What is Google Chrome?

Chrome is a free Internet browser that was officially released by Google on December 11, 2008. Its features include synchronization with Google services and accounts, tabbed browsing, and automatic translation and spell checking of web pages. It also has an integrated address bar/search bar, called the omnibox.

The Chrome browser simply comes pre-installed and is ready to use on Chromebooks. If you're using a Microsoft Windows or Apple computer, see: How to install or uninstall the Google Chrome browser. Once Chrome is installed, you can open it like any other program on your computer.

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How to open Chrome?

Chrome works quite well with Google sites and services like YouTube and Gmail. It manages its system resources differently than other browsers. Its V8 JavaScript engine was developed from scratch at Google and can improve your experience on heavily scripted websites and applications. Essentially, it should make things you do on the Internet faster.

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Overview and benefits

Once installed, the Chrome browser is configured to automatically download and install updates when they become available. To verify that updates are being installed automatically, see: How to update an Internet browser.

Chrome offers a private browsing option called Incognito Mode. This mode lets you browse in a separate sandbox web session. It gives you temporary control over your browsing history and session identity because when you close the browser, your logins and history are deleted. However, it does not guarantee anonymity.

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Incognito mode

Use Incognito Mode as a tool to enhance your privacy, but understand that the privacy of your internet activity is never perfect. Your ISP, employer, or other people using your computer can use Incognito Mode to analyze your network or hard drive to trace your web activity.


To launch a new incognito browser, press Ctrl+Shift+N (Windows, Linux) or Command+Shift+N (macOS X). Essentially, when you're in Incognito Mode, the browser doesn't log what you've been doing during your last Internet session.

Unfortunately, there is no way to make this menu bar appear in Chrome since it was removed. However, all of these features can be accessed by clicking the Chrome menu icon button in the top-right corner of the screen.

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How to display the file, edit, view, etc. menus in Chrome

The Chromium projects are open-source, community-driven projects to develop technologies for Chrome and ChromeOS. The Chromium browser is similar to Chrome but is developed exclusively with Chrome's open-source components.

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Chromium projects and browser

Ungold Chromium is a development fork of the Chromium browser that isolates selected browser components. The stated goals of the project are: 1:- Disable or remove services and features that interfere with communication with Google or violate privacy. 2:- Isolate binaries from the source tree, and use system-provided binaries or build them from the source. 3:- Add, modify, or disable features that constrain controls and transparency.

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Ungoogled Chromium project and browser