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Chrome 17 Dev Channel & Canary Build Now Features Built-in User Agent Editor

If you are a Google Chrome user, you can now change the user agent of Chrome 17. “Until recently, changing the user agent required installing an extension, opening about:config or adding a command-line parameter.

Now, that competition browsers started to include developer tools and Internet Explorer has a built-in user agent editor, Google has also added a similar feature to Chrome 17 available in both the Dev Channel and Canary.

User agent Editor in Chrome 17 Dev and Canary Channel

Here’s how to change the user agent:

  1. Open the Developer Tools (Ctrl+Shift+I on Windows/Linux, Command – Option – I on Mac OS X)
  2. Click the “settings” icon at the bottom of the window
  3. Check “override user agent” and select one of the options (Internet Explorer 7/8/9, Firefox 4/7 for Windows/Mac, iPhone, iPad and Nexus S running Android 2.3). You can also select “other” and enter a custom user agent
  4. That’s it!

“Changing the user agent of a browser is sometimes helpful if you’re visiting a site that doesn’t work well in your browser or if you’re a developer and you want to test a site.”

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