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Why Did Chrome Stop Dimming Clicked Links?

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Why Did Chrome Stop Dimming Clicked Links? justasking3 1/10/13 10:37 PM
Chrome Version (Version 23.0.1271.97 m):
Operating System (Windows 7):

Thursday evening,  1-10-13, Chrome suddenly STOPPED dimming clicked links! On different websites. Comparing the same websites in both Chrome & Internet Explorer 8, when links were clicked in Internet Explorer, they dimmed. When the same links were clicked in Chrome, they DIDN'T DIM!!

What the?

Dimming clicked links is basic for all browsers! And earlier today, Chrome dimmed clicked links.

But now it doesn't!

Using Chrome, click any link in Craigslist. As of now, clicked links don't dim!!

Please fix ASAP!!

Re: Why Did Chrome Stop Dimming Clicked Links? Captain Sarcastic 1/10/13 11:27 PM
I'm getting the same issue, although I think you mean that the color isn't changing for visited links.  I tried a few extensions to see if I could force the color to change, but Stylish and other CSS-changing extensions were no help.

I'm running Chrome on Linux, openSUSE 12.2 KDE 64-bit, to be specific.

Chrome is showing as Version 24.0.1312.52

Re: Why Did Chrome Stop Dimming Clicked Links? justasking3 1/11/13 12:48 AM
You're right on both points:

1) By "dimmed," I meant the color of clicked links should change, but now no longer does.

2) My Chrome is Version 24.0.1312.52 m, same as yours.

This ABSURD change occurred when the Version changed from 23.0.1271.97 to  24.0.1312.52.

Now that we know it's not our pcs, alert the media!

Re: Why Did Chrome Stop Dimming Clicked Links? caver_tim 1/11/13 2:50 AM
well its working in  26.0.1379.1 canary so I'm guessing its a bug that's crept in rather than a change in design policy 
Re: Why Did Chrome Stop Dimming Clicked Links? justasking3 1/11/13 5:13 AM
caver_tim - How long do we have to wait for 26.0.1379.1 c?

When I close & reopen Chrome, it's still 24.0.1312.52 m

Re: Why Did Chrome Stop Dimming Clicked Links? caver_tim 1/11/13 5:20 AM
I don't know. probably a while. And i don't have any of the intermediate beta builds installed on this PC (25) which you'd see more rapidly.
It seems to have an "official" issue page, so might get fixed in an interim release


Re: Why Did Chrome Stop Dimming Clicked Links? caver_tim 1/11/13 5:24 AM
actually scrub that. my stable v24 is working ok now - it wasn't this morning
Re: Why Did Chrome Stop Dimming Clicked Links? justasking3 1/11/13 5:33 AM
How do you have a "stable" v24? Let alone v26?

Are you a Google engineer?

Is there any way for a civilian user to get a working version? I don't know any other way to upgrade Chrome other than by closing & reopening it. Now, that doesn't change versions or make the current one stable.

Re: Why Did Chrome Stop Dimming Clicked Links? caver_tim 1/11/13 5:44 AM
Chrome has different "channels"
the "stable" channel is currently v24

then there are "Beta" and "dev" channels for testing
the highest number will be found on the "canary" version which is currently 26

Re: Why Did Chrome Stop Dimming Clicked Links? justasking3 1/11/13 5:50 AM
As a non-Google engineer, how can I access a "stable" v24? Where do I access other channels? Can I get an earlier version & "Lock" it to prevent upgrades?
Re: Why Did Chrome Stop Dimming Clicked Links? caver_tim 1/11/13 6:06 AM
If you have 24 then you are on the "stable" channel
If you want Beta you can install it from here
Re: Why Did Chrome Stop Dimming Clicked Links? justasking3 1/11/13 6:10 AM
You claim to have a stable v24 that works. By that, do you mean clicked links change color?

My "stable" v24 doesn't work, ie, as reported above, clicked links DO NOT change color.

How can two copies of the same version work differently? And Captain Sarcastic's note above proves it's not just me with the problem.

Re: Why Did Chrome Stop Dimming Clicked Links? caver_tim 1/11/13 6:30 AM
indeed its weird.
when you first reported this this morning my browser updated to 24 and i had the same thing
Now if i go to a website which does not specify the link colour (eg www.pdmro.org.uk or google search results) then links i have visited go purple again
all very strange

since this morning i have closed chrome down a few times but not rebooted my PC etc.
Re: Why Did Chrome Stop Dimming Clicked Links? justasking3 1/11/13 6:50 AM
I've shut down & rebooted my pc several times. The problem's still there.

But since you mentioned it, I checked Google search results and as you've said, they turn purple when clicked, as they should.

Try this site:

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/tfr/

These classifieds used to change color on my pc when I clicked them. Now they don't.

Many of my most frequently used sites now don't change color when links are clicked.

Re: Why Did Chrome Stop Dimming Clicked Links? caver_tim 1/11/13 7:15 AM
that link for craigslist shows me purple links .

I can't see anything in chrome://flags/ that might have been set on your PC that would affect this,
I can't see anything  new in settings either, but then i might have missed something
Re: Why Did Chrome Stop Dimming Clicked Links? justasking3 1/11/13 7:48 AM
Thanks to your last post, I just learned something:

When I earlier shut down & rebooted my pc, I saw no change. The problem remained.

But when you said you saw purple when you clicked Craigslist ads, I closed, then opened that Craigslist page & NOW I too see purple when I click links. Similarly, when I closed & reopened the sites I frequently use which were affected, they too now change color when links are clicked.

So, what happened? The version's still the same. Why did it malfunction earlier, then go back to normal? How did it continue malfunctioning after reboots? And why did it cease to malfunction without another reboot?

I can't explain it. But Captain Sarcastic had the same problem, so it wasn't just me! And, as you pointed out, someone last November 2012 reported the same thing!

Re: Why Did Chrome Stop Dimming Clicked Links? caver_tim 1/11/13 7:53 AM
indeed it happened to me as well first thing
perhaps the new version did something odd to the cache of pages that got rebuilt when we closed that page down ?
Re: Why Did Chrome Stop Dimming Clicked Links? justasking3 1/11/13 8:55 AM
I understand more now, if not all.

Here's what I didn't mention earlier: I keep my 12 most frequently used sites open continuously. Whenever I close & reopen Chrome, I click the "recently closed" link at the bottom right, then click "12 tabs" at the top of the list, which opens all my favorite sites at once.

Apparently, there's a limit to how many times you can do this & still have tabs read cookies for used links correctly. I must have crossed that threshold and suddenly, the next time I closed & reopened Chrome, none of my most used sites changed colors when I clicked links. This continued even after rebooting several times.

In fact, even after I closed individual pages (like the Craigslist page), reopened them and found links now changed color when clicked, when I next rebooted my pc and clicked "recently closed," then "12 tabs," it loaded them all at once and the links didn't change color when clicked!

So I closed each of the 12 sites, then ONE AT A TIME reopened them. And now they all change color when links are clicked!

I'm going to try one more thing: another reboot, since now all pages were closed & reopened individually. Will they open as a group & function correctly, as they have for years? I'll let you know!

Re: Why Did Chrome Stop Dimming Clicked Links? justasking3 1/11/13 9:31 AM
OK, now I know more:

Whether rebooting or just closing Chrome & reopening it, then clicking "recently closed", then "12 tabs," that loads all 12 pages at once whose links DON'T change color when clicked.

When I close Chrome & INDIVIDUALLY open each of the 12 sites, one at a time, they NOW open with used links that change color.

This is new. I think, with earlier versions, when I reopened Chrome and clicked "recently closed," then "12 tabs," they opened all at once with used links that change color.

No more! With the latest version of Chrome, in order to get pages whose used links change color, I now have to open each of my favorite sites one at a time.

Re: Why Did Chrome Stop Dimming Clicked Links? Mark Ransom 1/11/13 9:48 AM
Thanks for this hint. The problem was driving me nuts!

I recently changed my settings to automatically reopen my tabs when Chrome is launched. The auto-relaunch when Chrome upgraded itself to version 24 was probably the first time I've seen it in action.

Closing all my tabs and reopening them individually fixed everything, at least for now. I may have to disable the auto open feature.

Re: Why Did Chrome Stop Dimming Clicked Links? Captain Sarcastic 1/11/13 1:24 PM
Okay - this worked for me, too.  I have the same dozen or so tabs open at all times, and I just closed Craigslist and opened a new tab, then went back to Craigslist, and it is working again.

The weird thing is that I have Chromium installed, too, and just copying the URL from Craigslist into that last night, also in a new tab, resulted in the same behavior in Chromium - the visited links didn't change color.

Now that it is working in Chrome I'll keep an eye on it, but for the moment it is working as expected again.

Re: Why Did Chrome Stop Dimming Clicked Links? tomhorsley 1/12/13 6:27 PM
Well, I never auto-open multiple tabs or restore previous content. I always start from scratch, and none of my links are showing that I visited them. Things like links to pages on my own local web server show up as never having been visited even though I use my local server all the time to keep track of junk.
Re: Why Did Chrome Stop Dimming Clicked Links? dmkratt 1/12/13 8:26 PM
Just updated to Version 24.0.1312.52 m today.
Just went looking for anyone else noticing visited anchor render is wrong ...

annoying.

Re: Why Did Chrome Stop Dimming Clicked Links? tx hillcountry 1/13/13 6:37 AM
For me, the first tab to open (on start-up) never changes the color of the visited link.  Opening a second tab (with the same page as the first) and the color always works and also reports the visited links made on the first tab. Hopefully this will be fixed soon.
Re: Why Did Chrome Stop Dimming Clicked Links? tomhorsley 1/13/13 6:53 AM
By golly that does it. I have to open the same page twice in different tabs, and the 2nd instance does indeed show the links correctly. That is one strange bug.
Re: Why Did Chrome Stop Dimming Clicked Links? tx hillcountry 1/22/13 10:41 AM
The latest update (24.0.1312.56) fixes the problem.  Thanks Google!
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