Backup & Restore Complete Google Chrome Profile

Google ChromeGoogle Chrome is one of the most popular browser. This amazing browser doesn’t slows you down, even after installing dozens of extensions. If you are using Chrome, then sometimes your browser user profile can get corrupted. This means that you’ve lost your precious browser bookmarks, extensions and your Chrome user profile. A solution to this problem is to backup your Google Chrome profile and bookmarks. You’ll also learn how to restore the user profile, just in case.

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How to Backup Google Chrome Profile

Creating a new browser profile is easy. First of all, exit Google Chrome completely.

Step 1: Press Windows + R key to open “Run” dialog box.

Step 2: Enter the path of the following folder and hit Enter.

       - Windows Vista/Windows 7 users: %LOCALAPPDATA%GoogleChromeUser Data 
       - Windows XP users: %USERPROFILE%Local SettingsApplication DataGoogleChromeUser Data

run

Step 3: This should open the profile directory of Chrome. You’ll be able to see a folder named as “default”. If you want to backup your Chrome profile, then just copy this folder and paste it to a safe location. A good idea would be to copy this folder to your Dropbox so that your backup is always ready online.

default profile

Restore or Replace Broken Google Chrome Profile

When your profile gets corrupted or broken for some reason, then you can replace the broken profile with a new one, or with a backup created previously (using the above steps). If you would like to create a new profile, then simply rename the “default” folder to any other name, for example: backup default. Now open Google Chrome again and it should automatically create a new profile and the folder “default” will be created. That’s all you need to do to replace a broken profile with a new one.

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However, if you have taken a backup of your profile, then you must already be having this “default” folder ready. All you need to do is to just replace your backed up “default” folder with old one by using copy-paste method and voila, your Chrome profile is restored. Your bookmarks, extensions, settings and everything will be restored.

5 Apps To Make Your Chrome’s New Tab Personalized

If morning starts in an organized way then whole day is productive. What you see first on your new tab when you start your Google Chrome browser? May be recent closed tabs or a blank homepage. Then you open websites which you want to read or email services and between all these there are chances you miss your important task and getting less productive. Thus Instead of having these kind of new tab why not to make your Chrome’s new tab more personalized which will not only open important websites for you but also help you to pen down tasks also and gives you a productive day ahead.

Google Chrome provides you lots of different extension which will help you to customize your new tab with useful tools and thus giving you good startup with your work and makes you more productive.

1. Incredible Start Page

This is my favorite chrome extension to have a personalized start page in Google Chrome. The main reason is it gives you lots of options like bookmarks, apps, recent closed tabs, favorite websites, sticky notes and lots more that too with a colorful and user-friendly interface.

Incredible Start


2. New Tab to task

If you are one who always work according to your checklist then New Tab to Task app will surely help you to make your to-do list handy. This app will show you your task list every time you open new tab. You can customize your list like sorting by date, trashing, check out completed tasks, making multiple lists or more. No matter it’s an awesome app for your task lists but then also many Chrome users won’t like that everytime they open a new tab they see their task list and type URL to visit required website.

NewTabTask


3. Speed Dial

Another colorful Chrome app to customize your new tab. Speed Dial as name says lets you visit websites by just a click. Here is what you have to do, just set your dials and click on the icon you have to visit. It’s easy and one time work. Speed Dial allows you to provide options like displaying search box, recently closed tabs, changing colors, numbers of dials, even background images. I like Speed dial, worth giving a try.

SpeedDial


4. Awesome New Tab page

Awesome New Tab page allows you to customize your new tab with icons of your favorite website, clock, Note taking app, Widgets and you can also create your own widgets. It colorful, fun and again a productive way to start your day with.

Awesome New Tab


5. Start!

Start! makes your new tab totally personalized by importing flickr images and setting it as background with colorful icons of your bookmarks and Chrome apps. You don’t have any recent open page and for that you have to use shortcut which might be freaking for few Chrome Users.

Start!

So these are few of the Chrome apps which will help you to get an awesome new look for Chrome’s new tab and of course makes you more productive. Meanwhile let us know what you prefer to see on your new tab?

Change Default Location Bar Search Engine in Chrome

Google Chrome is nothing new to most of the web surfers; it’s amazingly fast and a very cool web browser to surf the internet. And the best part is that the browser loads fast and consumes less desktop space. I’ve been using this browser for years and I’ll continue using it until I find better browser around. Now, coming to the point, recently I’ve decided to switch my default location bar search engine in chrome from google to a relatively new and a cool search engine called “duckduckgo.com”.

Now, when I say location bar search engine, its not home page search engine, its the search engine that comes in when you type something in the location bar and hit enter.

The process is pretty straight if you want to change from google to bing or yahoo. The browser by default supports both the search engines. You can switch the search engines by visiting chrome settings page > (Under Basic) > Search; Choose the search engine you wanted.

But, what if you choose to use new search engines like duckduckgo.com, then the process is a bit tricky. So, here is how you can customize things.

Go to Google chrome settings page > (Under Basic) > Search.

Now, click on manage search engines button to add a new search engine.

Manage Search Engines Settings

Under, “other search engines”, you should add the search engine name, its domain name and the regular expression for the search engine query and hit enter. Check out the following snapshot to find out more.

Other Search Engine Settings

Now, it’s time to make the newly added search engines as the default one. Right above the “Other search engines” you should now find the search engine, you have added. Just place the mouse over the new search engine and on the right hand side you should notice, something that says make default. Now, click on it to make the newly added site as your default location bar search engine.

Default Search Engine Settings

Now, when you type a keyword or group of them in your location bar and hit enter, you should see the results from duckduckgo.com. So, hope you guys enjoyed this. You can even add your blog (if you have) in the default search. I have tested this with labnol, otherwise called as (Digital Inspiration) (check 2nd snapshot for settings).

This article is written by Provamsi. A software engineer by profession and passionate blogger by interest. Works for a networking company in chennai and blogs for India365 and LondonGeekUK. If you wish to write for HBB, kindly check this.

HOW TO: Create Mind Map Inside Google Chrome

If you are blogger then you might be knowing what’s mind mapping. According to Wikipedia, a Mind Map is:

mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items linked to and arranged around a central key word or idea. Especially in British English, the terms spidergram and spidergraph are more common, but they can cause confusion with the term spider diagram used in mathematics and logic. Mind maps are used to generate, visualize, structure, and classify ideas, and as an aid tostudying and organizing information, solving problems, making decisions, and writing.

You can use mind-mapping for thinking about the next blog post, create To Dos in form of a map and more. I got to know about MindMapr when I was searching for a mind mapping application for Ubuntu, but was not able to find a good one. Then I skipped to Google Chrome App Store and on the ‘New Apps’ Section, I found ‘MindMapr’. The name of the app says it all. It’s a Mind Mapping Tool which works inside your browser letting you save your maps locally or saving it as a file. You can also save your maps as images so that you can share it with others easily. Here is a screenshot of MindMapr in action:

MindMapr Screenshot
MindMapr Screenshot

There are two ways in which you can save your map: Locally / As a File On Your Computer. Here is a screenshot:

Saving a Map In MindMapr
Saving a Map In MindMapr

There are many other options to save the created map. If you’re going to edit the map later, then save it locally or as a file. Maps are saved as a file when you’re going to edit the map on another computer ( still you need to install the chrome app on that computer ). If you want to share the created map with others, you can save it as an image and then upload it it to a Image Hosting Service.

The Navigator and Inspector Windows helps you to navigate through the map ( the map can as large as possible) and Change Text Style, Weight, Color and more. You can also change Branch Colors.

Overall, this is a complete Mind Mapping Application which you can run inside your browser and can even work on it when you’re offline. The first Screenshot shows the ToDos and Blog Posts Nodes, in a similar way, you can also create a mind map and start brainstorming on your next project or on your blog. MindMapr App’s Minimalism makes it look good and the interface is distraction free.

You can Install this Google Chrome App From Here.

HOW TO: Create Your Own Google Chrome Extension

Since the launch of Google Chrome, it’s been chaos in and around the web. Why Chrome is so popular? It’s simplicity and easy to use and users experience is so easy and no wonder to mention, millions of extensions. So, do you want to create one for your blog for free? Well as a developer its not available. But if can show case it to your friends and publicize about the same. To publish your chrome extension you will need a developer license which will cost $5 per extension. But always you can promote it for free with the help of Dropbox. Only thing is it won’t be published.

Google Chrome Extension

So lets get started: In this tutorial I will teach you the most easiest way to create Google Chrome Extension using JSON script.

Step1: Make a folder with you blog name as the folder name in Documents directory or any other suitable location. In this tutorial I’ll teach you how I created for my blog, you will need to make suitable changes as per your blog.

Step2: Open Notepad, save as “manifest.json” and type the following code in it,

{
“name”: “SmartFatBlogger”,
“version”: “1.0”,
“description”: “Smart Fat Blogger is now on Chrome where you can access the dynamic ability of our full site!”,

“browser_action”:
{
“default_icon”: “icon.png”,
“popup”:”popup.html”
},

“permissions”: [ “http://www.smartfatblogger.in/” ]

}

 Step3: Create another file using Notepad or Dreamweaver as “popup.html” This is file that will go into extension and act as the service that you want to provide for the user.

Step4a: Customize your popup.html, Here in this HTML I’ve posted some links so as to make this tutorial easy, this is what I created using Dreamweaver.

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN” “http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd”>
<html xmlns=”http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml”>
<head>
<meta http-equiv=”Content-Type” content=”text/html; charset=utf-8″ />
<title>Dynamic Smart Fat Blogger</title>
<script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://ajax.googleapis.com/
ajax/libs/jquery/1.5/jquery.min.js”></script>
<script type=”application/javascript”>
$(“div.contentToChange p.firstparagraph:hidden”).slideDown(“slow”);
$(“div.contentToChange p.firstparagraph:visible”).slideUp(“slow”);
</script>
<style type=”text/css”>
<!–
.style1 {
font-family: Georgia, “Times New Roman”, Times, serif;
font-style: italic;
font-size: 9px;
color: #666666;
}
–>
</style>
</head>

<body>
<div>
<p><a href=”http://www.smartfatblogger.in/” target=”_blank”><img src=”sfb.png” alt=”flipcard” width=”250″ height=”65″ /></a></p>
<p><a href=”http://www.smartfatblogger.in/view/flipcard” target=”_blank”><img src=”flipcard.png” alt=”flipcard” width=”108″ height=”38″ /></a></p>
<p><a href=”http://www.smartfatblogger.in/view/mosaic” target=”_blank”><img src=”mosaic.png” alt=”mosaic” width=”108″ height=”38″ /></a></p>
<p><a href=”http://www.smartfatblogger.in/view/sidebar” target=”_blank”><img src=”sidebar.png” alt=”sidebar” width=”108″ height=”38″ /></a></p>
<p><a href=”http://www.smartfatblogger.in/view/snapshot” target=”_blank”><img src=”snapshot.png” alt=”snapshot” width=”108″ height=”38″ /></a></p>
<p><a href=”http://www.smartfatblogger.in/view/timeslide” target=”_blank”><img src=”timeslide.png” alt=”timeslide” width=”108″ height=”38″ /></a></p>
<div align=”left”><span>Developed by SurajKV</span></div>
</div>
</body>
</html>

You can create anything custom, depending on your choice, this HTML file basically represents what you want to do the most as a extension, you can also add RSS feed URL or Subscription box.

Step4b: Have a icon.png file also in that folder for your icon on chrome for display.

Step5: Open Chrome, click “Customize and Control Google Chrome” Option (spanner symbol)> Tools>Extensions.

Step6: Click Load Unpacked Version, Choose the location of the folder that we created initially. You may observe that the extension is loaded. And a small icon to right of address bar you can see your extension.

Click that and Voila! You just created your first Google Chrome Extension for your blog. You can also simply publish, this on Chrome Web store as a developer, follow here! The publish will cost you $5.

From The Author : The quotes used in the code is different from the quotes you use by your keyboard. If this is not working I kindly recommend you to replace all the quotes with your keyboard quotes key.

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HOW TO: Autofill Your Credit Card Details On Sites

It’s really a tiresome job filling up the userid and passwords each time you try to login to a website. Today all browsers have the autofill option which can be used in your personal computers and enabling the option saves most of our time which cut down our headache of save us from remembering them always. For those of you are frequent online shoppers and business person, there are sites that ask for your credit/ debit cards details each time you complete a purchase. In that case you need to go through that long process of finding out your credit card, typing its number and then completing the purchase. To make this much easier, Google Chrome provides such an option where you do not need to insert your card number every time. To enable to autofill option for Credit/ Debit Cards:

  • Open Chrome browser.
  • Click on the Settings icon and go to Option.
Chrome 1
  • Go to PersonalStuff.
  • Click on Manage Autofill Settings.
  • Now click on Add new Credit Card.
Chrome 2
  • Fill up the required details and click on Ok.

Your Credit/ Debit Card details will be saved.

Chrome 3

You can also delete the details whenever you want by clicking the cross sign beside your card details.

This article is written by Priyanka Bhowmick. Her write-ups can be found in her blog CyberJunkeez. If you wish to write for us, kindly check this.

10 Best Google Chrome Extensions For Web Designers

With so many Google Chrome extensions in the Google Chrome Web store, it’s evident that you would like to check out some exciting and crisp extensions which will be of very great use. Since Google Chrome is one of the fastest web browser it will not slow down with the use of Chrome extensions which is the best part. So, let’s check out the Google Chrome extensions below –

#1 – Speed TracerHomepage

Speed thrills, but kills. This proverb only applies on the roads but in the road of web traffic higher the speed higher the thrill but no killings here. So, the speed tracer is a tool which helps you to identify and fix the performance issues with the web applications. Along with this plugin visualizes the metrics that are taken from the low level instrumentation points inside the browser and then it analyzes them as the application runs. With the help of graphical representation, you can easily find the java script parsing and the execution, layout, CSS style recalculation and then the selector matching is also done with timer fires.

speed tracer


#2 – Aviary Screen Capture – Homepage

Wanted to take the screenshot of the web page effortlessly, then this is the way to go as with this plugin you will be easily able to save the screenshot on the desktop, edit in other aviary apps, captures instantly  even before you blink your eyes, can crop the picture, resize, rotate and can also flip your capture, smart select of the page portion which you wish to take the screen shot, you can even capture the color information, quick launch the 6 aviary design tools with image editor, mark up editor, also a whole range of editor tool support is provided.


aviary screen capture

#3 – Chrome SEO – Homepage

If you are a blogger or a website owner then you would want to do an SEO for your blog so that you can easily feature your blog in the Google and other search engines. The Google Chrome SEO Extension provides easy access to Search Engine Optimization Tools that can help you with Competitive Analysis, Keyword Research, Backlink Checks, PageRank Checks and other daily SEO tasks.

chrome seo


#4 – FireBug Lite – Homepage

With the Firebug lite add on for the Google Chrome you can easily edit debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any web page. This is the simplest tool where you don’t have to much look out for the technical know how as this simplifies all the important data and presents on the screen.

firebug lite


#5 – Resolution TestHomepage

Basically with this add on which is dubbed as the Resolution test, you can easily change the size of the browser window for the developers so that you can preview the websites in different screen resolutions so that you can easily include the list of commonly used resolutions as well as with the help of customized option you can choose the one.

resolution test


#6 – Chrome Sniffer – Homepage

With the use of Chrome Sniffer, you can easily inspect web framework/CMS and java script lib which is running on the current web browser and also an additional small icon will be appearing just next to the address bar which can be then indicate the dedicated framework, so that you can make use of open source to the maximum.

chrome sniffer


#7 – Lorem Ipsum Generator – Homepage

Lorem Ipsum actually is a very great add on for the Google Chrome as this one allows to choose words per paragraph and number of paragraphs as you can see in the above picture.

lorem ipsum generator


#8 – Internet Explorer TabHomepage

If you recently come to using the Google’s Chrome from the earlier version of Internet Explorer then you would want to know whether is there any way that you can get the IE styles tab view, yes you can very well get that, all you will be needing is the IE tab add on for Chrome.

internet explorer tab


#9 – Meta SEO InspectorHomepage

Meta data is not just the usual HTML meta tags, but the XFN tags, various micro formats, the recently introduced canonical attribute, the no-follow links and so on. So, meta SEO inspector too is a great add on for Chrome.

meta seo inspector


#10 – Eye DropperHomepage

Do you love colors and would like to color the way you want to see then Eye dropper allows you to pick the colour from any web page or from the advanced colour picker so that the colour of your choice can be used as per your require.

eye dropper

Download Google Chrome 7 Stable Release Now

Google Chrome 7Google Chrome is a web browser developed by Google that uses the WebKit layout engine and application framework. Now they released an update to their fastest web browser, Google Chrome 7. This update is now available for Mac, Windows and the Linux OS.

This latest version offers hundreds of bug fixes and also the improved and updated HTML5 parser. Others include the File API, and directory upload via input tag. In the Mac OS X release there is a new AppleScript feature added. Using that you can script Chrome or use it with the OS X Automator tool.

Another great feature from this latest stable version is the ability to upload complete folders from your PC. All the Google Chrome users will get an update automatically but you can also download it directly using the below mentioned link from the official Google Chrome website.

Continue reading Download Google Chrome 7 Stable Release Now

10+ New Features Of Google Chrome 5

Currently the beta version of Chrome 5 can be downloaded for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Google Chrome 5 beta fixed two security vulnerabilities. The dev version of Chrome 5 already released on late January.

Below I mentioned some of the new features of Google Chrome 5.

1. Aero Peek in Chrome : Now Chrome will have support for a Windows 7 feature called Aero Peek. If you hover over the Chrome icon in the taskbar you can see previews for all the open tabs in the taskbar.

2. Geolocation API : Geolocation lets the browser inform a Website of the user’s location if the permission is give by the user. It is one of the better-settled elements of HTML5.

3. Extensions : The great part is, with Chrome 5, all three operating systems Google supports will get extensions. It has some new browser interfaces and programmers can expand the power of extensions. Extensions allow others customize the browser’s feature.

4. Syncing : Google Chrome 5 supports sync for themes, autofill entries, and passwords. Chrome 5 has better synchronization abilities when compared to Google Chrome 4.

5. Built-in Flash : Chrome 5 is also believed to have built-in version of Adobe Systems’ Flash Player. It also includes the next beta version of Flash Player 10.1.

6. WebGL : Chrome 4 also had this feature, but in order to use, users had to disable a security feature called the sandbox. Now Google Chrome 5 gets WebGL support within the sandbox.

7. Form AutoFill : It is similar to Google Toolbar. This version of Google Chrome now allows you to set up profiles and Credit cards details which you can then use to fill out long forms easily. You can also add profiles. To enable or disable the AutoFill settings visit Options | Personal Stuff.

8. Automatic Translation : Now Chrome uses Google Translate to turn the web page into your preferred language. So you don’t need to copy the web page’s URL or text into Google Translate or clicking on the “Translate this page” link in Google search results. This feature is also customizable.

9. Privacy Features : New privacy features includes many customizable features. Now you can allow only some specific sites to place cookies in your browser. You can also block cookies from the rest of the Web. To manage privacy settings click on the Tool icon, then Options | Under the Hood | Content Settings.

10. Jump Lists : Like Aero Peek, this is also another feature of Windows 7. Jump Lists provides a menu of actions which people can take when they click on the Chrome menu item.

11. PDF Support : Along with Flash, Chrome 5 is also believed to have great PDF support, which arrives as an internal plug-in.

Do you know any other new features of Chrome 5? Please share it in the comments.. I love it! 😀