Hi Friends This article will teach you how you can quickly access Google Chrome’s configuration pages. Configuration pages include pages that start from “about:” or “chrome://” for example, about:flags and the famous chrome://extensions/. These pages are for advanced users who know what it is and how to configure them. This allows us to customize the Google Chrome according to our needs.
There are so many pages in the aforementioned category that it’s a little hard to remember most of the addresses. Even if you are a Google Chrome pro, chances are you may forget the addresses. To resolve this issue I’m going to tell you about an extension that lists down most of the configuration pages, one needs to configure Google Chrome. Not only it will help professional but it will also help average users in accessing bookmark manager, history, downloads and settings page quickly.
ChromeAccess is a simple extension that helps us quickly visit Chrome’s extension, flags, bookmarks and download pages. Once installed an icon appears in the extension bar. Clicking on it will drop down a menu containing most of the about: and chrome:// pages. You can quickly access extensions, bookmarks, downloads, history, settings, network info, memory info, DNS info, plugin info, cache info, sync info, histograms, flags, about, version and credits. Below is the screenshot of the dropdown menu.
First five pages are well known by most of the users. However next nine (including About) pages are for skilled users. Last two just tells you some basic stuff. I’m going to tell you very briefly about middle nine pages so you will have an idea what is all about.
about:net-internals: This web page is very useful when something is wrong with the networking or you want to capture network events made by the web browser. You can export data, view DNS host resolver cache. One important thing this page can do is that it can check out why a certain page failed to load. Just go to “Test” menu and type the URL.
about:memory: It will display all the processes related to web browsers. Besides this, it will also display memory being consumed by Chrome and other web browser (if running).
about:dns OR chrome://dns: Both pages are same and will take you to chrome://dns. This page shows list of hostnames, chrome is responsible for fetching DNS records.
about:plugins: This page lists all the plugins installed on your system. You can disable or enable plugins here. If you want to disable flash then simply click on disable to block flash contents from being displayed on web pages. In the same way you can disable PDF viewer plugin and java plugin.
about:cache: This page displays all the pages being cached by the web browser. When you will click on a link it will tell you different characteristics of that cache. For example if you click on an image being cached by the web browser then it will display the basic information of the image hosted on the server like when it was added and when it was last modified.
about:sync: This page is responsible for displaying all the chrome sync features and sync stats.
about:flags: This is the most interesting page. It gives you the ability to check out experimental features that are not yet enabled by default because they are not fully tested and can harm you on your way to browsing.
about:histograms: This page lists down histograms for Chrome’s internal metrics.
about:about: This page lists all the available chrome:// URLs. It will also list down all the aforementioned about: and chrome:// pages.
You can add/remove items from the dropdown menu of the extension by opening ChromeAccess preferences page by right-clicking its icon then clicking options. On its preference page you will see a complete list of configuration pages. Simply mark or unmark pages that you want to add or remove from the list, respectively.
That was all about on how to quickly access Google Chrome’s configuration pages or you can say Google Chrome’s chrome:// URLs. This extension only shows a fraction of all the chrome:// URLs available. However, it allows you to access the basic and mostly used configuration pages in just two clicks.