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Google Chrome’s “about:config”

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Firefox has its set of “about:config” files that allow the user to configure the browser and its performance, Google Chrome has its share of configurable files.
Chrome terms these files as “Easter eggs;’. Here’s a brief overview on the most’ popular Google Chrome Easter eggs.

1. about:version

Google Chrome shows the version number the browser, WebKit and V8 (JavaScript engine). You can also find the user-agent used by Google Chrome:

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US) AppleWebKit/525.19 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1 Safari/525.19


The list of plug-ins that are available in Google Chrome: Shockwave Flash, RealPlayer etc.

3. about:cache

A list of all the web pages cached by Google Chrome. The browser doesn’t have an option to limit the cache’s size, so it’s recommended to regularly empty the cache.

4. about:memory

This pages compares the memory used by all the active browsers and by Google Chrome’s tabs.


Alist of internal counters and timers that has a funny subtitle “Shhh! This page is secret!”.


A list of histograms for Google Chrome’s internal metrics.


Google Chrome prefetches the DNS records for 10 frequently visited hostnames. This feature can be disabled in Options > Under the Hood by unchecking “Use DNS pre-fetching to improve page load performance”.

8. about:network

This page could be used for I/O tracking and it’s a partial replacement for the Live HTTP Headers extension. Click on “Start I/O tracking”, open a web page in a new tab and you’ll get a list of all the images, scripts and objects loaded from that web page.

9. about:crash

Crash the active tab. Google Chrome displays the “sad tab” image, followed by this message: “Something went wrong while displaying this webpage. To continue, press Reload or go to another page”.


Type this in the address bar of a tab when there’s already an active web page to hang the process (this means that the process no longer accepts any signal, but it’s still running). The other tabs will continue to work and the active tab can be closed.


Akash Padhiyar

I am Akash Padhiyar Founder of,BCA MCA Tutor ,Running Web development compnay "AkashInfoTech".

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