The following post isn’t meant to bash any particular browser. Rather, it’s meant to help you debug some quirks that may arise from using certain browsers for certain tasks.

Chrome

Let’s start with the basics: what is Chrome and how do I use it? If you’re not familiar, Chrome is a popular browser created by Google. It’s considered to be extremely stable and secure due to its cutting-edge security features, sandboxing, and extensive testing.

Chrome is available for nearly all platforms and is very easy to use. Just visit the Chrome Webstore to install it on your computer.

Most web developers and designers use Chrome because it’s easy to use and allows for faster development and experimentation due to its speed. You can easily debug code using Chrome’s tools and the dev tools in its browser extension. Plus, Google’s own Chrome Developer Tools allow for deeper debugging and insights.

Dark Mode

Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s discuss something much more practical: dark mode! As the name would suggest, dark mode is a way of displaying websites and web content that is meant to be used in the dark. A lot of websites have adopted this trend in recent years, notably Twitter and Reddit. If you visit these websites in dark mode, you’ll notice that they’re much harder to read due to the absence of light.

Dark mode is often seen as a temporary alternative to regular text-based browsing, designed to be easier on the eyes and lower the irritation caused by too much light. Some people also use it when reading books because it makes certain words and lines easier to identify and/or comprehend. In other words, dark mode can be useful for those with mild to moderate cases of insomnia or other sleep disorders.

Quirks and Limitations

One of the things that can make Chrome unique is its quirks and limitations. Some of these quirks and limitations may annoy or even hinder you as a user, but they’re part of what makes Chrome so special. Let’s discuss a few of these limitations.

No Full-Screen

One of the things that you’ll quickly notice if you use Chrome is that it doesn’t have a full-screen button. The closest you’ll get to experiencing full-screen browsing on a regular basis is with the “Always on Full Screen” Chrome extension. This extension gives you a full-screen button that you can access anywhere by simply clicking the icon in the browser toolbar. If the extension isn’t enabled for a given website, you’ll see an empty placeholder for the full-screen button.

Dreadful Tabs

When you have more than one web browser open at a time, Chrome automatically stacks tabs inside a folder named “Recently Closed Tabs.” You can access this folder by clicking the small triangle in the upper right corner of the browser window. Inside this folder, you’ll find your closed tabs as a new window. When you open this folder, you won’t see any tab bar at the top of the window; instead, the window’s content will be stacked as usual.

Tabs Auto-Collapse

Another unique thing about Chrome is that when you click a link in a tab, the entire tab contents will automatically collapse. This is different from other browsers, where only the window’s content will collapse on a click-within-a-tab.

One Cookie, One Contract

Chrome doesn’t store more than one cookie per tab, which makes it simpler for websites that have multiple pages. If a website has one page, the entire site will be treated as a single unit and will only store one cookie. This is in contrast to other browsers, which will store multiple cookies per tab.

Further Reading

If you want to learn more about Chrome, you can visit the official website or read some of its User Guides. If you’re looking for a comparison of different browsers, you can check out this detailed thread from Stack Overflow.