Chrome extensions are the new normal for users.
The extensions that can be installed on Chrome’s operating system now include one that lets users add a new smiley face, one that makes the browser’s keyboard more efficient, one to turn off popups, and others that let you take screenshots and annotate videos.
In the past, extensions had to be installed separately for every browser.
Now, with extensions available for both Firefox and Chrome, users can install them all in one browser without having to install each separately.
“With this new update, users now have access to all the latest Chrome extensions at their fingertips,” Chrome’s Chrome Extension Manager blog post notes.
“This includes: A smiley extension for Chrome.
A keyboard extension for Firefox.
An accessibility extension for Safari.
And a browser extension for Android.”
Users can also install and update the extensions themselves by signing up for a new Chrome account.
Chrome’s extension manager lets users install new extensions on the fly, but that can quickly become a chore.
For example, users of Chrome for Android need to sign up for an account to install the extension for that device, and they’re also required to install all the other extensions for the Chrome app.
Chrome also lets users download extensions, but the process is much faster.
When an extension is installed, the browser automatically loads the latest version of the extension and lets users switch back to the old version as they navigate.
The extension manager also lets Chrome users uninstall extensions and delete them.
The most recent version of Chrome’s extensions are listed in the Extensions tab, and users can access the Extensions section of the Chrome Web Store to view which extensions are currently installed.
Chrome Extensions are available for download on both the Firefox and Google Chrome Web browsers.
In addition to Chrome, the extension manager now offers extensions for other popular browsers: Safari, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Webkit.
In case you’re interested in learning more about extensions, Chrome Extensions offers a quick guide to getting started.