The "View in Mac App Store" button used to work in Chrome though, I think I turned it off by mistake though, I'm not sure. The button I'm referring to is under each app's icon and looks like so:

View in Mac App Store

There was a popup (2) which would show a bunch of stuff about opening the App Store app or not and I think there was a check box there that I clicked to not show the popup again though, for some reason when I did this the button itself stopped working and just does nothing instead of opening the app store (if that makes sense.)

Here is example of the popup I'm talking about (this is Firefox's version, however, which is a tad bit different.)

launch application

I've checked all the settings in Google Chrome itself (v24.0.1312.52) though, couldn't find anything for this and why I thought, I better ask here.

So, my questions are:

  • Where is the preference settings to open the App Store again, via the View in Mac App Store button; is it an OSX setting or a Chrome setting?
  • Is there a way to get the popups working again so I can change the preference if I set it wrong?
  • If this is in fact a Chrome specific question is this better suited SE site to ask this on?

Mac OSX v10.8.2 by the way.


2 Answers 2


In Chrome, go to Settings > Show advanced settings... > Privacy > Content settings... > Handlers > Manage handlers... and a window will pop up showing active and ignored protocol handlers. The macappstores protocol handler should be in the "ignored" list. Hover over it and click the X to delete it.

An alternative: try downloading and installing RCDefaultApp – it's a preference pane that lets you adjust protocol handlers, default apps for certain file types, etc. Once installed, go to System Preferences > Default Apps > Apps and you should see "App Store" in the list. Select that and make sure that all of the checkboxes in there (for macappstore, macappstores, etc.) are checked.

  • Thanks for the reply! Yeah, I checked every single setting in that area of Chrome including that one. It's not there! And why I thought it could be a setting in the OS instead (which wouldn't really make sense but, who knows.)
    – Natetronn
    Jan 15, 2013 at 21:50
  • Any other ideas by chance?
    – Natetronn
    Jan 15, 2013 at 23:36
  • They're all checked as you can see here
    – Natetronn
    Jan 17, 2013 at 5:52

I finally uninstalled Google Chrome, downloaded a new copy and reinstalled it again. The popups show again and all is working fine now.

I still have no idea where the settings are located as they aren't in their usual places as suggested by daGUY. Anyway, that fixed it for me even though, not a very good route I will admit.

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