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Let Chrome Browser Extensions do the work for you.

The complicated answer to what Chrome browser extensions are is provided by Google:

Extensions are small software programs that can modify and enhance the functionality of the Chrome browser. You write them using web technologies such as HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. Extensions have little to no user interface.


The less complicated answer is that extensions are buttons added to your Chrome browser to do useful things like email a web page to yourself with one mouse click, make a complicated hard to read web page into a page much easier to read, or capture an image or video of your computer screen. Basically, extensions supercharge your browsing and do things that you won’t want to live without!

To find and use extensions, you need to use the Chrome browser on a Windows or Mac computer or a Chromebook and will search for extensions at the Chrome web store. Make sure to select extensions from the left column menu:

image of the chrome store with extensions highlighted

From the Chrome web store you can look through the list of featured extensions or use the search menu to find what you are looking for. Once you find an extension you want to add, click the “add to chrome” button.

webpage showing the add to chrome button

Your extension is now ready to use with the button added to your toolbar or by right clicking.

image showing an arrow to an added extension button

The last step to using Chrome extensions is managing them. Over time you may find that you want to change the way an extension works or just get rid of it. To change options, disable, or delete an extension follow these steps:

  1. In the top-right corner of the browser window, click the Chrome menu button chrome menu button
  2. Select Settings
  3. Select Extensions from the left column menu

Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

Make sure to share your favorite extensions with others by commenting below!

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