8 Best Chrome Flags You Should Use

Let's experience the new Chrome features through customizing the following 8 Chrome Flags. Before knowing any of the flags in this list, you need to know how to access them first.

Chrome Flags are essentially experimental Chrome features, but they often aren't included in the final release. However, experiencing these new features sometimes also helps to improve your web browsing. Here are some of the best Chrome Flags you should try.

How to access Chrome Flags

Before knowing any of the flags in this list, you need to know how to access them first. Simply type chrome: // flags in the Chrome address bar and press Enter .

You will get access to a large Flag list with a message that these features are in beta.

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1. Reader Mode

Although Edge has been equipped with a reading mode right on the URL bar by Microsoft, Google Chrome still does not have this mode as the default feature. However, with just a few tweaks in Chrome Flags, you can add 'Immersive Reader' to your address bar.

Open the Chrome Flags page, press Ctrl + F and enter 'reader mode' to find this feature.

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Select Enabled next to Reader Mode to turn it on.

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Restart Chrome to apply the change. From there, when you visit an article, you'll see the Reading Mode icon appear in the URL bar.

Tapping this icon will turn the site into a page of clean text, free of ads and other distractions. Click the letter A at the top of the screen to edit the font, text size and color.

To go back to the regular version of a web page, simply click the Reader Mode icon again.

2. GPU Rasterization

Chrome doesn't rely too heavily on the GPU to process images and data, so you can switch CPU processing to GPU to help speed up the browser.

GPU Rasterization is the process Chrome uses to organize web page data into pixels and tangible information that you see on the screen. Enabling this feature helps your GPU to always work, reducing the CPU load. This makes browsing significantly faster if your CPU isn't overpowered. Please enable GPU Rasterization like for Reader Mode above.

3. Zero-Copy Rasterization

Similar to GPU Rasterization, Zero-copy Rasterization is the process of rastering directly to your GPU memory (or VRAM), making browsing faster than using regular RAM.

4. Tab Groups

Gradually rolling out to the latest versions of Chrome, the Tab Groups feature is not yet available for all users, if you haven't already, enable it in Chrome Flags.

With this feature enabled, you simply right-click on the tab you want to add it to the group or create a new group.

Set up a group of tabs related to a topic so you can find them whenever you need them.

Tab Groups really makes tab management so much easier. Eliminate the dangers of being the one who opens a lot of tabs while working.

5. Chrome Duet (Android)

On Android, Google has been testing the Duet interface for a few years now, which puts most of the options like tabs, search, home page, and options menu at the bottom of the screen instead of the top.

6. Parallel downloading

There are a number of Flag to help you speed up browsing, Parallel downloading is also such a feature. This feature splits each file you download into three separate jobs, speeding up the entire process.

To enable this feature, type 'parallel downloading' into the Chrome Flags search box, then Enabled it.

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7. Smooth Scrolling

As the name suggests, Smooth Scrolling allows you to scroll pages smoothly. When you scroll in Chrome with the mouse or arrows, you should see the animation a little jerky. With this Flag enabled, the smooth scrolling will feel more comfortable and professional.

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8. The Experimental QUIC protocol

The QUIC protocol is a new connection protocol developed by Google and still under development. QUIC is said to be a combination of TCP and UDP protocols and is much faster and more secure.Usually, when we use TCP and UDP connection, it takes many transfers to the machine just before connecting connection is stable and ready to exchange data. The main goal of the QUIC protocol is to just make a single trip to make a connection and initiate the data exchange. Hence speeding up overall browsing and data exchange.

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Above are some useful and safe Chrome Flags for you to use. Although there are many other Flags to try, you shouldn't be too curious as they are still just experimental features and potentially risky.

Wish you have the best browsing experience with Chrome.