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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 that 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.  
    • Plug-ins Plug-ins make it possible for sites to show you certain types of web content, such as Flash or Windows Media files, that browsers can’t always process. They're allowed by default. Find out more about managing plug-ins.
    • Pop-ups. Pop-ups are blocked by default from showing up automatically. Find out more about managing pop-ups.
    • Location Google Chrome alerts you by default whenever a site wants to use your exact location information. Find out 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 show notifications automatically. Find out more about notifications.
    • Microphone. Some sites can ask to access your camera and microphone. Find out more about camera and microphone access.
    • Camera. Some sites can ask to access your camera and microphone. Find out more about camera and microphone access.
    • Unsandboxed plug-in access. Some sites need plug-ins so that they can let you do things such as 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. Find out more about pairing Chrome with USB devices.
    • Background sync. If your computer goes offline during a task (such as a chat message or photo upload), some sites can finish the task after the device is back online. The computer will happen in the background, even if you leave the website.
    • Zoom Levels. You can set how much you zoom in to certain websites.
    • Full screen Some websites might ask to open in full screen mode. You can choose how Chrome handles this type of request.
    • Mouse cursor lock. Some websites or apps, such as games, might ask to turn off your mouse cursor. You can choose how Chrome handles this type of request.

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