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Should Lawyers Switch to Google Chrome?

By Edward Tan, JD on May 24, 2012 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

The Internet browser wars are in full swing, as Google Chrome has just overtaken Internet Explorer in the top spot. For the time being, Chrome is now the world's most popular browser, but is that reason enough for lawyers to make the switch?

Chrome barely edged out IE, taking 31.88 percent of the world's Web traffic to IE's 31.47 percent, according to StatCounter. Though IE still rules in some regions (like North America), there's good reason for the sea change. Google's browser embraces a lot of sound design mechanics.

But do they make Web surfing better for lawyers? Here are some reasons why using Chrome might be more suited for your practice.


One thing that Chrome has over the competition is speed. Web pages can often load faster. And jumping back and forth through cache sites is accomplished with minimal lag.

Minimalist Design

Many people scoffed when they first saw Chrome's barebones interface. It's pretty much just a unified URL/search box and tabs. But really, how much more do you need? The layout gives ample screen real estate to Websites. Even Firefox and IE took notice and scaled back their clutter, too.

Resource Management and Start-Up

One of the most annoying things about browsers is that they can be resource hogs. Leave one on long enough and you'll notice your computer start to chug. Sure you can limit the number pages stored in your cache, but why should you have to? Chrome leaves a much smaller resource footprint. And it also boots up really fast. Firefox users should know the pain of slow start-ups particularly, well.

Community Support

Have you seen IE's Add-ons page? It's pretty sad. Though Firefox popularized browser extensions, support isn't as strong as it used to be. Chrome has tons of developer support and its extensions range from fun diversions to practical time-savers.

Isolated Tabbed Browsing

In Chrome, tabs operate independently of each other. This means if one crashes, any other tabs open won't be affected. This feature is especially useful for lawyers who like to leave up multiple pages of legal research. Sure IE and some other browsers have integrated this function recently, too, but Chrome's is particularly reliable and worth the switch.

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