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    Chrome in the SendTo folder

    How can I add Google Chrome to the SendTo menu? I know I can add the shortcut to the SendTo folder, and it shows up in the Sendo menu. But links that I right click and "send" to Chrome do not launch.

    I remember that there was something "different" about Chrome shortcuts -- that they were not "regular" we links. But then what if I want to just open a "regular" shortcut in Chrome when Chrome isn't the default browser?

    Isn't there any way to modify a Chrome shortcut so that it will work in the SendTo menu?

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    Think 'send to' only works for the default browser.
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    In Windows 7...

    Right-drag the Google Chrome shortcut that was created on the Desktop when Chrome installed, or the Chrome shortcut in the Start menu, to the SendTo folder and select Copy.

    Right-click this shortcut, select Properties, and confirm that the Target field contains no command line options, just the path + file name for Chrome.

    This works. Right-click a file and select Send to | Google Chrome. This works for any file that Chrome can open -- .txt, .htm, and .pdf files, for example. It does not work with URL shortcuts, however. Send an URL shortcut to Opera or Firefox and the linked page will open. Send it to Chrome and the shortcut itself is displayed -- you see something like this:
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    [InternetShortcut]
    URL=http://www.cbc.ca/news/

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    Yea, that's what I thought. So the only way Chrome can be used as a "choice" for URL links is if it's the default browser.

    Strange, and too bad. That precludes running any type of comparison without Chrome being the default, which in itself can be problematic.

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    For my own amusement I wrote a little AutoIt script for this. If you're not interested, don't worry about it.

    The instructions would be to compile the script and save the .exe file (or a shortcut to it) in your SendTo folder. After that, right-clicking a file and selecting Send to | ChromeTailpipe opens the file, or the linked page if the file is an URL shortcut, in Chrome.

    Code:
    ; ChromeTailpipe
    ; Save the compiled script (or a shortcut to it) in your SendTo folder.
    ; Tested with Chrome v15, Win7-64 Home Prem. iTobaman, 2012-10-03.
    
    $browser = @UserProfileDir & "\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"
    If $CmdLine[0] <> 1 Then
    	MsgBox(16, @ScriptName, "Usage: right-click one file and select Send to...")
    ElseIf Not FileExists($browser) Then
    	MsgBox(16, @ScriptName, "Can't find the browser")
    Else
    	$filename = $CmdLine[1]
    	$qmark = Chr(34)
    	If StringCompare(StringRight($filename, 4), ".URL", 2) = 0 Then
    		$command = IniRead($filename, "InternetShortcut", "URL", "NoUrl")
    	Else
    		$command = $filename
    	EndIf
    	ShellExecute($qmark & $browser & $qmark, $qmark & $command & $qmark)
    EndIf

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    That would be cool if I could compile it. Not being a programmer though puts a damper on that idea! Thanks though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CWBillow View Post
    That would be cool if I could compile it. Not being a programmer though puts a damper on that idea! Thanks though.

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    Russ, I just d/l AutoIt. I wonder if the script iTobaman will work there...we'll see...
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    Russ / iTobaman;

    Did EXACTL what it is supposed to do! Thank you both! I had poked around on the Chrome boards, but found nothing at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CWBillow View Post
    Russ, I just d/l AutoIt. I wonder if the script iTobaman will work there...we'll see...
    You are an adventurer.

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    If I can just get familiar enough to solve just this kind of issue, I'll be satisfied.
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    Slow weekend here. Feel free to skip this post.

    That first script was too specialized. This second version performs like a normal browser shortcut. Put a shortcut to the compiled script in your SendTo folder, on your Desktop, or anywhere convenient. Drag files onto the shortcut. Or just click it to open the browser.

    The SendTo menu is a hobbyhorse of mine. Perhaps I've been a tad overzealous in this thread.

    Code:
    ; ChromeTailpipe v2
    ; Compile the script. Put shortcut to it in SendTo folder, on Desktop, or anywhere else.
    ; Tested with Chrome v15, Win7-64 Home Prem. iTobaman, 2012-10-07.
    
    Const $qmark = Chr(34)
    $browser = @UserProfileDir & "\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"
    If Not FileExists($browser) Then
    	MsgBox(16, @ScriptName, "Can't find the browser")
    ElseIf $CmdLine[0] < 1 Then
    	Run($qmark & $browser & $qmark)
    Else
    	For $i = 1 To $CmdLine[0]
    		$filename = $CmdLine[$i]
    		If StringCompare(StringRight($filename, 4), ".URL", 2) = 0 Then
    			$command = IniRead($filename, "InternetShortcut", "URL", "NoUrl")
    		Else
    			$command = $filename
    		EndIf
    		ShellExecute($qmark & $browser & $qmark, $qmark & $command & $qmark)
    	Next
    EndIf

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    Yea, everybody on this board will tell you how I HATE to tinker with my setup!

    Thanks,
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    Not what is wanted but perhaps use 'right-click > Open with' instead. it's the same number of mouse-clicks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mart44 View Post
    Not what is wanted but perhaps use 'right-click > Open with' instead. it's the same number of mouse-clicks.
    Haven't verified this, but I suspect that Open with Chrome has the same undesirable result (detailed above) as Send to Chrome.

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