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Instant Pages and Print Preview Now On By Defaul In Google’s Chrome Stable Channel

In June this year, Google’s Instant Pages feature was made available to Chrome beta channel, starting today, the Instant Pages is now on by default in the latest stable version of Chrome 13 build, announced Timo Burkard, Software Engineer.

“When we can predict with reasonable confidence that you’ll click the first result, Instant Pages will begin loading the webpage early. By the time you click on the result, the entire webpage will often appear to have loaded instantly. This means that sometimes when you click a Google search result in Chrome, the page will appear to load much faster than before. How much faster? In the video embedded below, you can see a side by side comparison of Chrome with and without Instant Pages enabled,” stated Burkard.

Chrome 13 is special because Google offered “$17,000 of rewards” to the security experts who found vulnerabilities in Chrome’s code. This is “possibly the best haul yet,” mentions Google.

Burkard also announced that “print preview is now available for Windows and Linux users in the latest stable version of Chrome. (Hold tight Mac users, it’s coming!).” Print preview uses the built-in PDF viewer, so it only works if you use the default settings and you haven’t enabled Adobe Reader’s plugin. Unlike other browsers, Chrome doesn’t have a separate menu item for print preview and there’s no modal window. When you click “Print”, Chrome opens a new tab that shows the page converted to PDF and a small number of options for printing. For more advanced options, click “advanced” to open the native printing dialog.

Since Chrome automatically generates a PDF file, you can easily save it by selecting “Print to PDF” from the “Destination” drop-down.

Prerendering extends an old Firefox feature called prefetching. Instead of only loading the HTML code of a page, prerendering loads the page and all the associated resources (images, scripts, CSS files), while also running the active content. This is useful if it’s very likely that the visitor of a page will go to another page and it makes sense to load the second page in the background. Google is the first site that uses prerendering. It loads the top search result if it’s very likely that users will click it (e.g.: for navigational queries like [CNN], [Princeton]). Any developer can use prerendering by adding rel=”prerender” to a link tag, but it should be used sparingly.

In addition to adding to these new features to Chrome, another new Chrome feature improves the address bar by adding support for partial URL matches in your browser history. This means that you can type “web” in the address bar and Chrome will match “http://picasaweb.google.com” if you’ve previously visited the page, just like in Firefox. The “omnibox, Chrome’s combination search box and address bar, has gotten much smarter in the latest release, making it even easier for you to get back to pages you’ve visited before. Just type part of the page’s address or title and look in the dropdown for matching pages from your history,” explains Burkard.

[Source:Google Chrome blog]

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