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Joe Fedewa is a Staff Writer at How-To Geek. He has been covering consumer technology for over a decade and previously worked as a News Editor at XDA Developers. Joe loves all things technology and is also an avid DIYer at heart. He has written thousands of articles, hundreds of tutorials, and dozens of reviews. Read more…
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Chrome 97 arrived on January 4, 2022. This release brings better tools for deleting stored website data, nicer-looking web apps, and more granular zoom controls for the mobile version of the browser.
Chrome 97 makes some changes to the Privacy and Security settings. You can now delete all the data stored by a website. Previously, you could only delete individual cookies. This new setting can be found at Settings > Security and Privacy > Site Settings > View Permissions and Data Stored Across Sites.
The one area that has kept web apps from truly looking like native apps is the top app bar. Chrome 97 allows web apps to utilize this space for elements such as search bars, navigation buttons, and colors. You can try it out by installing the web app for this demo website. It looks really nice.
Zoom controls in Chrome on mobile,
For a while now, Chrome on the desktop has been able to remember your zoom settings for specific websites. If you zoom into 120% on How-To Geek, Chrome will keep that setting every time to visit. Chrome 97 includes a feature flag to do this for mobile.
The flag can be found at chrome:flags#enable-accessibility-page-zoom . Once enabled, you can adjust the zoom by tapping the lock icon in the address bar. Select “Zoom” and adjust it to your liking. Chrome will remember it next time you visit.
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Chrome 94 started testing the ability for CSS to detect if a screen supports HDR content. That feature is now live in Chrome 97. This allows web developers to enable HDR content without compromising the experience for those who don’t have HDR displays.
Google now releases every version of Chrome every four weeks, which means big splashy features aren’t as frequent. There’s still a lot happening under the surface, though. You can read about many of these changes on Google’s developer site as well as on the Chromium blog. We’ll highlight a few changes here:
Chrome will automatically install the update on your device when it’s available. To immediately check for and install any available updates, click the three-dot menu icon and click Help > About Google Chrome.
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