Wow, I have to say I am impressed at the number of comments I have received on the Google Chrome post. Further it has been a while since this blog has gotten this much traffic. Anyway, I’ve been thinking about what could cause Chrome not to recognize I have Firefox and import my settings. My first thoughts were may be because I am running a Nightly Build version of Firefox 3 (Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.0; en-US; rv:188.8.131.52pre) Gecko/2008090306 Firefox 3/3.0.3pre ID:2008090306). However it may have to do with the version of Firefox, based on these comments from PatrickD, Emanuel Nordrum and AaronE:
“I could not get Chrome to import Firefox settings at all. It never offered the option and choosing to import bookmarks from the options, only IE bookmarks are an option, not FireFox. I am using the latest version of FireFox but Chrome does not seem to see it at all.”
I’m using Firefox version 2, and it worked just fine, importing my settings without a hitch.
I’ve installed Chrome on 3 machines – 2 of them automatically “found” and imported my Firefox settings, but my home machine only recognizes IE.
Now I am wondering if Chrome is not able to work with the new Firefox 3 bookmarking system. Although, I would think it would just simply read the Bookmarks.html file in the profile folder. Not sure what other files are involved when it imports the preference. Now last week I had to do a complete system restore on my Vista system and reinstall all my browsers. I still use Netscape 9 even though it is defunked because it is built off of Firefox 2. This is handy when I am doing testing and need to see how something works (or doesn’t work) with Firefox 2. Anyway, it imported all my Firefox 3 settings with no problem. So I was a little surprised Chrome couldn’t. But then again Netscape 9 is a Gecko based browser so I am guessing that is why it was able to import my settings with no issues. But with that being said, using the assumption that Netscape 9 is the same as Firefox 2, how come Chrome didn’t give my the option to import from Netscape? The only option in the drop-down menu was Internet Exploiter. So, for those of you who were able to get Chrome to import your Firefox settings, what version of Firefox are y’all using?
As for why Chrome was using Yahoo! as my default search engine, turns out that was my default on Internet Exploiter (which I never use). This time around when I went to launch Chrome to take a look at the built-in task manager everything (including Yahoo!) seemed to load smoother. I kinda wished it worked like Firefox where it would remember what tabs you had opened when you closed it. Yes, you can specify multiple ‘home pages’ but I do like the Firefox setting which will reopen the browser. No big deal though as I was able to quickly reopen everything when I opened a new tab and it brought up my ‘most visited’.
Below is the built-in task manager (activated via Shift+ESC), which is kinda a neat feature I would love to see implemented into Firefox. However, that would likely require a major redesign of Firefox to handle tabs as processes instead of the browser as a whole being a single process. I also did see the ‘mini status bar’ on the bottom left when I was looking at earlier. The only thing that is odd and I mentioned this earlier is I can not get to my taskbar which is set to auto-hide when I have Chrome maximized. No big deal, nothing a simple ALT+TAB or Windows Key won’t take care
One last thing, while I was waiting for Gran Paradiso to apply the new nightly build I was checking my Windows Live Mail in Chrome, which works fine once you ignore Microsoft’s incompatiable browser warning. I clicked on a link in an email and Chrome opened this link in a new tab right next to my Windows Live Mail instead of the end of the tab bar. I am sure this is possible with Firefox 3 with one of the tab extensions, but it is nice to see Chrome does this by default.