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Why it is worth using Google Chrome and why it is better than Firefox and Internet Explorer

Updated on May 5, 2013
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What is Google Chrome

Google Chrome is the latest major entrant into the browser market, taking on the established Internet Explorer and Firefox. It arrived on the scene in 2008 and has been steadily increasing its user base to the point where it is now vying for top spot, and is already the most used browser in some areas. I have been using it for several years now, at first just occasionally but now it is my default browser and I haven't looked back since.

Here are some of the reasons you should consider using Google Chrome.

Reasons to use Google Chrome

  1. It can be significantly faster than other browsers. This will depend somewhat on your system, what other software you are running and maybe a few other factors too. I find it a lot faster though, which suits me.
  2. Greater stability - All the major browsers allow you to have multiple tabs open, but in other browsers if there's a problem with one of the tabs, all tabs and windows will crash, and you will have to reopen everything. In Google Chrome each tab and window runs separately, so if one crashes, all other tabs and windows remain open. 
  3. Greater flexibility to organise your tabs - You can choose how to arrange your tabs and windows. Click and drag your tabs around, or drag into the main browser window to open up a new window with that tab in it.
  4. Choose websites to open on start up - you can choose one or multiple 'homepages'. So if you regularly start browsing with three websites, you can set Chrome to open them all up when you start. Or tell it to load up the tabs you had open when you last closed the browser.
  5. Most frequented sites - Whenever you load a new tab, Chrome will show you large thumbnails of the nine most frequent sites you visit, so you can easily click to go to one.
  6. Incognito mode - You can open a new 'incognito' window so you can browse the web without any trace of it showing on your computer. Useful for buying Christmas presents (though third party sites like Amazon might still record your favourites etc)
  7. Security - Google Chrome has good built in security, it automatically flags up any suspect sites, and isolates any problems.
  8. Chrome 'Omnibox' search bar. The address bar in Chrome is also a search bar. Type in a web address and it will take you to that site. Type in anything else and it will automatically do a google search for it. You can customise this too to automatically to search other sites. If you type 'Amazon' then press tab and then type a search term, it will automatically load up Amazon search results for that term.
  9. Chrome Web Store, Extensions, Apps and Themes. There are thousands of (mostly free) apps to download to enhance your browsing experience, from email apps that automatically pop up to tell you you've got new mail, to games or productivity tools. Chrome themes allow you to change the look of the browser with some themes designed by renowned artists.
  10. Sleek minimalist design - Only a very small part of the window is taken up by the browser features and controls, leaving much more space for the web page  viewing window.

So Why Not Give It a Try?

There's lots more to Google Chrome, features I don't use such as in-page translation and synching of themes, and with the Chrome app store, there's not much you can't do with the browser. It is still not infallible - occasionally you come across a website or application that doesn't work quite right with Chrome (the only one I've come across is my work's Lotus Notes webmail app), but the great thing about PCs is that you can have more than one browser installed at once, so if you come across a site that doesn't work quite right in one browser you can open it in another. It also means you can also give a new browser like Chrome a try without giving your familiar browser.

If you fancy giving Chrome a try, you can download it at: http://www.google.com/chrome/

Or browse the Chrome store here: https://chrome.google.com/webstore

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      Ricardo 

      3 years ago

      HelloI had switched from Firefox to Chrome for a copule of weeks but then I noticed that my PC was constantly louder because of the CPU fan. I don't know what Chrome is doing but I know that extended usage of Firefox does not result in fan noise.So even though Chrome is better at most instances of advanced HTML5 demos and all, I will have to go back to Firefox.Thanks for the good work on the product though and hopefully you know what I'm talking about.This is a 2GB, Pentium E2140 dual core 1.6GHZ Core 2 based machine.

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      Cuttler 

      5 years ago from HubPages

      Initially I was a great firefox fan..but recently I tried chrome and I have never left it. I try comparing the two from time to time but in most aspects chrome comes tops. I especially like it for the security and speed. Glad you pointed out more reasons why I should like chrome over firefox. Nice hub

    • James McCullough profile image

      James McCullough 

      6 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

      Google Chrome is an excellent browser to use. I love how it can sync search history between the browser and my Android phone. I wrote a hub about my favourite extensions, but do you have any recommendations?

    • Robert Erich profile image

      Robert Erich 

      6 years ago from California

      This is a very helpful post. I've played around with Chrome a bit, looks like I'll have to use it more frequently!

    • brianlokker profile image

      Brian Lokker 

      7 years ago from Bethesda, Maryland

      Firefox had been my browser of choice for several years, but soon after trying Chrome for Mac I made it my default browser. I find it much more stable than Firefox has lately been. And as a web designer, I like the implementation of the essential Web Developer add-on better than Firefox's.

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      Deborah Demander 

      7 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Congratulations on your hubnuggets nomination. I can't wait to get home and test drive google chrome. Thanks for a great hub.

      Namaste.

    • nakmeister profile imageAUTHOR

      nakmeister 

      7 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      Thanks ripplemaker and elayne001. I hadn't heard of Hubnuggets before, but sounds great, I'm really pleased to be nominated!

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      Elayne 

      7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      I have used Chrome when Firefox unexpectedly quits. It does seem more stable. I should try it more often. Thanks for the information and congrats on your nomination.

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I downloaded Google Chrome but I'm still using firefox...lol Hmmm you are making me change my mind and trying it out! Thanks!

      nakmeister, congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination! Please get involved in the Hubnuggets fever, go read and vote! And tell your friends to vote too! This way http://bit.ly/hv3VHi

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      BobbiRant 

      7 years ago from New York

      I love Google Chrome and find it is much faster, I no longer have to drum my fingers while the other browsers take forever. Good hub.

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