Google Chrome extensions are a great way to add more features and functionality to the browser. Sometimes, a feature is really useful for some people, but not for everyone. Extensions let you customize Google Chrome with features you like, while keeping your browser free of clutter that you don’t use.
That’s how Google itself describes its new extensions search engine, which all of us were waiting for, and that already features more than 1000 entries.
In fact, just some days ago, they launched this beta channel that is starting to collect all of the best extensions that developers are currently making. Just as Firefox’s extensions page, Google lets you browse all the most popular, recent and featured extensions, in a simple and clean way as only Google does, allowing developers to publish their own creations by simply logging with they Google account, and users to download, vote and review them easily.
Lets see other features:
Each extension has its own page, where all the related information are collected, and where people can install it from, with just one click.
It obviously features the install button on the top as well as the statistic that help you understand how good that extension really is: you can find a rating, also with the number of people who voted, number of users that downloaded it, and how many of them installed it during the last week. Just below the button you can find a full developer review in which he/she explains what the extension in all about.
On the page you can also find pictures, located on the right side of the screen, and a review/comment section, in which you can give a 1-to-5 star rating yourself, read other people’s opinions, and make your own suggestion or comment.
How To Manage Extensions
The extension manager is located into your settings menu, on right top of Chrome.
There you see all the extensions you installed, which of them are active, and you are able to easily uninstall, disable and update them: there is also a developer mode for custom installing and updating for technical users.
If available, you will also find an option menu button located on the right: here you will be able to customize how each extension behaves, and to set up advanced features that may not be active at the moment of installation.
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Currently only the beta version of Chrome supports the extensions, but I bet that sooner than we expect they will be fully launched and integrated with the browser and, as they start circulating, we will be ready to review the best that come out!