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Adjust website content settings

You can choose how Chrome handles things like cookies, images, and plug-ins, by adjusting your content settings. These settings control what content websites can show you and what information they can use as you browse.

  1. Open a window in Google Chrome. 
  2. At the top right, click More More and then Settings.
  3. At the bottom, click Show advanced settings.
  4. Under "Privacy," click the Content settings button.
  5. You can adjust the following content settings:
    • Cookies. Cookies are files created by websites you've visited to store browsing information, such as your site preferences or profile information. 
    • Images. Images are allowed by default.
    • JavaScript. JavaScript helps make sites more interactive.
    • Key generation. Some websites use keys when you fill out forms, including online purchases, for increased security and authentication.
    • Handlers. Chrome allows web services to ask if you’d like to use them to open certain links. For example, certain links can open an email program. If you're using Gmail or Hotmail, this setting lets the site handle links that would otherwise open a program outside your browser.  
    • Plugins. Plugins make it possible for sites to show you certain types of web content, like Flash or Windows Media files, that browsers can’t always process. They're allowed by default. Learn more about managing plugins.
    • Pop-ups. Pop-ups are blocked by default from showing up automatically. Learn more about managing pop-ups.
    • Location. Google Chrome alerts you by default whenever a site wants to use your exact location information. Learn more about location sharing.
    • Notifications. Some websites, such as Google Calendar, can show notifications on your computer desktop. Google Chrome alerts you by default whenever a site wants permission to automatically show notifications. Learn more about notifications.
    • Microphone. Some sites can ask to access your camera and microphone. Learn more about camera and microphone access.
    • Camera. Some sites can ask to access your camera and microphone. Learn more about camera and microphone access.
    • Unsandboxed plugin access. Some sites need plug-ins so they can let you do things like stream video or install software. In these cases, you might see a message indicating that a plug-in wants to access your computer. You can choose to grant or deny the plug-in permission to bypass Chrome's sandbox and directly access your computer.
    • Automatic Downloads. You might want to download multiple files from a site. You can choose whether to download these files automatically or not.
    • MIDI devices full control. Some websites might want to use System Exclusive (SysEx) messages to gain full access to MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) devices.
    • USB devices. You can connect a website to a USB device, which lets the website control and record information from the device. Learn more about pairing Chrome with USB devices.
    • Background sync. If your computer goes offline during a task (like a chat message or photo upload), some sites can finish the task after the device is back online. The sync will happen in the background, even if you leave the website.
    • Zoom Levels. You can set how much you zoom in to certain websites.
    • Fullscreen. Some websites might ask to open in fullscreen mode. You can choose how Chrome handles this type of request.
    • Mouse cursor lock. Some web sites or apps, like games, might ask to turn off your mouse cursor. You can choose how Chrome handles this type of request.

Megan is a Google Chrome expert and the author of this help page. Help her improve this article by leaving feedback below.

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