Chrome Browser Settings on Your Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK - dummies

Chrome Browser Settings on Your Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK

By Corey Sandler

The last Menu option for the Chrome browser allows you to customize many of the settings for the browser on your Tab S2 NOOK. The panel is divided into basic and advanced features. Check out some of the more important options you can set.

Basic settings

You can set these basic settings:

  • Search Engine. The default search engine to look for websites or information on the web is Google. You can, though, ask that the browser automatically use another engine such as Yahoo!, Bing, Ask, or AOL.

    Google has become so popular that it’s almost a generic term. Though Google, Inc. has a squad of lawyers prepared to do battle in defense of their trademark, you’ll still hear people saying they intend to “google Teddy Roosevelt” when what they mean to say is they intend to “use the Google.com search engine to find out more about President Theodore Roosevelt.”

    You don’t have to change search engines if you just want to try another one from time to time. Just go to Chrome and, in the address bar, type the site: yahoo.com, bing.com, ask.com, and so on.

  • Autofill Forms. This feature automatically fills in certain types of form information, such as your name, address, and telephone number. In a separate category, it automatically fills in a preferred credit card (including your name, card number, and expiration date). You can fill in one or the other or both fields, and there’s also an on-off switch to enable or disable autofill.

    My preference is to include the name and address information only, and leave blank the credit card data; it seems like too big of a risk to have the card poised to jump into place on a screen all by itself.

  • Save Passwords. Here you can save logins and passwords for websites. This feature has an on-off switch at the top of the form, and then you can touch any individual saved entry to edit or delete it. You’ll also find a listing called Never Saved, and here you see websites that asked whether you want to have login information saved, but where you told the browser not to do so.

  • Home Page. Here you can select a particular page as the one your browser will display each time it loads. There’s also an on-off switch to enable or disable this feature as needed.

Advanced settings

You can set these advanced settings:

  • Privacy. Here you find a valuable collection of features that can reduce the possibility of snoops learning about places you have visited.

  • Navigation Error Suggestions. Place a checkmark in the box to show suggestions anytime the web address you have entered in the browser doesn’t work or a connection can’t otherwise be made.

  • Search and URL Suggestions. Put a checkmark to enable a prediction service that shows related queries and popular websites that sometimes — not always — guesses what you’re looking for. If you don’t see what you want, keep typing in the search bar until you do.

  • Touch to Search. On some websites and in certain situations, when you touch a word, your tablet (when connected to Wi-Fi) uses Google Search to provide a definition, picture, or other information without leaving the current web page. You can turn this feature on or off.

  • Prefetch Page Resources. Your tablet can try and be one step ahead of you as you read a website, requesting and temporarily storing links and information you just might tap next. For example, if you’re looking at an online retailer and reading the description of a new camera, the browser might note that there are two big buttons nearby: Specifications and More Pictures. Chrome might preload one or both pages into the tablet’s memory. If it guessed correctly, you might save a few seconds of your invaluable time.

    Most users find both preloading and bandwidth management worthwhile. However, if your tablet slows down or certain pages don’t display properly or at all, try turning off Preload webpages or Bandwidth Management (or both) to see if that solves the problem.

  • Usage and Crash Reports. Some Internet providers and hardware makers (including Samsung) are interested in knowing about usage statistics and crash reports; the information collected here is supposed to be used to improve apps and other software and your personal data is supposed to be not collected. You can choose to enable or disable this feature.

  • Do Not Track. Enabling this feature means that as you visit each web page, your request to view information includes a request that your visit isn’t tracked or recorded. It’s a nice idea, but you have no certainty that web pages you visit will honor this request.

  • Clear Browsing Data. This may be the most important option for privacy. Options on this screen allow you to remove, from your tablet’s memory, any or all of the following: your browsing history, any data held in the tablet’s short-term cache memory, cookies and site data placed on your phone by certain websites to track your visit, saved passwords, and autofill data. Tap to place a checkmark and turn on an option, and tap Clear to wipe them away from the tablet.

    Clearing browsing data doesn’t remove any records maintained by websites you have visited. In most situations, a website can determine the unique address on the Internet of your tablet or its Wi-Fi access point, and may also keep track of any information you have chosen to provide.