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Become a Chrome Guru: Part-2

Become a Chrome Guru: Part-2

Open the last session’s tabs automatically. 
Also like Firefox, Chrome can automatically restore the tabs from your last browser session. In that same Options area as above, just select “Restore the pages that were open last.”
Add the home button to your toolbar. 
Chrome’s toolbar is pretty sparse by design, but once you’ve set your homepage(s), you might want to get to them in one click. In the Options dialog’s Basics tab, you can also check off “Show Home button on the toolbar.”
Set your default Downloads save location.
 Also in Options—but under the “Minor Tweaks” tab—you can set Chrome’s default download location to something other than the “My Documents” folder.
Master Chrome’s Startup Switches
Like all good open source software, Chrome comes with a long list of “startup switches”—that is, parameters you can use when you launch the program to customize its behavior. While most of the switches are only useful to developers, a handful let power users do some handy stuff.
Quick primer: To use a startup switch, create a new Chrome shortcut on your desktop (or elsewhere). Right-click it and choose Properties. In the Target field, add the switch in question immediately following the path to chrome.exe. For example, your target using a -disable-java switch might look like:
“C:Documents and SettingsUSERLocal SettingsApplication DataGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe” -disable-java
Here are some things you can do with Chrome’s startup switches.
Tweak the number of suggestions the address bar offers. Increase or reduce the number of suggestions in the address bar drop-down using the -omnibox-popup-count switch. For example, to increase it to 10 suggestions, use -omnibox-popup-count=10. [via The How-To Geek]
Create and maintain multiple user profiles. Since Chrome learns so much from your usage patterns, you might want to create more than one user personality based on the task at hand. For example, you can set up a “work Chrome” and a “play Chrome” user profile (like you can with Firefox’s user profiles). While Chrome doesn’t offer a handy utility to create new profiles like Firefox does, all it takes is creating a new user directory, and then using Chrome’s –user-data-dir startup switch to point it there. The Digital Inspiration blog runs down how to create and use multiple profiles in Chrome.
Speed up browsing by disabling functionality. When you want to surf Flash-free, Java-free, or even Javascript-free (even though that’s not really the point of Chrome, but whatever), there’s a list of -disable Chrome startup switches that can block plug-ins, content, or features you don’t want,  like:

  • -disable-dev-tools
  • -disable-hang-monitor
  • -disable-images
  • -disable-java
  • -disable-javascript
  • -disable-logging
  • -disable-metrics
  • -disable-metrics-reporting
  • -disable-plugins
  • -disable-popup-blocking
  • -disable-prompt-on-repost

Dress up Google Chrome to your liking by downloading a Chrome theme and saving its default.dll file into the application’s Themes directory. Update, 9/9/2008: Link to Chrome theme download source updated.
For Windows XP users, by default that folder is:
C:Documents and SettingsUserLocal SettingsApplication DataGoogleChromeApplication.2.149.29Themes
In Windows Vista it’s:
(Note if Google Chrome updates, you may have to change the version number in this path.)
Get Extras: Bookmarklets, AutoHotkey Scripts, and More Chrome-Related Downloads
While Google Chrome doesn’t support extensions (yet), several macros, bookmarklets, and other third-party extras can make working with Chrome easier. Here’s a quick list.
Block ads in Google Chrome with Privoxy. Using free web proxy and ad-blocking software Privoxy, you can block distracting advertisements in Google Chrome.
Create Custom Chrome keyboard shortcuts with AutoHotKey. Our favorite Windows macro scripting language, AutoHotKey, can make browsing with Chrome via the keyboard even easier. Here’s a full Chrome shortcut AHK file that adds nine keyboard shortcuts (including the much-needed “Paste and go” shortcut).
Preview a web site’s RSS feeds, or print a page in one click with bookmarklets. Without toolbars or extensions, plain old bookmarklets come in very hand. Here’s a bookmarklet that auto-detects and previews a web site’s feed. Here’s one that will print the current page. (You can also just hit the Ctrl+P keyboard shortcut).
Open pages from Firefox in Chrome. If you’re browsing in both Firefox and Chrome and like to use Chrome for certain pages, the Open in Google Chrome Firefox extension does just that. With it installed, set certain links to open in Chrome, or select a link and choose “Open in Chrome” manually from the context menu.
Run Chrome from your thumb drive. When you’re in IT lockdown or traveling from computer to computer (but want to keep your Chrome settings), you want the portable, standalone version of Chrome (free download).
Anonymize your Chrome surfing. Chrome Anonymizer scrambles your unique ID and makes it impossible for anyone to track what you’re doing in Chrome.

Google Chrome: 1% Market Share In Less Than a Day

Google Chrome: 1% Market Share In Less Than a Day

Spoiler Warning : While I intend to develop this blog into a web-design and UI resource and discussion lounge, I cannot refrain myself from tracking the progress of Google Chrome.

While the early release of the Chrome comic might have changed the way Google went about launching its new browser, it definitely did not hurt Chrome’s early success. According to data from Net Applications, Chrome captured more than 1% of the browser market within its first day of release. Since then, it has been growing steadily and is now at around 1.5%, as both technology blogs and mainstream publications have written about it almost nonstop since Monday morning. Good Timing Even if it was accidental, the timing of Chrome’s release could have hardly been any better. 

Good Timing

Even if it was accidental, the timing of Chrome’s release could have hardly been any better. As the news leaked during Labor Day, which, by all measures, is traditionally a very slow news day, anticipation built quickly in the blogosphere and Chrome easily dominated the tech news cycle for the coming days. Also, the fact that Google streamed the announcement live and had the browser ready for download even before the announcement had finished surely helped to keep the momentum going.

What About the Rest?
In this short time, Chrome managed to become the 4th most used browser on the net after Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari. As Chrome only runs on Windows so far and given that Safari has a far smaller user base on Windows, Chrome is now the third most used browser for Windows users. 
Here are RWW, we have been seeing the percentage of Chrome users rise steadily over the last few days. As of this morning, about 3.3% of RWW readers were using Chrome.
This quick ascent for Chrome is even more astonishing, given that Apple had to resort to all kinds of tricks to even get to 0.2% of the market.
Firefox and Safari Lose
Clearly, there is a demand for a better browsers. According to StatCounter, Chrome’s users have been coming from Firefox and Safari, while IE actually gained market share. Most of current Chrome users are still early adopters, but over time, we think that Chrome will mostly drain users away from Opera and IE, as its simplicity and ease of use would most probably appeal most to these two groups, while a lot of advanced Firefox users won’t be able to switch until Chrome supports extensions.
My Interpretation 

While I am not a certified industry observer, I can comment on this Owing to my extensive work in the web-develoment and promoion area. The Chrome does sure canabalized FF users as i thought, coz’ the die-hard MS fans and dumb-ass IE users will never feel the urge to experiment and explore any way!!?? ha ha?
But, as it hapens I cannot use Chrome for my day to day browsing habbits, as It depends a lot on the 20+ extensions in FF that makes my work a breeze or so i think. May be I’ll get quick peeks in Google services using Chrome. (As u understand I use GMail, GCAl, Gdocs, Blogger, Adwords, Adsense and Analytics not to mention Webmaster central) 
For others I have FF2 and 3 (yes FF3 doesn’t yet supports my fav extensions(or the developers of that extensions are more lazy than me, it seems.)
Keep on guys, In the next post I’ll explore the implications of Chrome in Detail.

A comic that changed the Strategic stability in Browser Wars!

A comic that changed the Strategic stability in Browser Wars!

With the possible exception of the Watchmen trailer, I don’t remember a comic book ever stopping the web community in shock. The surprise unveiling of Google Chrome yesterday—in comic book form—did just that.

Google leaked news of the browser yesterday by releasing a comic book (by comics legend Scott McCloud) describing the design decisions that went into the new browser.

For users, Chrome is a brand new web browser with blazing fast load times and a minimalist interface, designed to highlight page content over (ironically) browser chrome. Customary browser features are tucked away behind clever user interface elements, most of which are easily discoverable as you need them.

For developers, Chrome uses the same WebKit rendering engine as Safari, but bundles its own screaming fast JavaScript engine, called V8. The browser’s common ancestry with Safari will help to reduce the testing burden on developers of a whole new browser, but when testing is required, Chrome includes a DOM/CSS inspector, an HTTP profiler, and a JavaScript debugger.

A beta of Chrome is now available for Windows, with a Mac version under development.I am already posting this Blog via Google Chrome! See screen shots for more idea/Information.