Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Chrome as your default browser.

Most people know that I don't hide the fact that I am a Google Chrome junkie.  Before that I was a Firefox junkie, but the most important part is that I have not been a fan of Internet Explorer for many years.  Reasons are that there are many pages that display information that IE just doesn't show correctly, as well as all the missing functionality of plugins and extensions.

In this short article I will explain some of the best ways to use Chrome as your default browser.

  1. Log into the browser.  By logging into the browser you area able to sync your bookmarks, extensions, and saved passwords between devices. You were probably prompted the first time you ran Chrome and if you didn't do it then, you can log into the browser by going to the  button in the upper right hand corner.  Choose log in, if it says that you are already signed in, your one step ahead. 
  2. Install Extensions - When you a new tab, you should see your apps listed.  One app is the chrome web store.  You can install many different extensions that are really helpful.
    1. IE Multi - this will allow you to open SIS from within Chrome and everything work.  Essentially it is using IE engine inside the tab you select.
    2. Ad-Block Plus - This plugin blocks a lot of those annoying ads as well as some malware that tries to install on your computer before it has a chance to show up.  It's a great app that you rarely have to do anything with.
    3. Ginger - This extension checks your spelling and grammar when you are creating emails.  It will work in some other text entry places as well, but it has helped me many times by correcting my grammar and spelling mistakes.
These are just a few extensions that I use in Chrome.  The best part is that if I go to a new machine and log into Chrome on that computer, my extensions will start showing up soon.  If you are a Firefox fan, many of these extensions are available for that browser as well.