I installed google-chrome-stable by following instructions from here. When I right click on the Chrome launcher icon, It doesn't show options like 'Open a new window' or 'Open icognito window. It just lists the windows I have already open and options to unlock from launcher & to quit it.
Here's my google-chrome.desktop from ~/.local/share/applications

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Chrome - Google Chrome
Exec=/opt/google/chrome/chrome %U

Please help me fix it.

Thanks in advance.

  • Did you previously have Chrome installed on the same system? – Jacob Vlijm Jun 17 '16 at 9:54
  • I had it installed in 14.04, that was working fine. This happened after I did a fresh install of 16.04. – Labhansh Agrawal Jun 17 '16 at 9:56
  • So no chance on outdated .desktop files in ~/.local/share/applications? – Jacob Vlijm Jun 17 '16 at 9:57
  • yes, I didn't restore anything from my previous install. – Labhansh Agrawal Jun 17 '16 at 9:59
  • Not sure what the link in your question is sourced by, but the .desktop file is a simplified one, and the file includes a few outdated/deprecated keywords, which are not (anymore) in the recent Chrome versions. The recent version is in the repositories. – Jacob Vlijm Jun 17 '16 at 10:09

Uninstall Google Chrome and reinstall it this way, open a terminal and execute these commands :

sudo apt purge google-chrome-stable  
sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google.list
echo "deb http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-chrome.list
wget -q -O - https://dl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt update
sudo apt install google-chrome-stable  

Now everything should work as expected.

  • @cl-netbox Thank you, But it still doesn't work. – Labhansh Agrawal Jun 17 '16 at 10:42

I got it solved myself by copying the desktop file from /usr/share/applications to ~/.local/share/applications.
cp /usr/share/applications/google-chrome.desktop ~/.local/share/applications

  • Now I am a bit puzzled; when I asked you "So no chance on outdated .desktop files in ~/.local/share/applications", you mentioned that was not the case. If you copy the global one locally, it is quite impossible anything changes, unless you overwrite an existing local one. – Jacob Vlijm Jun 17 '16 at 11:38
  • I don't know how it happened. I did a fresh install of Ubuntu and then installed chrome, It had been happening since the moment chrome installed. – Labhansh Agrawal Jun 17 '16 at 13:55

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