Chrome for Windows NT

*Chrom does not have a full configuration page “about:config” and its settings page “about:settings” only provide general preferences page that can be accessed from the menu.

*Following methods are based on Chrome browser running on 64bit Windows NT platform as of 2017-M02.

Moving Cache & User Data Location

By using command lines:

  1. Press Windows button and navigate to Chrome shortcut.
  2. Right click and select “Properties”.
  3. Go to “Shortcut” tab, and go to “Target:” field.
  4. After the existing path for “chrome.exe”, add commands separated by a space:
    1. for moving cache directory,
      1. create a new folder where cache folder will be located and add
      2. –disk-cache-dir=”D:\NewPath\Chrome
      3. with new path entered where underlined, and
    2. for moving user data directory,
      1. create a new User Data folder where user data will be located and add
      2. –user-data-dir=”D:\NewPath\User Data
      3. with new path entered where underlined.

By using symbolic link:

  1. Run Command Prompt “cmd.exe” as an administrator by
    1. locating the program from All Programs in Start Menu,
    2. right click and selecting “Run as an administrator”
  2. Type
    1. mklink /d “C:\Users\<account>\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data” “D:\NewPath\User Data
    2. with new path for underlined part of the command
  3. This can be repeated for any folders of choice
  4. Symbolic link can be deleted
    1. by typing
      1. rmdir “D:\NewPath\User Data
    2. or by deleting the symbolic link in File Explorer at
      1. C:\Users\<account>\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data
        (a shortcut folder)

By using Junction (alternative to Command Prompt)

  1. Open Command Prompt as an administrator
  2. Create a new directory for the new path by entering
    1. md “D:\NewPath\User Data”
  3. Create a symbolic link by entering
    1. junction “D:\NewPath\User Data” “c:\Program Files” “C:\Users\<account>\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data”
  4. Delete the symbolic link by entering
    1. junction -d “D:\NewPath\User Data”

Moving Bookmark Files Location

As for most browsers, with exception of Internet Explorer (not Edge), bookmark for Chrome is part of the User Data; so relocating User Data also relocates Bookmarks.

List of Command Lines for Chrome and other Chromium-based Browsers

http://peter.sh/experiments/chromium-command-line-switches/

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