Google has been working for several months on a new bookmarking service that is more complete than the bookmarks system integrated into Chrome. Google Stars , that's its name, should be officially presented by the firm on the occasion of the next Google I / O, in a few days, but an intern made a small mistake by uploading the extension last night for a few minutes. Since then, of course, everything is back to normal and the tool no longer appears in the Chrome Web Store catalog, but there is still a method to continue enjoying it . Everything is explained a little further down in the article.
Before you start, be aware that this method may involve some risks since we will have to download the extension through a third-party site unrelated to Google's Chrome Web Store. If you don't feel it, it will be better to go your way.
In addition, the version of the tool currently available is… in English . There may be a French version, but I haven't found it yet. This article will be updated if I can find another version of the extension. In the meantime, if you've been luckier than me, that's what the comments are about.
Install the Google Stars extension
In short, first of all, you have to start by going to this page . It is entirely written in German but a quick translation will allow you to see that the article has some links at the end, so one allowing you to download this famous extension. If you are having trouble finding it, or if you don't want to worry, you can directly click here to grab the tool on your computer.
Chrome will normally try to install it, and that won't work since the latest browser versions only accept tools and apps released through the Chrome Web Store.
Fortunately, there is a simple method to overcome this intolerable limitation:
- Launch your browser if you haven't already.
- Click on the button to access the usual options.
- Scroll down to the “Tools” option.
- Click on the "Extension" option.
- The browser opens a new tab listing all your extensions.
- Take the file downloaded in the previous step.
- Drag it into the window.
- Validate the operation when the browser asks you to do so.
- It's over.
From this moment, Google Stars is installed on your browser and a new icon now appears in its address bar. Now all that remains is to remind you of those distant English lessons that rocked your childhood. Finally, note that this method has been tested successfully on version 35 of Chrome, and more specifically on 35.0.1916.114.
Well, well anyway, now I know what I'm going to do with my morning. Even we should talk about this soon, about this service.