enable new experimental features in Chrome via the toolbar menu

Google is testing a new way to expose some of the experimental features it is testing in the Chrome browser to users. The new feature is called “Chrome Labs”. It currently displays the search list and tab reading capabilities via the toolbar menu and allows users to enable or disable or set the default state directly from the toolbar itself without visiting the flags page. It’s more of a UI for granular control of some of Chrome’s advanced features that aren’t quite ready in prime time yet.

Remember the Chrome labs that were present in Chrome a decade ago, even before chrome://flags was available? They are now making a comeback, more or less.

What are Chrome Labs?

As per the description of the flag, it allows users to glimpse and access the various user-facing experimental features through the toolbar menu.

The newly introduced Chrome Labs currently include

  • reading list
  • Search for guides

The labs menu displays the on or off state of a feature and allows users to manage them without having to navigate to about://flags. page.

Enable ‘Chrome Labs’ in Chrome Browser

  1. Launch the Chrome browser
  2. Visit the chrome://flags page
  3. Search for “Chrome Labs”
    Chrome Labs Signaling
  4. Click on the drop-down arrow and select “Enabled”
  5. restart the browser

Click on the labs toolbar icon to see if the features are worth enabling or not. Of course, the Chrome Labs feature is available as usual as a flag in Chrome Canary version 89.

What is your opinion about Chrome Labs? Let us know in the comments below.

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