How to Disable Extensions and Plug-ins in Google Chrome

Here you can learn how to turn off Chrome extensions and plug-ins

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Apps and extensions add features to Chrome. Plug-ins work with page scripts and programs on a computer to access elements on the web. For example, the Flash plug-in must be enabled for Chrome to process Flash content. An extension such as Wikibuy, on the other hand, analyzes and reapplies data found through the web. Here's how to disable extensions and plug-ins that you don't want to use with Chrome.

How to Disable Chrome Extensions

The easiest way to access the extensions settings is through the menu.

  1. Select the three-dotted menu (located on the upper-right side of Chrome).

  2. Select More Tools and choose Extensions. Or, in the address bar, type chrome://extensions/ and press Enter.

    Screenshot showing how to get to the Chrome extensions through the menu

    An alternative way to access the extensions settings on a Mac is to go to the menu bar, select Chrome > Preferences, then, in the Chrome Settings menu, select Extensions.

  3. The Extensions page lists the extensions installed on Chrome, and a blue or gray toggle switch indicates whether or not the extension is enabled. To disable an extension, click the blue slider button so that it turns to gray. To enable an extension, click the gray button so that it turns blue.

    Screenshot showing how to disable a Chrome extension

How to Disable Chrome Plug-ins

Open the Chrome plug-in settings through the Settings menu.

  1. Open Chrome and select the three-dotted icon.

  2. Select Settings.

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

  4. Select Site Settings.

  5. In the list of plug-ins and site permissions, select the plug-in, such as Flash, that you want to disable.

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

    Screenshot showing how to disable Flash in Chrome