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Notes: Chrome’s Built In Page Zoom and Minimum Font Size – No Need For An Extension? Probably.

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There are lots of Zoom extensions but most are no longer needed as this functionality is now built into Chrome.

Page Zoom is set to a particular value for all sites initially (say 150%), and any changes to a particular site are remembered as well.

You can increase or decrease Page Zoom by using “Control +” or “Control -“, or using the Chrome Menu.

Once you change the zoom, an icon shows in the address bar which allows you to reset it.

Page Zoom:

In “Settings” > “Advanced Settings”.

Font Size: Meduim

Page Zoom: 150% (This is for a 24 inch Wide Screen).

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I get annoyed by tiny fonts on a web page so this is a great feature, its just odd that they hide it so deep.

Minimum Font Size:

In “Settings” > “Advanced Settings”.

Click Customize and scroll down:

Minimum Font Size: 18

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You may find that you still need to adjust the fonts on an the odd web site, If so use this extension:

Font Size Increase and Font Size Decrease

Adds a + or – button to the Address bar.

You may need to click it a few times as well, as I think it cycles though small, medium, large and very large.

The only other issue is that the font size is not saved per site, but this is a great extension none the less.

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November 30, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Notes: The Best Chrome Extensions For An Ex Firefox User.

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Note that this post has been updated here.

Extensions:

Adblock Plus 1.3.1

Blocks all annoying ads on the web: video ads on YouTube, Facebook ads, banners and much more. Visit website

Chrome Downloads Button 0.0.1

Provides quick icon access to your Chrome downloads. Visit website

Chrome History Button 0.0.1

Provides quick icon access to your Chrome history. Visit website

Chrome Options Button 0.0.1

Provides quick icon access to your Chrome options or settings. Visit website

Close tab on context menu 0.2

A simple extension that add a ‘close tab’ context menu entry. Visit website

Create Link 0.1.1

Copy current page URL to clipboard in various formats. Visit website

Double Click Closes Tab 1.0.6

Close tab by double. Optional: an icon to either duplicate or close current tab; disable closing the last tab of the last window. Visit website

Evernote Web Clipper 5.9.1

Use the Evernote extension to save things you see on the web into your Evernote account. It even lets you search through your notes. Visit website

Font Size Decrease 1.0.0.8

With one click on the button the font size on the current page will decrease. Visit website

Font Size Increase 1.0.0.8

With one click on the button the font size on the current page will increase. Visit website

Forecastfox 2.0.10

Get international weather forecasts with this highly customizable extension Visit website

Go Extensions 0.1

Quick access to the Extensions Control Panel directly from the toolbar Visit website

Pocket (formerly Read It Later) 1.1.3

Pocket Extension for Google Chrome – The best way to save articles, videos and more Visit website

Readability Redux 1.3.4

Readability for Chrome. Now fully customizable! Visit website

RSS Live Links 1.9.0.0

Your RSS/Atom feeds as bookmarks and a whole lot more Visit website

This is fantastic as it lets you:

  • Adds different RSS feeds in a drop-down list and click to see the RSS Articles.
  • Checks the articles every x mins (I have mine set to 10 mins).
  • Killer feature: Hover over an item for a Tool-tip showing the first few lines of the article.

RSS Subscription Extension (by Google) 2.2.0
Adds one-click subscription to your toolbar. Visit website

Scroll To Top Button 6.1.9

Adds a scroll to top or bottom button. Visit website

Sidewise Tree Style Tabs 2012.11.23.0

A dockable sidebar for Chrome featuring vertical Tree Style Tabs, Tab Hibernation, and much more. Visit website

Stylebot 1.7.3.1

Adapt the web’s appearance Visit website

Stylish 1.0

Restyle the web with Stylish, a user styles manager. Stylish lets you easily install themes and skins for Google, Facebook, YouTube, Orkut, and many, many other sites. Visit website

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Updated 24.8.2013: Simplified things and just go to the built in settings page instead of using extensions.

Notes: Chrome’s Built In Page Zoom and Minimum Font Size – No Need For An Extension? Probably.

Goodbye Firefox Its Been Fun, Hello Chrome My Cool New Friend.

Time to move on: Moving from mainly using Firefox to mainly using Chrome.

Reasons and Rationalisations:

Google:

I use a lot of Google services and I own a lot of Google devices.

Security is top notch and updates are pushed out fast, but in a way that does not bug users.

Chrome is now mature enough that I can find equivalent extensions to those in Firefox.

e.g. I have found an extension “Sidewise Tree Style Tab” that allows me to have usable vertical tab stacking.

Chrome is developing a technical lead and will be developed at quite a fast pace for the foreseeable future.

Chrome updating does not break extensions.

Although I don’t trust Google as much as I do Mozilla (banking will still be a Firefox activity), I still trust them a lot.

Mozilla:

Mozilla’s treatment of the RSS LiveBookMarks feature was for me a turning point, instead of updating the feature, it was largely emasculated.

And in point of fact the Chrome extension, RSS Live Links, looks to be a better long term proposition than my favourite Firefox extension Boox, :-( go figure.

A New World:

So here we go a whole new world to get used to :-o

This should be fun :-)

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The next few articles will note any useful tips on using and configuring Chrome.

I will back link them all here to make it easer for anyone making the same journey.

Notes: The Best Chrome Extensions For An Ex Firefox User.

Notes: Chrome’s Built In Page Zoom and Minimum Font Size – No Need For An Extension? Probably.

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November 30, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Firefox Note: Tab Utilities 1.2 Not Compatible with FF17 Substitute

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November 25, 2012 at 11:09 am

A Nexus 10 Note: Flipboard for Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

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No Flipboard for your Nexus 10? Here you go: Flipboard for Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.


Flipboard v1.9.10

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November 21, 2012 at 6:45 pm

A Nexus 10 Note: Adobe Flash for Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

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No BBC iPlayer so I installed flash and used Firefox to save a Shortcut to http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/ to the desktop


Flash Player Help / Archived Flash Player versions

Flash Player for Android 4.0 archives

Flash Player 11.1.for Android 4.0 (11.1.115.27)

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November 21, 2012 at 6:35 pm

My Google Nexus 10 is Absolutely Gorgeous – First Impressions: Apple Beware Google has a Winner

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Ordered Tuesday Delivered Thursday… Score!

The Nexus is a beautiful black device that just screams build quality.

The 300 dpi screen is stunning, the included Ice Age video is a great way to show how good it is.

Surprisingly good Stereo speakers, everyone who has heard it is impressed.

The none slip black back is a great idea.

Changed the wallpaper to a live wallpaper that shows the weather and the Sun or Moon position in the sky, very very cool.

Update to the latest Jelly Bean 4.2 to get “Users” added to the settings, a friend used their Google account to log in and they were up and running in under 3mins.

Killer feature.

The Notifications on the left and the Quick Settings on the right are great.

I love the new effect in YouTube, its a “curved” view, lovely :-)

Note: Adding in free content with the Nexus: A Video, Books and Music is really appreciated, nice touch Google.

More details later.

Flipboard v1.9.10 now available.

No BBC iPlayer so I installed flash and used Firefox to save a shortcut to http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/ to the desktop

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November 15, 2012 at 9:13 pm

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