How to enable cookies in Google Chrome on any device to improve your web browsing experience

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Enabling cookies in Chrome on all your devices can improve your web browsing experience.

Cookies are small text files used by websites to save information about you and your visit. If cookies are disabled in your Google Chrome app, web browsing is probably a bit harder for you than it needs to be.

Cookies can customize your browsing experience, helping sites keep you logged in, know who you are, and remember your preferences. They can also remember what’s in your cart on shopping sites and display articles you’re interested in on news sites.

If you or someone else has disabled cookies in your Google Chrome web browser on a computer or mobile device, you can enable them again with just a few clicks.

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How to turn on incognito mode on your computer and phone to browse the web privately

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Incognito mode is an essential part of any web browser.

  • Incognito mode, also known as private browsing mode, stops your web browser from saving data about you as you browse.
  • While incognito mode is on, your internet history, search history, autofill information, and cookies will be disabled.
  • Incognito mode is available in every major web browser, and is perfect for doing work that needs to be kept private.
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Incognito mode – also known as “private browsing mode” – is a sneakier way to use the internet.

When you browse the internet with incognito mode on, you won’t leave any trace on the device you’re using. Your browser won’t save your browsing or search engine history, and won’t remember what sites you’ve logged into – or even what your username and password is.

It’s great if you share your computer or phone with other people, since no one else will be able to see what you’ve done once you close the window.

Nonetheless, incognito mode is great for enforcing privacy on a busy or shared device. Here’s how to turn on incognito mode on your computer or phone.

How to activate incognito mode or private browsing on your Mac or PC

Incognito mode is a feature in every major browser, although each browser tends to give it a different name. When you activate a private session, a new window will open – this is your incognito window.

When you’re done, just close the window to exit incognito mode.

How to activate incognito mode or private browsing on your phone or tablet

The browser on your phone also comes with private browsing options. We’ll explain how to activate it using the default browsers for iPhones, iPads, and Android devices.

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How to search and switch tabs on Google Chrome to better navigate your browser tab clutter

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  • You can search and switch tabs on Google Chrome with its Version 87 update, which introduced in-browser shortcuts for tabs.
  • Upon rollout, some of these features were only available on Chrome OS, so you may need to enable them through the Experimental Features menu on Windows, Mac, Linux, and more. 
  • Google Chrome allows users to open an unlimited number of tabs within the browser, but having too many tabs open simultaneously may slow down both your computer and your productivity. 
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Between email, social media, news sites, and work resources, it’s easy for your internet browser to become cluttered with open tabs. These can cause you to lose track of what’s most important on your screen. 

For those who frequently have several tabs open at once, Google Chrome has added new in-browser features that make it easier to switch between tabs efficiently and search open tabs to find the one you need. 

The ability to search and switch between your open tabs on Chrome, introduced with its Version 87 update, eliminates the frustrating guesswork of multitasking, supercharging your ability to navigate your tab clutter. 

If your Chromebook or Chrome browser doesn’t have the latest version – or you don’t think these features haven’t been rolled out to you yet – you’ll need to activate these tools through the browser’s “Experimental Features” menu before you can use them. 

Here’s how to search and switch your tabs on Google Chrome. 

How to enable tab switch on Google Chrome

1. In the Chrome URL bar, type chrome://flags/#omnibox-tab-switch-suggestions

2. Click enter. 

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You will need to enter the Chrome Flags menu to activate the feature.

3. You’ll be taken to the Chrome Browser’s Experimental Features menu and a highlighted box that says, “Omnibox switch to tab suggestions.” 

4. Click the drop-down box to the right of the feature and set it to “Enabled.” 

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If the update hasn’t rolled out to you yet and you don’t enable the feature, it won’t work.

5. Relaunch your browser for the changes to take effect. 

How to switch tabs on Google Chrome

1. Open a Google Chrome browser window. 

2. With multiple tabs open, type a title or keyword in the URL box of any existing or new tab. 

3. In the drop-down suggestions, select the tab you want to switch to by clicking the “Switch to this tab” button that appears. 

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Type a keyword associated with an open tab in the Chrome address bar to activate the tab switch button.

How to enable tab search on Google Chrome

1. In the Chrome URL bar, type chrome://flags/#enable-tab-search

2. Click enter. 

3. You’ll be taken to the Chrome Browser’s Experimental Features menu and a highlighted box that says “Enable Tab Search.”

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This feature will activate an in-browser tool for searching your tabs.

4. Click the drop-down box to the right of “Enable Tab Search” and set it to “Enabled.” 

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If the update hasn’t rolled out to you yet and you don’t enable the feature, it may not work.

 

5. Relaunch your browser for the changes to take effect. 

How to search tabs on Google Chrome

1. Launch a Google Chrome session. 

2. With multiple tabs open, click the down arrow in the window’s top right corner. 

3. In the drop-down that appears, select either a listed tab or use the search bar to find an open tab using keywords. 

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Type a keyword associated with an open tab to switch to that tab.

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