In Google Chrome's minimalist brilliance, they seem to have forgotten a menu item to launch a dialog box to open a local file.

How to get around this?

I don't want to drag local files onto the Chrome window (which works) or type file:// in the address bar (also works). I want my dialog box

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    Out of curiousity, why did you delete your original answer? – Josh Hunt Sep 11 '09 at 9:41
  • Indeed, your solution was so elegantly simple :). – alex Sep 11 '09 at 9:44
  • I wanted to share the wealth. – dggoldst Sep 11 '09 at 10:16

On OS X, you can choose "Open File" from the File menu, or use the + O keyboard shortcut.

For Windows and Linux, you can use ctrl + O. This does not seem to be referenced anywhere in the application, so you can feel special about using it.

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  • There is no menu for Chrome. At least not on Windows. – Snark Sep 11 '09 at 9:42
  • Yeah, I don't know why I forgot that. Sorry. – Josh Hunt Sep 11 '09 at 9:44

According to the Chrome Help Pages there are three ways to do this:

  1. Press Ctrl+O on your keyboard and browse for the file on your computer.
  2. Drag the file into Google Chrome from your computer desktop or folder. Your cursor displays a little '+' sign if the action is successful.
  3. Type the location, also known as the path, of the file in the address bar, then press Enter.
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    wait a second ... there are Chrome help pages??? :) – dggoldst Sep 11 '09 at 12:35
  • Just press F1 to get to them. – Dave Webb Sep 11 '09 at 15:14

Hit Ctrl-o and a magical, undocumented dialog box will appear.

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  • That's also the same shortcut for the other browsers of choice. – random Sep 11 '09 at 9:05
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    Sure didn't leave any time between asking and answering. – random Sep 11 '09 at 9:08

Use Url Alias extension. Under "Alias" enter a/ or ag/ or b/ etc Under "Redirect To" dialog enter path to file


Moreover it is a very handy extension in itself

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