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    I realize plugins are only meant for developers and I am openly admitting that I am not a developer and probably shouldn't have even touched the developer build of chrome, but I have a question.

    Hopefully this hasn't been asked yet.. if so, sorry I didn't search the forum. I seldom find what I'm looking for because I word things differently than other people would.

    Here goes. In order to enable extensions in google chrome, I had to modify my desktop shortcut by placing "--enable-extensions" after the target path and it works beautifully. I have installed a couple of extensions and I can confirm that they're working.

    However, if I have chrome closed and I click a link in a messenger like x-fire, it launches chrome but extensions aren't enabled. Is there a way to permanently enable extensions for chrome without having to modify the shortcut?

    I hope that makes sense.

    Thanks,
    -Neil

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    AFAIK, this is due to Windows only launching your default web browser program and has no ability to launch it with the edited command path. I think we'll have to wait until extensions are enabled by default.

    Unless someone knows something I don't...

    **EDIT**
    The registry suggests that the default browser loads using the following registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\chrome.exe\shell\open\command

    The key reads as follows:
    "C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"

    But adding the "--enable-extensions" doesn't seem to help.
    Last edited by devilslackey; 05-30-2009 at 02:33 AM.

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    Keep your browser, with extensions enabled, open at all times is the best solution I think.
    So when you click a link in another program it will open in the already open browser.

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    VICTORY!

    So, if you have some experience fiddling around in the registry you can try the following at your own risk:

    Open up the registry and navigate to:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ChromeHTML\shell\open\command

    You will see something similar to this (slightly different in XP):
    "C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" -- "%1"

    Change it to:
    "C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --enable-extensions -- "%1"

    If you are running XP and are uncertain how to make the change post your current target path for Chrome and I'll help you.

    I also have no idea what this change will break as Chrome further develops.

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    Well done devil!

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    I modified the registry key and changed it to

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    "C:\Documents and Settings\NeilSafe\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --enable-extensions -- "%1"
    But it didn't help.

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    I did a find for "chrome.exe" and I found another registry key loafing in "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\http\shell\open\command" so I added "--enable-extensions" where you told me and that did the trick! I guess it works differently on XP.

    Thanks

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    Strange, shouldn't function any differently in XP (just the paths) but I'm glad you got it working.

    Is Chrome your default browser?

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    Yeah. Random text post is too short.

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