(Some people complain that the extension does not work for them. If you are one of them, please read the notes at the end of this help.)
This Google Chrome Extension allows you to quickly hide your browser windows by pressing the F12 key or the right button of your mouse.
- Press the F12 key to hide your browser windows. You can also choose to use another boss key.
- Press the right button of your mouse to hide your browser windows. You can also choose to use double right clicks.
- Hide the browser window to the bottom-right corner of your screen. A little window with a Restore button is put there and you should use it to restore the browser. You can also press Shift-F12 on that window to restore the browser.
- Open and focus on a new tab. On the new tab, you can choose to open a preset web page. On the top of the web page, you can see a gray bar which signals that this page is a cover page and you should not use it. When the window is restored, this cover tab will be closed automatically.
- Do the hiding for all the open browser windows. All of them will be hidden at the same place, i.e. the bottom-right corner of your screen. When you click the Restore button, all browser windows will be restored to their original places and all cover tabs will be closed.
Latest version: https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/oodmocecapemhoekoombagkkbocnddjb.
The old versions can be downloaded here: http://code.google.com/p/chrome-ext-boss-key-and-button/. Download the file bkb_XXX.crx and drag&drop it to the Chrome browser to install it.
- Enable Boss Key: if it is checked, you can hide the browser window(s) by pressing F12 key. You can also choose Alt-` or Number Pad + as the boss key.
- Enable Mouse: if it is checked, you can hide the browser window(s) by pressing the right button of your mouse. You can also choose to use double click right button as the boss button.
- Hide Window: if it is checked, the browser window(s) would be shrunk and moved to the bottom-right corner of your desktop and a Restore button would be shown when you press the boss key or button; if it is not checked, you can choose to only open a cover web page to hide the current page you are reading.
- Not use Restore Button: if it is checked, the Restore button window is also hidden. If you want to restore the browser, find and focus on the Restore window with the title of "______________" in the desktop's task bar, then press Shift-F12 to restore the browser.
- To All Windows: if it is checked, the boss key or button would act on all open windows; if it is not checked, it would only act on the current window.
- Cover URL: input the URL of the web page you want to open when the boss key or button is pressed. If it is empty, no cover page will be opened.
The original function of the right button of the mouse is disabled. But you can use Shift-right button to show the context menu. If you do not like this, you can disable the boss button feature of this extension on the Options page to prevent this side-effect.
You must use the Boss Key or Boss Button on actual web pages, i.e. the address bar should have a URL starts with "http://", "https://". If you are staring at an empty page or "chrome://" page when you press the Boss Key or Boss Button, they would not work. The reason is that the extension uses content script to listen to your key and mouse input, and Chrome restricts the permission of content scripts as a security feature. Read my another post about how the limitations of content scripts can affect extensions.
The extension is tested on the latest version of Chrome in the beta channel. If it is not working on your Chrome, try to upgrade it to the latest version.
Version 2.1 enables content scripts on all frames of a web page. This feature is not supported by the old version of Google Chrome. If you are running an old version of Chrome, you may want to try version 2.0 or 1.2 of this extension.
The extension should work right after you install it. If not, try to restart Chrome.