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Always launch Chrome in desktop mode (not Windows 8 mode)

Windows 8 is just so frustrating. I have wasted hours trawling the net for fixes that shouldn’t occur in the first place or should be intuitive and easy to repair. Sadly this is not the case with Windows 8 issues. And there are loads of them…

Today’s problem involved launching Chrome in Windows 8 mode. The bottom and right side was cut off and I wasn’t able to get to Chrome settings using the usual keyboard shortcuts (Alt+F or Alt+E or F10). I use a Dell XPS Ultrabook with Dell U2410 second screen.

Chrome in Windows 8 mode

What I want is to always launch Chrome in desktop mode (because it gives me better control options) and never in Windows 8 mode.

Here’s how to do it:

1. Open Notepad. Save the following commands as chrome.reg (not .reg.txt)

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ChromeHTML\shell\open\command]
“DelegateExecute”=-

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Chrome\.exe\shell\open\command]
“DelegateExecute”=-

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Chrome\.exe\shell\opennewwindow\command]
“DelegateExecute”=-

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Chrome\.exe\shell\run\command]
“DelegateExecute”=-

Note: You must include Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 at the top. It won’t work without it.

2. Run the .reg file

3. Accept the UAC (User Account Control) prompt – you know, the one that says “Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer?”

4. Restart your computer

5. Open Chrome. It will still be in Windows 8 mode. Don’t worry, your Registry tweak will work in a jiffy

6. If you’re using a second screen, hit F1 and select PC screen  only

7. Now the shortcuts to get to Chrome settings will work. Either Alt+F or Alt+E or F10

8. Scroll down and select Relaunch Chrome in desktop mode

9. Finished! Now whenever you use Chrome, it will always open on your desktop. Phew!

 

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