    Unfortunately I’m on a Macbook Pro, so I’ll have to wait for the OSX version.

    Great blog Gloson, I found you on Twitter. Peace.

    Rizzo

  2. Thomas UKM
    December 4, 2008
    11:01 pm

    Hi Gloson, IE 8 have something similar to “Incognito mode”, is called “InPrivate” and It’s also available in Safari browser…but the firefox don’t have this feature…

    Thomas

  3. Gloson
    December 4, 2008
    11:32 pm

    Thank you very much…feature removed.

  4. Xavier
    December 5, 2008
    2:08 pm

    Hi Gloson, your blog is absolutely cool and you write great articles! Keep it up! If you’ve time, try to visit my blog @ http://kidtechguru.blogspot.com …I’m a 14-Year-Old tech blogger.

  5. Kenneth Lim
    January 11, 2009
    12:50 am

    Hey,how did you know so much about computers and stuff?You look like you know everything in or out the computer.Compared to my blog yours is much more better.

    Keep up the good work!

  6. Gloson
    January 11, 2009
    1:38 am

    @Kenneth Lim

    I explore. Anyway, thanks :)

  7. Linnet Woods
    January 16, 2009
    6:28 pm

    Wow Gloson! You have convinced me to go over to Chrome without hesitation! Thanks very much for introducing me to this great new way of browsing.

    In your reply to the comment, from Kenneth Lim, I’m surprised you didn’t add a great big ROFL after “I explore” Very funny (unintentionally perhaps, which makes it even funnier, although Microsoft probably wouldn’t think so! LOL

  8. acrox999
    August 11, 2009
    9:52 am

    I think I know how Google Chrome started faster than other browsers.

    You see, G.C. has a very minimalistic GUI, right? And also, see the process of G.C.. Well, G.C. is said to be a multi-process browser, just like I.E.. If they do as a single-process browser(like Firefox), that’s what made it a little bit slow because it has to initialize everything unlike multi-process browser.

    I did a test and I.E. started together with G.C. while Firefox started about 5 seconds after them. Well, I think this might be the answer to your question; “I wonder how Chrome can open so quickly.”

  9. Jason B
    April 15, 2010
    2:44 pm

    Thats a cool article.

  10. flashgamer@flashgamer
    November 15, 2010
    1:51 am

    tried it and liked it but im used to firefox and thats where im gonna stay, though liked your blog

  11. Arjun Singh
    March 2, 2011
    10:53 pm

    Gloson that post was a dang! I guess you are having more feature than that filthy chrome.. ;)
    You simply rocks buddy… :)

  12. blessed mark
    June 14, 2011
    11:20 pm

    tanks a lot 4 dis awsome awareness u created in me abt google chrome.u re gud

  13. Sara Angel
    June 29, 2011
    6:43 pm

    Superb information.You have convinced me to go over to Chrome without hesitation! Thanks very much for introducing me to this great new way of browsing. Your every post is great.

    -sara

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