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    Default Windows buttons don't work in Chrome

    The three window control buttons; minimize, resize and close, that are in the top right corner of every window don't work in Chrome. I deleted it and reinstalled it a couple of times. I then kept it deleted for about a week until the release of V1 but now that I've installed the non-beta version it still acts the same way.

    Double clicking anwhere on the three buttons (I have my computer set to work with single clicks) moves the browser from full screen to resizable mode. To minimize or close it I can right click and choose it from the context menu. If I close all the tabs, when I close the last open tab it closes Chrome.

    I can live with it but obviously this is not the way it is supposed to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cappyq View Post
    The three window control buttons; minimize, resize and close, that are in the top right corner of every window don't work in Chrome. I deleted it and reinstalled it a couple of times. I then kept it deleted for about a week until the release of V1 but now that I've installed the non-beta version it still acts the same way.

    Double clicking anwhere on the three buttons (I have my computer set to work with single clicks) moves the browser from full screen to resizable mode. To minimize or close it I can right click and choose it from the context menu. If I close all the tabs, when I close the last open tab it closes Chrome.

    I can live with it but obviously this is not the way it is supposed to work.
    You'll need to provide more information for anybody to help you - starting which version of Windows you're talking about. You also need to check if you have any non-standard window managers installed.

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    I'm experiencing the exact same issue. I'm not sure what a non-standard windows manager is. Could you elaborate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lostsole View Post
    I'm not sure what a non-standard windows manager is. Could you elaborate?
    More than one computer manufacturer installs programs that let you control windows in ways beyond Window's built-in Minimize, Maximize, and Close. For example, some Asus laptops come with a piece of software that ads commands to tile to one half of the monitor or the other (without a second window to tile against) and so on. Stardock also has a few different programs that mess with window handlers.

    Even if Chrome doesn't show the added features of a window manager (because it uses a non-standard window to begin with), it may still be stepping on Chrome's toes.

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    Thanks for the explanation Timothy!

    I don't have a non-standard windows manager. Any ideas of what could be causing the problem?

    I like the Chrome browser, but not being able to quickly close the application is a bit of a downer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lostsole View Post
    Thanks for the explanation Timothy!

    I don't have a non-standard windows manager. Any ideas of what could be causing the problem?

    I like the Chrome browser, but not being able to quickly close the application is a bit of a downer.
    Well, you said you were set up like "cappyq", so the next step to track down the problem is to change the clicking rules back to the Windows default - single click to select, double click to activate. If that fixes the problem, then we know where the error lies.

    That being said... On my end, changing those clicking rules doesn't seem to have any effect on the window controls in Chrome or anything else, on XP and Vista. They always respond to single clicks because they're buttons, not folders or files.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timothy J. Lanza View Post
    The next step to track down the problem is to change the clicking rules back to the Windows default - single click to select, double click to activate. If that fixes the problem, then we know where the error lies.

    That being said... On my end, changing those clicking rules doesn't seem to have any effect on the window controls in Chrome or anything else, on XP and Vista. They always respond to single clicks because they're buttons, not folders or files.
    Thanks Timothy- I tried that & it didn't work. The only thing that seems to work is to change the compatibility mode for the program to "windows server 2003 (sp1)". The only issue with that is that the window loses the Vista "see through" effect for the Chrome window. Any other ideas on what to try?

    Thanks again.

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    I'm having the same problem - I noticed that I started having problems when I switched to using large fonts. I'm wondering if the large fonts screw up the alignment of the windows somehow with Chrome...I haven't had a chance to change back to standard size fonts yet, but I'm wondering if anyone else is using large fonts as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by huhtad View Post
    I'm having the same problem - I noticed that I started having problems when I switched to using large fonts. I'm wondering if the large fonts screw up the alignment of the windows somehow with Chrome...I haven't had a chance to change back to standard size fonts yet, but I'm wondering if anyone else is using large fonts as well?
    That's one I didn't think of (because I never use Large Fonts). Can you switch it back and let us know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by huhtad View Post
    I'm having the same problem - I noticed that I started having problems when I switched to using large fonts. I'm wondering if the large fonts screw up the alignment of the windows somehow with Chrome...I haven't had a chance to change back to standard size fonts yet, but I'm wondering if anyone else is using large fonts as well?
    Adjusting the font size, didn't work, but that is where I found the fix. You just have to change one little setting that even Microsoft concedes works better in XP. Thanks Microsoft! But anyway, Chrome is now working perfectly for me!
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    From Vista Help
    "If you set the DPI higher than 96, and you are running Windows Aero (the premium visual experience of Windows Vista), the text and other items on the screen might appear blurry in some programs that are not designed for high–DPI display in this version of Windows. You can avoid this issue by using Windows XP–style DPI scaling for these programs.

    Some programs display better using Windows XP style of DPI scaling

    Click to open "Personalization".

    In the left pane, click Adjust font size (DPI). If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

    In the DPI Scaling dialog box, click Custom DPI.

    Select the "Use Windows XP style DPI scaling" check box, and then click OK.

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