Google Chrome is obviously the number one desktop web browser. One thing that makes it a darling browser for most people is its support for numerous extensions. Google Chrome’s extensions help you do things quite quickly and make you enjoy your Chrome experience better.
The only thing is if you do not know how to manage your Chrome extensions well, your browser may be cluttered and run slow. With that let’s see how to manage our favourite browser’s extensions.
How to manage Google Chrome extensions
When you open the Chrome browser, you’ll see extensions icons at the top right side, at the end of the address bar. Most extensions you install will have their icons appearing there, but not all. A lot of add-ons don’t appear in that area. To see the extensions that are active but not showing an icon there, follow these steps:
- Click on the vertical ellipses (…) at the very top right corner of the browser, just below the close button.
- Hover the mouse on More Tools
- Select Extensions
Alternatively, you can just type chrome://extensions/ into your address bar and hit enter. Your extensions will be loaded. Now that you are on the extensions page, you can manage each extension according to your preference. You can enable/disable, remove, and update your extensions.
How to enable/disable Chrome extensions?
Now, we are on our extensions page so let’s try to enable and disable some extensions. Look at every extension, you’ll see 3 things at the bottom: Details, Remove and a slider.
To disable or enable an extension, you have to use the slider. If you slide to the left and it becomes grey, it means the extension is now inactive. Slide it to the right, and it changes to blue, meaning the extension is now enabled and active.
Hide Chrome extensions from the menu bar
Perhaps you have too many extension icons displaying in your toolbar, and you want to hide some of them.
- Right click on the extension you want to hide
- Select Hide in Chrome menu.
This will only take the extension’s icon off the toolbar. It won’t affect the performance of the extension either will it be disabled. You can always go to the extensions page to access the hidden extension (chrome://extensions/).
How to configure each extension
To configure the extensions, just click on “Details” below any extension and a list of options will pop up. Here, you can edit the settings of that particular extension according to your preference.
You are able to review the permissions granted to any extension and disable the ones you’re not cool with.
One significant setting here is “Site Access”. This setting gives or blocks the extension the permission to read and change data on specific websites or all the sites you visit.
How to add a Google Chrome extension?
Google Chrome has its own store, the Chrome Web Store, which hosts all its extensions. On the store, select an extension and hit the Add to Chrome button on the extension page.
Next, you’ll see a pop-up to grant permissions. To use the extension, click “Add Extension”, and it will be ready to use.
How to remove a Chrome extension?
You may want to uninstall some extensions because they aren’t working as you thought they would. Or those particular extensions are slowing down your browser. Removing an extension is also a simple task:
- Right-click the extension’s icon in the toolbar (next to the address bar).
- Select Remove from Chrome.
- Hit on Remove on the prompt that appears.
Alternatively, you can uninstall a Chrome extension via the Extensions page.
- Hit the Chrome options menu — the vertical ellipses (…).
- Click on More Tools
- Select Extensions
- Locate the specific extension and click Remove at the bottom
- Hit on Remove on the prompt that appears to confirm.