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    Lightbulb Tip: how to bookmark and create application shortcuts for "about:" pages

    I won't bother reposting all of the interesting "about:____" addresses that are possible in Google Chrome, but I noticed that bookmarking these "about" pages is *disabled*.
    (ie: when on an "about:" page, the Star icon to the left of the address bar, aka the 'omnibox' is not clickable). I also noticed that "create application shortcuts" was disabled (I was thinking of putting the "about:network" tool in its own window).. but I found a solution!

    So here's my little tip for the day:

    To bookmark an "about:" page:
    • on any random webpage that IS bookmarkable, click the Star
    • in the Bookmarks pop-out, click "Edit"
    • in the URL field, delete what is present and replace it with your "about:" code (ex: "about:network", without the quotes)
    • in the Name field, type an appropriate new name for the bookmark
    • click Done


    To create an application for an "about:" page:
    • on any random page that IS bookmarkable, click the Page Control icon (that's the one to the left of the Wrench icon) and choose "create application shortcuts"
    • in the 'Gears' dialog that opens, select your shortcut target (ex: Quick Launch bar);
      note: we are going to edit the shortcut in a second, so keep in mind if you choose all of the available targets, you will have to manually edit each one)
    • Click "OK"
    • Find the shortcut (on your Desktop, Quick Launch bar or Start Menu, as the case may be), right-click on it and choose 'Properties'
    • Click the 'General' tab and give the application a new name (note: no colons or special characters allowed)
    • Click the 'Shortcut' tab, and edit the 'Target' field, replacing the displayed URL which appears after the text "--app=" with your preferred "about:" address.
      example:
      Change:
      "C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --app=http://www.somepage.com/page.html


      to:
      "C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --app=about:network
    • Try it out!
    Last edited by RenegadeX; 09-17-2008 at 03:33 AM.


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    Default Re: Tip: how to bookmark and create application shortcuts for "about:" pages

    great! i was trying to bookmark a about with any result!

    tnks

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    Default Re: Tip: how to bookmark and create application shortcuts for "about:" pages

    That's a clever one, thanks for the tip!

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    Default Re: Tip: how to bookmark and create application shortcuts for "about:" pages

    is there a way to make a Bookmark button on the Main tool area. I really like that I have more Webspace than tool bar space. Opening the bookmark bar is minimizes good realestate. And there are still some people out there not not used to using the Ctrl button like MrsAnd3r5on ;p

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    Default Re: Tip: how to bookmark and create application shortcuts for "about:" pages

    Fantastic tip, thanks!

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    Thanks for the tips man ..^^
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    Hi Renegade,
    I can't thank you enough for the informative post. Creating an application for the page was where I was facing some problem and was trying to get some help but to no avail until I found this site and Your Post

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    The above post is so useful.Can you also suggest me How to create shortcut for home page too.
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    Thanks for sharing this. Very informative thread. keep posting it.

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