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Google Chrome - Extensions that Change your Settings

For Google Chrome users there are a number of extensions that are available to make your browsing experience more unique as well as being used as assistive tools for tasks.

This article applies to Chrome for Windows and Mac only.

With your permission, some extensions that you install from the Chrome Web Store can make changes to your Chrome settings to enhance your browsing experience and make using the extension easier. These extensions can change settings such as your homepage, new tab page, search engine, or start page.

Tip: Before you install an extension, check which Chrome settings the extension changes.

Change your settings back to normal

If you don't want your settings changed by an extension you have to uninstall or disable the extension. You can't use the extension without letting it change your settings.

When you remove the extension your settings will go back to the state they were before you installed that extension.

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. On the browser toolbar, click More More .
  3. Click More Tools and then Extensions.
  4. Next to the extension you want to remove, click Remove Remove an extension from Chrome.
  5. In the box that appears, click Remove.

See the settings that an extension changed

You can see the settings that have been changed by an extension by going to your Chrome Settings. In the Chrome Settings menu, you'll see a box around each setting that has been changed and the name of the extension that is controlling that setting.

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. On the browser toolbar, click More More .
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Look for a rectangular box that says "An extension, [extension name], is controlling this setting."
*This article's content was directly sourced from the Google Support website. 

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Keywords:google chrome extension change setting tool windows mac remove add   Doc ID:79923
Owner:John B.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2018-02-06 11:01 MDTUpdated:2019-04-18 08:42 MDT
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