Google Chrome Basic Settings, Incognito Tutorial and AdBlock Info

2013-06-24

Today, I’m going to take you through Google Chrome basic settings, AdBlock and Incognito tutorial.

First of all, open Google Chrome and then click the menu (triple line icon) up on the right corner.

Settings

Click on “settings”.

There are many customizable options under settings.

Sign In

Choose the “sign in” option to change your default Gmail account (The one you use for automatic signing-in).

On startup

This option allows you to choose the page that will automatically open when you launch Google Chrome.

By default, it is set to Google. However, you can choose another page of your preference or even more than one page, in which case Google Chrome will open more than one page at once on start-up.

Appearance

Under "Appearance settings" you will find the “Get Themes” option.

Click the “Get Themes” button to reach Google Chrome webstore " /] and download a theme for your Google Chrome Browser.

Show Home Button

One of the major options under “Appearance” is “Show home button”.

Click “Show home button” to get a home button.

The home button will appear on the left side of the browser toolbar and it is set to google.com by default. You can change the home page according to your preference.

When you click on the home page button, it will open up the web page you set as the home page.

By checking “Always show the bookmarks bar”, the bookmarks bar will appear on top all the time.

If you haven’t checked the option “Always show the bookmarks bar”, you can click on the menu icon, go to "Bookmarks" then select “Show bookmarks bar”.

By selecting the option “show bookmarks bar”, you can have your favourite pages in the bookmarks bar; the bookmarks bar will appear below the browser toolbar and it will appear on top all the time.

In "search settings" you can change your default search engine.

By selecting “omnibox”, you can simply type your search term in the search field. Then press Enter to see results from your default search engine.

“Enable instant for faster searching” allows you to search and browse faster on the web to see dynamic results whenever you search from the address bar at the top of the browser window.

Users

With “Users” feature, you can add new users while allowing different users have their own personalized copies of Chrome on the same computer. You can delete users and you can import bookmarks and settings from other web browsers as well.

Default Browser

“Default browser”, is an external feature which allows you to set the default to other browsers like Firefox or Internet Explorer.

Privacy

Content Settings

“Privacy” and the sub-option “content settings”, prompts you security features such as “Cookies”, “Images”, “JavaScript”, etc.

You have control over your browsing data. This data includes things like your browsing and download history and saved form data. Use the "Clear browsing data" button to delete all your data or just a portion of it, collected during a specific period of time.

Another way to remove browsing data is by going to "tools", then "clear browsing data".

Passwords and forms

By checking the Autofill feature you can complete forms with just one click. “Offer to save passwords I enter on the web” feature allows you to save your usernames and passwords for different websites. Google Chrome can then automatically complete the sign-in fields for you when you visit these websites.

Web content

Web content” feature allows you to change your “Font size” and “Page zoom”. It is always better to have your “Page zoom” at 100% for best results.

Network

In “Network” settings, you can change the proxy settings.

Languages

“Languages” is where you will find the Languages and spell checker settings.

Downloads

“Downloads” feature allows you to choose the location for downloads on your computer. It is set to '"Downloads" folder by default.

You can check “Ask where to save each file before downloading”. This feature allows you to save your downloads in different locations as per your preference.

Google Cloud Print

“Google Cloud Print” lets you access the computer's printer from anywhere.

Background apps

“Background apps” prompts you to “Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed”. This option doesn’t affect the system performance though it runs on the background even when Google Chrome is closed.

Extensions

“Extensions” are extra features and functionalities that you can add to the browser. AdBlock is a highly recommended extension. This will block any ads on YouTube, downlink websites, media fire and any pop-ups that will come up on any website.

AdBlock

To get AdBlock, perform a search and simply add it to your browser.

In above screenshot, there is green bar which says “Add to Chrome”. You can click “Add to Chrome” and it will start downloading and install it for you. One of the advantages is that you don’t have to restart your computer in order to install AdBlock or any other Google Chrome products.

When you have downloaded and installed AdBlock on your computer, make sure to check “Allow in incognito”, in case you decide to go incognito as your default privacy settings.

You can select “Get more extensions” and download plenty of useful extensions of your preference.

History

“History” settings is where you will find the “Clear all browsing data” button.

By clicking “Clear all browsing data” button, it will delete your cache, your saved passwords and cookies.

You can select the length of history to be cleared.

As you can see, the entire history has been deleted from Google Chrome but, if you are browsing incognito you’ll never have to clear your browsing history.

Browsing Incognito

If you want to use Incognito temporarily, select “New incognito window”.

By clicking “New incognito window”, it will open up a new incognito window. Google Chrome won’t save any browsing data because you’re using an incognito window. It’s like an anonymous browser. This way you won’t save any form of history, cookies, passwords, etc.

Remember that you should have AdBlock installed so that you can block ads though you’re on incognito. If you want to see ads while you’re in incognito, you can stop AdBlock temporarily.

If you want to use incognito all the time, go to your Google Chrome icon on the desktop, right click, and go to properties. The process varies on different operating systems.

Go to “Target” or “The Extension”, again it might be a little bit different but, you’ll get the general idea. Put a space after the last quotation, dash, incognito and capitalize the “I” on incognito and then click apply.

Example ("C:\Program Files(x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"-Incognito)

Now when you open Google Chrome it will open as an incognito window by default. It’ll never save your cookies or browsing history. Even if you open up a new tab, it will be 100% incognito. To disable incognito, erase “–Incognito” from Target in Properties.

Example ("C:\Program Files(x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"-Incognito)

This concludes the tutorial on Google Chrome basic settings, AdBlock and Incognito.