Many PCs I work on seem to have an out of date version of Google Chrome installed. Update Google Chrome now – making sure that your Google Chrome browser is up to date is essential for your computer’s security. You will also miss out on a lot of new features and usability improvements if you don’t update. Chrome typically keeps itself up to date, but if you need to manually update Chrome, it will only take a minute or two.

Google Chrome can automatically update when a new version of the browser is available on your computer. You will have some extra protection from the latest security updates to Google Chrome. You should still have a security product installed.

Normally updates happen in the background when you close and reopen your computer’s browser.

The Chrome ‘menu’ button, or ‘more’ button,  is a series of three dots in a vertical line found at the top right of an open Chrome window. It sits at the far right-end outside the address / URL bar. This button cannot be hidden so you should always be able to see and use it even if the browser is in full-screen mode. But if you haven’t closed your browser in a while you might see the Chrome ‘more’ in the top right change colours:

Update Google Chrome: Chrome menu greenA green more or menu means that an update’s been available for 2 days.
Update Google Chrome: Chrome menu orangeAn orange more or menu means that an update’s been available for 4 days.
Chrome menu redA red more or menu means that an update’s been available for 7 days.

Just for interest: The more button used to be called the hamburger button or hamburger menu. so named for its unintentional resemblance to a hamburger. It is a button typically placed in a top corner of the Google Chrome window. Its function is to toggle a menu (sometimes referred to as a hamburger menu). the collapsed menu button is now commonplace


Update Google Chrome

  1. In the top right, click the Chrome ‘menu’. More recently, Google refer to the menu as ‘More’
  2. Click Update Google Chrome. If you don’t see this button, you’re on the latest version.
  3. Click Relaunch.

Check for an update and the current browser version

– Manually updating Google Chrome

  1. On you computer, open Chrome
  2. Click More
  3. Click Help
  4. Select About Google Chrome. A new tab will open in your Chrome window.
    If you have a pending update that has been waiting for several days, you may see an “Update Google Chrome” option appear in this menu.
  5. Wait for the update to install. Opening this page will automatically attempt to update Chrome. After installing the update, click the Relaunch button to restart Chrome as the new version.

The browser saves your opened tabs and windows and reopens them automatically when it restarts. If you’d prefer not to restart straight away, click Not now. When you you next restart your browser, the update will be applied.

Updating Google Chrome should be part of your regular approach to Internet security. For help in updating Google Chrome, please contact John