Enable the Default Web Apps in Chrome 8


Google Chrome Webstore is at our door steps. Lets get ready to welcome it. Chrome 8 has already sneaked in to our PCs, and is capable of loading some default web apps.

Lets do a little editing and get the default Web Apps working on Chrome 8. Here is how.

1. Close all Google Chrome windows.

2. In Windows, right-click on a Chrome shortcut from your desktop, select “Properties” and append the following text to the Target field: ” –enable-default-apps” (don’t use quotes, but don’t forget to add a space before adding the command line flag). Click “OK” to close the dialog and then open Google Chrome.

On a Mac, quit Chrome, open the Terminal and paste this:

open /Applications/Google\ Chrome.app –args -enable-default-apps

For Linux you could use this:

/opt/google/chrome/google-chrome -enable-default-apps

3. Type chrome://extensions/ in the address bar (or click on the wrench menu and go to Tools > Extensions).

4. Click the “developer mode” link and then click “Update extensions now”.

5. After less than a minute, your new tab page should look like this:

chrome news  Enable the Default Web Apps in Chrome 8

Enjoy and don’t forget to share this with your friends. And yes, I almost forgot to say thanks to Google System Blog.

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  1. Does this work with Chromium to?

  2. “C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Local Settings\Application Data\Chromium\Application\chrome.exe” –enable-default-apps

    USERNAME is my username, but that is private.

  3. Does this work on the Chrome 9 dev version? I’ve tried it with the terminal line with mac but it comes back with an error.

  4. I think we can better wait for 7 december.

  5. The right syntax on the Mac is two dashes before the enable flag, no open, no –args.

    Examples:
    /Applications/Chromium.app/Contents/MacOS/Chromium –enable-default-apps
    /Applications/Chromium.app/Contents/MacOS/Chromium –enable-default-apps

    This said I just tried it on the latest build and it doesn’t seem to have any effect (yet)

    nda

  6. kurtextrem, if you search you’ll find

    enable-default-apps

    (of course you have to add the initial –)

    nda

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