Chrome 29 Improves the Omnibox, Adds a Browser Reset Option

by Ostatic Staff - Aug. 21, 2013

The Google Chrome browser is out in a new version 29 and it includes fixes for at least 25 vulnerabilities in addition to a few cool new features. Most significantly, Goole has improved omnibox suggestions for what you may be searching for or interested in based on your recent activity. There is also a nearly instant way to reset the browser back to original settings, which can be useful if extensions or any other components are presenting problems.

To reset the new version of Chrome all you have to do is go to Settings and click Advanced Settings, then click on the Reset Browser Settings button. "For those nostalgic for the new car smell -- maybe you, too, got overzealous with fun extensions -- we’ve added a new option to the Chrome settings page to let you restore it back to its original state," says a blog post discussing the new version.

The post also notes:

"Starting today, all Chrome users will start seeing improvements to omnibox suggestions based on the recency of websites you visited, resulting in more timely and contextually relevant suggestions. Mac users will also receive support for rich notifications, so you can keep up with what’s happening within your apps and extensions."

Very steadily, Google is also transforming the Chrome browser into a robust platform that features many of the capabilities of a full-blown operating system. Google has been pursuing a strategy that allows users of the Chrome browser to easily find and run "packaged apps" just like sophisticated web apps that users of Chrome OS are used to running. Chrome packaged apps are now available in the Chrome Web Store.

You can find out more about the new version of Chrome here