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    Yep, That's right ...

    If you look at Waha's Extension manager it has 6 or 7 options for enabling and disabling Chrome extensions and works very simply ...

    If you disable an extension it moves it to another folder where you can retrieve it (by an another option) if you change your mind ...

    Really quite neat :-D

    So I guess what you'd do is present a list of options that you can change.
    Select one of them and present the current value
    Change the value (True/False, 0/2, etc)
    Save

    Hey Presto (I know it sounds easier that it probably is)

    As I said, Just a Thought :-)

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    Now that you put it this way, it's much more interesting

    I'll look into it.
    Thanks for the suggestions, they are more than welcome.

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    Thought you'd enjoy the challenge :-D

    BTW I think it was you that mentioned in a previous post about packaging extensions so that you could have more then one installed at any time ....

    I'm sort of half way through getting the solution, hopefully will have the complete answer tomorrow ...

    Meanwhile enjoy your challenge :-D

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    @Kyrax

    Working on the theory you visit here every now and again to see who'e doin what with your extension ...

    Did you have any chance at looking to do a .bat for updating your JS variables ?

    When you first released this extension I didn't take a lot of notice 'cos I was using NoSpeedDial to get a blank page on the New Tab (and Only2Clicks as my homepage).

    I've just gone back and had a little play with your extension and have to admit it's really quite cool (especially as it was your first!)

    What I really liked was setting all the variables to 'true' so that you get a blank page, however the nice plus over NSD is that the page is headed up Google Chrome :-D

    I use it now to have Only2Clicks (my homepage) as the alternative page, it's really useful 'cos I have quite a few different tabs set on O2C, so rather than opening multiple tabs at startup I just use the New Tab when I need something ...

    Extremely useful :-))

    One last thing you need to package it properly now that more and more extensions are becoming available ...

    Carry on the good work :-))

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    Hey StevePaul, I really appreciate your feedback, glad you gave it a 2nd try !

    I know i need to package it properly.. however, i still haven't figured out how to package it and still allow users to somehow customize the extension.

    I can't add UI to this effect..

    If anyone has an idea, feel free to tell me.

    I guess i could do a .bat and ask users to enter their Chrome directory or something like that..

    I'll give the new XMLHttpRequest a try.. maybe i can load a local file or something.

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    To be honest didn't really give it a 1st try !!

    I'd package it first so people can install it like a proper extension ...

    I had to fudge it by copying a 'Current Version' file from something else and changing it to reflect your extension.

    I guess customising it to do what you want is probably only ever going to be a 'one of process' so in the scheme of things its not that important, but would be nice for completeness.

    I think a simple .bat like Waha did for the Extension manager (http://www.chromeplugins.org/google/....html#post8374) would be good enough and just assume the extension is in the default Chrome location.

    Copy the original JS somewhere (like Waha has done when disabling an extension) so you can roll it back if you change your mind.

    Definitely think I'll have to dig out my old programming skills LMAO

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    Quote Originally Posted by StevePaul View Post
    Definitely think I'll have to dig out my old programming skills LMAO
    Hehe Javascript isn't that hard.
    .bat scripting on the other hand ...

    I'd much rather do a .sh

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    I have every confidence ....

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    I just thought I would add that this extension stopped working sometime last week for me. I switched channels from beta to dev, updated and then it started working again. Well dev updated to 2.0.180.0 and the extension stopped working again. Apparently the new-tab URL changed to chrome://newtab/ so it needs to be updated in the manifest.json file accordingly.

    BTW I love this extension :-)

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    Hey ! Thanks a lot for the feedback, I'm rather busy these days (started a new full time job) but i'll try to update during the week end !

    Thanks a lot for the feedback.. and for the solution to the problem

    I should be able to update how the config for the file is handled just to make things a little simpler.

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