Chrome Flags: what it is and how to access the best ones

Chrome flags what they are

The Chrome Flags are perhaps something that we usually see in a colleague who teaches us that extra feature of the exceptional Chrome browser. We are going to teach you to know what it is and how we can access the best.

We are facing a Google Chrome web browser in which the big G is incorporating news in its canary versions.

They are those in which they are tested very experimental functionss and that sometimes even pass away without reaching the final version, which is the one used by "normal" users.

What are Chrome Flags

How to activate Chrome Flags

Chrome Flags are experimental features that may be in the different versions that Chrome has available to everyone in the Play Store. The best of these experimental features are available through the browser to access its menu and thus activate the ones that we understand we need or simply want to test.

In fact, many times they serve us to test the first that feature that will finally reach the final version.

We can talk about night mode or many other features that have been improving the user experience that Chrome has always provided. If we think that Google is one of the companies that invests the most in experiments, we can understand the large number of them that we have from that Chrome Flags menu.

If we have said that there are a good number of them, it is so. In fact, being the very extensive list, it is always advised to use the search to find them. And that we have them organized by sections so that we can go faster to the wanted or needy.

How to activate Chrome Flags

How to use Chrome Flags

The Chrome flags can be accessed through this series of steps:

  • Let's type in the URL field of the browser this:

chrome :/ / flags

  • We press enter and we go directly into the menu of the Chrome Flags
  • Now we will see that extensive list of options and each one of them gives the option of by default, enable or disable

As we have said, we will use the search from the side menu from the button of three vertical points. This will make it easier for us, especially if we know about a Chrome Flags and we want to find it among all of them.

The following to do:

  • When we have found the desired one, the we activate or we put it by default from the popup menu said
  • Now we will be asked to restart the browser to activate it.
  • What you will achieve is to restart the browser and have it in mind again

Reset Chrome Flags

Remember that you can reset all to default with the button to the right of the search for flags.

List of some interesting commands

As Google does not stop trying new things, we always have to be attentive to those Chrome Flags that can come in handy. For example, one of them is the possibility of activate PiP mode or pop-up window. Yes, those from YouTube that are generated when we start doing something else, or WhatsApp itself, here we have it.

PiP video

This Chrome Flags is the sea of ​​interesting since it allows us activate window-in-window mode. So we will have the videos active while we explore the web. You can even move that screen while playing a YouTube video all over the screen.

You have to activate these two Chrome Flags:

  •  # enable-surfaces-for-videos
  • # enable-picture-in-picture

Show form autocomplete predictions

It seems a lie, but we can activate very interesting functions like this one. By having this option activated from Chrome all those forms will be auto-completed or refilled in seconds without having to do anything. The Chrome flag to activate is this:

  • # show-autofill-type-predictions

Automatic tab reload offline or offline

With this option, if we have lost the Wi-Fi connection, we will ensure that when it returns, all the tabs that we have open are automatically reloaded. Attention if you have a lot of them, since it will result in a high consumption of resources according to their number.

This is the flag:

  • # enable-offline-auto-reload

Sample copy saved button

If for whatever one page you have visited has disappeared, you can retrieve it from the cache as long as you have this flag activated. The flag is:

  • # show-saved-copy

Lazy image loading

This is a feature that certain websites have active so that they can be load the images as you explore the visitor. That is, not all the images are loaded when we have entered the page, but they are done as we scroll. We can have it active by default from Chrome with:

  • # enable-lazy-image-loading

Group tabs together

Tab groups in Chrome Flags

With this flag you can compact all those tabs by grouping them into organized groups. You can even label them and put a color to differentiate them quickly, which is very helpful. The flag is:

  • # enable-tab-groups

Activate Chrome's reading mode

Another interesting flag that allows us bring to light the hidden reading mode that we have in Chrome and that is still experimentally on our mobile. It goes without saying that what it does is decrease the amount of blue light emitted by the screen for a more comfortable navigation. There it goes:

  • # enable-reader-mode

Activate dark mode

Chrome Flags dark mode

While you can turn on dark mode from ChromeThe truth is that there are places that do not allow you to enjoy it.

Related article:
How to activate dark mode in Google Chrome

That is, they pass olympically from the browser. there is a way to force it and this is from the Chrome Flags. What it does is convert the white background to black and vice versa for the text. This is:

  • # enable-force-dark

Activate a play button for music and videos

To have a easy access to audio and video playback When we browse the network of networks from the Google browser, we can put a whole button to manage those moments in which we want to pause or resume. Here goes this great trick:

  • # global-media-controls

A smoother scroll in the experience

To have a best scrolling experience When we browse our favorite web page we have this Chrome Flag more than interesting:

  • # smooth-scrolling

And always remember to use the appropriate command to access the Chrome flags. It won't work if you write something like chrome // flags or chrome / flags. Sometimes the colon is forgotten and they become horizontal, as in chrome ..// flags, the plurals are altered, or the letters are directly inverted for fast typing.

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