Sunday, December 5, 2010

Enable the Default Web Apps in Chrome 8

Google Chrome 8 has been launched, but where is the Web Store? It will be obtainable soon. Google has already started to notify developers about the future changes to the extensions gallery:

"These last few months, our team has been hard at work, preparing for the Chrome Web Store open later this year. Extensions and themes for Google Chrome will be fraction of this new store."

While coming up for the Chrome Web Store launch, you can enable the apps part from the new tab page and install the 3 default web apps: Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Docs. Here's how to do that:

1. Close all Google Chrome windows.

2. In Windows, right-click on a Chrome shortcut from your desktop, select "Properties" and add the following text to the Target field: " --enable-default-apps" (don't use quotes, but don not remember to add a space before addition the command line flag). Click "OK" to close the dialog and then open Google Chrome.

On a Mac, quit Chrome, open the Terminal and paste this:

On a Mac, quit Chrome, open the Terminal and paste this:

open /Applications/Google\ --args -enable-default-apps

For Linux you could use this:

/opt/google/chrome/google-chrome -enable-default-apps

3. Type chrome://extensions/ in the address bar (or click on the wrench menu and go to Tools > Extensions).

4. Click the "developer mode" link and then click "Update extensions now".

5. After less than a minute, your new tab page should look like this:
You can open the apps in usual tabs or you can right-click and select "open as pinned tab" or "open full screen".

No comments:

Post a Comment