How to activate Chrome’s new global multimedia controls

Chrome’s new global multimedia controls

There are tools that many of us have been using for years and despite that there is a lot that we don’t know about it. We were quite surprised at Genbeta when reading this tweet in which they kindly reminded us that the .docx, .pptx, and .xlsx file extensions, that is, the Word, PowerPoint and Excel document extensions “are also ZIP files” .

This means that we can change the extension name to .zip to automatically organize the entire contents of any document, spreadsheet or presentation in folders from which we can extract everything separately.

This does not only apply to MS Office documents, the open document format like the one used in LibreOffice (.odt, .ods, .odp) also has the same advantage, or even Apple Pages.

How to change the name of a document extension

This process is extremely simple, although at least on Windows you have to make sure that the browser shows you the names of extensions for known files. To do this, open Windows Explorer and click on the ribbon at the top and select the “Vista” tab:

Then click on Options and in the window that appears select the “View” tab. Browse through the list of options until you find the one that says “Hide file extensions for known file types” and uncheck the box:

Click Apply and then OK. Now you just have to do the test with any document you have. Right click on the file and then on “Rename”. Change the extension from .docx (or whatever in your case) to .zip and press Enter.

Now you just have to extract that ZIP anywhere and look inside the folder called “word”, there will be all the resources of the document including photos and fonts in its own folder.

In case you did not know, Google has long been working on bringing a reading mode to Chrome, and for less time that mode became available with version 75 of the browser, only behind a flag, that is , is still considered experimental function.

In Chrome 75 you can use this mode to read content so that only text and images are highlighted and everything else that can cause distractions is removed, but you have no choice such as changing the background color or text size. However, in Chrome Canary we already have a dark mode and additional options, you just have to follow these simple steps to try it.

Turn on simplified page content in Chrome

In both the stable version and the current Chrome Canary, read mode or “simplified view” are available, only behind a flag. To activate it you just have to open Chrome and type chrome: // flags in the address bar and press Enter.

Once there, type “reader mode” in the search box and change the status of the function that will appear from “Default” to “Enable”. Restart Chrome and go.

From now on you will see a new button with three horizontal lines in the address bar. Clicking on it changes the view to read mode. In the stable version of Chrome you don’t have any customization options, but as they point us in TechDows, in the Canary version you can already activate the dark mode, in addition to changing the font for three different fonts, and also the text size.

Chrome’s current reading mode is not the best out there, even Edge Dev is superior, with several customization options and reading aloud. But since this is the most used browser of all, it is good news to know that it will soon have that function that many of us prefer to read articles from the computer.

A couple of weeks ago Google Chrome 77 was launched and although among its novelties were interesting features, the ones that have caught our attention are behind flags, that is, they are still experimental functions.

One is the new theme selector to customize your browser as you want, and the other is the new global multimedia controls, an excellent function that will end the tedious task of having to navigate between open tabs to pause or play content that we have open in that moment.

How to activate the new multimedia controls in Google Chrome

First make sure you have Google Chrome updated to the latest version, you will need Chrome 77 to enable the feature. The following is simply typing chrome: // flags is the address bar and press Enter.

Once there type “Global Media Controls” in the search bar and when you see the function appear change its status from “Default” to “Enable”. Below you will see a message asking you to restart Google Chrome for the changes to take effect, do it and you will see the changes.

From now on when some tab is playing multimedia content you will see a new play button right next to the address bar.


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