How to Disable Extensions and Plug-ins in Google Chrome

screen shot of plug-ins

Jon Fisher

 

Google Chrome can run small programs called extensions that provide extra functions to the default browser. While the user often installs these programs, software on your computer can install them, too.

To disable a Chrome extension, you need to access the browser's Extensions page. There are two easy ways to get there.

Google Chrome also uses plug-ins that allow it to process web content like Flash. You can turn off a plug-in if you don't want websites to be able to access it. The option is in Chrome's settings.

Instructions for Disabling Chrome Extensions

You have a few options for accessing the extensions in Chrome, but the easiest is through the menu.

Screenshot showing how to get to the Chrome extensions through the menu
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Click the three-dotted menu on the upper right-hand side of Chrome, and then go to More tools > Extensions.

The other way to open Chrome extensions is to enter this URL into the address bar: chrome://extensions/. It takes you to the exact same place the menu method does.

Screenshot showing how to disable a Chrome extension
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On this page is a list of all the extensions installed on Chrome. Enabled ones have a blue button on the bottom right of the extension block, and disabled ones are gray.

To disable an extension, click the blue slider button so that it turns to gray. You can enable Chrome extensions just as easily by clicking the gray button.

Instructions for Disabling Plug-ins in Chrome

You can open Chrome's plug-in settings via the settings.

  1. Click the Chrome menu on the upper right-hand side of the browser.

  2. Click Settings.

  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Advanced.

  4. Select Content settings.

  5. Click the plug-in you want to turn off, such as Flash.

    Screenshot of Chrome's content settings
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  6. Click the toggle button to enable or disable the plug-in.

    Screenshot showing how to disable Flash in Chrome
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You used to be able to access Chrome plug-ins from the chrome:\\plugins URL, but modern versions of Chrome no longer work that way.