If you're a Chrome user, you're in good company. Google's beta release of Chrome 50 last month comes as the world's most popular Web browser is nearing its eighth anniversary. At 1 billion monthly active users, it's no surprise that Chrome is the browser of choice for snake people, Donald Drumpf supporters, and people who prefer poop emoji to actual news. But even Chrome die-hards may not know about some of its many hidden features.
Here are some things you didn't know Chrome could do.
1) Translate virtually anything on the InternetUpon stumbling on a non-English website, Chrome will automatically ask if you want to translate it into English. But Chrome's translation features don't end there. If you're trying to learn Spanish or want to brush up on your Bosnian, the browser's advanced settings allow you to change your browser's language all together. Chrome also allows you to list languages in order of preference and change the languages you want translated. If you're switching between one or more languages, or trying to learn multiple languages, this can come in handly.
To change your browser's translate settings, click on "Menu" (the three horizontal bars on the upper right hand of the browser). Go on Settings > Show advanced settings. Finally, click on "Languages and input settings."
To change your browser's language, click on "Menu." Go on Settings > Show advanced settings. Finally, click on "Languages and input settings." Click "Add" and select the language you'd like to use from the list. On the right panel, click "Display Google Chrome in this language." Close and re-open your browser to apply the changes.
2) Download Flash video
You can download any Flash video you find online with your Chrome browser's developer tool or by downloading one of many Flash video extensions. Using Chrome's developer tool is slightly more complicated; makeuseof has the full rundown here.
3) Enable guest browsingIf you've ever been nervous about letting another person borrow your laptop in case they stumble upon your suspect browsing history, Chrome has got you covered. Chrome's guest mode allows others to use your computer without stumbling on your private information.
Go to Settings > People > and check "Enable Guest Browsing." Your guest's browser history and cookies won't be saved, and they won't have access to any of your browser's information.
4) Use your browser as a notepad
If you ever need to jot down a quick note while you're on the Internet, you can use your browser as a notepad.
Just copy and paste the following to the URL bar of a new tab on Chrome: data:text/html, <html contenteditable>
5) Record anything you do on your browserWith the Screencastify extension, you can record all the screen activity—including audio—that occurs inside a tab. This is perfect for situations where you want to teach others a Web-related task at work or school. It's also not a bad way to narrate presentations.
The free version of Screencastify has a 10-minute maximum video length; if you go longer you'll need to spring for the paid version. It's a good reminder to keep things brief!