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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.
Enable parental controls
Those who share Chromebooks with kids or who bought them for their children should implement parental controls to keep them out of trouble. This involves setting up supervised accounts for each child under the parent account. The parent account must be set up first using the parent's Google account.
Once the Chromebook has been set up with the parent account, new users can be added for the children to be supervised. Different controls can be used for each child account which is handy for those with kids of different ages.
Note that parental controls in Chrome are still in beta and should evolve over time.