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When Chrome Doesn't Like Clip to DEVONthink

11. September 2013 — Eric Böhnisch-Volkmann

Even though Google Chrome probably shares more information with its maker than you like, it also does a lot to protect you from the (other) bad guys — and sometimes also the good ones. If our Clip to DEVONthink browser extension doesn’t seem to work in your copy of Chrome and just reloads the browser contents when you click its icon in the toolbar, here’s a possible cure:

You need to edit the file ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Local State.

1. Close Google Chrome (important!).
2. open the Local State file and search for excluded_schemes in the protocol_handler section.
3. Add the line x-devonthink : false or, if a line like x-devonthink : true already exists, edit it from true to false.
4. Restart Google Chrome.

This tells Chrome that it should try to handle the x-devonthink: URL handler that Clip to DEVONthink needs and not send it to Google’s search engine for interpretation.