From a noun to a verb, Google has become a core part of our daily lives, something we almost can’t do without. The company has dominated nearly everything from search to OS and keeps seeking growth opportunities.
To enhance web surfing experience, Google went on to create Google Chrome, which has become one of the fastest, safest, and overall best web browsers out there, with a controlling market share.
While browsing the internet, users download files, stream videos, take screenshots, make notes, and perform a host of other activities online.
Extensions are basically software or programs designed to enhance such browsing experiences. It’s like having all the different software you need in one browser; or better yet, making your browser compatible with everyday applications in an all-in-one fashion.
Some extensions help you block unwanted/unsolicited ads, download files, correct grammar, take screenshots, record audio, and video, etc.
According to Google, Google Chrome extensions are smaller software programs that are designed to customize the user’s browsing experience. They allow users to tinker with and tailor Chrome functionality and behavior to taste.
Google Chrome extensions aren’t the only ones out there.
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Other Popular Browsers Featuring Extensions include-
The Edge browser was developed by Microsoft and has undergone several upgrades over the years. Recently, a new version was released for Windows 10 and Mac. It is a proprietary software built using C++ and C# programming languages. It works across all devices and syncs passwords, favorites, and settings.
Mozilla Firefox is another user-friendly browser, perhaps second in line to Chrome.
The major focus of the company is protecting user data and privacy, hence, their extensions are more geared towards protecting online surfers.
Chrome is one of many Google products designed to deliver stellar browsing experience. Chrome extensions are designed to increase productivity and improve user experience.
Google Chrome extensions like Google Office, Docs, Slides, Sheets, etc, can help to greatly improve your productivity. Chrome also supports third-party browser extensions, allowing users access to essential applications.
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Some of The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Google Chrome Extensions (and Their Answers)
#1. What is a Google Chrome Extension?
These are applications that tailor and enhance the user experience, integrate third-party websites/services and customize functionality that runs inside the Chrome browser. Google Chrome extensions can be found in the Chrome Webstore.
#2. Where can I find my extensions on Chrome?
If you have extensions already installed, you can access them by clicking on the menu at the top right-hand side of your browser. Scroll down and hover your mouse icon over “More tools”. A drop-down menu will appear, there you will find all the extensions you have installed on your browser.
#3. How can I set up a Chrome extension?
if you are using a version of Chrome that supports extensions, you have everything you need. In most cases where an extension is available, Google Chrome will prompt you and guide you on how to install or set up that extension. For a complete guide, see getting started on Chrome.
#4. Are Chrome extensions compatible with all websites?
#5. Can Extensions use 3rd Party Websites?
Yes. They are capable of such
#6. Can two extensions communicate with each other?
Yes. Extensions can pass messages to other extensions.
#7. Can extensions use Google Analytics?
Since extensions are just like websites, they have the capacity to use Google analytics for tracking usage.
#8. Do extensions modify Chrome?
No. Extensions are not designed that way.
#9. Is it possible for extensions to open a browser page without my permission?
No, browser pages can only be opened by user actions.
#10. Are Google Chrome extensions compatible with android devices?
As a result of recent upgrades, you can now enjoy chrome extensions on your tablets and android devices.
#11. Does Chrome get extensions from the internet every time I load my browser?
This can happen when you have the extension installed and there’s an upgrade available. Chrome automatically downloads in the background.
#12. Do extensions make a cross-domain request?
The answer is yes. They can make cross-domain requests.
#12. Are extensions able to decode/encode JSON data?
#13. Can extensions locally store data?
Extensions are able to store data permanently using local storage. This is made possible as a result of Chrome’s built-in JSON functionality.
#14. Are extensions compatible with OAuth?
That is a yes. Some extensions use OAuth to access remote data APIs.
#15. Can extensions create the user interface apart from the loaded web page?
Extensions you have downloaded and installed can sometimes add buttons to your browser user interface. They are also capable of creating notifications outside of the browser.
#16. Do extensions leave popups open after users click away?
The answer is no. This is because popups close automatically when users focus on other parts of the browser outside the popups.
#17. How much data does an extension store in local storage?
They are able to store up to 5MB of data in localStorage
#18. What debugging tool is available to me as an extension developer?
Chrome has a built-in developer tool that can be used to debug extensions or web pages.
#19. How can I build a user interface for my extension?
Extensions use simple HTML, and CSS to define their user interface, so you can build using these as you would a web page.
#20. Can extensions be notified when they are uninstalled?
Simply put, there are no events when an extension is uninstalled.
In conclusion, extensions are simply there to help you tailor your internet user experience and browsing functionality.