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    Chrome home page

    Personal gripe.

    A recent update to Chrome has the world's most annoying "feature."

    Home page - click on the google search bit to enter search text and it moves you up to the address bar. Yes, I know you can search from the address bar. But forcing it is muppetry. I mean perhaps I want to search for a website address or IP? I don't want to bloody visit it! Ridiculousness!

    Anyway, I can't think of a way of searching for that behaviour to disable it, has anyone else come across this and fixed it?

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    Not that it helps any but I use firefox unless you were using Chrome for a specific reason ?

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    That annoyed me too. Eventually I set my Chrome homepage to Bing out of spite.

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    That does annoy me as well, the other thing that gets me is the ad's for google services that appear every so often at the bottom of the page too....
    I would use firefox but after years and years of pain with it I gave up.

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    Firefox had been getting slower and slower, and worse and worse since version 5. I have it installed but only for checking compatibility and a few other bits and bobs with sites but I wouldn't want to use it daily. I like chrome, this is just an annoyance. Thankfully ads are a no-go, Adblock is awesome
    @AngryTechnician - that's some spite - Bing? That's like searching for a needle in a male student's flat.

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    Righto, i've gone back to the old tab page without the apparent search thing (chrome://flags - disable "instant extended API) and set up second tab for google.com.

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    Righto, i've gone back to the old tab page without the apparent search thing (chrome://flags - disable "instant extended API) and set up second tab for google.com.
    What do you need to do then exactly?

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    Code:
    chrome://flags/#enable-instant-extended-api
    ^ Copy-and-paste into address bar, press Enter, select Disable from the drop-down box, then click the Relaunch Now button to restart Chrome.

    Is that what you meant?

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    I mean perhaps I want to search for a website address or IP? I don't want to bloody visit it!
    Type website or IP address into the address bar, press the down arrow on your keyboard until Google Search is selected, then press Enter. Simples!



    Last edited by Arthur; 13th January 2014 at 07:32 PM.

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    That worked on my work PC but not my box at home. I think something's squiffy with this anyway, it's not playing ball with cookies or anything very well. (As you'll see from an earlier post I already found what you said about)

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    it's not playing ball with cookies or anything very well.
    Something I found useful when diagnosing an issue that caused Chrome to crash every day on my home PC, was to run Chrome's built-in diagnostics command when the browser is closed.

    Code:
    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --diagnostics


    It turns out my bookmark file was far too large (among other things). Apparently Chrome can't cope with 8,000+ bookmarks - it causes the browser to gradually consume all available RAM and once there isn't any left, it crashes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Something I found useful when diagnosing an issue that caused Chrome to crash every day on my home PC, was to run Chrome's built-in diagnostics command when the browser is closed.

    Code:
    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --diagnostics


    It turns out my bookmark file was far too large (among other things). Apparently Chrome can't cope with 8,000+ bookmarks - it causes the browser to gradually consume all available RAM and once there isn't any left, it crashes!
    That's a bit poop, not like you need a preview or to open or load every bookmark. Only the ones that the user clicks to open

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    Ooh, something useful there. "User data path contents too large" and "app dictionaries directory path provider failure"
    On it

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