Explore the Chrome Browser
Chrome is a fast, simple and secure web browser, built for the modern web.Download Chrome
Chrome is designed to be fast in every possible way. It's quick to start up from your desktop, loads web pages in a moment and runs complex web applications lightning fast.
Fast to launch
Chrome launches from your desktop within seconds when you double-click the Chrome icon.
Fast to run web applications
Fast to search and navigate
You can type in both searches and web addresses in Chrome's combined search and address bar, known as the Omnibox.
The Omnibox provides suggestions for searches and web addresses as you type, as well as auto-completion functionality to help you get to what you're looking for with just a few keystrokes.
Fast to load web pages
Chrome is powered by the WebKit open-source rendering engine and loads web pages in a snap.
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Chrome's browser window is streamlined, clean and simple. For example, you can search and navigate from the same box and arrange tabs however you wish - quickly and easily.
Keeping it simple
Chrome is designed to be as simple as possible. It's a browser that gets out of the way of the web, so you can focus on what you care about most.
Easy to search & navigate
Getting where you want to go on the web should be simple. You shouldn't have to ask yourself, "Am I searching the web or I am navigating to a site?" You should just start typing and arrive where you want to be.
That's why Chrome just has one box – the Omnibox – where you can both search the web and navigate to sites. It auto-completes as you type and offers suggestions.
Efficient Tab Management
Chrome's snappy tabs are easy to drag and drop and rearrange, and thanks to Chrome's multi-process architecture, you can open a hundred tabs without slowing Chrome down.
You can also pin your favourite tabs (like email) to the tab strip so that they appear in the same place every time that you launch Chrome.
Tab to search
Why go to YouTube.com first and then search for a video? Just type youtube.com into the Omnibox and hit tab to search YouTube directly. You can also set up custom keywords for your favourite sites.
Built-In PDF viewer
Chrome has a built-in PDF viewer, so that you can load PDFs in a snap without needing to install software or a plug-in. It's easy to resize, save and print PDFs with a click.
Start where you left off
When you close Chrome it will remember the tabs that you had open so that you can pick up right where you left off.
Chrome is designed to keep you safer and more secure on the web with built-in malware and phishing protection, auto-updates to make sure that you have all the latest security fixes, and more.
Chrome will show you a warning message before you visit a site that is suspected of containing malware or phishing.
With Safe Browsing technology enabled in Chrome, if you encounter a website suspected of containing phishing or malware as you browse the web, you will see a warning page like the one shown above.
A phishing attack takes place when someone masquerades as someone else to trick you into sharing personal or other sensitive information with them, usually through a fake website. Malware, on the other hand, is software installed on your machine, often without your knowledge, and is designed to harm your computer or potentially steal information from your computer.
Sandboxing helps prevent malware from installing itself on your computer or using what happens in one browser tab to affect what happens in another. The sandbox adds an additional layer of protection against malicious web pages that try to leave programmes on your computer, monitor your web activities or steal private information from your hard drive (see video below).
To make sure you have the latest security update, Chrome checks regularly to make sure that it's always kept up to date. The update check ensures that your version of Chrome is updated automatically with the latest security features and fixes without any action required on your part.
Chrome puts you in control of your private information while helping protect the information you share when you’re online.
When you don't want your website visits or downloads to be recorded in your browsing and download histories, you can browse in Incognito mode. In addition, any cookies created while in incognito mode are deleted after you close all open incognito windows.
When you're browsing in incognito mode, you'll see the incognito icon in the corner. Incognito mode is particularly handy, since it's an easy way to browse the web in a private way without needing to change your privacy settings back and forth between browsing sessions. For example, you can have one normal session, as well as one incognito session, in separate windows at the same time.
You can control all your privacy preferences from the Chrome menu by selecting Settings, clicking show advanced settings and then adjusting the Privacy section.
Learn more about managing your privacy preferences for:
Clearing your browsing data
With Chrome, you can clear your browsing data at any time so that this information is not stored in your browser, including browsing and download histories, cookies, saved passwords and saved form data. Learn more
Customise privacy preferences by website
Opting out of ad personalisation
Advertisers personalise your ads, so that you see ads that you are interested in. Advertising companies that are members of the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) and other self-regulatory efforts allow you to opt out of this personalisation. In Chrome, you can maintain your opt-out status for the browser permanently even when you clear all cookies by installing the “Keep My Opt-Outs” Chrome extension.
Additional privacy resources
There are tons of ways to customise Chrome and make it yours. It's easy to tweak your settings and add apps, extensions and themes from the Chrome Web Store.
Adding new users
But what if you share a computer with other people? You don’t want your bookmarks, apps and extensions getting mixed up with everyone else’s and you don’t want your Chrome stuff syncing to all their devices.
Now, you can add new users to Chrome. Adding new users lets you each have your own personal Chrome experience and lets you each sign in to Chrome to sync your stuff.
Just go to Options (Preferences on a Mac), click “Personal Stuff” and click “Add new user”.
Extensions are customised tools that let you do more with Chrome, like control your music, take screenshots and share sites with friends, no matter where you are on the web.
Signing in to Chrome brings your bookmarks, history and other settings to all your computers. It also automatically signs you in to all your favourite Google services.
Take your web with you
Signing in to Chrome brings your bookmarks, apps, history and other settings to all your devices (watch video). Anything you update on one device is instantly updated everywhere else, and your Chrome stuff is safe in case anything happens to your computer. It’s your web. Take it with you. Just go to the Spanner menu and select “Sign in to Chrome…”.
Add an app on one computer. Access it on all your computers.
Fill in forms faster on all your computers.
Colour your Chrome and bring it with you.
Retrieve your saved passwords whenever you need them.
Use your customised features on all your computers.
Quickly go to your favourite sites, no matter where you are.