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Does anyone know of a plugin or extension for Google Chrome that would allow me to quickly choose what user agent I want to appear as.

Say if I visit a site that says "Please use IE to view this page" I can just click a button instead of opening IE.

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I use User-Agent Switcher.

However, you might notice it only switches the JavaScript navigator.userAgent and navigator.vendor because apparently the Chrome Plugin API does not provide a way to modify the HTTP headers yet, but most sites only use the JavaScript variables so it should work pretty well.

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+1 This is exactly what I was looking for! :) –  JD Isaacks Dec 31 '10 at 17:24
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You can do this quickly if you make a shortcut to chrome on your desktop that points to something like this:

C:\Users\Saraquie\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe --user-agent="Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.3.4; en-us; SAMSUNG-SGH-I777 Build/GINGERBREAD) AppleWebKit/533.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/533.1"

Just make multiple shortcuts that all have different values for the --user-agent="" parameter.

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IE Tab For Chrome will let you do this for IE only. It gives you a button next to your address bar to quickly open the current page with an IE compatible User Agent.

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Thanks, but this renders the page as IE, I just want to change the user agent to trick a website into letting me view it in chrome when its blocking me. –  JD Isaacks Nov 17 '10 at 19:23
    
I do this every day on a page that blocks the use in chrome. Pages that are IE only will load in IE Tab. –  xdumaine Nov 18 '10 at 16:19
    
Did you even try it? It doesn't just render the page differently, the user agent DOES change. Use whatsmyuseragent.com/ to see your user agent with and without the extension. –  xdumaine Nov 18 '10 at 16:27
    
that's precisely the problem. He only wants the user agent change. He doesn't want the IE engine. –  houbysoft Dec 28 '10 at 21:08
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