These days browsers are more than just a tool that allows us to browse the web. Thanks to extensions, it has transformed browsers into a more powerful and productive tool than ever, where it can be used to help manage passwords, save articles for offline reading, blocking ads, and so on.
If you’re a Chrome user and would like to learn how to manage your extensions, then read on as this guide will help you learn how to manage your browser’s extensions – be it adding extensions, deleting them, learning more about them, and so on.
How To Add Extensions To Chrome
- To add extensions to Chrome, head on over to the Chrome Web Store where you’ll be able to find all sorts of extensions that are currently available.
- Search for the extension you want and click on it to go to its page.
- On its page, click the button to the right that says Add to Chrome.
- You will then get a confirmation popup that asks if you’re sure. If you are, click Add extension, if not click Cancel.
- Once the extension is successfully installed, you’ll get a notification to the right corner of Chrome.
How To Remove Your Installed Extensions
- If you want to see all the extensions that you have already installed, click the right dots icon to the top right corner of Chrome.
- Go to More tools > Extensions.
- This will open a new page that will list all the extensions that you have installed, including the ones that have been disabled.
- To disable an extension, click on the toggle. Repeat the process to turn it back on.
- Click on Details if you’d like to learn more about the extension, including its description and the kind of access and permissions it has.
- To delete or uninstall an extension, click the Remove button. You will get a confirmation popup and if you’re sure, click Remove again and the extension will be deleted.
How To Manage Chrome Extensions That Cause Website Incompatibility
Extensions are useful tools which as we said, can help improve on your browsing experience. For example, some extensions can be used to sync browser history from one browser to another. Another extension can help strip away all the images from websites, leaving you with just the text which can improve on loading times.
However, we should caution that due to the sheer variety of extensions, there might be instances in which a website may not display properly or might have certain features break due to incompatibility with the extension. If you do encounter such a situation, here are some ways to check to see if it could be an extension problem or simply a bug with the site’s code.
- Launch your Chrome browser in Incognito mode (Ctrl + Shift + N).
- Load the website that you had an issue with before. If the website loads properly and you can use it just fine, then it is probably an issue with an extension.
- Follow the steps above for How To Manage Your Installed Extensions.
- Disable your extensions individually and reload the website after each try. Eventually, you should encounter the extension that is causing the problem.
- Until the developer issues a fix, you will most probably have to leave it disabled, unless you don’t plan on visiting that website anymore.