Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I have long been a fan of Firefox; recently I have decided to give Chrome a try. I am hoping that Chrome has some equivalent to loading a bookmark in a sidebar. Not the bookmarks menu, but the bookmarked page itself, like Firefox does. For example, sometimes I want my Esperanto dictionary open in the sidebar while I browse pages in Esperanto.

Vortaro in sidebar with IKUE webpage

In the screenshot, I clicked on the vortaro button on the bookmarks toolbar after visiting the IKUE webpage. Vortaro is the grey side panel and IKUE is the one with the green background.

share|improve this question
    
Could you show what it looks like in Firefox? –  Oliver Salzburg Aug 25 '12 at 19:17
    
@Oliver I had a png screenshot before, perhaps there were some compatibility issues. I have replaced it with a jpg. The grey panel labeled "Vortaro" (with the red 0 in it) is the sidebar. –  Matt B Aug 26 '12 at 3:28
    
I just didn't realize that there is a website being displayed in that sidebar. –  Oliver Salzburg Aug 26 '12 at 12:22
    
@Oliver it probably wasn't obvious in the original screenshot, I included more of the browser window in this one. –  Matt B Aug 26 '12 at 23:37
add comment

1 Answer

up vote 1 down vote accepted

This thread mentions a way to do it by wrapping the bookmark url into a little JavaScript. For instance, to load http://google.com in a sidebar, add a bookmarklet with this as the URL:

javascript:A14nH=location.href;L3f7=A14nH;R1Gh7="http://google.com";if(L3f7&&R1Gh7){Fr4Q='<frameset%20cols=\'*,*\'>\n<frame%20src=\''+L3f7+'\'/>';Fr4Q+='<frame%20src=\''+R1Gh7+'\'/>\n';Fr4Q+='</frameset>';with(document){write(Fr4Q);void(close())}}else{void(null)}

Of course, that isn't persistent across tabs, but it's a neat thing to try out nevertheless.

Native support for a sidebar was declined, possibly delegating that to extensions. The functionality enabling extensions to do this hasn't been implemented, and at one point looked like it never would, but a proposal has been under development (preliminary documentation here).

It's been suggested that the dev team is instead focusing on the panels feature (video demo), but it hasn't landed on the browser yet. There's the Panelize extension that promises to allow any page to be loaded in a panel, but as far as I know it only works in ChromeOS.


TL;DR: No, it's not possible yet, but some workarounds may do the job depending on your needs; and support for a proper sidebar (through extensions) is under development.

share|improve this answer
    
en.lernu.net/cgi-bin/vortaro.pl opens the page in full screen javascript:A14nH=location.href;L3f7=A14nH;R1Gh7="en.lernu.net/cgi-bin/vortaro.p‌​l";if(L3f7&&R1Gh7){Fr4Q='<frameset%20cols=\'*,*\'>\n<frame%20src=\''+L3f7+'\'/>';‌​Fr4Q+='<frame%20src=\''+R1Gh7+'\'/>\n';Fr4Q+='</frameset>';with(document){write(F‌​r4Q);void(close())}}else{void(null)} does not work. –  Matt B Feb 28 '13 at 3:41
    
Including the protocol is often helpful. Oops! I added http:// to the url in the javascript. At least it works well enough to play with now. –  Matt B Feb 28 '13 at 14:58
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.