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How to access Chrome plugins and extensions

It's easy to access Chrome plugins and enable or disable them. Simply follow the steps in this article.
How to access Chrome plugins and extensions

Chrome plugins add useful features to provide more functionality and make Chrome easier to use. In this article you'll learn how to access your Chrome plugins and turn off the features you don't want to use. Read on to learn:

  • What browser extensions and plugins are.
  • How to turn off extensions and plugins in Chrome.
  • How to disable the Flash or JavaScript Chrome plugins.

Understanding Chrome extensions and plugins

Browser extensions are non-native plugins (not typically developed by Google), which provide additional functionality to Google Chrome. They’re actually one of the main reasons behind the popularity of the browser. With plugins, Chrome supports rich web content like Java and Flash. Although these extensions are extremely easy to install and free to download, you might still need to turn extensions off and on from time to time, particularly if you want to troubleshoot a problem with Google Chrome or increase security. Until recently, you could enable and disable Chrome plugins via the chrome://plugins page. But Google has changed how Chrome settings are organized, and the Chrome plugins page no longer exists. But don’t worry - they aren't lost!

How to disable extensions in Google Chrome

There are two ways to see your Google Chrome plugins.

  1. Go to chrome://extensions.
    Chrome extensions page overview
    Go to Chrome's extension page from the address bar
    Alternatively, click on the menu (three vertical dots) in the upper right corner of Chrome, and select the More tools > Extensions.
    How to access Chrome extensions
    Access extensions through the Chrome menu
  2. If you want to disable a particular Chrome extension, simply click on the toggle switch to disable it. The icon for disabled extensions which are still installed will change to black and white, and he text next to the checkbox will change to Enable. You can re-enable the extension at any time by clicking on the toggle again.
    Toggle the button to disable the extension, or click on Remove to uninstall it.
    Toggle the button to disable the extension, or click on Remove to uninstall it.

How to remove a plugin from the Chrome extension page

If you want to uninstall a Chrome plugin, click on Remove. Confirm you want to remove it and then Chrome will uninstall and remove the extension. If you’re deleting a Chrome plugin which you believe was installed by a virus or malicious program, click on the Report abuse box before confirming you want to remove it. This tell's the Chrome web store's moderators and Google that the extension may not be trustworthy. To re-enable a Chrome plugin, simply follow the steps 1 to get to the Extensions page, then, click on the toggle switch to Enable the extension.

How to disable the Flash or JavaScript Chrome plugins

Some Chrome plugins like Adobe Flash and JavaScript are accessed and managed through Chrome’s Content Settings page. Follow the steps below to disable these special Chrome plugins.

  1. Enter chrome://settings/content into Chrome’s navigation bar. You can also click on the Chrome menu and select Settings > Show advanced settings > Content Settings.
  2. Scroll to the plugin you want to remove (Flash or JavaScript) and click on it. Click on the toggle button to turn the Chrome plugin on or off. You can also use the Block and Allow sections and enter specific websites on which you want to enable or disable the plugin.
    How to remove plugins from chrome
    Toggle the button to enable or disable the Chrome plugin.
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