Chrome’s installation process is both straight-forward and self-sustaining. The installer will launch confirmations of system directories with a few click throughs. Typical stuff. Google will also ask for your permission to anonymously collect usage stats, which can be opted out of. Once you install the Chrome browser, Google automatically rolls out silent upgrades and keep your browser up to date.
Chrome’s overall UI has remained stable since version 1.0: a minimal two row window with tabs resting above the address bar (Omnibox), 3 browser controls (Back, Forward, Stop/Reload), a star-shaped toggle for bookmarking, and settings icon.
As you install extensions, active icons will appear to the right of the address bar, but beyond that Google maintains strict restrictions on adding visible add-ons. That means no toolbars or any undesired overlays, which at one point was a widespread standard practice.
Chrome is minimalist for a reason: to maintain a clean browsing experience with maximum use of screen estate for websites. A new immersive mode hides UI elements to create a full-screen experience that removes many distracting elements.
In addition to tabbed browsing, Chrome can be used as simply or as complex as you want, thanks to an impressive number of built-in tools, modes, hotkey functions, and more.
One popular feature is, of course, Incognito mode: Chrome’s response to Mozilla’s Private Browsing feature. Incognito opens a new window that disables history recording, tracking cookies, and reduces the amount of traceable breadcrumbs from your usage. Contrary to popular belief, it does not mean you can freely browse the web for illegal use as your ISP can still see your traffic activity… so stay out of trouble.