New Kid on the Block: Google Chrome Plus

Google Chrome Plus LogoMove over Internet Explorer — it’s time for the new and improved Google Chrome Plus! As you probably know, Google Chrome has been attracting users from the established browsers because of its superior connection speed and simplicity.

Just as the name says, Google Chrome Plus is a beefed up version of Chrome. Google Chrome Plus has extra bells and whistles that its predecessor lacks. One such improvement is the ability to disable the background communications which snacks on your CPU resources. Let’s look at a few more.

Google Chrome Plus Features

  • Users can close pages and tabs with a double click tab. If you decide you want to exit a tab in Google Chrome Plus, you just double click on that certain tab to close it.
  • Gestures with the mouse. With the click of the right mouse key you can draw your way across the web. For example, when you right click and draw a line going down and your page will jump to the bottom of the page. Watch this video demonstration to see how it’s done.
  • “Super Drag” feature.  In Google Chrome Plus you now have the option of just dragging a link onto anywhere on the screen and it the link will be viewed on a new tab.
  • Users can also view Google Chrome Plus while having an Internet Explorer  tab open. Now you are able to open compatible IE links from within Google Chrome Plus. To do this, click the Internet Explorer button that is placed towards the end of the location bar.
  • While in the context menu, users can use batch downloading tools. This is a great convenience especially for users of download tools such as NetAnts, Orbit, QQ Xuanfeng, IS, FlashGet3, FlashGetMini, NetX, WebThunder, Xunlei. All you have to do is right-click the link that you are interested in and select your favorite download manager.

My Google Chrome Plus Experience

I’m always curious, so when I first heard about Google Chrome Plus I immediately downloaded it to what’s what. Overall, I am happy with how the browser functions. There are, however, a few annoying aspects.

I am disappointed that my LastPass, Skype, TweetDeck and a few other helpful extensions aren’t working at the time of this post. Hopefully they will be providing support for Google Chrome Plus in the near future.

And although I like the ability to double-click to close a tab, I find it a tad bit frustrating as it seems I have a “heavy” finger. So sometimes when I go to switch from one tab to another I end up closing it instead (grrr!) I suppose that is why they have that handy button to reopen closed tabs. It’s become my new best friend.

I was also a little surprised that Plus didn’t automatically import my bookmarks from Chrome. It wasn’t a hard transfer (Export bookmarks to HTML file/Import HTML file  into Google Chrome Plus), but I think it would have been more efficient to have it do the importation without assistance from me.

My Google Chrome Plus Bottom Line

Despite these little bumps, I am enjoying my experience with the browser. If you are interested in giving it a shot,  you can find this free application here. You have nothing to lose with Google Chrome Plus and you just might gain a new way to enjoy your time surfing the ‘net.

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