Chrome extensions, how to manage them from installation to removal

When we talk about Google Chrome, we often refer to its ability to extend its functionality in order to better customize the entire browsing experience. In fact, the aforementioned Browser is undoubtedly the most supported by third-party extensions, mainly thanks to an internal store developed directly by the Mountain View company. However, managing chrome extensions may not be that simple (especially when you use a lot of them) and for this reason, in this guide we will try to analyze all the most important steps and tricks to know to make the most of them.

In general, we will focus on all the possibilities offered directly by Chrome, but there will also be a convenient extension, which will be able to organize all the others.

There are many on the store, but in our opinion the best is only one: Extension Manager per Chrome. So, having said that, let’s start immediately with the analysis of this convenient service.

Where to find Chrome Extension Manager

Extension Manager for Chrome is a very useful extension to manage all the other extensions installed on the browser.

Thanks to its options and its simple interface, it allows all users to perform all the actions that could be done even without her, but in a more comfortable and quick way.

In addition, there will be more features such as blocking individual extensions and managing permissions.

Obviously, being an extension, it too the Chrome web store can be installed directly. To do this, just click on this link and proceed with the blue button on the right dedicated to installation. Once installed, it will be included in the top bar in the right corner. In case more extensions are installed, then it will be included in the puzzle icon, always at the top right.

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Each time new extensions are downloaded, as well as appearing within the usual puzzle icon, they will also be immediately recognized by Chrome Extension Manager, so you can manage them from a single screen.

By clicking on its icon, a window will appear divided into its sections: Extensions e Apps. Obviously the one of our interest will be the first.

In fact, highlighting the section “Extensions”, a list of all installed extensions will be displayed below, ready to be managed at any time.

In particular, among the many options provided, there will be the one relating to deactivation, very useful for temporarily disabling an extension, without having to necessarily delete it and then install it again.

To do this it will be necessary to identify its name from the list of installed extensions, click on the green toogle on its right and confirm with the entry “Disabled extension” which will appear immediately below. At this point the same toggle will turn red and by interacting with it it will be possible to enable the extension again.

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Obviously, you can also decide to completely remove the extension, so as to permanently remove it from the list. Eventually it will also be possible to bring the extension removed by simply installing it from the usual Chrome store.

To remove an extension, simply click on the Chrome Extension Manager icon. move back into the section “Extensions”, click on the trash can icon on the right and confirm by pressing on the item “Remove extension” which will appear below.

Of course, the removal of extensions can also be completed without using Chrome Extension Manager.

To do this through the simple browser settings, it will therefore be sufficient to complete the following operations: click on the icon with three dots at the top right, continue with “Other tools”, choose the item “Extensions”, press the button “Remove” to the right of the extension to be deleted and confirm again with “Remove”.

How to add new chrome extensions

So far we have focused only on managing the extensions already installed, but what if you want to install some more? The answer is very simple and it is called “Chrome web store”. The latter has in fact a section completely dedicated to extensions, which can be reached by simply clicking on this link.

The main page will split into multiple categories, including or “Recommended for you” e “To start”, very useful to immediately discover the most used extensions at the moment and best tailored to the user’s needs.

Among the available extensions there will be proposals from important brands, such as Google itself, Zoom, Tripadvisor, Pocket and Todoist, but those developed by independent developers or lesser-known companies will be very interesting. Alternatively, it will still be possible to use the search bar at the top left to focus attention on a specific service.

Once you have chosen the extension to install, all you need to do is click on it and wait for the page dedicated to its information and preview screenshots to open.

The blue button will be included here “Install” on the right, which must be clicked to start the download. As already mentioned several times, the chosen extension will then be transported to the top right corner of the menu bar, right inside the puzzle icon.

Manage extensions for your G Suite team

Let’s now dedicate a few paragraphs to the slightly more productive and working aspect of extensions. Who happens to be the administrator of a particular team of Google Workspace (formerly G Suite), it can in fact force the installation of any type of extension on all computers managed on its “Master” account.

We will therefore take for granted the presence of a team already created previously and we will focus our attention only on the aspects that directly concern the management of extensions. However, it should be noted that any extension downloaded forcibly could, for example, access the favorites of a particular user, find some information about its location or even access the Directory API ID of the device. For this reason, it will be necessary to first ascertain the actual quality of the product.

At this point, let’s immediately see the steps to follow to start forcibly installing all the most useful extensions for your work team based on Google services.

Force extensions installations

To force the installation of extensions on all computers of your Google Workspace team, the first thing to do will be log in to the administration console and to do so just click on Log in (in which it will be necessary to enter the access data of the administrator account).

At this point, from the main page of the Administration console, you will need to press the button Devices “ and then continue with “Chrome management”. Here it will now be necessary to choose the voice Apps and extensions ” and continue with Users and browsers “ or Managed Guest Sessions “. Now just choose the extension to force the installation, continue with Force installation “ or Force installation + block ” in the section “Installation policy” and confirm with “Save”.

Blocking of multiple extensions

Just like with forced installation, even the blocking of extensions can be managed by the administrator user of a specific Google Workspace team. The requirements remain substantially the same with respect to the previous paragraph and for this reason we will take for granted the already present working group generated.

To block multiple extensions and therefore make it impossible for all company computers (or in any case included in the work group) to be used, first of all you will need to reach the administration console by clicking on this link and log in with the admin account. From here it will be necessary to continue with the voice “Devices” and then “Chrome management”.

When you arrive at the new screen, you will need to continue with “Apps and extensions”, then with “Users and groups” and make sure the box for the primary organizational unit is checked. From here it will then be possible to decide specifically which extensions to allow everyone and here instead to block. In particular, the available options will be: Allow all other applications and extensions, Allow other apps only from the Google Play Store, Allow other applications and extensions only from the Chrome Web Store and Block all other apps and extensions. To confirm your choice, all you need to do is click on “Save”.

Blocking of a single extension

In the previous paragraph we saw how to block a whole category of extensions, but what if you want to avoid using only one? Once again, first, we need to reach the administration console through this link and log in with the admin account.

Once done, you will need to choose the voice “Devices”, then “Chrome management”, then again “Apps and extensions “, continue with “Users and groups” and make sure that the box for the parent organizational unit is checked. Now just find the extension to block, click on it, reach the section “Installation policy”, set the option “Block” and save all changes with “Save”.

Manage extensions permissions

If you want to use even more advanced settings, then it will even be possible prevent the use of particular extensions that exploit potentially harmful parameters for the whole group. For example, you can block all those that require access to the microphone, or those with access to the camera, microphone and so on.

This operation, however, certainly requires more experience, as it will necessarily be necessary act through the use and modification of the APIs made available by Google. On Chrome OS devices, everything can be done through the classic administration console, for Windows ones you will have to rely on the extension installation policy as described in This Page, for Mac computers all the information will be available who and finally for Linux ones you will need to visit This Page.

Obviously the APIs will be quite numerous and all will have specific features to rely on. In this way, you can better customize the entire experience of using company and group computers. To get more information about it and get access to all the APIs, we therefore invite you to visit the dedicated page by clicking on this link.


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