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Confused by Chrome? This is how to uninstall unused Chrome extensions

How to uninstall Chrome extensions
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Extensions can add a lot to the Chrome browser’s capabilities, letting you do everything from saving passwords to blocking ads. But if you grow out of needing them, or feel like there are a few too many, you need to know how to uninstall Chrome extensions. Fortunately, the process is as simple as installing them, and we’ll walk you through it, step by step.

There are a couple of different methods you can use when it comes to uninstalling extensions. Although the second one is more comprehensive, the first should work in the majority of cases and since it’s easier, that’s where we’ll start.

If you want to learn how to change Chrome’s language, we have a guide for that, too.

Uninstalling through Chrome

The quickest and easiest method to uninstall an extension is to go through Chrome’s extension manager. There you’ll be able to disable or entirely delete each extension through a single click of the mouse.

Step 1: Open the Chrome browser and click the three-dot menu in the top right-hand corner.

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Step 2: Click “More tools,” and then “Extensions” in the resulting menu.

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Step 3: The Extensions page shows you all of the extensions you currently have installed. You can disable any you just want to turn off by unticking the relevant box. Alternatively, if you want to remove the extension entirely, click the small trash can symbol.

When asked if you want to remove the extensions, click the blue “Remove” button.

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Step 4: Restart Chrome and any extensions your disabled or removed will no longer be active.

Uninstalling through Windows folders

If for whatever reason the extension you want to uninstall isn’t found on the official list within Chrome, or you’d rather do things manually, you can also delete the extension yourself in its Windows folder. It’s a little more complicated and hands-on than the above method, but it’s still relatively quick.

Step 1: Close down all Chrome windows.

Step 2: Navigate to Chrome’s install location. For those running Windows 7 or later, that should be: “C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default.”

Note: “Username” in the above address is your specific Windows account name.

Step 3: Open the “Extensions” folder.

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Step 4: All of the folders within the “Extensions” folder represent individual extensions. Their names are hard to decipher, so to figure out which is which, you’ll need to open each folder up and then open the resulting version number folder. Images or file names within should give you an idea about which folder represents which extension.

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In this case, this folder is for the Videostream extension.

Step 5: Find the extension you want to uninstall and simply delete the folder. To do so, either left-click the folder to select it and press the “delete” key on your keyboard, or right-click it and select “delete” from the resulting menu.

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Step 6: Once finished deleting extensions, open Google Chrome and your extension list should be more to your liking.

Now that Chrome has all of the function you want, how about tweaking its style to fit your tastes, too?

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