On The Chromebook: Chrome Extensions Management

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Google Apps are standalone programs that can run on their own and can be accessed from the Launcher tool on the Chromebook. Chrome Extensions are add-ons that work exclusively inside of the Google Chrome app.

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1. Extensions are accessed from the top of the Chrome app window and to the right of the URL address bar.

  • Drag extensions to arrange them in any order you prefer.
  • If you need to make room to access more extensions, then place your cursor on the edge of the URL address bar, then drag to your left to shorten the bar and make more room for extensions.

2. To manage your Chrome extensions, use the “3 Oreos” button located in the top-right corner of the browser window to activate a drop-down menu, then click on ‘More tools’ -> ‘Extensions’ or type the following into the URL address bar: chrome://extensionsScreen Shot 2017-01-17 at 8.05.25 AM.png

  • Extensions are listed in alphabetical order
  • Clicking on ‘Details’ will display a pop-up window with info. about the Extension including overview, version, and what permissions it has to your account information. From here you can also access the Extension listing in the Chrome Web Store.
  • Some Extensions will show an ‘Options’ link to a window with additional customization and settings options.
  • Some Extensions can be disabled by removing the checkmark from the ‘Enabled’ box. Some Extensions cannot be disabled due to settings configured by the Google Admin.
  • Some Extensions can be removed entirely by clicking on the Trashcan icon to the right of the extension entry. If there is a pair of buildings icon instead of the trashcan for an extension, then this means it was installed by the Google Admin and cannot be removed.

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3. You can add additional Extensions to your Chrome app from the Chrome Web Store (Note: there is an app for that in the All Apps menu).

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4. Click on the ‘Extensions’ category or use the Search field if you already have an extension in mind.Screen Shot 2017-01-17 at 8.05.52 AM.png

5. Extensions with a green ribbon in the top-left corner of their icon have already been added to your account; those without a ribbon have not been added and are not yet available for use.

6. Google Admins may restrict access to the Chrome Web Store for specific groups of users. For example, in my organization staff may add any extension to their Chrome web browser, but students may only add extensions that have been pre-approved. If there is an extension that a teacher feels would be of an educational benefit to students then they may submit a request to open up access to the extension.

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