How to Add Javascript Applets to as Google Chrome Bookmarks

Javascript applets are little pieces of javascript that can do everything from modify a website you’re on in a variety of ways to reorganizing the light spectrum of our universe to hex values, except that it probably can’t do that last bit. For all ya’ll website designers out there, and I’m talking to you Aunt Polly with your iWeb open trying to start up, there’s a great service out there called Cross Browser Testing. I’ve already linked to it like a million times divided by 500,000, so I won’t again, except for right here, which lets you test websites in other browsers that you might not have, say, because you bought an MacBook to match your stainless steel fridge but you want to test in Internet Explorer and it’s only available on ugly computers. They offer one of these little Javascript applets that gives you one click access to their service so you can fire up your VNC client and be logged into a Windows machine somewhere in Tennessee faster than the Civil War is over (take down the flag, boys, you’re part of the Union now). Adding these applets to Google Chrome isn’t as drag-and-drop easy as it is in Firefox, though. Google decided that a Bookmark Toolbar would work best on a New Tab page, somewhat defeating the point of having a toolbar to prevent you from having to do unnecessary work. So for those who’d like to add an applet to their bookmarks in Chrome, here’s the how to.

Adding Javascript Applets to Chrome’s Bookmarks

Before reading this, you might want to take a gander at this post which explains how to get a nifty dropdown menu next to the “Awesome Bar”, aka the address bar / Google search box combo up there at the top of Chrome. Now, onto the ordered list.

  1. Open a New Tab in Chrome. Command+T on a Mac, Ctrl+T on a Windows.
  2. Google Toolbar as seen in Chrome's New TabRight click on the Bookmarks Toolbar. It’s a gray colored box like the one pictured here.
  3. Select “Add Page” from the contextual menu that appears.
  4. Give the Bookmark a name. You could Google “Baby Names” if you can’t come up with one. I like Shepherd or Samson or even Samsonite if you have aspirations of a career in luggage design, sales or airport security.
  5. Paste the Javascript applet into the URL field.
  6. Save that son of a gun and you’re on your way to finishing this tutorial!

Hope that helps at least 7 of you, otherwise it doesn’t seem worth the effort of writing this post. But it’s written, so let the countdowns begin.

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