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Touchpad gestures: Cycling through open browser tabs
Another useful touchpad gesture makes it easy to cycle through open tabs in the browser. This is a 3-finger swipe to the left or right to spin through the open tabs. This is especially good for those who have lots of tabs open in Chrome.
I find it necessary to swipe slowly for precision, but you can quickly swipe and jump all the way left or right.
Touchpad gestures: Accessing graphical Task Manager
My favorite touchpad gesture is the 3-finger swipe to invoke the graphical Task Manager. Just swipe up with three fingers and every active window is displayed in a thumbnail image on the main screen.
From the Task Manager you can swipe down with three fingers to return to the last active window or tap on a thumbnail to jump to that app.
This is particularly useful if you run apps in a window and not in a tab in the browser.
Enabling experimental features
In addition to the three Chrome version channels you can access experimental features not yet implemented in the Stable channel through the flags function.
This is accessed by typing chrome://flags in the URL bar in any browser window. This brings up the list of available features as shown in the image above.
As prominently indicated at the top of this list, these are experimental features and settings that may not be stable on your Chrome installation. Scanning these features shows there are some heavy-duty settings that can change every aspect of Chrome, including how the hardware works. The rule of thumb is to not change anything you don't completely understand to avoid introducing problems.
That said, there are dozens of flags that can change the operation and appearance of Chrome that can be safely toggled on and off at will.
Chromebook Pixel owners and those using the new Acer C720P Chromebook, both with touch screens, will find several flags that can implement changes to the touch operation of Chrome that are useful.