How to increase text size in Chrome without zoom

Chrome has a zoom feature which can zoom in on an entire website. The feature works for entire domains which means once you zoom in on a website, all other pages you access will also be zoomed in. The problem with this feature is that it doesn’t always work well. Often, you end up with overlapping elements. Images, ads, headings, and iFrames don’t play nice with the feature. If you use zoom just to get larger text, you should know you can easily increase text size in Chrome without Zoom.

Increase text size in Chrome

In order to increase text size in Chrome, you need to install an extension called Advanced Font Settings. This extension has not been developed by Google however, Chrome does recommend that you use it under the Appearance settings. Install Advanced Font Settings, right-click its icon next to the URL bar, and select ‘Options’ from the menu.

The extension’s options not only let you change the font size but also change the font that is used. You have three different font sizes to customize; the proportional font size, the size of fixed width fonts (whenever used by a website), and the minimum font size. Change it to whatever you want and then click the Apply button at the bottom.

The font size will update for all websites including the Chrome settings pages. It doesn’t change the font size for the tabs which is a shame.

This trick might still lead to text overlapping, especially if you select a particularly large font size however, other elements won’t overlap each other. As you can imagine, images, ads, buttons, iframes, etc., are more of a problem when they overlap then text.

You can set the zoom to zero and the font will still be larger.

On its own Chrome lets you choose the size of font with far more restrictions. You can make it small, very small, large, or very large. The default is set to Medium and is also the recommended font size.

You can try the default options first but they may still result in overlapping text. This is an unfortunate side-effect of changing the font size. Websites are built with a wide range pf displays and their resolutions in mind. They’re meant to display correctly even if you have a low or high resolution however, it does reach its limit. When that limit is crossed i.e., when the font size is set abnormally high, text overlaps.

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How to reduce Chrome RAM usage

Chrome used to be the best browser in the market. The reason its market share quickly grew and that of Internet Explorer shrank was because Chrome was light, it was fast, and it had a clean interface. Today, only that last bit holds true. The browser has become something of a RAM sponge and people consider switching to Firefox which has improved a great deal over the years. The only problem is, Chrome is a difficult browser to quit. If you’re unable to force yourself to use a different browser but would like to reduce Chrome RAM usage, you’re going to have to use an extension called Tab Suspender.

Reduce Chrome RAM usage

If you leave Chrome open with just one or two tabs, it will still end up consuming quite a bit of RAM. The tabs may not even have anything open that requires more RAM but the browser will still consume too much of it.

The screenshot below is for a Chrome instance with only two tabs open, one of which is a Chrome Web Store page. Though it’s not consuming the outrageous amount of RAM most people get, it’s still a bit too much for what is open in Chrome.

To ‘fix’ this, you need to install an extension called Tab Suspender. This extension basically suspends a tab that isn’t actively being used.

Install Tab Suspender. When you install it, it will take your through basic configuration which allows you to set the criteria for suspending tabs. It can suspend them after a period of inactivity which you decide when the extension is set up. It can also suspend them if it deems that you’re not using a tab any more though you have to opt-in for this type of suspension.

Last, you can also suspend a tab any time you want from the extension’s button next to the URL bar.

Tab suspension basically unloads a tab. For the most part, this is a good way to save on RAM. The tab is reloaded automatically when you visit it so you’re not losing the URL you had open. There is one shortcoming with this. If a tab is suspended, and it happens to contain unsaved e.g., an unsaved document or email draft, it is possible that the data will be lost.

If you’re working with Google Docs or Gmail, your data is saved automatically but not all services auto-save. In this case, you can whitelist the tab so that it isn’t suspended.

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How to force Chrome light mode with Windows 10 dark theme

Chrome now officially supports the dark mode on Windows 10. The official support came with Chrome 74. Unofficially, users have been able to turn on the Chrome dark mode with a little switch on Windows 10 but it is no longer necessary to use it. Now, when you turn on the Dark theme in Windows 10, Chrome automatically switches to the dark mode itself. Likewise, if you’re using the light theme on Windows 10, Chrome will also use the light theme. If you want to use Chrome light mode with Windows 10 dark theme, you can do so but again, you will need a switch to force the change.

Chrome light mode with Windows 10 dark theme

Create a new Chrome shortcut on your desktop. To create the shortcut, look for the Chrome EXE. It should be at the following location on your system;

C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application

Right-click it and select Send to>Desktop (Create shortcut). Alternatively, you can look for Chrome in the Apps list on the Start menu, and drag & drop its tile on to your desktop.

Right-click the shortcut and select Properties from the context menu. On the Shortcut tab, add the following at the very end of the Target field. Make sure you add one space after the shortcut’s given target address.

--disable-features=DarkMode

It should look like this;

C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application --disable-features=DarkMode

If you have Chrome pinned to the taskbar, unpin and repin it. If you have any Chrome windows open, close them all. You only have to do this once. After that, the shortcut that you’ve modified will work regardless how many Chrome windows you have open.

Use the shortcut to open Chrome and it will run with the light theme even if you’ve set Windows 10 to use the dark theme. If you use any other Chrome shortcut to open the browser, it will open in dark mode if that’s what you’ve set for your OS.

There isn’t any way to disable the dark mode in Chrome completely. There’s no flag that controls it so you’re going to have to use switches to do the job. If you run Chrome with another switch, you can probably use this one alongside it.

Chrome’s dark mode isn’t bad. For one, it gets rid of the white new tab page which, when used at night is a lot like a flash going off each time you open a new tab page. As for the rest of it, it is fairly easy to navigate but it may not be for everyone.

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How to fix Twitch won’t load in Chrome browser

Twitch is popular enough to rival YouTube and despite its many attempts, YouTube has not been able to capture Twitch’s live game streaming audience. It is still the preferred platform for anyone looking to stream game play, or watch it live. It does have a dedicated app for Windows 10 and for macOS but plenty of people still watch Twitch in their browser. Sometimes, Twitch won’t load in Chrome though. Here’s how you can fix it.

Twitch won’t load in Chrome

Twitch may not load at all or it may load partially but not play a stream. In order to fix Twitch not loading in Chrome, try all the following solutions.

Is Twitch up?

Visit downforeveryoneorjustme and check if Twitch is working. Additionally, if you have another browser installed, try accessing Twitch in it and see if it works. If the web app reports that Twitch is working and you’re able to get it to work in other browsers, the problem is likely with Chrome.

If the app reports that Twitch is up but you can’t access it in any browser, it is possible that the website is being blocked. If you think Twitch might be blocked by your ISP, there are ways to get around it. You can unblock websites in Chrome with a VPN.

Update Chrome

Check if a Chrome update is available. Click the more options button at the top right, and go to Help>About Google Chrome. It will check for any available updates. If an update is available, you should install it. You will need to relaunch Chrome to complete the update.

You should not be using an OS that is no longer supported by Chrome e.g. Windows 7 which only receives security updates.

Check extensions

It is possible that one of your extensions is blocking Twitch. Any content blocking extensions such as adblockers or pop-up blockers are the first things you should check. Whitelist Twitch in these types of extensions and then try loading Twitch.

Many users report that Adblock plus prevents Twitch from loading so you can either whitelist the Twitch domain or you can try a different ad blocking extension.

Clear cache

This is almost the equivalent of turning your computer off and back on again. Clear the Chrome cache to see if that works. You can try the following two things;

  1. Hold down the Ctrl key and tap F5 to reload Twitch. If this doesn’t work, move on to step 2 below.
  2. In the Chrome URL bar enter chrome://settings/clearBrowserData. Tap Enter and click the ‘Clear data’ button. For good measure, restart Chrome and then try visiting Twitch.

Clear DNS cache

Open Command Prompt and enter the following;

ipconfig /flushdns

Tap Enter. The command will execute within seconds. Restart your system and then try accessing Twitch in Chrome.

Reset Chrome Flags

Chrome flags are experimental features that you can enable but they may interfere with some websites particularly more complex ones like Twitch. Try resetting all Chrome flags to see if it fixes the problem.

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How to fix Chrome sync pausing and asking to sign in

Chrome’s sync feature can sync bookmarks, your browsing history, passwords, and it even lets you access the tabs you have open across other devices. It’s exceptionally useful and once you have it set up, you tend to get used to it always working and ensuring a seamless transition between different systems. There’s an odd problem that some Chrome users are facing with the sync feature pausing intermittently. Here’s how to fix Chrome sync pausing and repeatedly asking you to sign in.

Fix Chrome sync pausing

This appears to be an odd feature that’s enabled by default. You can turn it off from the Chrome Flags page. Open Chrome and enter the following in the URL bar. Tap enter.

chrome://flags

On the Chrome Flags page, use the search bar and look for ‘account consistency’. This will bring up a flag called ‘Identity consistency between browser and cookie jar’. Open the dropdown next to it and select ‘Disabled’. Relaunch Chrome to apply this change and sync should no longer pause at random.

While this should work, there is one other fix that other Chrome users have been able to use to fix this problem. The above solution is what works for most but in case it doesn’t do the trick for you, what you can do is, whitelist the following domain under Chrome’s cookies.

accounts.google.com

To do that, open a new tab and enter the following in the URL bar;

chrome://settings/content/cookies

On the Cookies window, click the Add button next to the Allow section and enter the domain mentioned earlier. Once it’s been added, Chrome will no longer pause syncing.

Multiple work stations

If you’re using Chrome sync on multiple work stations, you need to make the above two changes to all of them. This problem can appear on any one of the work stations that you’re using Chrome and Chrome sync on so it’s best to apply it on all systems that use the same Google account to sync.

This ‘bug’ surfaced towards the end of last year and it seems that sync is paused every two weeks on average. You might be signed out more often, or less often but two weeks is what most users note as an active sync period.

When syncing pauses, you’re unable to access open tabs, newly added bookmarks, and the browsing history on the Chrome browser you added them on. Fortunately, once sync is turned back on, everything syncs the way it normally should have.

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