Web Geek's Guide to Google Chrome

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Que Publishing, 2009 - Computers - 249 pages
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MAKE THE MOST OF THE WORLD'S HOTTEST NEW BROWSER, GOOGLE CHROME! Finally, there's a web browser for today's Internet, and today's user: you! It's Chrome. (From Google-of course!) Now, there's a book that reveals how you can use all of Google Chrome's built-in power and speed-and extend Chrome to do even more! Jerri Ledford and Yvette Davis start with a quick, practical tour of Google Chrome's stripped-down, hot-rod interface -including its do-everything, know-everything Omnibox. You'll be using Chrome like a pro in minutes, but that's just the beginning. You won't just learn how to customize Chrome: You'll dive under the hood, tweak its code, and transform it into the browser of your dreams. Bottom line: If Google Chrome can do it, this book will help you do it smarter, faster, better! Covers all this, and more... - Improving life on the Web: what's new and different about Chrome, and why you care - Getting from Chrome newbie to power user-fast! - Browsing more safely in the Web jungle - Spit-shining Chrome: making a good-looking browser look spectacular - Optimizing your own web site to make the most of Google Chrome - Tweaking tabs, and more: customizing Chrome to your heart's content - Saving time with Google Chrome keyboard shortcuts - Troubleshooting problems with Google Chrome, step-by-step - Learning about Chromium (the foundation on which Google Chrome is built) and its components, WebKit, WebKit Core, WebKit Port, and WebKit Glue. Jerri Ledford has been a freelance business technology writer for more than ten years, publishing more than 1,000 articles, profiles, news stories, and reports. She develops and teaches technology training courses on topics ranging from security to customer service. Ledford also helps optimize websites for Google and writes about technology topics ranging from search engine optimization to consumer security and identity theft. She has written 18 books, four of which are about Google applications: "Google Analytics," "Google Analytics 2.0," "Google Powered: Productivity with Online Tools," and "Google AdSense for Dummies." Yvette Davis is Managing Editor for Brighthub.com's Google Channel and Contributing Editor for its Linux Channel.www.WebGeeksGuide.com Table of Contents Introduction 1 Part 1: Google Chrome and Browsing the Way It Should Be Chapter 1 Web Interactions Past and Present 9 The Theory of the Web-Based Operating System 10 A Star Trek-esque Society 10 Web-Based OS Is for the Future 10 Mobility Must Come First 11 Openness Is the Key to Mobility Is the Key to... 12 Browsing in an Application-Driven World 13 Chaos, Fallen Orderly 13 Web-Based from the Ground Up 14 Closing the Door 15 Chapter 2 What Google Chrome Brings to the Browser 17 NOT Your Momma's Web Browser 18 Comparing Chrome to Other Browsers 19 Internet Explorer 19 Firefox 22 Opera 24 Speed Depends on How You Handle the Code 26 Share and Share (Resources), Alike 31 Taking Out the Trash Keeps the Browser Moving Cleanly 32 Searching for the Right User Experience 34 Tabbing Through Life 34 Surfing Without Being Seen 36 It's About the Right Amount of Chrome 37 Closing the Door 38 Chapter 3 Getting Started with Google Chrome 39 A Quick and Easy Download 40 Chrome and Your Privacy Concerns 42 Download and Install Chrome 43 Initial Chrome Customization 44 Everybody Has a First Time Once 46 Chrome Grows with You 46 Chrome Page Controls 47 Point and Click, or Type 49 Bookmark Manager 50 Your Browser, Your Way: Basic Customization 52 Closing the Door 55 Chapter 4 It's Everything: The Omnibox (Plus Some) 57 If It Is Everything, You Should Use It for Everything 58 The Usual Address Bar Duties 58 Security Indicators 59 A Few Other Functions 60 And Then There Are Page Controls 61 More Customization and Controls 64 The Basics Tab 65 The Minor Tweaks Tab 67 The Under the Hood Tab 68 Closing the Door 69 Chapter 5 Stability on the Net 71 Consequences of a Crash 72 Crash Management 72 Chrome's Task Manager 73 Stats for Nerds 74 So Why Won't It Crash? 76 Isolated Tabs Equals Increased Security 76 Using Memory More Efficiently Extra Precautions: You Can Never Be Too Safe 78 There's No Little Black Box in the Browser 82 Weaving a Multithreaded Web 84 Closing the Door 86 Chapter 6 Safe Browsing on a Threatening Web 87 It's Not If, It's When You're Attacked 88 Chrome Saves the Day? 90 Secure Sockets Layer 91 Security Certificates 93 What Threat Level? 95 Viruses 96 Spyware 97 Trojans 97 A Phishing Reminder 98 Got Sand? Sandboxing Slows Attacks 98 Closing the Door 100 Part II: Tinkering Around Under the Hood Chapter 7 Open Source Overview 103 Everyone Can Participate 104 Cost 107 Turnaround time for bug fixes and software improvements 107 It Takes a Village: Open Source Is Collaboration 109 Putting the Chromium in Chrome 112 Kits 113 Threads 116 Processes 117 Libraries and Scripts 118 Ensuring a Flawless Application 120 Closing the Door 120 Chapter 8 Developing Sites for Chrome 121 Is This Part of the WebKit? 122 I Should've Had a V8 127 Shifting Gears: How Gears Works with Chrome 131 Closing the Door 134 Chapter 9 Spit-Shining Chrome 135 Chrome Better Faster Stronger 136 ...Extended Chrome's Functionality 137 Gears 138 Bookmarklets 140 exe Tools 142 Themes and Theme Editors 143 Greasemonkey 144 Greasemetal 147 We Have the Tools 148 Libraries 148 C++ 152 JavaScript 155 Closing the Door 155 Chapter 10 Making It Yours 157 You Gotta Have a Theme 158 Viewer 159 Settings 160 Theme Creator 160 Just a Little Bookmarklet 163 And a Bit of Grease 165 Closing the Door 168 Part III: Chrome for Power Users Chapter 11 Chrome Hacks for the Power Users 171 Skinning Google Chrome 172 Taking Control with Bookmarks 175 Increase the Capacity of the Bookmarks Bar 175 Changing Bookmark Icons 177 Adding Bookmarklets 181 Print from the Bookmarks Bar 185 Creating Profiles in Google Chrome 186 Creating Multiple User Profiles in Chrome 186 Command-Line Switches 190 About...Chrome's Special about: Pages 196 Closing the Door 198 Chapter 12 Troubleshooting Google Chrome 201 Part IV: Appendices Appendix A Google Chrome Shortcuts 213 Navigation Shortcuts 214 Address Bar Shortcuts 215 Chrome Feature Shortcuts 215 Web Page Shortcuts 216 Text Shortcuts 216 Appendix B Chrome for the Non-Windows User 219 CrossOver Chromium 220 Linux 221 Mac OS X 224 Appendix C Glossary 229 Index 237
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Google Chrome and Browsing the Way It Should Be
7
Tinkering Around Under the Hood
101
Chrome for Power Users
169
Appendices
211
Index
237
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Jerri Ledford has been a freelance business technology writer for more than 10 years. During that time, more than 1,000 of her articles, profiles, news stories, and reports have appeared online and in print. Her publishing credits include Intelligent Enterprise, Network World, Information Security Magazine, DCM magazine, CRM magazine, IT Manager's Journal, and dozens more. Jerri also develops and teaches technology training courses for both consumer and business users. Some of the course topics she's been involved with include security, customer service, career skills, and technology for companies such as IBT Financial, Writer's Village University, Beacon Hill Financial Services, Hewlett-Packard, Sony, and CNET. She is the author of 17 books including Google Analytics, Google Powered:Productivity with Online Tools,Google Analytics 2.0, The Search Engine Optimization Bible, Google AdSense for Dummies,The Search Engine Optimization Bible, Second Edition, and The Web Geek's Guide to the Android-Enabled Phone. In her time off, Jerri travels extensively and enjoys hiking, writing fictionnovels, and soaking up the positive ions at the beach with her children.

Yvette Davis writes on a variety of topics, but her passions are all things open source and alternative medicine. Yvette is the managing editor for the Google Channel on Brighthub.com, and she is a contributing editor for the Linux Channel on the same site. She also writes alternative health articles.

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