Chrome comes built in with several useful tools.


  • Add the SSL Client Certificate

Enable Smoother Scrolling

To get Chrome scrolling a bit more nicely, you can do this:

  1. Open Chrome and Visit chrome://flags/
  2. Find the setting for 'Smooth Scrolling' and set it to Enabled
  3. Hit rscroll prediction which you can -imagestry


Enabling smooth scrolling can actually make scroll rendering degrade. Do test that you are happy with it before leaving it enabled

Debug GPU and Tune


Gives you lots of info around the GPU settings and any issues

You might decide to enable some hardware acceleration, for example:

Disable QUIC - Fix "Network Error" on Downloads of 5mb or more

If you find that Chrome downloads are failing then you can try disabling QUIC - an experimental prototcol.

Go to chrome://flags/#enable-quic and then set this to disable, relaunch Chrome and then try your download again.


Setting a Chrome user's homepage

  1. Open Google Chrome
  2. Whether you are signed in or not you need to go to the profile tab in the top right corner.
  3. make sure you are on the profile you wish the Bookmarks to open on, in this case we want to be on Steve.

    The profile button

  4. Once on the account type in the address bar chrome://settings/

  5. Scroll down to the On start-up section, select Open a specific page or set of pages
  6. Either click to use the current page your on or you can add a new page.

    !Select the new page option](chrome-user-homepage-images/add-new-page.png)

  7. Enter the Site URL you desire into the search box

    Inserting the URL

  8. Close the settings and the next time you open that account it will automatically open that bookmark.

Inspecting SSL certificate in your Chrome browser

In Previous Chrome browser versions, you could inspect the certificate details by clicking on lock, to the left of the URL. However in newer Chrome version it no longer shows certificate information there.

To view SSL certificate details in newer versions you have to open "Developer tools" and go to Security tab, where you can click "View Certificate"


Here are some suggested Chrome extensions

Ad Blocking

Dev Tools

Audit Tools

User Agent Spoofing

Quickly Getting a Colour


Buffer is a tool for sharing the same article across multiple of social platforms.

Install the Buffer Chrome extension.

How to Buffer article you find important/interesting

  • Click on the already installed Buffer extension
  • Copy your article's URL into Buffer's modal window
  • Copy generated description to Facebook description
  • Click Add to Queue (which will process and share your article when the time comes)

Form Filler

This extension is helpful when dealing with forms Right mouse click on any website form, and there you get the available options

Google Tag Manager

Helpful when dealing with Google Tag Manager

The Great Suspender

The Great Suspender is an extension used in Google Chrome which freezes any tabs left open for a certain amount of time. Chromes uses a lot of memory to keep these tabs open, to freezing them helps to relieve the stress off your machine.

Social 360

This plugin for google chrome will search someone's social media profile and inform the user of other social media platforms that that person is registered on. For example, I am currently running the scan on someone's LinkedIn page. The search result has told me that he is also on Twitter, Facebook and also has a few websites linked to him.

Using this plugin is quite simple. Please follow the steps below.

  • Once you have navigated to someone's social media page, you will notice that the extension symbol (top right of the window) is filling up with blue. This means that the extension is conducting it's scan. Once it has finished, it will change to one of 2 colours.

    • Green: This means that the extension has found some social media profiles that this user uses. It will also have a number inside of it informing you how many platforms it has detected.
    • Red: This means that the extension could not find any more information regarding this user.

    Keep in mind that the extension symbol can also show up as grey. This means that the extension isn't running it's scan. To start it, simply click the symbol. Giving that this extension is also in beta, keep in mind that it may not run it's scan the first time. If this happens, refresh the page and it should start automatically.

  • Once the symbol turns green, clicking on it will display a black sidebar at the left hand side of the screen. This sidebar will display A summary of the page you are currently looking at as well as external links. Clicking on these links will direct you to it's distination in another window.


Rapportive will display social media information about those who you recieve emails from.

  • Once installed, navigate over to your Gmail inbox. To ensure the extension works correctly, I tend to close down my current instance of google chrome and restart it, making sure that the extension is running on a fresh browser before doing anything with it.
  • Once you are in your inbox, pick an email from someone and open it.

  • You will see a pannel appear on the left hand side of the email thread. If the user is using LinkedIn, then the pannel will display their profile inside the thread.

  • From here, show us their name as shown on LinedIn, their tag, their current role and also a handful of potential connections that you may know.

  • You also have the option of connecting with the contact without even leaving Gmail. To do this, simply click on the "Connect" button under their profile summary.

  • This will bring up a small window containing a premade message to be sent to the user upon sending the invite. This can be deleted and your own personal message cen be set.

  • Once happy with the message, click on send and both the invite and message acompanying it will be sent to the user.