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Have You Played With These Google Chrome Easter Eggs?

Google is no stranger to hiding amusing little extras in their products, and Chrome is no exception.

Below are a handful of little easter eggs (or, ‘hidden features’ if you’re pedantically inclined) you can find in Chrome or Chrome OS.

There’s no guarantee they’ll stick around forever, so if you’re reading this from the future and one isn’t working, do let us know!

100-tabs-a-smiling100 Tabs And Still Smiling

The next time you’re bored and can’t think of anything productive to do fire up Chrome on your Android phone or tablet and open up 99 tabs.

Then open one more and watch as the Tab button in the action bar turns from a number to a smiley emoticon.

What’s it all about? It’s apparently included as a small nod to the prowess of Chrome’s memory management. If I was a browser I’d feel pretty smug about handling 100 tabs simultaneously, too.

Chrome Flips Out

This one is exclusive to Chrome for Android: swipe up five times from the tab switcher screen and Chrome will do a slick flip, as shown in this video:

Chrome OS Barrel Roll

Leaving Chrome for Android to one side, there a  few nifty tricks specific to Chrome OS devices.

On your Chromebook keyboard press the following keyboard combination to watch the focused window do a fancy-pants cartwheel:

Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Refresh

Konami Code Chromebook

Got a Chromebook Pixel? Firstly, I’m jealous. Secondly, you can trigger a neat little show of pulsating colours on the lightbar.

How? Just press the following code on your keyboard:

  • up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A.

After that, the light bar will simply start going off, showing you all kinds of colors.

Watch Videos in Chrome Camera App

Did you know that you can watch videos in the Chrome OS Camera app? Sure thing.  With the Camera open and in focus, turn on caps lock and type: CRAZYPONY

A file picker will appear. Select any video and it will start playing in the Camera app. You can then play with different effects from the ribbon, and even take screenshots!

Screen Shot 2014-02-26 at 22.31.37

Goats Teleported

I don’t quite understand the nerdish humour behind this one: the Chrome Task Manager can display a ‘Goats Teleported’ count should you wish to see…well, should you wish to see how many goats have been teleported by Chrome.

Screen Shot 2014-02-26 at 22.38.52

Do you know of other Chrome Easter Eggs? Share them in the comments below.

  • Andy Stetson

    ‘Goats Teleported’ looks to be ChromeOS only, doesn’t work in my Windows Chrome beta 33 :(

    • Jon A.

      I can confirm “Goat Teleported” is present is OS X Chrome 33.

    • Enzzo

      There are only goats in the UNIX world man….
      Goat teleported present on Chromium 33 on linux

  • David

    Barrel roll isn’t working on Chrome OS 33 (on Acer C720). :(

    • Juan Carlos Cornejo

      So for me the entire desktop doesn’t roll. But if I have a window open (say this one) it will.

    • Zactu

      Still waiting for my update to come thru. Enjoying the barrel role in the meantime. :)

    • David

      UPDATE: Barrel roll does work in COS 33!

  • John Grow

    The HP 11 does not have a light bar like Pixel. That is a cutout with a multi-colored transparent insert.

    Also, I was able to get the barrel roll working on my C720, Chrome OS 33. Just did it again, in fact. While I didn’t LOL, I did titter a bit. :-)

    • http://omgubuntu.co.uk/ Joey-Elijah Sneddon

      That is… disappointing, but explains a lot. Thanks.

  • Kenny Strawn

    Tried the smiley-face trick in Chrome for iOS myself, and turns out it works… So, no, not unique to Android.

    • Nick Iacullo

      I don’t really think he said it was unique to android…

  • deemeetar

    the smily face might be because there is not enough space for a 3 digit number.

  • DEE

    You kind of forgot if you type in Zerg Rush or if you type Atari breakout then go on images you get some games. But I’m loving that barrel roll :D

  • DEE

    Also for iOS 7 google chrome if you click your picture on on this website then do it again on the other page it takes you to it shows a picture of a lady with chips making a weird face…