Google Chrome Browser: How to change installation folder? - Tips and Tricks

OK, if you’re running two operating system in ‘dual boot’ mode, possibly, you're using some softwares on both operating systems. Like on my Lenovo Ideapad S10 netbook, I’m running Windows 7 Ultimate in drive C:\, and Windows XP Professional on drive D:\. Instead, of installing apps on both drives, I do install softwares on a […]

OK, if you’re running two operating system in ‘dual boot’ mode, possibly, you're using some softwares on both operating systems. Like on my Lenovo Ideapad S10 netbook, I’m running Windows 7 Ultimate in drive C:\, and Windows XP Professional on drive D:\. Instead, of installing apps on both drives, I do install softwares on a central location, to share between the two OSs. Here’ some Google Chrome browser tips & tricks:

  1. First, Google Chrome installer doesn’t give an option to define installation path, and install under ‘Documents & Settings’ folder of the current user. To use, Chrome from a ‘single location’ on both Windows 7 and XP Pro, do following:
    1. In my case, I’ve first installed Chrome on Windows 7, next in XP, then I ‘deleted’ Chrome folder, from “Documents and Settings” -> current user (your logged in user)\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome in XP.
    2. Launch ‘regedit’, search for following key: HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1085031214-796845957-527237240-1003\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\MUICache (D:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe=Google Chrome)

      replace bold with: C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe=Google Chrome
    3. Right click on Chrome ‘short icon’ and replace, value:
      • “Target” with: C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe --user-data-dir="C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data"
      • …and “start in” with: C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application
      • ….click ‘change icon’ and enter C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe, click save.
    4. Run ‘msconfig’, change Google Update value to: C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe
    5. That’s it! your now using Google Chrome browser from your Windows 7 folder, with centralized cache, boomarks, extensions etc. all.
  2. Install Adobe Flash in Chrome:
    • Download flash player windows xpi file
    • Rename xpi extension to zip, and extract content of zip file into a folder
    • Copy files flashplayer.xpt and NPSWF32.dll to = the directory /home/USERNAME/.wine/drive_c/windows/profiles/USERNAME= /Local Settings/Application Data/Google/Chrome/Application/Plugins.=
    • For Windows 7 /Vista, copy to: C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Google= \Chrome\Application\Plugins
    • For XP, copy to: C:\Documents and Settings= \\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\Plugins=
    • Create Plugins folder if it doesn’t exist.
    • Restart Chrome. Your flash player should be working now.
  3. Change omnibox suggestion count: By default, Chrome only shows 5 URL suggestions when you type in the URL bar. To increase/decrease count:
    • Right click Chrome shortcut icon and select Properties. In Target field, add following command line switch to the end of the command: --omnibox-popup-count=your_desirable_suggestions_count (your_desirable_suggestion_count is the number of suggestions that you want it to show)
  4. Speed up browsing by disabling functionality, using -disable Chrome startup switches that can block plug-ins, content, or features you don't want, like:

    -disable-dev-tools
    -disable-hang-monitor
    -disable-images
    -disable-java
    -disable-javascript
    -disable-logging
    -disable-metrics
    -disable-metrics-reporting
    -disable-plugins
    -disable-popup-blocking
    -disable-prompt-on-repost

  5. To start Chrome in a maximized mode, add the following command line switch at the end in ‘Target field’ of Chrome shortcut icon -start-maximized.
  6. Creating multiple profiles:
    • First open User Data folder of Chrome installation:
      • Windows 7 /Vista: C:\Users\\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data
      • Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data
    • Copy the Default folder and paste in the User Data folder under another name (say Your_name):
    • Create shortcut icon, add following command switch to your path: --user-data-dir="..\User Data\Your_Name"
    • Window 7 /Vista: C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe -–user-data-dir="..\User Data\Your_Name"
    • XP: C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe –-user-data-dir="..\User Data\Your_Name"