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:

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

In Category: Google Chrome


Dinsan made Google Chrome his default browser within hours of its release. He fell in love with Chromebooks from the day he first touched one and is currently obsessed with Chromecasts.

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  • Guest 04/12/2010, 6:36 pm

    Does this work with Chromium to?

    • Guest 04/12/2010, 6:47 pm

      Im testing it now.

      • chrome story 04/12/2010, 7:05 pm

        Should work on Chromium

        • Guest 04/12/2010, 7:45 pm

          It dowsn’t work for me.
          When Chromium opens, it opens a page that he cant load:
          I updated the extensions turned on and turned off, but still it doesnt work.

          • chrome story 04/12/2010, 9:10 pm

            probably a typo in the code you typed ? extra space or something of that sorts ?

  • Guest 04/12/2010, 9:11 pm

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

    USERNAME is my username, but that is private.

  • b 04/12/2010, 10:06 pm

    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.

    • Nick 04/12/2010, 11:03 pm

      I can’t get it to work either. 🙁

  • Guest 05/12/2010, 1:38 am

    I think we can better wait for 7 december.

  • Nicola D'Agostino 05/12/2010, 4:43 am

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

    /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)


  • kurtextrem 05/12/2010, 12:53 pm
  • Nicola D'Agostino 05/12/2010, 2:55 pm

    kurtextrem, if you search you’ll find


    (of course you have to add the initial –)


    • kurtextrem 05/12/2010, 7:16 pm

      yeah, yeah, but in Chrome 9.x / Chromium 10.x it doenst work 😉