11 Chrome Settings You Should Change Now!

August 18, 2019 posted by

How’s it going everyone, I’m ThioJoe, and
today we’re going to take a look at 11 settings in Google Chrome that you should probably
change. These may be things you’ll want to disable,
or cool stuff that is disabled by default, that you will want to enable. Now, I’m using version 63 of Chrome, which
is actually the current beta version, so if you’re watching this video at a later date,
or you’re not using the beta version, things may look a bit different, so don’t be surprised
at that. I think you’ll find these interesting, and
also be sure to subscribe for more videos like this, and enable notifications by clicking
the bell, or YouTube is not going to show you my new videos even if you do subscribe,
because the YouTube algorithm is a steaming dumpster fire. Anyway, let’s get started. To start off, we have a feature that last
I checked is enabled by default that you probably want to disable. So go to settings, click advanced, then under
system look for the option called “Continue running background apps when Google Chrome
is closed.” I don’t know about you, but when I close Google
chrome, I expect it to actually close, and not have apps keep running in the background
I don’t know about. I mean really, what browser apps do I want
to keep running, if I’m not even using the browser? So yea, I’d disable that if I were you and
save some system resources. Ok, number two, this one is also in the settings
page, but this time under Privacy and Security. Look for the setting that says “Automatically
send some system information and page content to Google to help detect dangerous apps and
sites”. This one is disabled by default, but me personally,
I think it’s worth it to actually enable it. If you’re very privacy conscious you don’t
have to, but there are so many malicious websites out there that if more people enable this
setting, it’ll end up benefitting yourself in the future. Plus, it may make it more likely Chrome will
detect a new malicious site you go on even if it hasn’t scanned it before. Alright now all the rest of the settings we’re
going to go over are actually in a hidden settings menu called the Chrome Flags menu. Getting there is really simple, you just go
to the URL bar and type in Chrome://Flags, and hit enter. It will warn you these are experimental features,
so it’s best to not go randomly enabling and disabling features without knowing what they
do. Again this menu might have a different design
based on your version of chrome, but the functionality is the same. So let’s move on. So for number 3, do a search for a setting
called “Show Saved Copy Button”. You can either search for it at the top, or
hit Control + F and type it in there. What this does, is will allow you to load
a cached version of a website, if that website either fails to load, or you are currently
offline. So to enable it, go to the dropdown and select
“primary. That way, you can at least look at a previous
version of the website even if it’s not live, which might still be helpful. With this enabled, on the failed to load page,
you’ll see a button to load the saved copy. If you’re wondering what the secondary option
means, it just changes whether the Load copy button is on the left or right, so it doesn’t
really matter. Next number 4, this one is really great, it’s
called “Parallel Downloading”. So search for that one and turn it to enabled. This will let chrome use multiple download
threads to speed up the downloading of a file. This means if a website has a limit for how
fast you can download a file, chrome can basically download multiple parts of that file in parallel,
so you can cut the download speed to a fraction. There’s not really much documentation on this
feature so I’m not sure how well it works, and if it does it every time, but I don’t
see a reason to not enable it unless you start having issues or something. By the way, there are extensions that can
do this as well, I’m not going to get into those because it’s beyond the scope of this
video, but you can look those up. Hopefully this feature will make those obsolete
and just work as well without any extensions. Moving on, for number 5, look for a setting
called “Smooth Scrolling”, which is on be default. This is a personal preference, but I really
hate smooth scrolling so I disabled it. It just changes the way it feels to scroll
on a page, and makes it seem a lot slower and sluggish. You can turn it off and on to compare for
yourself, but I find when smooth scrolling is disabled, scrolling with the mousewheel
just feels so much more responsive and instant, whereas there seems to be a bit of a delay
otherwise. That’s because to smooth out the scroll movement,
it has to slowly build up speed, then slow down to a halt. It’s not something you would really notice
until you compare it for yourself, so try it out and see. Number 6, this one is really cool, look for
the setting called “New omnibox answers in suggest types” and enable that. This makes it so you can type questions and
other queries into the omnibox or URL bar, and it can offer answers right there. For example, if I type in “2nd president of
the USA”, it will give me the answer John Adams right in the auto-complete dropdown,
instead of having to do a search for it. The only problem is, it actually really sucks
at working half the time, and you can type something in one time, and it will answer,
and if you type it in again two seconds later, it won’t. So it’s definitely hit or miss, but I guess
not bad to have enabled anyway, and you can always just hit enter to do a google search
which will show you the same information. Ok number 7, I really like this one, it also
has to do with the omnibox. It’s a setting called “Omnibox UI Show Suggestion
Favicons”, that you can enable. What this does, is when you type something
into the URL bar, and it lists the suggestions, it will now show the favicon, or the site
icon next to each result. So this is really great if you’re searching
for a website you visited previously, and the results are from a bunch of different
sites, you can more quickly identify results from the site you’re looking for by the icon. Plus I think it just looks nicer, because
before it would just show little icons that didn’t mean anything, and it was sometimes
hard to sift through the results. This is definitely one of my favorites I’d
say. Number 8, this one is something you may or
may not want to enable, called “Automatic tab discarding”. What this will do, is if you have a lot of
chrome tabs open, and your computer starts to run low on memory, it will stop running
some tabs you haven’t been using. This way, those tabs are no longer using up
resources in the background. And if you do want to go back to it, Chrome
will simply reload the page when you click on the tab again. The only downside I can see is if you have
tabs running in the background that are actually doing something, I don’t know, like a game
or something, you don’t want that to close, because if you refresh it will mess things
up. So you can decide youreslf whether to enable
this, based on if your computer runs out of memory a lot, or if you use a ton of tabs,
and what you usually have running in those tabs. Onto number 9, this is seriously one of my
favorite features that as far as I know is not enabled by default for some reason. It’s called “Tab audio muting UI control”,
and makes it really easy to mute annoying tabs that are playing sounds. When something is playing sound in a tab,
chrome by default will tell you which tab it is using a little speaker icon. To mute that tab, you can normally right click
it and hit “mute tab”. But if you enable this feature, you can mute
the tab simply by clicking on the little speaker icon. Sure, it only saves you one click, but it’s
so simple that it’s a no brainer. Alright coming near the end, number 10 is
called “Fast tab/window close”. This is another one I like to have enabled. Normally when you go to close a tab, Chrome
will stop any javascript applets running or anything else, and once that’s all stopped,
will close the tab. But sometimes that might take a second, which
will seem like a delay when you’re closing tabs, and can get annoying if you have to
close a bunch of tabs at once. With this, according to the limited documentation,
Chrome will immediately close the tab visually, then shut down anything running from that
tab in the background. I like this because if I close a tab, I want
it to just disappear because it’s taking up space, I don’t care if Chrome has to take
an extra second for it to close it in the background. So this is nice. And finally number 11, this feature is really
amazing to enable, called “Scroll Anchoring”. Now it does technically work on desktop I
guess, but if you’re on Android, you can also enable this, and that’s where it really shines. Basically, scroll anchoring can help prevent
the page from jumping whenever you go on a site, and it keeps loading new stuff. For example, how many times have you gone
to a site, and you start reading it on your phone, and the STUPID FREAKIN ads start loading,
and pushing everything out of the way, SO obnoxious. When scroll anchoring is working, you won’t
actually notice, because it simply stops the page from doing that. But over time I’m sure you’ll start to take
note that it happens less and less often. And I guess this does happen on desktop every
once in a while too, just less often, but still worth it to keep enabled. So, that’s everything hope you enjoyed it. If you want to keep watching I’ll put some
other videos right here you can watch, and on my channel I’ve got a ton of other Chrome
related videos you can check out. Be sure to let me know down in the comments
if I missed anything, and if you want to subscribe I make new videos every tuesday thursday saturday. And again consider enabling notifications
by clicking that bell. Looking forward to hearing from you guys,
so thanks for watching I’ll see you next time, have a good one.


100 Replies to “11 Chrome Settings You Should Change Now!”

  1. madafakah yoh says:

    thio joe is a genious

  2. Kell Brigan says:

    0:42 The video actually starts.

  3. Envious _John says:

    How do I go into desktop mode without going into YouTube app? On mobile

  4. Robert Nitschke says:

    My chrome does not have the settings the silly lines to look for. How stupid!!. Run by dickheads.

  5. halloo20halloo says:

    yek tanaka goi bxo!

  6. Dan Friedman says:

    Naturally, the one function I was interested in – tab audio muting – is no longer there.

  7. Firerod SY11 says:

    I can't find the one at 7:47
    can someone help please

  8. Krzuz says:

    Wait a sec are you Ben Barnes?

  9. CharChar J says:


  10. angile hornet says:

    your video is nice, but its time taking i have customer support number 1888-925-1777 its solve your issue within 10 min

  11. Keith Hecker says:

    Everything I search for on google adamantly goes to the URL how do I stop that from doing so?

  12. Lior Cohen Z says:

    The "Tab audio muting UI control" is gone 🙁 I used it so many times…

  13. uttam mondal says:

    Chrome settings will it work for Android?
    If it is than show some demonstration

  14. TheSeeker2070 says:

    The "Omnibox UI Show Suggestion Favicons" has changed in Chrome version above 63. It is listed as "Enable pseudo-USS for favicon sync.".

    The "Automatic Tab Discarding" is also a good idea to deal with web-page – browser hijacks that force you to "Alt-Ctrl-Del" close the browser and when you reopen Chrome, it tries to recover the tabs. Hoping that the offending tab is in the background, Chrome will then not load it because of this setting giving you a chance to close it manually.

    The "tab audio muting UI control" does not exist anymore above version 63.

    The "Scroll Anchoring" was removed above version 63. What replaced it, or similar to, is "Scroll Anchor Serialization". Which saves the scroll anchor and uses it to restore your spot. Page scroll jump is one of my top 10 pet-peeves with badly developed websites/pages. Even Microsoft websites are bad for that. You would think the computer giant would know better,… and a big YES, this page scroll jumping is a huge issue on web pages viewed in browsers on desktop computers.

  15. χρηστος Μπακολουκας says:

    για φηλακι τα μησα ψευτηκα η οτη αλο προφηλ

  16. Diva Elmahagae says:

    How to turn off auto play video in chrome?

  17. Rasoul Khoshravan says:

    chrome://flags good video

  18. Giovanni Sanseviero says:

    Scroll Anchoring would be such a great help— the 'jumping around' screen is so annoying. However, I don't have this feature; only Scroll Anchoring Serialization.
    Should this one be enabled, or this is something not to be toyed with? Any help would be appreciated!

  19. Giovanni Sanseviero says:

    Very handy info, by the way!

  20. Sakya Nonac says:

    Is there any way to disable the bookmark suggestion when I type something in the url bar?

  21. Khang Huynh says:

    Smooth scrolling off is better than if it was on

  22. Abhinav Sharma says:


  23. Sean Azert says:

    You've disabled Google Chrome.

  24. DSC mino - Domino & Computer says:

    all of omnibox thing is enabled on newest chrome

  25. dele alli says:

    can u do an updated version

  26. Baka White says:

    Yeah, but how to force a simplified view on Android? Or I am forced to push the button every time?

  27. Underpaid Racer says:

    5:42 don't press read more

    I guess they never miss, huh?

  28. Melissa2007B says:

    Got anything to prevent Chrome from stalling every time I click a link on Facebook, and having to hit the reload every time?

  29. sky destination says:


  30. Tanavat Choojitarom says:

    Which browser most world use.? Fire fox and opera seen to be more use in u.s.a .Google chrome seen to be most use in Asia .

  31. TheMillerwireless says:

    How do you delete the browsing history every time you close Chrome? On Microsoft Edge, you can have a setting set to "clear browsing data every time you close the browser", and I was wondering if Chrome (at least I hope so) have that setting. Please reply.

  32. Eine Coca Zero ohne Aspartam bitte says:

    Digga hab mich schon gewundert warum son 2Mile Typ sagt:
    Yo sendet keine Daten , hier das deaktivieren usw
    Dachte so: Hm bei der Abo Zahl ist der doch eh von Google gek..
    Und ich hatte Recht , der typ tut ernsthaft seinen dummen fortnite kiddis hier weiß machen wollen.
    " Yo daten senden , kein Thema usw" macht ruhig.
    Papa Google weiß damit was anzufangen. "
    hahahahaahahahha Digga größte Massen:-Manipulation…

  33. taochan majesty says:

    this guys looks like Ben Barnes.

  34. Greta Sutton says:


  35. Christocream says:

    whenever I close chrome and open it again, the tabs I left off on open up again. How to I change that so a new blank tab will open

  36. Marc Guima says:

    Why you don't use BING ?

  37. AnduRo says:

    Why does my search engine sometimes change to yahoo?

  38. JessicaFEREM says:

    If yo use Firefox on Linux, apparently there's a ton of vsync issues for me if i keep smooth scrolling on. Makes no sense but appearently it's a thing and vsync is almost perfect once you turn it off

  39. Holding my Tongue says:

    I cannot find “continue running background apps” anywhere..

  40. Lily Val says:

    I like the way my chrome looks so that thing b4 tab just don't think I need, and I have plenty space memory and nice brand 32GB card just in case save wallpapers pics if stuff like gams I like to use on Twitch as my banner background and profile pic. I need one for my 2018 or new hp model. I don't see all you say on mines looks diff only the safety thing i discovered myself just a few days ago when got wifi messing around on it,

  41. Star View Cottage says:

    I have done!!!! thank you so much.

  42. royaldarkness says:

    some of them either changed the name, or actually no longer there

  43. Kertello Edwards says:

    my v button keeps selecting tab and search bar, what is the problem?

  44. Ruth Butler says:

    Scroll anchoring is gone.

  45. Eazy Rida says:

    I don't see new omnibox answers in suggest types

  46. Daniel Hartigan says:

    Thank you, made an instant improvement on my chrome experience.
    Not all flags were available to me but regardless this has significantly improved the speed and stability of using my browser.

  47. Mrs. Roper says:

    a lot of these are spelled different in the updated chrome and i can't differentiate them.

  48. MeriNiko says:

    many of those are not available in beta version

  49. vibra64 says:

    The setting "Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed" keeps turning itself back on after I closed Chrome or restart the computer..

  50. Visal Kheum says:

    is this a joke again?
    i fall a lot of time

  51. zilia hui says:

    Do you have mobile way ? Of it ?

  52. PAWAN OfficialMail says:

    thank you

  53. ZzRadixzZ GD says:

    i dont find this one 🙁 1:25

  54. French Mike says:

    any ideas how to stop chrome front taking the foreground when I using sublime app. Sublime will go behind chrome as soon as I click on chrome

  55. Rileylala says:

    copy and paste chrome://flags

  56. Chronicles says:

    I thought its another clickbait

  57. Gillster 37 says:

    Why is there SO MUCH CRAP!!! On my IPhone X Make this Shit system setting Simple 😭

  58. OfficialWeeaboo says:

    lowkey most helpful channel on youtube

  59. Marco Merlin says:


  60. gagpatr says:

    I am using version 74.0.3729.131 and it does not show several settings you talk about including the Flags page. Things like Fast tab/window close and Scroll Anchoring. Any suggestions?

  61. χρηστος Μπακολουκας says:


  62. Protatolitito says:

    Can u fix err_connections?

  63. Cherie Erten says:

    I hope you can help me. I work in the design program Inkscape. Everything I download that should be and Svg file. Chrome changes the extension to Chrome HTML Document. How can a downloaded folder that contains new Icons for Inkscape be a Document, it can't!!! It is an Svg file. Chrome is saving everything this way. How do I stop this? I am ready to uninstall chrome

  64. Lynda Wood says:

    First visit, love this info. Thanks so much.

  65. falafel dürüm says:

    if you are actually privacy-conscious…
    … you don't ever use Chrome and if possile also not Chromium.

  66. 0hsa is cool says:

    Weird i have microsoft edge beta build, and the exact same settings (with chrome replaced with edge) hmm

  67. Platform says:


  68. Wendell Ignacio says:

    If your video is that promising create app google play apps

  69. BRiX BRiX says:

    Can someone help me regarding this..

    Is it possible to browse or use internet that is not traceable by the server? Or any kind of sign that you are browsing a restricted site?

  70. John Blessing says:

    No need to change anything just uninstall Chrome and use Brave.

  71. Bonny Williams says:

    Nice video, you need to update the video it's 2019 and most of those are no longer applicable or available for that matter

  72. Indsutrial Svcs says:

    your still a Sheetbag, Dont believe anything this [email protected]#@#$#$*( Says to you.

  73. S. Khan says:

    I couldn't find chrome://flags.

  74. S. Khan says:

    Is there any video about "website-settings" in Google Chrome settings?

  75. S. Khan says:

    Could you please make a detailed video on "content settings"? That would be very nice.

  76. Matteo Toma says:

    thank you maaaaaaan

  77. LiftSurfer2019 says:

    I am never using chrome again. Chrome is actually a virus made by google

  78. pancake rachel corrie says:


  79. Dennis Boyer says:

    Thanks for your work and appreciate the help. Debo 🙂

  80. SIRUS tone says:

    YouTube won't show me your videos anyway because they don't contain Trump Hate.

  81. Izen Rblx says:

    im using it at a ater date lunix beta

  82. Muskeln-kaufen.de says:

    Cant watch because yt gives no update for audio lag issue through commercials and hd vids while casting via chromecast on tv.

  83. april mayberry says:

    You are the best

  84. BLACKIESBOY says:

    The Software Reporter Tool crashed my CPU because it used up 90% of it. Wtf.

  85. flame phoenix says:

    yeah i do not have that in mine

  86. Mitz C Das says:

    Hope you didn't mind I disliked it.

  87. Sam Sen says:

    This clip is exactly what I need but hey, looks pretty out dated as I don't see much of resemblance anymore. May be its time to make a new clip as you can imagine, since 2017, Google was not seating idle.

  88. Treva Land says:

    Hey man, my youtube channel and my gmail account are in sync in chrome, meaning they're always logged in to the same account, do you know how to turn it off?
    I googled but all replies say to turn chrome sync off but my chrome doesn't have a sync off button or any settings about turning it on or off.

  89. Seema Chetry says:

    chrome v75 no flags option like muting tab and fast close tab

  90. Harriet Anderson says:

    Please respect my privacy and am clean minded

  91. sara joseph says:


  92. the dis liker says:

    I didnt find chrome//: flags

  93. Александар зарић says:

    2019: most dont exist anymore

  94. P. says:

    most of those options don't seem to be available anymore

  95. red botton says:

    nice video

  96. Harvey Beaks says:

    can u do a 2019 update please beta?

  97. Christopher Ramsey says:

    You forgot to mention the “Do Not Track” option.

  98. Gorrmyzo Gaming-Sketches HD says:

    you look right in my soul

  99. Ajarn Spencer says:

    i use chromium (Blue version no google crap in it) and wont sign in or sync, because chrome is the biggest resource hog, and spyware ever. Use firefox developer portable, chrome portable, and photoshopn portable opn a usb… i am a webmaster and make changes to my blogs and pages all the time, and chrome never shows the edited changes after a page refresh because of the xxxxin CACHED PAGES. Crap for webmasters.. you see last weeks version of the website.. not the current realtime page. screw caching. Screw Chrome

  100. noeleen falkner says:

    My videos are usually down the right side now they are not and the current playing video is large and i cannot undo what i have done i hope you can help

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