Chrome is known for its simplicity and speed. Despite this, there are a lot of extra tools and features under the hood. This includes a number of experimental features that can be enabled with special Chrome flags.
Considering these are all test features that might not even make it to the stable version of Chrome, bugs tend to be a pretty common occurrence. Nonetheless, if you are willing to go through the occasional hiccup, there are some Chrome Flag features that can truly improve your browsing experience. Let’s take a look at some of our favorites.
Best Chrome Flags:
- Smooth scrolling
- HDR mode
- Autoplay policy
- Automatic password generation
- Offline auto-reload mode
- Only auto-reload visible tabs
- Scroll anchor serialization
- Show autofill predictions
- Accelerated 2D canvas
- Filesystem API in Incognito
Where are Chrome Flags?
No matter how much you dig into the settings and options, you won’t find Chrome Flags unless you know how to access this section. You need to know your way in!
- Open Chrome.
- Click on the address and delete any URL that might be in it.
- Type the following in the address bar: chrome://flags/
- Press enter.
- You are in!
You will see a list of Chrome Flags, along with a warning message telling you about the dangers of using such experimental features.
1. Smooth scrolling
Ever notice your scrolling stutter or that it can get a bit sluggish? There could be many reasons it’s happening, but this Chrome Flag is very likely to at least improve the situation. Just search for “smooth scrolling” in the Chrome Flags search bar and enable it.
2. HDR mode
HDR (high dynamic range) improves contrast, colors, and dynamic range. While quite a few modern monitors support HDR features, that can’t be truly enjoyed without the right software. Thankfully, Chrome does support HDR through the use of Flags.
Search for “HDR mode” in the Chrome Flags page and enable the feature.
3. Autoplay policy
You are browsing comfortably when a jarring sound or disturbing video shows up. It is annoying and uncalled for, so get rid of it by using the Autoplay policy Chrome Flag.
In the Chrome Flags page, search for “Autoplay policy”. Click on the drop-down menu next to it and select “Document user activation is required”. That should stop autoplay content right in its tracks.
4. Automatic password generation
Tired of coming up with new passwords? Let Google do the work. If you enable the “Automatic password generation” Chrome Flag, Google will offer a password when it detects you are opening a new account. It’s for those who want to upgrade from using “password123”.
Search for “Automatic password generation” and enable the Flag in the drop-down menu.
5. Offline auto-reload mode
This Chrome Flag is helpful for when you want to avoid long loading times. If enabled, tabs that failed to load offline will be automatically reloaded once the computer goes back online.
Simply open the Chrome Flags page and search for “Offline auto-reload mode”. Enable the feature through the drop-down menu next to it.
6. Only auto-reload visible tabs
This Chrome Flag is much like the one mentioned above, but it will only reload a page if it’s visible. This means that the process will take place if you left the failed tab open, or whenever it is opened.
To enable it, search for “Only auto-reload visible tabs” and enable the feature through the drop-down menu.
7. Scroll anchor serialization
The Scroll anchor serialization feature will make it so that Chrome remembers your position in a page. When enabled, you will be able to browse backwards and forwards while Chrome remembers where you were when you left off in each page.
Simply search for “Scroll anchor serialization” on the Chrome Flags page and enable the feature using the drop-down menu next to it.
8. Show autofill predictions
Nobody likes filling forms, so Google makes this process simpler by using autofill. Still annoying? You can have Chrome autofill form information automatically by enabling the “Show autofill predictions” Flag.
Search for “Show autofill predictions” and enable the feature using the drop-down menu to the right.
9. Accelerated 2D canvas
If your GPU can do a better job at rendering than software, this Chrome Flag is for you. This feature allows the use of your GPU to render 2D canvases.
Search for “Accelerated 2D canvas” in the Chrome Flags page and enable the feature using the drop-down menu.
10. Filesystem API in incognito
Some websites like tracking you, so they block content for Incognito mode users. This feature creates a temporary File System API file (which is usually disabled in Incognito mode), making websites believe you are using regular ol’ Chrome.
Search for “Filesystem API in incognito” in the Chrome Flags page and enable the feature using the drop-down menu.
Are there any other Chrome Flags feature you recommend? Hit the comments to share your experience with these handy tools.