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When I type in 'localhost/path/to/file' and hit Alt+Enter to open it in a new tab, Chrome seems to change it to '', which obviously fails to resolve. Is there any way to change Chrome's behavior so as to open 'localhost/path/to/file' in a new tab?

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When you write file, can I assume you are including the extension? Can I also assume you are trying to use Chrome as a file browser instead of an internet browser? – Dave Jan 4 '13 at 12:34
Enter http://localhost, that'll work – slhck Jan 4 '13 at 12:35
@DaveRook, the OP is using "localhost" so chrome is still functioning as a web browser. – terdon Jan 4 '13 at 12:36
@Dave: Of course, 'localhost/Events/event.php?name=Flawless' is what I'm really typing out. As you can see, I'm using it as an internet browser, not a file browser. – peteykun Jan 4 '13 at 12:36
Well the quick and dirty hack would be to add to your Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts file and reboot... – Xyon Jan 4 '13 at 12:50

In Chrome, click:

Tools - Options- Under the hood - Change Proxy setting and then click on LAN Setting

Check "Bypass proxy server for local address"

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I'm not using a proxy. – peteykun Jan 4 '13 at 16:58
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This now seems to be the new default behavior in Chrome.

Tested on Chrome Version 29.0.1547.65 (Xubuntu 13.04).

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