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February 3, 2011

9 Things to Try in Google Chrome 9

Google Chrome 9 is now available, two months after the previous release and two weeks later than Google's self-imposed deadline. Here are 9 features you should try in this new version:

1. WebGL is now enabled by default in Google Chrome and you can try the 3D web apps from Google's gallery. Don't miss Body Browser, a Google Earth for the human body, and the WebGL Aquarium.


2. Google Instant is now integrated with Chrome's address bar, but this feature is not for everyone because it automatically loads web pages as you type. It's disabled by default, so you need to enable it by checking "Enable Instant for faster searching and browsing" in the Options dialog.

3. Cloud Print can be enabled from Options > Under the hood if you use Windows. This features lets you print from devices that can't communicate directly with printers. The first two applications that use Cloud Print are the mobile versions of Gmail and Google Docs.

4. Chrome supports WebP files. WebP is a new image format created by Google whose main advantage is that it offers better compression. "Our team focused on improving compression of the lossy images, which constitute the larger percentage of images on the web today. To improve on the compression that JPEG provides, we used an image compressor based on the VP8 codec that Google open-sourced in May 2010." Here's an example of WebP image.

5. Right-click on an extension button next to the address bar and select "Hide button". When you change your mind, go to Tools > Extensions and click on "Show button" next to the corresponding extension.


6. Create desktop shortcuts for your web apps: right-click on an app in the new tab page and select "create shortcut". You can also add shortcuts to the Start Menu and the Quick Launch Bar if you use Windows.


7. Launch web apps in a new window. Right-click on a web app and select "open as window".

8. Install extensions that add custom menu options to images. For example, install Clip It Good to upload any image from a web page to Picasa Web Albums.


9. Install extensions that use the Omnibox API to associate keywords with new search engines. For example, install the DOI Resolver extension and type doi 10.1205/096030802760309188 in the address bar. The extension added a new search engine and associated it with the keyword doi.

30 comments:

  1. The "create application shortcut" is still not activate for Mac...

    How complicated is this??!!

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  2. Spell checker still not fixed. I have to click on every single word when changing spell checker language, to underline spell mistakes.:(

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  3. Google word spell checker is bullshit, I have the same problems since version 7. Shame on Google

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  4. Nice list :)

    AFAIK, #8 is available for long. I've created a similar Chrome extension for Flickr (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/nacmiiefmonpjkmcfhkajdhcgdnglaje), and it is working fine in stable channel for long.

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  5. That list is shorter on a mac. No application shortcuts, no open in a pinned tab. Shame on Google.

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  6. how the hell can i disable search option in right click context menu?

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  7. Check out the link which has a great review about Google Chrome:

    http://www.iwebsnacks.com/2011/02/google-has-launched-chrome-9-with-innovative-features/

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  8. How did you get the Dropbox in the Clip it good extension ?

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  9. A little bug when you want to save a picture created on the fly, e.g. http://www.mypixelz.fr/image.php?id=EC54_4D238C8F&jpg
    Chrome says it is "image.php", when IE says it is "image.jpg", and FF says it is "image.php.jpg". I would like to have the "jpg" extension. This bug appeared with the v8 of Chrome. It is the same with some PDF files created on the fly by some server applications.

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  10. nicely done, i use chrome all the time, more plugins would be nice though, like the nice dev plugins for firefox would be nice to have

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  11. okeyburda,okey oyna, bedava okey, canlı okey, okey, online okey, okey odaları, okey salonları, guzel okey, batak oyna, tavla oyna,

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  12. I was fascinated by WebGL aquarium even if I am just using a laptop with Intel GMA.

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  13. oh heck! i have an error on jellyfish "Could not initialise shaders"...

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  14. I've tried the WebGL Aquarium, seems eating a lot of my CPU :(

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  15. The Cool Clock extension allows people to search anything on their todo list using the omnibar, it also display's a clock on the screen. (it was originally called Chrome Clock)
    https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/icegcmhgphfkgglbljbkdegiaaihifce
    That's another pretty good use for Chrome 9, but I haven't heard of any other extensions using it besides the one that was provided in the post.

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  16. WOW! Thank you very much! I've been using Chrome for a while, and it's so GREAT. :)

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  17. nice list, i didn't know a lot of them.

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  18. I can not print PDF pages properly! I have to go to exployer every time I want to print a PDF of more than one page

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  19. cool! Now i know what to do about my google chrome 9.Thanks

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  20. I am doing my best to change to Chrome for the 4th time in 2 years.
    I would like to be able to do a ... Google search. In IE, I have Google box at the top,it works.
    In Chrome, I do it on the address bar, and I get a page full of Korean.
    Yes, I am in Korea, but I don't speak Korean yet. I am sure there is a way to change it, somewhere under the hood, in Korean...
    Is this the best you can do?
    I will try again next year.

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  21. Another thing, tried to use Chrome on my HD TV, Windows 7, 200% DPI. Text is tiny, I need 207%(???) zoom. Except that I have to re-set it for every new page, it keeps going to 100%. wtf??

    I don't know about the rest of you, but being able to read is the n.1 'feature' in a browser for me.

    After you get that right, I may try the 3D body browser and other stuff.

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  22. May I ask what theme you are using on your computer? Is it Windows 7? Looks very slick.

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  23. And the best of them all, you can browse internet too. :D

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  24. I open google chrome just to see my updates in facebook...:-))....all the other things i do in mozilla...coz there are still lot of prob with chrome.I dnt close the tabs but then too its gets closed automatiocally...:-((

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  25. People are so stupid. You create them an incredible tool and they complain about the handle or the things it doesn't do rather than appreciating what it can do, or they wildly toss out insults and derisive comments as though they are not dealing with anything real. Assholes.

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  26. I love Chrome..it's honestly the best browser for Windows...However..it still lacks some extensions that Firefox has like their web developer tool.

    If you're not using Chrome..you're missing out..just like if you're not using WP to build websites you're missing out huge.

    Who else agrees?

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  27. I really like Google chrome and it is one of the best browser. I will try these tips with my chrome. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  28. I am not a very technical web user, but I love Chrome, I switched from Firefox to Chrome and am not going back! Loved the list ... I will check out all the details ... this is the first time I really want to learn how to use a browser/operating system/program or whatever you call it ...go google!

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