FAQ: Google Chrome Tips and Pointers

Chrome is Google's newly released browser. It's currently available for Windows only. Following are a couple of FAQ's and bits of interest.

Will there be a Linux or Mac version of Chrome? Will there be a mobile version?

There's only a Windows XP/ Vista version available so far but Google say they're working on Linux and Mac versions. If you visit the Google Chrome homepage with Mac or Linux, you can click the blue button to the right to sign up for an email alert when your system's version is ready.

As for a mobile version, Google indicated they may release the browser for their Android mobile system, perhaps under a related but slightly different name.

What can Chrome's tabs do? Can I turn them off?

One specialty of Chrome's tabs is that you can drag them out of the tab area into a new window. Reversely, you can also drag a new window back into another window's tab section. You can also slide tabs around horizontally to re-order them.

As for turning off tabs, like for those who use the Windows task bar tabs instead, I didn't find a way to do that yet.

Where can I find help on Google Chrome? Where can I submit bugs or feedback?

You can find help in Google's official Chrome groups. There's one group for feature suggestions, for instance. Bugs can be submitted in the Chrome issues list (or rather, the issues list of "Chromium", which is the name of the open source project). You can also submit a bug by clicking the page icon in Chrome and selecting "Report bug or broken website" (note by default you'll be sending a screenshot of the current page to Google, but you can uncheck that option). See the known issues page to find out what Google is already working on.

How can I install an ad blocker for Chrome?

I received the following small tutorial on how to do this, but I can't guarantee it works and I don't know about potential side-effects... please use with care (quote HTML'ified):

<<1. Install free software Proxomitron. It stays in your system tray and only eats 3MBs of RAM.

2. In Google Chrome go to Options -> Under the Hood and click on "Change Proxy Settings".

3. A new window will open. Click on "LAN Settings", tick "Use a proxy server for your LAN". In the Address field enter "localhost" and for Port enter "8080". Also tick "Bypass proxy server for local addresses"

That's it really. It's not as effective as the Firefox Adblock extension but it works well nonetheless.>>

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