How to Use Google Chrome Commands

Access dozens of Chrome's features and settings

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Google Chrome is highly customizable, allowing you to fine-tune the browser through hundreds of settings that affect everything from the application's appearance to its security-related features to changing download destinations. You can make many of these tweaks through the interface's graphical menu buttons and links, but Chrome commands let you really get under the hood and take full control of your browser quickly and easily.

These commands, entered into Chrome's address bar (also known as the Omnibox), not only provide shortcuts to settings accessible through the browser menus but also to advanced options available only via this method. Below are some of the most useful Chrome commands, along with a brief description of each.

This article is intended for users running the Google Chrome browser on Chrome OSLinuxmacOS, and Windows operating systems. The screenshots here pertain to Chrome version 77.

chrome://settings/searchEngines

This opens the Search engines pop-out interface, which allows you to change the browser's default search engine, edit individual search strings, and remove installed engines.

Chrome search engines settings

chrome://settings/clearBrowserData

This opens the Clear browsing data dialog, which allows you to delete browsing history, download history, cache, cookies, saved passwords, other browsing data, and licenses for protected content from a time period you specify.

Clear browsing data in Chrome

chrome://settings/autofill

This opens the Autofill options window, from which you can choose to view, edit, or remove existing autofill data and manually add new entries.

Chrome autofill options

chrome://downloads

This displays Chrome's download history, which contains icons, filenames, and URLs associated with each file within the log. Alongside each file are links to delete the entry from the download list and to open the folder where it's located.

Chrome downloads screen

chrome://extensions

This displays all installed browser extensions, including names, icons, sizes, version numbers, and permissions data. You can toggle extensions off and on, and instruct Chrome whether or not to allow each to run while the browser is in Incognito Mode.

Chrome extensions screen

chrome://bookmarks

This opens the bookmarks manager, which displays all of your stored web pages organized by folder and title. You can add, edit, or remove bookmarks on this screen as well as import and export them in HTML format.

chrome://history

This displays your browsing history, all searchable and categorized by date. You can remove individual items from this log and access the Clear browsing data interface.

Chrome search history screen

chrome://chrome

This tells you the version number you're running and gives you access to help and issue reporting.

Chrome version info

chrome://crashes

Here, you'll find detailed information about recent browser crashes. From here, you can enable crash reporting, too.

Chrome crash history

chrome://gpu

A wealth of information about your system's graphics card(s) and settings is available here, including driver specifications, hardware acceleration data, and workarounds for conflicts and other related problems detected by Chrome.

Chrome's GPU info screen

chrome://histograms

This gives you access to dozens of in-depth visual interpretations of browser statistics accumulated from the time you launched Chrome to the most recent page load.

Chrome histograms screen

chrome://system

Go here to find comprehensive system diagnostic data, including details about your operating system, BIOS, and various hardware components. The amount of data available depends on your particular operating system.

Chrome's system diagnostics data

chrome://flags

Here, you can enable/disable dozens of experimental features, some of which are platform-specific. Each feature set includes a brief description and a link to toggle it on and off. Only advanced users should tamper with these settings.

Chrome's flags/experiments window

chrome://quota-internals

This provides details on the amount of disk space allotted for and currently being used by Chrome, including how much each site occupies in the browser's cache.

Chrome internals screen

As always, use caution when modifying your browser's settings. If you are unsure about a particular component or feature, leave it as is or do further research.