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ChromePlus – Enhanced Version of Chromium Browser

Do you love using Google Chrome but wish that it had some extra features built in? Now you can still enjoy all of that Chrome goodness and more with ChromePlus.

Curious about what those extra features are? They are: Double click tab to close page, Mouse Gestures, Super drag (new tab creation for links and text search), IE tab, & Download tools supported in context menu.

Installation

ChromePlus is easy to set up and like Iron Browser it installs to the Program Files area. Here you can see the install path if you are installing ChromePlus on Windows XP. If you are installing ChromePlus on Windows Vista, then your install path will look like this:

“C:\Users\Asian Angel\AppData\Roaming\ChromePlus”

But you can easily change the install directory in Vista to this:

“C:\Program Files\ChromePlus”

Note: Make certain to select the “Start Menu” shortcut creation while installing…the only one selected by default is for the “Desktop”.

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Once you have completed the quick and easy setup, you will see the following window. ChromePlus will give you the opportunity to customize what information is imported and to make it the default browser.

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As you can see, ChromePlus looks identical to Chrome except for the ChromePlus Icons. The “Home Button” is displayed by default, so do not be surprised to see it there.

Notice the ChromePlus Icon at the end of the “Address Bar”…

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Curious about which version you have installed? In the “About Window” you will be able to see the Chromium build used and version of ChromePlus that you have installed. Definitely good information to have.

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Menus

Like Chrome, there are the two menus accessible in the upper right part of the browser. The “Page Menu” is identical to Chrome…

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But the “Tools Menu” has some differences! There are two extra commands here…“New IE Tab & Check update”. Notice that the “Sync my bookmarks…” command is available in ChromePlus.

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Options

You can see that there is a new tab area available in the “Options Window” as soon as you open it. The “Basics Tab” area has the same options as Chrome…

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The “Personal Stuff Tab” area is also the same…

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You may or may not want to deselect the first three options shown under “Privacy” in the “Under the Hood Tab” area depending on your personal preferences.

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Here is the remaining part of the “Under the Hood Tab” area.

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And now for the extra tab! In the “ChromePlus Options Tab” area you can choose to use double clicking to close tabs instead of using the “x”, what you would like to do with the “Super drag & Mouse Gesture” features, if you want auto updating enabled, and create a customized URL list for the IE Tab feature.

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If you are curious about “Configuring mouse gesture actions”, this is what your window will look like. The drop down menus make it very easy to set up your own personalized set of mouse gestures (very nice!).

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Want to build that custom URL list? Just type or paste in the URL and click “Add”.

Note: The “scrunched up” button is the Delete Button…it did not want to display correctly on our example system.

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IE Tab in Action

Want to open a New IE Tab? Use the Tab Right Click Menu to quickly open a new blank one.

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Or open the current page in an IE Tab by clicking on the ChromePlus Icon.

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Notice anything different? Look at the end of the “Address Bar”…one nice little Internet Explorer Icon on display. You will always be able to tell which type of tab that you have open based on the “Address Bar” Icon.

Right Click in the webpage itself and look at the Menu that you have access to. Look familiar?

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And now for the Download Tool support. You can see the extra services that are supported, but to use them you will need to have them installed to access them in the “Context Menu”.

Menu Photo Credit: chromeplus.org

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Conclusion

If you love using Google Chrome, but really want or need the IE Tab integration and other features, then ChromePlus is just might become your new default browser!

Links

Download ChromePlus (version 1.2.4.0)

Works On: Windows XP – 7

Installed On: Windows XP (32 bit), Service Pack 3

Akemi Iwaya (Asian Angel) is our very own Firefox Fangirl who enjoys working with multiple browsers and loves 'old school' role-playing games. Visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 09/25/09

Comments (10)

  1. Yohan Perera

    Thanks for the intro man. Really sweet…

  2. Doctor

    thats cool I’ve seen this program before but haven’t quit figured out what it did until now

  3. Jim Kray

    This is great! If you use PortableApps on a USB drive, you can make a folder and use the zip version (available on the maker’s web page) and just unzip to the folder, refresh the icons and it works on that too!
    Love this. Great to take to work.

  4. Shitic

    I wish “cookie activation on local files” is a default in chromium

  5. calebstein

    I will install it but in Chrome 4.0, you can sync bookmarks.

  6. Alec S.

    I had installed this way back when, but never really used it. However because the attitudes of the Chromium developers is getting to be quite haughty and they seem to blatantly ignore user input, I have decided to permanently switch to ChromePlus. Just like what happened to eDonkey2000 and eMule, Chromium is going to lose its user base to derivative apps that have better support or actually listen to and respect their users. Another alternative is SRWare Iron. The best part is that both ChromePlus and Iron can be used as drop-in replacements for Chromium. Just point them at your UserData folder, and you’re done; everything else functions the same (history, bookmarks, extensions, themes, etc. are all ready to go).

  7. david

    when i want to install chrome plus at the bottom of the screen it says this file can damage your computer

  8. Asian Angel

    @david – Which browser are you using to download ChromePlus? It sounds like Google Chrome…which means that you are likely to see that message regarding any .exe file you go to download using it.

    ChromePlus is a safe browser to download and use on your computer. ^_^

  9. chrome15

    I don’t get it. You can get an extension onto Chrome for every enhancement ChromePlus purports to do? Why do these guys even bother??? Somebody tell me please?

  10. Zain

    Chrome Plus closes a tab when you single click on it.Why?

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