Site Level Preferences in Google Chrome

As with just about all modern web browsers you can configure Google Chrome to work differently for different sites. In fact Chrome makes it extremely easy to access and change the site level settings - once you know where to access them from. Google Chrome provide a button in the address bar for setting site level preferences. The button is actually located at the extreme left of the address input field itself and if you hover over it they you will be presented with a tooltip reading "View Site Information" - not exactly a good description of what you can do via the button. If you click on that button then you will be able to see just exactly what you can do with configuring how the browser will interact with a given site. The menu is broken up into two sections - the top section deals with cookies and displays how many session/first party cookies and how many third party cookies the site has set followed by a button allowing you to see the actual cookies and to delete or block them. The second section of the menu is where you define what interactions the current site is allowed to perform. The options in this lower section of the menu allow you to define what the current site is allowed to do with regard to Images, JavaScript, Plugins, Popups, Location, Notifications, Full Screen, Mouse Locks, Media and Automatic Downloads. Most of these have three options available to choose between which are Global Default, Always Allow and Always Block. With Full Screen and Media only two of the three options are offered with the Always Block Fullscreen and Always Allow Media being omitted. The global settings that the Global Default options reference are also not the easiest things to find in Google Chrome. For some unexplainable reason they are attached to a Content Settings button under the Privacy heading even though with the exception of cookies none of these settings have anything to do with Privacy.


This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.

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