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I have to use a website that accepts only IE, but I don't want to use it, so I use Chrome and change user agent, so that website won't notice.
But I'm having problems with using other websites that recognize my browser as IE (version 6) and I would like to reset that user agent.
So my question is: is it possible to reset user agent in Chrome to default version without restarting the browser?

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IE only? What kind of website is that? – user21187 Mar 6 '11 at 2:10

Assuming that you know how to change it back permanently, there's two options:

  1. Create a desktop shortcut to Chrome and append --user-agent="Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1)" after the "%chromepath%/chrome.exe" (it has to come after the quotation mark!).

  2. Don't just rely on the user agent - most sites that require IE do that because they incorporate functionality that only works properly in IE. Install an extension that displays a page with the IE renderer in a Chrome tab, I recommend "Chrome IE Tab Multi".

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Sorry, but I might haven't wrote it clearly: I have changed useragent to IE, because of website I use and it works. Now I want to reset useragent to default because I finished using that website and I don't want to restart the browser. – Wojtek Jan 21 '11 at 12:47
Why don't you want to restart it? Can't you just reopen the tabs? – user21187 Mar 6 '11 at 2:11
@Wojtek Unfortunately Chrome doesn't support changing the User Agent without restarting it. – Patches Mar 6 '11 at 2:28

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