There are nonetheless many small tweaks to the interface and some browser features, like:
- The omnibox suggestions are being prioritized based on the recency of visited pages.
- Dragging a link now shows its text and URL instead of a placeholder icon.
- Modal dialogs are displayed at the top of the browser window, just under the omnibox, instead of being vertically centered.
- The bookmark icon in the History page has been moved to the left side to make it easier for users to find their starred pages in the list.
- A new entry in the Bookmarks sub-menu to ‘Bookmark open pages’ has been added – the action is in fact the same as ‘Bookmark all tabs’ in the tab context menu.
- If you are using the Instant extended API you will notice a new blue Google icon in the omnibox when viewing search results.
- Speaking of the Instant API experiment, in this version the New Tab page added back a link to ‘Recent tabs’ in the bottom right. Between this and raising the number of recent pages from 4 to 8 in the previous version, the New Tab page will soon run full circle and look identical to the original version!
- You can instantly restart the browser by visiting chrome://restart.
- If your browser settings have been modified by malware, you can reset some of them by enabling the flag ‘Enable reset profile settings’.
- The translation feature in Chrome has been extended to ‘alpha’ languages, where the translation is still very rough, work-in-progress.
- You can also send some feedback on the spelling service by enabling the flag ‘Spelling Service Feedback’ – for example words added to the custom dictionary will be sent to the spelling service to improve it.
Probably the most useful changes in Chrome 29 concern the internal ‘flags’ page. For once, the experiments are grouped into two sections according to availability for your OS. On the top you can find flags that can be toggled on and off, in the bottom section the rest, unavailable on your platform. Also, each flag now has it’s own permalink, so you can go directly to a specific experiment instead of scrolling or searching for them. Less interesting is the addition of a link to promote the Beta/Dev channels to Stable/Beta users.
I’ve seen some (many) articles about the App Launcher and indeed the Canary channel is promoting this non-feature in the Apps section of the New Tab page. If you click through the Launcher will be added to the Windows taskbar, but you can delete it anytime. It’s actually just a shortcut to chrome.exe with the flag --show-app-list. You can manually add a shortcut with this flag and it will work with the stable version (28) as well. Annoyingly, the promo message reappears each time you restart the browser even if you manually close it…