If you’ve tried Google’s new Chrome browser you would have noticed there’s something familiar about it. It’s no secret Google has adopted certain elements of other browsers. Below are seven features Chrome has in common with other popular browsers.
Most Visited Websites
Chrome keeps a record of the websites you often visit and displays them in a grid of thumbnail images, giving you quick access to these sites. This is similar to Opera’s Speed Dial feature, which lets you add your favourite websites to a grid for easy access. The only difference is that Chrome keeps track of your favourite pages automatically, whereas in Opera you have to manually add them by clicking on an empty space and then picking a website from: Frequently Visited Pages, Open Pages, or Opera Sites.
A Web page can be bookmarked quickly by clicking the star in the address bar which then turns yellow. Also, by clicking on the yellow star, which indicates a page is in your bookmarks, a pop-up window will appear that allows you to edit or remove the bookmark. If you choose to remove it, the yellow fill will disappear, leaving just the star outline. The feature is almost identical to the one in Firefox.
Chrome can save your log-in details when you log into a website, so you don’t have to enter your username and password the next time you want to sign in. This feature is also present in Firefox and even the style of the pop-up window looks very similar.
Just like Firefox, Chrome offers you suggestions as you are typing into the Search bar. The only difference is Firefox’s suggestions are based on your browsing history, whereas Chrome also brings up other websites that match the criteria.
Unique to Chrome is the downloading bar that appears at the bottom of the page, when you click to see all your downloads, a download manager appears, which is very similar to Firefox. It displays all your downloads and even lets you search them.
Like in the latest Internet Explorer Beta 2, tabs function individually, so if a site crashes you can choose to close that tab only and not the entire browser window.
Highlighted Text Boxes
Finally, a more trivial feature is the one Chrome adopted from Safari — active text box highlighting. The border around the text box lights up, when you click inside it.
As you can see, there are a bunch of already familiar features in Chrome, most of which have been adopted from Firefox. Have you noticed any others?