How to manage (add, delete or disable) add-ons in Google Chrome

Not so long ago, Google Chrome got one really peculiar feature, and I thought I’d share this with you, and also go over how else you can manage your extensions (just in case).

Adding Chrome Extension

  • Googling “Chrome Web Store” and going there
  • 1) In the Chrome menu (three dots in the upper-right corner), select More tools -> Extensions
    2) Hit the hamburger menu (upper-left corner) and at the bottom of it, click “Open Chrome Web Store” link.

After that, just look for whatever suits you, and on the extension page click “Add to Chrome” — it’s a pretty straightforward operation.

Extensions Toolbar Menu

Now this is where this new feature comes in. Here’s how you can enable it:

  • Open a new tab and input chrome://flags
  • With the help of the search bar up top, search for Extensions Toolbar Menu
  • Enable the only setting that will come up

After this, you’ll be prompted to relaunch Chrome. Do it, and from now on, instead of dozens icons, all you’ll see is a single Extension Menu button:

Remove or Disable Chrome Extension

If you only need to disable the extension without deleting it, then you should do the following:

  • In Chrome menu (click the three dots in the upper-right corner), select More tools -> Extensions
  • Or, alternatively, input chrome://extensions in the address bar
  • Then find the extension you want to delete and hit that switch!

You can say “this is rookie stuff!”, and you might be right. But you’ll be surprised how many people find such “simple” tasks challenging. Some of my coworkers didn’t even know that there are extensions for Chrome! So I hope this article will shed some light on the ways you can manage your extensions.

Have a nice day!

Bradley Nice, Content Manager at — best online documentation tool for SaaS vendors


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