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Install and manage extensions

You can add extensions to Google Chrome for more features and functionality. By using extensions, you can customise Google Chrome with features that you like and keep your browser free of things that you don't use.

Install and uninstall extensions

Install extensions
  1. Visit the Chrome Web Store.
  2. Find and select the extension that you want to install.
  3. Click Add to Chrome.
  4. A dialogue will appear to show you data that the extension will be able to access.
  5. Click Add to grant the extension access to your data and install the extension.

To use the extension, click the icon that will appear on the right of the address bar.

Note: If you're at work or school, some extensions might be blocked from being installed. Find out about using a managed Chromebook.

Install extensions from other websites

In Chrome, follow these steps to add the extension:

  1. On the developer's website, click Add to Chrome to install the app.
  2. Review and accept permissions.
  3. Complete installation by opening a New Tab.

Note: You should only add extensions from trusted websites.

If you are an enterprise administrator, you can specify URLs that are allowed to install extensions, apps and themes directly through the ExtensionInstallSources policy.

Uninstall an extension

To remove an extension from Google Chrome:

  1. On your browser, click menu More.
  2. Select More tools > Extensions.
  3. On the extension that you want to remove, click Remove from Chrome .
  4. A notice to remove the extension will appear. Click Remove.

If an extension has an icon in your Chrome toolbar, you can right-click on the icon and select Remove from Chrome to uninstall the extension.

Manage extensions

To see your Chrome extensions, go to chrome://extensions. Here are a few ways to manage your extensions:

See an extension in incognito mode

Some extensions may be available in incognito mode. To turn on, follow these steps:

  1. On your browser, click menu More.
  2. Select More tools > Extensions.
  3. Under the description of the extension, check Allow in incognito.

Find out more about browsing privately (incognito mode) in Chrome

Show or hide extensions

You can choose to show or hide extensions.

  1. To hide extensions, click and drag your address bar to the right. The address bar will hide the extensions that are furthest to the left.
  2. To show extensions that you've hidden, click and drag the address bar back to the left.
  3. Any hidden icons will overflow into the Chrome Menu

You can also hide individual icons. Click the Chrome Menu More, then right-click on the icon and select Hide. Any hidden icons will overflow into the Chrome Menu.

Bring hidden buttons back to the Chrome toolbar:

  1. In the top right, click the Chrome Menu More.
  2. Right click on any hidden buttons and select Show in toolbar.

Not all extensions allow user interaction through the toolbar, so only some icons will give you the option to show in the toolbar.

Arrange extensions on the browser toolbar

On the right of the address bar, click the extension that you want to move and drag it to its new place.

Turn extensions on or off
  1. On your browser, click menu More.
  2. Select More tools > Extensions.
  3. To turn off an extension, untick the Enabled box. Tick the box to turn it on.
Repair a corrupted extension

If you see the message "This extension may have been corrupted", it means that the extension's files may have been changed. To protect you, Chrome will disable this extension.

To repair the extension, follow these steps:

  1. On your browser, click menu More.
  2. Select More tools > Extensions.
  3. Find the corrupted extension and click Repair.
  4. A dialogue will appear to confirm the repair and display permission requests.
  5. Click Repair to fix and enable the extension and its permission requests.
Remove possible malware

If the extension is still corrupted, it's possible that a suspicious program is changing this extension's files. In this case:

  1. Run an antivirus or anti-malware software to remove any software programs that may be affecting Chrome. You can also try the Software Removal Tool.
  2. Repair the extension.
  3. If this doesn't work, visit the Chrome Help Forum and share your situation with us.
Use the same extensions on any computer

To access your extensions on any computer, sign in to Chrome.

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