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Google Chome Week Day 2

16 May 2009 No Comment

google-chrome In our last article, Google Chrome Week Day 1, I discussed some  various hacks and tricks with Chrome Browser and so day two will be about extensions.  Even though every praised its speed and simplicity the one thing that Chrome lack was extensions and because of that, Google Chrome usefulness shot down quicker then Microsoft’s bid on Yahoo.  Even though the initial release of Chrome did not have any support for extensions, the current version Google Chrome 2.0.180.0 has added extension capabilities.

Unlike Firefox, you have to old school the activation of Chrome extensions by adding the following line to the command line of Google Chrome:

–enable-extensions

Now to get to command line of Google Chrome, you right click on the Chrome Icon and then select properties and you will get the following window

commandline

As you notice you need to aff –enable-extensions after the quote and then click ok.  Then restart chrome if you have to and then you ready to go.  As for extensions there is not many, however, to get them going you have to a drag and drop those extensions to get them installed, but unlike Firefox, you don’t have to restart the browser for them to take effect.  Hopefully in the coming months that they improve on the installation and activation on Chrome extensions by at least matching how Mozilla implements extensions into Firefox.

Also there is another way to run extensions in chrome and that is by adding the user script into your bookmark bar and to it add it all you do is drag the link into the bookmark bar.  Chrome Dual View uses this method in order to run that extension an there are other scripts as well that do this and so make sure you check your links as you will either be seeing a .crx extension or a long javascript code, and if you see that javascript code that is what you add to bookmark bar.

So lets get down to the extensions so far that can be used.

Gmail Notifier

Just like Firefox extension, this extension alerts you on how many unread emails that you have in your gmail account.

Google Reader

This extension is used to subscribe to RSS feeds to your Google Reader account and you do is go to the RSS feed and click the subscribe button down below.

Chrome Dual View

With this Chrome extension, it gives you the opportunity to split the Chrome tab into two and be able to visit two websites at once.  The only downside to this extension is that you need to know the links you want to use because you cannot select which window to change and if you go to a new site within that tab you lose the dual view.  So it is not reccomend to run two search engines at once or you will go back to one window.

Adsweep

This extension is used to block ad’s that appear all over the web, just like Adblock for Firefox.  Of course, there is a Adblock extension for chrome that you can get right here

So those are just a few of the extensions being made and I have consolidated a list of websites that are nothing but Chrome extensions.

blogote.com

Chromeplugins.com

Now one of the big problems right now of which I hope Chrome fixes eventually is the ability to uninstall Chrome extensions, because right now you have to go through this small little process to delete the files:

Uninstalling Chrome Extensions

To uninstall an extension, you need to delete its folder and restart Chrome. The extensions that you download from this page are stored under the profile folder.

  1. Find your profile folder. It’s the directory named Default that’s in your user data directory.
  2. Go to the Extensions folder under your profile folder. You’ll see a bunch of folders with names like 7868865ecc233b0400abe5d38d88355c03c4bb1a.
  3. Figure out which folder corresponds to the extension you want to uninstall. You can usually tell by looking at the names of the files under the folder. For example, the BuildBot Monitor has the file 7868865ecc233b0400abe5d38d88355c03c4bb1a.1buildbot.html.
  4. Delete the folder.
  5. Restart Chrome.

User Data Directory Locations

Windows XP

Google Chrome: C:Documents and Settings<username>Local SettingsApplication DataGoogleChromeUser DataDefault

Chromium: C:Documents and Settings<username>Local SettingsApplication DataChromiumUser DataDefault

Vista

Google Chrome: C:Users<username>AppDataLocalGoogleChromeUser DataDefault

Chromium: C:Users<username>AppDataLocalChromiumUser DataDefault

Linux

Chromium: ~/.config/chromium/Default

Hopefully when they have a fun extension support that this is one of the areas they cover and hopefully thats soon and of course have a consolidated extension website as well.  In other words, Chrome needs to act like Firefox in terms of extension support and soon or Chrome will be an after though to a lot of users and to the browser wars.

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