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How to Improve Video Quality When Casting a Tab to Your Chromecast

A new feature in Chrome radically improves the quality of video casted from the browser to your Chromecast—but only if you toggle a hidden setting on.

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Why Tab Casting Is So Terrible (and What Google’s Doing About It)

If you’ve used the screen-mirroring function to send video from the Chrome browser to your Chromecast, you’ve certainly noticed one thing: the feature is a bit rough around the edges. That’s because unlike casting a video from your phone (where your phone simply tells the Chromecast where to look and the Chromecast grabs the direct video stream), tab casting transcodes the video for the Chromecast and it is passed along in this altered state.

The end result is typically pretty bad, and even if the video on your computer screen is beautiful (like a nice HD video stream from Vimeo or a sports broadcast from NBC), the video that shows up on your HDTV looks like a janky mess. It works, but it isn’t pretty.

Fortunately, a brand new feature in Chrome allows you to significantly improve the quality of tab casted videos with a tiny tweak. Once you toggle the setting on, Chrome will attempt to pass along the actual video stream, unaltered, to your Chromecast, instead…

How to Enable Click To Play Plugins in Google Chrome

Chrome no longer supports any plugin except Flash, and even Flash won’t run automatically unless you give it permission. However, Chrome’s new click-to-play behavior is a little different from the old behavior.

Click to play is now the default, but if you changed it at any point, you’ll need to re-enable it from the Settings screen.

Enabling Click To Play Plugins in Chrome

Click on the settings wrench and select the settings menu item. Then you will need to click on the advanced settings link.

Scroll down until you can see the privacy section, then click on the Content settings button.

Scroll down to the “Flash” section. Select “Ask first before allowing sites to run Flash (recommended)” and Chrome will require your express permission before a site can run Flash plugin content.

You could also choose the “Block sites from running Flash” option. This would block every website from running Flash, and Chrome won’t even prompt you to enable Flash when you visit a web page that tries to use it. However, you can still click the website’s permissions menu—which we outline below—to give a website permission to run Flash. Whatever option you choose for an individual website will override the main option you choose here.

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Want to Become an Artist? 13 Chrome Apps to Get You Started

Do you have an interest in art or becoming an artist? Or maybe you have a friend or child who does? With Chrome apps and extensions, you can explore that amazing world. For creative inspiration, learning about the greats, and tools to get you started, look no further than these options for budding artists of all ages.

Get Inspiration From Talented Artists

For a quick and simple way to be inspired by other artists, check out the Artistaday.com Daily Contemporary Art extension. When you click the button in your toolbar, you will see the current day’s featured artist’s image from Artistaday.com.

In addition, when you open a new tab, you will see a picture in each one from a different artist.

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A similar extension called GalleryTab by Vango provides a piece of artwork in your new tabs. And, what’s nice about this tool is that the images rotate automatically, but you can also use the arrows to move through them on your own.

The artwork is courtesy of VangoArt.com and you can follow artists you like with a free account. Or simply share those you enjoy with a click.

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If art photography is more your style, then ArtSocket is a Chrome app you might enjoy. You can view photos from various artists offline and read the interesting stories behind each piece.

Browse or buy in the Art Gallery & Store, check out biographies and works in the Artists & Writers section, or get tips from articles in the Gallery Magazine area.

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Learn About Notable Works

Simply titled Art, this extension shows you a classic piece of artwork in each new tab you open. From Degas to Rembrandt and more, you can see these fine works of art and brief details about them.

The start and completion dates, style and genre, technique, and gallery where the work is displayed are all included.

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Another app with same name, Art, provides you views of many different art forms, also in your new tab window. These pieces are from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and vary from embroidery to pottery to sculptures to paintings.

You will see a photo of the piece on a plain white background. Then, simply click the question mark at the top for more information. This includes a link to the piece on the museum website where you can read full details.

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How to Clear Your History in Any Browser

All web browsers remember a list of the web pages you’ve visited. You can delete this list at any time, clearing your browsing history and erasing the tracks stored on your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Each browser has its own separate history, so you’ll need to clear the history in multiple places if you’ve used more than one browser.

In the future, you can use private browsing mode to browse sensitive websites without your browser saving any history. You won’t have to clear your history afterwards.

Google Chrome for Desktop

To clear your browsing history in Chrome, on Windows, macOS, or Linux, click the three dots menu > More Tools > Clear Browsing Data. You can also press Ctrl+Shift+Delete to open this screen on Windows, or press Command+Shift+Delete on a Mac.

To delete your entire browsing history, select from “the beginning of time” in the box at the top of the screen and check the “Browsing history” option. You can also choose to clear other private data from here, including your download history, cookies, and browser cache.

Google Chrome on Android or iOS

To clear your browsing history in Google Chrome on Android or iOS, tap menu > Settings > Privacy > Clear Browsing Data.

On an Android device, you’ll need to choose how much data you want to delete at the top of the screen. Select from the “beginning of time” to clear everything. On an iPhone or iPad, Chrome will clear all your browsing data by default and won’t allow you to choose other time periods here.

Ensure the “Browsing history” option is checked here and tap the “Clear Data” or “Clear Browsing Data” button. You…

How to Clear Your History in Any Browser

All web browsers remember a list of the web pages you’ve visited. You can delete this list at any time, clearing your browsing history and erasing the tracks stored on your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Each browser has its own separate history, so you’ll need to clear the history in multiple places if you’ve used more than one browser.

In the future, you can use private browsing mode to browse sensitive websites without your browser saving any history. You won’t have to clear your history afterwards.

Google Chrome for Desktop

To clear your browsing history in Chrome, on Windows, macOS, or Linux, click the three dots menu > More Tools > Clear Browsing Data. You can also press Ctrl+Shift+Delete to open this screen on Windows, or press Command+Shift+Delete on a Mac.

To delete your entire browsing history, select from “the beginning of time” in the box at the top of the screen and check the “Browsing history” option. You can also choose to clear other private data from here, including your download history, cookies, and browser cache.

Google Chrome on Android or iOS

To clear your browsing history in Google Chrome on Android or iOS, tap menu > Settings > Privacy > Clear Browsing Data.

On an Android device, you’ll need to choose how much data you want to delete at the top of the screen. Select from the “beginning of time” to clear everything. On an iPhone or iPad, Chrome will clear all your browsing data by default and won’t allow you to choose other time periods here.

Ensure the “Browsing history” option is checked here and tap the “Clear Data” or “Clear Browsing Data” button. You…

How to Enable Extensions in Chrome’s Incognito Mode

Chrome’s Incognito mode prevents websites from tracking you when you’re online. Because Chrome can’t guarantee that extensions aren’t tracking you, they are disabled in Incognito mode by default.

However, there may be some extensions you need to use while browsing in Incognito mode, such as LastPass or 1Password for logging in to websites, the OneNote Web Clipper for saving web pages to read later or offline, or others. You can allow individual extensions like these to run in Incognito mode, and we’ll show you how using 1Password as an…

Chrome for iPhone Gets a Reading List for Saving Articles and Offline Reading

iPhone: One of the nicer features in Apple’s Safari is the Reading List, which gives you an in-browser place to save articles to read later. Today, Chrome gets that too.

Chrome’s feature is called Read Later and it works basically the exact same as the one in Safari. In Chrome, open up an article you want to read later, tap the three dot icon, then the share…