The complicated answer to what Chrome browser extensions are is provided by Google:
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:
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.
Your extension is now ready to use with the button added to your toolbar or by right clicking.
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:
- In the top-right corner of the browser window, click the Chrome menu button
- Select Settings
- Select Extensions from the left column menu
Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
- Like to save things in Google Drive? Save to Google Drive
- Having trouble keeping track of Sign in information? LastPass- Password Manager
- Tired of clicking on the back button or closing tabs? Gestures for Google Chrome
- Found the perfect color for your project on a website? Eye Dropper