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How to set up Google's Chrome browser the right way

Ian Paul | Oct. 15, 2015
Google Chrome is one of the most popular browsers in the world, second only to Internet Explorer by most measures. Why? Lay credit at the feet of Chrome’s vibrant extension catalog, popular app platform, and deep integration with Google services.

This menu also gives you the option to import bookmarks from an HTML file if your browser isn't listed. You can find instructions online on how to export your bookmarks to an HTML file from Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Safari.

Extensions

Chrome has a very vibrant extension and app ecosystem. It’s hard to choose just a few items that most users will find useful, but we’ll do our best.

Hangouts is a great choice since it allows Google’s messaging app to behave as a desktop program.

VPN provider TunnelBear offers an easy-to-use proxy extension for Chrome that allows you to enjoy encrypted, safe browsing. If you’re overseas it can also help you get past geoblocking for many sites, although not Hulu. The downside to TunnelBear is that a free account only gives you 500MB of bandwidth a month, for more than that you’ll need a paid account.

Mute Tab Shortcuts is also a great extension that lets you mute multiple tabs with audio playing at once.

Finally, Vimium is a fantastic extension that lets you control your browser with keyboard shortcuts. Vimium is designed to work similarly to Vim, a popular keyboard-controlled text editor among hacker types.

 

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