For some time I’ve been annoyed by a feature of Google’s Chrome web browser. You may have noticed that when you open a new window in Chrome, each window is staggered, a little below and to the right of the last, as shown in the image.
This “cascade” is all very well, but means that if the browser window covers most or all of your screen, new windows are soon marching off the right and bottom edge of your screen. Each one successively further off screen than the last. I use full sized windows, but not maximised, so every time I opened a new Chrome window I had to manually move it so I could see it all, and access the scroll bars.
Today I searched for a solution, only to find several other people complaining about this quirk. After all, the other browsers don’t do this, and why would they. It makes no sense to open a new window in a position it can’t be used!
So I abandoned my work for the day, finishing off some marketing materials and decided to look into writing a little Chrome extension to sort out the problem. I’ve done lots of programming before so expected it would be quite simple and it was (you can read about how to write extensions for Chrome yourself). The solution is my first Chrome extension: New Window Visible.
“New Window Visible” Is FREE In The Chrome Web Store
In fact the hardest part was publishing it in the Chrome Web Store, because for some odd reason they don’t do it in an obvious way, but that’s another story!
So, if you’ve been cursing Chrome web browser windows as they march off the edge of your monitor screen the solution is here:
Visit the Chrome Web Store and install my simple add-on: New Window Visible