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  • A few weeks ago, I started using Google Chrome browser instead of Firefox, which I have used for years.

    I had also just found a new web host who did a great job migrating my existing WP blogs for free. I also installed a few new WP blogs to work on, all in 3.5.1.

    Something strange began to happen: widgets in my sidebars (such as “HTML Javascript Adder” and even the built-in “Text” widget) could not be “deleted” or “closed” when clicked on.

    At first, I thought it was a problem with the widgets; then with WP; then possibly corrupted instals. I was giving my web host grief, for which I have apologized, because the problem turns out to be Google Chrome!

    Chrome misbehaves inside WP 3.5.1 on the widgets (sidebar) page. Chrome will NOT click on “Delete” or “Close”, or additional commands on widgets installed in the sidebar.

    Fortunately, my old sites were still up, so I went over to test, and I found that clicking on widgets didn’t work there, either, which had never happened there before.

    Only one thing had changed between my old sites and my new host. I had given up Firefox and started using Chrome.

    I launched Firefox, and was immediately able to edit, close and delete widgets again — it was Chrome that had been the problem, not the instals, not WP.

    Has anybody else experienced this problem with Chrome? If so, have you found a way to fix it? I would prefer to stay with Chrome, as I find Firefox a bit slow.

    I’m using the current Chrome in Windows XP, Professional Version 2002 Service Pack 3, with Net Frameworks up to 4, and Intel(R) Pentium(R) III Mobile CPU 800 MHz 526 MHz. 256 MB of RAM.

    Thanks, if you have a solution.

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  • It is not just you, I am having the same problem with all of my 3.5.1 installations of WordPress and it seems the entire world is clueless about this.

    However, I do not think it is WordPress but Chrome since it was an update to the Chrome which is when I was unable to manage the Widgets without repeatedly stabbing the left click button in order for it to work on a Widget field.

    Unfortunately, Google search engine does not seem to be able to differentiate between a Chrome “browser” issue with WordPress and a Chrome “browser” issue with WordPress Widgets. All I get back in serps is Chrome display results

    Thanks for this news.

    How can we get this Alert to both WordPress and Chrome and get it fixed! It is really a hassle having to use two browsers to work on my blogs!

    This “bug” needs a good swat, now! So it won’t continue in the next, and the next versions of WordPress / with Chrome.

    Do you think anybody listens at Google?

    By the way, have you seen Chrome go “Aw SNAP!” and crash almost instantly with any particular plugin?

    I’m getting “Aw SNAP!” all the time with a fantastic plugin, “Email This Page” by Instaemail.

    Chrome goes “Aw SNAP!” and the whole page turns black whenever I access the settings page of the Instaemail plugin. It’s kind of like accessing the widgets page.

    I have no choice but to use ie or firefox in order to use Instaemail. There is something seriously wrong with Chrome, I think. It does seem to “crash” all the time, anyway.

    I wonder if the widgets page problem — and the “Email This Page” problem are flash-related.

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    🏳️‍🌈 Halfelf Rogue & Plugin Review Team Rep

    You’ll have to hit Chrome up fort this :/ I’m using Version 26.0.1410.65 of Chrome and it’s been fine all day.

    26.0.1410.65 is for a Mac, lucky you.

    I’m on PC, Windows XP Pro SP3.

    Just have to wait and see if Chrome will fix this in the updates.


    You said: “It is not just you, I am having the same problem with all of my 3.5.1 installations of WordPress and it seems the entire world is clueless about this.”

    In an effort to solve this problem, my web host, Visiba, who also use Chrome with no problems in WP 3.5.1, askd me, “is JavaScript allowed for all sites” in my Chrome browser. They recommend the following javascript test link for Chrome:

    According to that link, my Chrome is apparently fully “enabled” for JavaScript, so I still don’t know why I’m having compatibility problems with Chrome and WP 3.5.1.

    However, maybe that link will help you to solve your problem.

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    🏳️‍🌈 Halfelf Rogue & Plugin Review Team Rep

    Do you have any Chrome extensions running?

    No. No extensions, I don’t login to Webstore, and as I understand it, you can’t add extensions unless you do.

    So, no extensions.

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