If you have been using Firefox for some time, then you are probably familiar with the about: configuration pages of Firefox. Google Chrome is the new web browser that implements the same and lets you configure the browser internal easily. Here’s a list of some useful about: pages of chrome:
about:plugins: Displays a complete list of plugins available in Google Chrome like flash, RealPlayer etc.
about:cache: All the web pages you view via Chrome are cached in the memory. This decreases the loading time of web pages when you visit them again. The cache is an important treasure of information and media of all the pages you visited. Chrome doesn’t have an option for you to set it’s cache size, but if you’re on an old computer, using few MBs of RAM, it is recommended to empty this cache, every few days.
about:memory: This one is interesting. As the name suggests, this function should list all the memory which is being used by Chrome. But interestingly, along with that, this lists the memory which is being used by all the active web browsers (Firefox, opera etc.) along with that of Chrome’s.
about:stats: Shhh! This page is secret is the title of this page. And it displays a list of internal timers and counters of Google Chrome
about:histograms: Total geek stuff. If you don’t know a thing about coding and metrics, you can’t make a word out of it. This page displays a histogram of Chrome’s internal metrics. But, in a very un-formatted type.
about:dns: Displays Chrome’s pre-fetched DNS records for the frequently visited web pages (hostnames).
about:network: If you’re familiar with the Live HTTP Headers extension for Firefox, you could make sense out of this one. This page can be used for I/O tracking.
about:crash: Everyone hates crashes. But ever wondered, how can you manually crash a tab, just when you want? Just enter this in your address bar.
about:hang: Another tool in the devil’s toolkit. Does nothing productive, but is fun. Entering about:hang in your address bar would hang the current tab. What that exactly means is, the tab will no longer except any input, but will be still running.
So, which is your favorite secret Google Chrome page? Do let us know by dropping down comments.