Free Google URL Shortener Chrome Extension

If you ever need to install a Chrome extension manually, fear not – the process is relatively straightforward. Follow these simple steps, and your desired extension will be up and running quickly.

Step 1: Download the Extension:

The initial step is to obtain the desired extension. Extensions are typically packaged as either zip or rar files. It is unnecessary to perform any extraction process for files with the .crx extension, as this format contains all the necessary data for Chrome extensions.

Step 2: Extract and Organize Files:

In the event that the extension is provided in a zip/rar file, it is necessary to extract its contents into a dedicated folder. It is important to note that Chrome requires continuous access to these files in order for the extension to function correctly.

It is therefore advisable to refrain from leaving the files on the desktop or in temporary download folders, as accidental deletion or tidying up might occur.

Chrome Extensions

Step 3: Navigate to Chrome Extensions Page:

To access the extensions page, open your Chrome browser and type chrome://extensions/ in the address bar.

Chrome Extensions Page

Step 4: Drag and Drop the Extension:

Now, drag and drop the extension’s folder or ‘.crx’ file from your file manager onto the extensions page in Chrome. If it’s a ‘.crx’ file, you might be prompted to review its permissions before adding the extension.

Step 5: Finalize the Installation:

Congratulations! The extension is now installed and ready to be used. You can manage it like any other extension, and its icon will appear in the Chrome Menu (if applicable) to the right of the address bar.

Step 6: Dealing with Developer Mode Notice:

When you restart Chrome, you might receive a notice about the security risks of developer mode. To keep the extensions enabled, simply click “Cancel” when prompted.

Although this seems like a nuisance, it’s just one click and ensures the smooth functioning of your installed extensions.

Disable Developer Mode