How to use Google Chrome Browser Extensions on Windows?



December 9, 2009

Google has always been proactive in making the browser more user-friendly. Extensions are the first step towards this initiative from Google. One important note for the Google team was to make extensions easy to create and maintain, while preserving Google Chrome’s speed and stability (Speed of access being Chrome’s USP).

Extensions on Google Chrome accomplishes all these goals: they are as easy to create as web pages, easy to install, and each extension runs in its own process to avoid crashing or significantly slowing down the browser.

If you’re on a Windows or a Linux machine, you can check out more than 300 extensions in the gallery, including a few cool, useful and cute extensions.

Step 1: Launch your Chrome Browser, and goto the URL https://chrome.google.com/extensions, If you get the below error message, then you will need to install the latest build of Google Chrome from http://www.google.com/landing/chrome/beta/

Cherror

Step 2: Once you install the latest version fo the browser, you can see the website, which lists all the popular extentions available for use.

chrome_extensions

Step 3: Select the Extension you need (In this example, I am choosing the Gmail Notifier)

Gmail_extension

Step 4: Click on Install and Accept the Confirmation

confirm_extension

Gmail_extension_appearsClicking on Install will download the extension and add it to your browser. (You will be able to see the extension, next to the address bar – As this is a Gmail notifier, you will need to login initially to get a track of your mails)

This completes the Installation of the Chrome Extensions.

You can manage the extensions using the Browser Settings Tab:
menu

You will be able to see the list of Extensions which are installed on your browser, you can choose to enable or disable them as per your needs.

 summary

An extension system has been one of the most requested features for Google Chrome. It’s a tribute to Mozilla and the Firefox project that nowadays, users just expect all browsers to have built-in extensibility!!

Users can install and uninstall them quickly without restart, and extensions have a great polished look that fits in with Google Chrome’s minimalist aesthetic. When developers upload an extension it is available to users immediately, with limited restrictions and manual reviews only in a few situations.

Speaking on the Technical Enhancements, Chrome Extensions uses the Google Chrome’s multiprocess architecture to help keep extensions stable and safe. And Chromium’s extensive performance monitoring infrastructure has helped to ensure extensions affect Google Chrome’s speed as little as possible. You can learn more details about the internals of our system in the videos below.

Extensions aren’t quite beta-quality on Mac yet, but you will be able to preview them on a developer channel soon. And if you’re a web developer, you can learn more about writing extensions for Google Chrome on the Chromium blog.





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