How can I set Google Chrome to automatically open .RIS files when exporting references from online databases?
Once you have selected the references you would like to export from your online database of choice and have selected to export them in the RIS format, you will notice that the downloaded file appears in a bar at the bottom of the Google Chrome window. Once this has completed, select the small arrow that appears just to the right of this file and select "Always open files of this type".
Once this has been done, try downloading the file again and you should notice that Google Chrome opens it automatically. If .RIS is already associated with your bibliographic software, the file will open in that program automatically. If the association has not yet been made, once it has been set it will open the file in the program for you from that point on.
What if I want to stop Google Chrome from opening this file automatically?
There are two ways of doing this. You can make Google Chrome "forget" to open file types automatically, however there is no preference to differentiate between specific file types if you have set Chrome to do this for more than one type of file. The result of this is that Google Chrome would not open ANY type of file automatically.
However, if this is acceptable then the course of action would be:
- Navigate to Settings using the spanner icon in the top right corner of the screen. - Click on Under The Bonnet. - Select "Clear auto-opening settings".
Alternatively, if you do not want to lose your other saved file type settings you can take the slightly longer route and edit Google Chrome's preferences file by doing the following:
- Make sure Google Chrome is closed. - Make sure hidden files and folders are made visible by:
Windows XP - opening a new Windows Explorer window and navigating to Tools -> Folder Options -> View -> Show hidden files and folders
Windows Vista/7 - navigating to Control Panel\Appearance and Personalization and selecting to Show hidden files and folders
- Navigate to the following location:
Windows XP - C:\Documents and Settings\(Your username)\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
Windows Vista/7 - C:\Users\(Your username)\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
Mac - opening a new Finder window and navigating to /Users/(Your username)/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default
- Open the file named "Preferences" in Notepad (Windows) or TextEdit (Mac). - Search the text in the document for "extensions_to_open". After that text you should see a list of file types that Chrome knows to open automatically, separated by colons. Highlight RIS (and the following colon if it is in a list) and remove the text, making sure to leave the speech marks present either end of the list. - Save the document and exit. Next time you go into Google Chrome you should find that the file type no longer automatically opens.