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How to Disable Automatic Software Updates on Google Chrome

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With Google Chrome, it is much easier to keep your browser update with all the recent releases as it automatically updates itself in the background silently whenever there is a new version out. This makes you less responsible and is more convenient. For most users, keeping the automatic update enable is the right thing to do, as it not only provides you ease but it also keeps your browsing more secure by updating to new versions quickly and quietly. If you do not want Google Chrome to update all the new versions automatically for any reason, you can disable the sizable automatic updates with a defaults write command.

How to Disable Google Chrome Automatic Updates

  • Launch the Terminal, found in /Applications/Utilities/
  • Enter the following defaults write command and press enter:

defaults write com.google.Keystone.Agent checkInterval 0

  • Exit out of Terminal and then restart Google Chrome

Once done, the automatic updates will be disabled for all Google applications on your computer along with Google Chrome. We will update you about method that can help you disabling automatic updates for Google Chrome only on our blog very soon.

How to Manually Update Chrome Once Automatic Update is Disabled

With automatic updates disabled for Google Chrome, you have to learn about manually updating Google Chrome. You can follow two methods, first is to simply download and install the latest versions from the main website of Google, and other is to to update from the command line as mentioned in the steps below:

  •  Go to OS X Finder, press Command+Shift+G to bring up the Go To Folder window, enter the following path:

/Library/Google/GoogleSoftwareUpdate/GoogleSoftwareUpdate.bundle/Contents/Resources

  • Find “CheckForUpdatesNow.command” and double-click on it that will launch the Terminal and start the Google software update manually

You can always turn automatic updates on again if you get tired from manual update process.

How to Re-Enable Google Chrome Auto Updates

  • Launch the Terminal, found in /Applications/Utilities/ and enter the following defaults write command:

defaults write com.google.Keystone.Agent checkInterval 18000

  • Exit Terminal and restart Google Chrome to reactive automatic updates

The number “18000”  at the end of the defaults write command is the number of seconds between version checking intervals, the number is the default setting but you can select a lower or higher number if you want to be more or less aggressive.

As we already mentioned earlier in this post, it is highly recommended to leave all the automatic updates on for all of your applications including Google Chrome.

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How to View History of All Browsers at one Place

Internet browsers allows the users to easily view browsing history as well as already visited URls, but you cannot have the access to it while browsing in a private or incognito browser. Everyone uses multiple browsers on their PCs as per their flexibility, and when you want to search the particular website you visited yesterday and forget which browser you used, then it will be whole lot difficult for you to search all the multiple browsers. A freeware tool name History Viewer is a simple and timesaving app that can retrieve the history of all the popular browsers. The app even makes Windows search history easier to use and view them.
History-Viewer

The apps works effectively with browsers like IE9, Firefox, Google Chrome and also on Windows search history and recent documents. You can view visited websites, opened files, viewed movies or images, and everything you did on your PC. It will help you to view Windows-specific traces such as recent documents, search history and run history, the open/save history, and the “last visited” history.  It can even let you view the “First Folder” and “Typed paths” histories in Windows 7.

The History Viewer app will help you view the entire web history stored  on the multiple browsers like:

  1. Internet Explorer -URL history, address bar, Cookies and index.dat files
  2. Mozilla Firefox- URL history, Downloads and Cookies
  3. Google Chrome -URL history, cookies and downloads

You need to just double-click on any particular item in the history sheet and the website will open in the default browser. You can even export the history into HTML format via History Viewer app.

Download History Viewer

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How to Manage Multiple Gmail or Google Accounts In Chrome

It is simply annoying and inconvenient to use two or multiple Google accounts simultaneously, since you are only allowed to login one account at a time across all Google services. Quick Login For Google Accounts, is a Google Chrome extension that allows users to log into any of the Google accounts with a stroke of a single click. To get started, you need to enter your username and password (optional) in the Quick Login options.

When you stumble upon Google login page, Quick Login assistant will arise view of your configured accounts. You can easily login with any of the account credentials with a single click. The extension has multiple features like password manager, login helper and an account switcher, specifically for Google accounts apart from just letting you access to multiple accounts.

The Quick Login Assistant button will be added to the right of the URL bar after the installation. You only have to click to access multiple accounts and options. The account password is voluntary and it is kept in an encrypted form on the local system. Plus, you can automatically log into Google accounts if you provided both your username and password

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The Quick Login Options will configure your Google Accounts once and the important thing you need to do is to  provide the Username and Password for your multiple accounts. Moreover, you can designate each account you configure with this extension and click Show Advanced options to enter specific Google URLs.

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The extension is simply a great tool to manage and switch multiple accounts without typing the username and password repeatedly. You can take hold of this valuable extension at the Chrome Web Store.

via addictivetips

How to Read QR codes without Scanning

Even though, QR codes are used on the websites to makes things easier and simpler for the users but these codes also make things simpler for bad guys. Still, you may have not read much about QR scams but bad things are happening and hackers are learning about using QR codes for bad intentions. It is highly recommended to keep yourself away from scanning codes from all untrusted websites. If you are using Google Chrome as your web browser, you can use QReader to scan and check QR codes. QReader is an effective extension that will allow you to get to the hidden information hiding behind the pixels. Following tutorial will make you learn about using QReader for reading QR Codes.

Step # 1. Visit Chrome store to download and install QRreader.

Step # 2. You can now right-click on a QR code you see on any Web page that offers you an option  “Read QR code from image” in the context menu.QR-reader-Beta

Step # 3.  You can now right-click on the QR code. In case, if the code only contains a link, you will see a new tab appearing on your screen with that link. If it contains anything else, it will pop up in a seperate window. If you want, you can copy the results by clicking “OK”. QRreader_text

To make QRreader work for you, you have to reload your browser after you first load it up. In case, If a QR code is not Web-accessible easily, you can take a picture of it and then open the image file in Chrome. It may work for you in moist cases but not with every scenario.

Let us know about your feedback in the comments below!!

via CNET

How to Use Multiple Bookmark Bars in Chrome

For people who bookmark a lot of things, the bookmark bar in Chrome could soon become pretty crowded. Fortunately Chrome has an extension called Bookmark Bar Switcher that allows power bookmarkers to keep things organized. In this article we will explain how to use multiple bookmark bars in Chrome in order to keep things simple and organized.

How to Use Multiple Bookmark Bars in Chrome

Bookmark Bar Switcher allows users to create different sets of bookmarks for work, entertainment and the likes. With multiple bars created, you would just have to switch between these bars to have bookmarks of a specific bar in front of you. Follow the steps listed below to make it happen:

  • Install Bookmark Bar Switcher.
  • Once installed the Bookmark Bar Switcher icon would be displayed in the upper right corner.
  • Click on it to create new bookmark bars.
  • You can also decide which bookmarks appear in each bar. The bookmark bars that you have created would show up in the left sidebar.
  • Drag and drop your bookmarks to put them in the desired bar.

Bookmark bar switcher

  • You can right click on a bookmark and select copy and then paste it in multiple bars for it to appear in more than one bar.

Once you have created your bookmark bars, you can switch between them by clicking on the Bookmark Bar Switcher icon and selecting the desired bar.

via CNET.

How to Automatically Enable Chrome Extensions For Certain Sites

Extension bloat is a common problem that can affect performance with chrome but this problem can be alleviated by utilizing Extension Automation helps by automatically turning extensions on for particular sites.

You know how powerful chrome extensions can be and you also know much memory they utilize. Extension Automation can save your memory by using them only for particular sites.

How to Automatically Enable Chrome Extensions For Certain Sites

  • Install Extension Automation here.
  • Click the gear-shaped Extension Automation icon to enable particular extensions for that site. Please note the first time you do this for any extension you automatically disable it for other sites. Go ahead save yourself a headache and take care of all your favorites at once. Extension_Automation_menu
  • A simple way to reactivate an universal extension is to click on “Settings” in the icon pop-up to add or delete filters.

You got it! Extension Automation is a simple, but powerful, and should keep power Chrome users happy.

via CNET.

How to Save Your Last Reading Spot in Chrome

You find yourself reading a lengthy article and your boss or coworker calls you into another room to do something for them. How do you attend to them and also save your spot on your article without much hassle or drawing directly on your computer screen? This is just one scenario in which you may find yourself needing some kind of aid that helps in retaining your spot on a blog post, article, website or any other text based internet content.  A developer constructed an elaborate extension for Google Chrome that allows the user to label the last line(s) they’ve read on a website or blog post. Upon returning to the website, article, blog post, opinion post, thread or other web content, the extension leaves a highlighted field exactly where you left off allowing the user to resume whenever they feel like.

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Step 1: Download the youRhere extension from the Chrome Web Store and make sure to install it.

Step 2: Navigate yourself to any web content that you want to read and mark up with the extension.

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Step 3: Double-click on any spot along the text where you’d like to set up a label for later usage. The text will be highlighted in yellow.

When you need to return to a previous reading:

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(Optional) Step 4: Press the button for the extension to see a history of labels.

(Optional) Step 5: Select the page in the history in which you want to continue your reading. youRhere is automated so it’ll bring you to exact position where the label was placed.

youRhere has similarities to an extension called Diigo. This extension is a bit more compact when compared to Diigo because it doesn’t include built-in search engines or mandatory user log in.

Think of youRhere as your new virtual bookmarker. Reading a article in its entirety is usually preffered; however, you might not always be capable of doing so, so test drive youRhere you won’t regret it.

via How To – CNET

How to Use Google Chat From Your Desktop Without A Software Install

Google has released a new Chrome extension called Chat for Google. Chat for Google allows you to move out your Google chat window out of the browser and onto your desktop.

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Google initially released Google Talk as a desktop software. However, it then moved it into the browser by integrating it within Gmail. And now Google is trying to move Google Talk back onto the desktop. However, the difference between Chat for Google and the initial GTalk software was that, Chat for Google does not need a desktop installation, its merely a browser extension.

After you have installed Chat for Google, you would be able to see an icon, just right click on it to configure its options. Chat for Google is certainly a good option for people who want to have Google chat on their desktop, but cant install a desktop software due to restrictions on their office PC or other such places.

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The one thing that should be kept in mind is that Chat for Google currently does not support Google Voice calls or file transfers.

via CNET.

How to Enable or Disable Javascript in Web Browsers

Some users want to disable java script on their browsers. This helps in removing most ads and other such content which is made to run using javascript in browsers. So by disabling javascript in your browser you can be freed from viewing this content. Most modern browsers allow users to easly disable or enable javascript. In this article we will explain how to enable or disable javascript in web browsers.

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How to Enable or Disable Javascript in Web Browsers

Enable or Disable Javascript in Safari:

  • Launch Safari.
  • Open Safari Preferences.
  • Select “Advanced”.
  • Click on “Show Develop menu in menu bar”.
  • Now pull the “Develop” menu and select “Disable Javascript”. The check would mean that javascript is disabled.

Enable or Disable Javascript in Google Chrome:

  • Launch Google Chrome.
  • Open Google Chrome Preferences.
  • Click on “Under the Hood”.
  • Now click on “Content Settings”
  • Click on “Do not allow any site to run JavaScript” to disable, or “Allow all sites” to enable javascript in the Javascript section.

Enable or Disable Javascript in Firefox:

  • Launch Firefox.
  • Open Preferences.
  • Go to “Content”
  • You will find a check box titled “Enable Javascript”. Check or uncheck to enable or disable Javascript.

Enable or Disable Javascript in Mobile Safari for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch:

  • Go to Settings App in your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
  • Now tap on “Safari”
  • Switch Javascript to “ON” or “OFF” to enable or disable it.

Most modern sites use javascript for proper functioning. So turning javascript off indefinitely would not be a good idea. If you just want to disable ads you might want to install some ad blocker extension for that purpose.

via OS X Daily.

How to Set Gmail as Default Email Client for Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari

Whenever you click on an email link, the OS by default takes you to an Email app. This behavior is same whether you are on a Mac or a PC, the only difference is that in Mac it opens the Mail.app whereas in Windows it opens Outlook (if you have that installed). However, most of the users use web based email services like Gmail, Hotmail etc. In this article we will explain how to set Gmail as default email client for Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari.

How to Set Gmail as Default Email Client in Chrome and Opera

  • Launch Chrome or Opera and open up Gmail in the browser.
  • Open the Javascript console by hitting Command+Option+J in Mac and Command+Shift+J in Windows.
  • Now paste the following code in the  and then paste in the following:

navigator.registerProtocolHandler(“mailto”,

https://mail.google.com/mail/?extsrc=mailto&url=%s”,

“Gmail”);

  • Accept the confirmation by clicking on Use Gmail.gmail-default-email-client-chrome

How to Set Gmail as Default Email Client in Firefox

  • Launch Firefox.
  • Open Preferences.
  • Click on “Applications” tab.
  • Under the ‘Content Type’ tab you will find “mailto”. Change the action to “Use Gmail”.
  • Close Firefox Preferences.

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How to Set Gmail as Default Email Client in Safari

Safari users have two options to set Gmail as their default email client. They can either use a browser extension called GmailThis. GmailThis can be downloaded from Apple’s extensions gallery. Alternatively they can use notification apps like Gmail Notifier. After you have installed Gmail Notifier, do the following:

  • Launch Safari.
  • Open Mail Preferences.
  • Click on “General”.
  • Pull the “Default email reader” menu and locate ‘Google Notifier’.
  • Now, quit Mail.app.

via OS X Daily.

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