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Getting Under the Hood

There are even more configuration options available if you want to get “under the hood” with Chrome. The Under the Hood tab includes settings for various privacy options, how web content is displayed, and various other technical options.

Configuring Privacy Options

Privacy and security are important when you’re browsing the Web. To that end, Chrome includes a variety of privacy-related settings on the Under the Hood tab that can help make your web browsing safer and more secure. These settings are covered in Chapter 14, “Using Google Chrome Safely and Securely.” Turn there for more details.

Displaying Web Content

Also on the Under the Hood tab are options for varying how web pages are displayed. In particular, you can change the size and type of fonts used to display web pages, as well as change the zoom level when viewing pages.

  1. Click the Customize and Control (wrench) button and select Settings.

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  2. When the Settings page appears, select the Under the Hood tab.

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  3. To change the size of the fonts used to display web pages, go to the Web Content section, pull down the Font Size list, and make a new selection from Very Small to Very Large. (Medium is the default size.)
  4. To change the zoom level of the pages displayed, pull down the Page Zoom list and make a new selection.
  5. To change the fonts used to display web pages, go to the Web Content section and click the Customize Fonts button. To change the basic font, pull down the Standard Font list, make a new selection, then adjust the slider to select the font size (from Tiny to Huge). To change the serif font used, pull down the Serif Font list and make a new selection. To change the sans serif font used, pull down the Sans-Serif Font list and make a new selection. To change the fixed-width font used, pull down the Fixed-Width Font list and make a new selection. To change the smallest size font displayed, adjust the Minimum Font Size slider.
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Changing Proxy Settings

This one is kind of technical and probably best left to when you need specific technical support. If you need to change the proxy configuration for your Internet connections, which you might if you’re having trouble connecting over a given network, Chrome lets you do so.

  1. Click the Customize and Control (wrench) button and select Settings.

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  2. When the Settings page appears, select the Under the Hood tab.

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  3. Go to the Network section and click the Change Proxy Settings button.
  4. When the Proxy page appears, select Manual Proxy Configuration and enter the new information as appropriate.
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Translating Pages

Chrome can take advantage of the Google Translate service to translate web pages from most foreign languages. While Chrome doesn’t do this automatically, you can configure Chrome to offer to translate these pages. (This option is enabled by default.)

  1. Click the Customize and Control (wrench) button and select Settings.

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  2. When the Settings page appears, select the Under the Hood tab.

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  3. Check the Offer to Translate Pages That Aren’t in a Language I Read box.

Managing HTTPS/SSL Security

As part of Chrome’s advanced security-related features, the browser is configured to use secure socket layer (SSL) and transport layer security (TLS) protocols for safer web browsing. Chrome is also configured to let you access secure websites that require certificates of authenticity to be installed on your computer. You can disable the SSL and TLS protocols if you wish, as well as manage the certificates stored on your computer.

  1. Click the Customize and Control (wrench) button and select Settings.

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  2. When the Settings page appears, select the Under the Hood section.

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  3. To disable server certificates, SSL, or TLS, uncheck those particular boxes.
  4. To manage the security certificates stored on your Chromebook, click the Manage Certificates button.
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