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Replacing Your Profile Picture on the Cr-48

Posted on 10. Dec, 2010 by . 21 Comments

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Part of the profile setup process when you first use the Cr-48 is that you take a picture for your login profile. During the Chrome event this past week, VP of Product Management Sundar Pichai said many people didn’t like the process of doing this, and one of our readers has let us know that you can put your own profile picture in place if you don’t like your own or that shadowy default avatar.

Install Picnik

The first thing you need to do is install Picnik. It’s an image editing webapp that from a company by the same name Google bought earlier this year. You can get the app here.

Grab Yourself a Picture, Put it on USB

You’ll need to take your ideal profile pic and put it on a USB drive. Plug the drive into your Cr-48, and then load up Picnik.


How to Use Chrome Apps

Posted on 08. Dec, 2010 by . 2 Comments

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You’ve probably heard that there are now web applications specific to the Chrome browser and the upcoming Chrome OS, so here is a short guide on how you can start using them. It’s actually super-easy to set up, and you’ll be using some great webapps in no time at all. So, here goes.

Webapps built for Chrome can be found at the Chrome Web Store. You can get there by opening a new Chrome tab, where you’ll see a little Chrome shopping bag.
You can go directly there from here. When you do get there, you’ll see a site that resembles an app directory such as iTunes. There are a number of options for how to find the right webapp, using the categories on the left, the most popular in the middle or by searching on the top left. [...]

Creating Web Application Shortcuts in Chrome

Posted on 02. Dec, 2010 by . 3 Comments

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You can now create application shortcuts for a variety of already available Chrome webapps. These include Google services such as Gmail. Here, we’ll show you how to set this up in Chrome right now, surely a feature coming to the Chrome Web Store as well.

Navigate yourself over to a Google service/webapp like Gmail.


Click to Play for Plugins Arrives in Chrome Dev

Posted on 10. Nov, 2010 by . 5 Comments

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Yes, another post about plugins.

Although certain functions such as Flash and PDF reading are being integrated into Chrome, Google has decided to add a feature to the Dev and Canary builds that allow users to turn off or click to play these plugins when prompted.

In the main Settings window click Under the Hood.
Click on Content Settings in the main window.
Choose the Plug-ins tab.
clicktoplay3From the Plug-ins screen, you can opt to turn all plugins off, run click to play and have exceptions for sites like YouTube if you wish to.
As we’ve seen, Flash is a hungry beast in terms of power and that is just one reason why being able to click to play is useful. There will be more plugins are web applications take hold so this is a preemptive attempt at trying to control them before they start to control the browser itself.

via Lifehacker

How to Use Google Labs in Chromium

Posted on 28. Aug, 2010 by . 0 Comments

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Google’s calling the ability to use “crazy experimental stuff” within the browser Google Chrome Labs. Here’s what you need to do to enable Labs right now.

The ability to use  Labs is only available in Chromium right now. So the first thing you need to do is get the most recent version. Head over to here to find the platform you use.

chromiumplatformScroll down to the very bottom of the list to get the newest build. You can see here that there are already several new builds for today, just pick the newest one.


Once you have installed the latest copy of Chromium using the appropriate installation files for your system, go ahead and enter in about:labs in the omnibox.

chromiumlabsRight now the only Chromium Lab available is using side tabs. If you’re using Chrome, you can already use this feature, and I’ve already written a guide on how. According to ReadWriteWeb, Mac users will see something called expose-for-tabs, and right now Linux does not have any Lab features available.

I would expect to see some pretty cool stuff in labs, but it will usually require one to have the updated version of Chromium to get the newest features. We’ll keep you posted when new ones pop up.

Turning Off Spell Check in Chrome

Posted on 20. Aug, 2010 by . 0 Comments

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While having a built-in spell checker for Chrome is helpful sometimes, it can also be a bit annoying with the amount of squiggly lines that it can create if you’re using words not traditionally found in the dictionary. If you want to turn off the default spell checker feature, here’s how.

The first thing you’ll need to do is go to the options menu under the wrench icon.


In the options menus, you will need to click on the Under the Hood tab.


From Under the Hood, you will need to scroll down to the Web Content area, and then click on the Change font and language settings button.


In the Font and Language Settings window, you’ll need to click on the Languages tab.


From there, you’ll need to uncheck the Check spelling option.


Note that Chrome does allow you to check spelling in other languages, depending on your location. While turning off the spell check option is not easy to find in the options menus of Chrome, hopefully this helps out.

How to Use Google Search History

Posted on 03. Aug, 2010 by . 0 Comments

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In another instance where being in the cloud becomes useful, Google has announced on their Mobile Blog the ability to track down previous search queries, no matter where you are. If you searched for something on your PC and want to quickly access it from your smartphone, you’ll now have the ability to do so by clicking on the “History” link at the bottom of Google Mobile Search.

searchhistory1On your phone, you’ll need to enable this by going to Settings at the top, then selecting Save Searches under Search History, then saving your settings.

Curiously enough, doing this on your PC is a bit more difficult, as I had to click around a bit to figure out how to do this. Maybe they make it easier on mobile for convenience, but those thinking ahead would probably want to set this up on their PC beforehand. Or perhaps I’m just dense.

Head over to Search Settings from a main Google window such as the search page.

searchhistory2Scroll down a bit on the Search Settings page until you reach Query Suggestions and then click on Web History.

searchhistory3You have the option here to Enable Web History or to just limit it to searches, if you don’t use the Google Toolbar you’re probably better off just limiting it.

searchhistory4That’s all you have to do. When you look at your history when you are mobile, you’ll see icons denoting whether you accessed a certain query at your PC or via mobile, also a helpful feature to have.

Understanding Single Sign-On in Google

Posted on 03. Aug, 2010 by . 3 Comments

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Multiple outlets are reporting today that single sign-on is being rolled out to all Google users. But what does that mean? For starters, if you’ve ever been challenged with having to sign in and sign out of multiple accounts, this feature was built specifically for you.

Now that Google Apps is being used more commonly for business, there is more use of Google services that require a sign in. If you have your own personal account, and a business one, you can see very quickly how single sign-on can save you time without having to constantly log out and log in to various accounts.

Now, when you go to your account settings page, you can see that there is an option to switch to single sign-on; right now the default is for it to be switched off.


You’ll then be shown an informational page about single sign-on.

googlesignon2Of note here is that there are a limited set of Google services that are currently offering single sign-on.


You are then required to check off some boxes to make sure that you understand what you’re doing.

googlesignon4Once you’ve saved the changes, you’ll notice that your account name in the upper right has become a link; you can click on it and sign into multiple accounts. You are then able to seamlessly switch between accounts by using this menu.

googlesignon5That’s going to save some time for sure.

UPDATE: At the time of this post the feature had not been rolled out to everyone; now the Gmail Blog is announcing everyone can use the feature.

You Want Sidebar Tabs in Chrome? Here’s How

Posted on 26. Jul, 2010 by . 11 Comments

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Many people have asked for the ability to move their tabs to the side in Google Chrome. This is a feature that first took off in Firefox, and fortunately the Chromium team has graciously put them into the early builds. Now, if you’re using Chrome 6 in the form of the development or canary builds, you can have sidebar tabs as well.

The first thing you need to do is add “–enable-sidebar-tabs” to your Chrome shortcut like this.

sidetabs1Open up Chrome again, and you can now right click on a tab and choose Use side tabs.

sidetabs2When I chose Use side tabs, my tabs simply disappeared, a strange sight for sure.

sidetabs3But when I hit Ctrl+T to open a new tab, they appeared on a sidebar to the left.


To revert to regular tabs, right click on an open tab and uncheck the Use side tabs option.

sidetabs6Once again, you’ll need to open a new tab to make them appear at the top – a little quirk that shows this feature still needs refinement.

I’m not sure what to think about sidebar tabs – I’ve never used them, so I am accustomed to using regular tabs on the top. I think the feature also need a bit of UI polish as well, but if you’re using Firefox just for the sidebar tabs, you might want to grab yourself the development build of Chrome and give it a shot.

More Installable Webapps for Chrome Available

Posted on 16. Jul, 2010 by . 5 Comments

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Once you’ve taken the time to add in the apps that are packaged with Chrome 6/Chromium, you can also add others. These are usually built with the .crx extension file name.

Vlad Nastasiu has put on his web site a good array of these – Facebook, Youtube and Google Reader to name a few. DownloadSquad also has an extensive listing. You can follow the Chromium Apps discussion group for more ongoing information as well.




1. Make sure that you have enabled apps in Chromium/Chrome 6.

2. Download the .crx file to your computer.

3. With the enabled-apps shortcut of Chrome open, you can open up the .crx file.

You’ll get a screen like this.

chromeapps1aConfirm, and you’re good to go! Want to know how to make your own apps in Chrome? Check out Google’s Guide to Installable Web Apps.

How to Use Chrome Webapps Right Now

Posted on 16. Jul, 2010 by . 6 Comments

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Here are screen-by-screen steps on how to add the Calendar, Docs and Gmail apps to your Chrome browser. This is what this will look like when you are done.

Your tabs for the three will look like this.

chromeosexextension1Additionally, when you open a new tab, you’ll get a window that looks like this.


1. Download Chrome 6.

Firstly, you need to get the Chrome 6 development build for this to work. Here is a direct link to download it.

2. Add a Command Line Flag to your Chrome Shortcut.

This is easy, just go to your desktop and right click on your Chrome icon. Select Properties. In the Properties window, you’ll need to add a space and then the flag “–enable-apps” at the end of the Target location.


Hit OK.

3. Go into Developer Mode.

Open your shortcut of Chrome (remember, you have to use this one in order for this to work in the future). Navigate in the omnibar to chrome://extensions

chromeosexextension4Click on Developer Mode over on the far right.


4. Load the Extensions

A developer toolbar will appear; click on Load unpacked extension.

chromeosexextension6You’ll be asked to select the path of the extensions.

Windows Vista/7

\Users\[profile name]\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\[version]\Resources\

Windows XP

\Documents & Settings\[profile name]\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\[version]\Resources\

In that path location, there are three folders corresponding with the apps.
chromeosexextension7aYou’ll need to open these three up using the Load unpacked extensions button. You’ll then see them in your list of extensions.
chromeosexextension8Now you have Chrome web apps in your browser, enjoy!

If you’re using Linux, here is a guide on how to do this.

Anyone using Mac and has a guide I can link to, let me know.

How to Turn Off Search Suggestions in Chrome

Posted on 01. Apr, 2010 by . 4 Comments

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Search suggestions in the Chrome browser can be a helpful tool for those who like using the Omnibox to find what they are looking for. But there is a drawback to this feature. As you start typing into the Omnibox, Chrome is sending data back to the search provider of your choice – whether you are using Google, Bing or Yahoo as your default provider. Fortunately, there is an easy way to turn it off.

  1. Go to tools
  2. Select Options (Preferences for Mac Users)
  3. In the Under the Hood tabs, the first section you see is privacy settings. To turn the search suggestions off, uncheck the “Use a suggestion service” option:

searchsuggestionsNow none of the information you type is being sent back to your search provider until you press Enter. Other browsers separate the search box from the URL box, but the feature being combined doesn’t change the privacy of the browser unless this particular feature is turned off.