Google Chrome FAQ
This is designed to be a place where our most common questions get answered without the need to retype everything out. It will be updated accordingly when new topics are available.
Q: Everyone keeps mentioning this "Dev" version. What is that and how do I get it?
A: The majority of this site is solely focused around a Development version of Google Chrome which enables us to utilize the newest features far before they are released openly to the public. Because of these features it is likely that a lot of what is posted will NOT work on the Stable (regularly released version) or the Beta (slightly less stable) versions. Because of this it is important that you understand how critical being on the latest Dev version is when asking for help. We've solved a lot of issues just by telling someone to switch to Dev. Don't let this be you!
Read how to get on the Dev channel here: http://dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-channel
Q: How do I enable extensions/user scripts? Where do they go?
A: These instructions should work for Xp, Vista and Windows 7. Right-click on your Chrome shortcut and select "Properties". On the "Shortcut" tab you should see a box labeled "Target" with a path pointing to the chrome executable next to it. Look below for examples of what will currently be in the box:
"C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"
Please note that if your user name in Vista or Windows 7 has a space (ie. Chrome Rocks) then the entire path may have quotations around it. These are important, do not remove them!
Place your mouse cursos to the right of .exe (or the quotation if present) and hit the spacebar once. Then type: --enable-extensions **Note the double hyphen** Go ahead and hit OK and open Chrome using that shortcut. It should now properly enable extensions. To verify extensions are working you can navigate to chrome://extensions in the omnibar and view all installed extensions (note you can also uninstall them from here). You can do the same thing to enable user scripts if you like by using: --enable-user-scrips
If you wish to use BOTH at the same time, add both of them to the target path:
C:\Path\to\chrome.exe --enable-extensions --enable-user-scripts
Once you have enabled user scripts and open up Chrome, a new folder will be automatically created for you. You can find it here:
C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\User Scripts
C:\Users\Dean\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\User Scripts
Just place the scripts you wish to use in this folder and you're all set.
Q: When I open Chrome from links in chat windows or e-mail, extensions aren't working. Why?
A: This has been covered in the following post: http://www.chromeplugins.org/google/...inks-7674.html
Q: How do I backup my data in Chrome? Is it possible to move this data to a Chrome installation on another computer?
A: All of your data for Chrome is stored in your "User Data\Default" folder:
C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
Virtually every file you see here contains some part of Chrome's personal data. While you can backup this entire "Default" folder you may NOT want to backup the "Cache" folder as it can get quite large depending on your use. Also note that if you are moving this data to another installation make sure it's the same version because the "Extensions" and "User Scripts" folders may contain addons that will not work properly in another version. While all the files in this folder are pretty self explainatory, the one question we get a lot is "Where are my passwords and form data saved?" Well they are saved in your "Web Data" file.