Getting Extensions to Work in Google Chrome (Windows Edition)

If you’ve been using Google Chrome a good long while now but chose not to dive into the dev channel as soon as extensions became available, you may be jumping on the new betas that Google has released for Windows and Linux. Eager to get some ad-blocking, I downloaded the beta, installed it and went to the extensions gallery, ready for some fun. I picked out an extension, hit that big blue “Install” button…

…and Chrome asked me where to download the .crx file.

Some posts I found suggested that dragging the downloaded .crx file into Chrome would install the extension, but, for me, that simply re-downloaded the file I already had. (Why would you ever want to re-download a file you just dropped into the browser? That makes no sense to me.)

But I’ve found a way to have my cake and eat it, too! First, close Chrome and go to the user application data folder. In Vista or Windows 7, the default location is:

C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\

Rename the Default folder; I chose to add “(backup)” to the name. Now reopen Chrome. This will create a new Default folder. Now you can install extensions from the gallery and Chrome should interpret the .crx correctly.

Next we want to restore all your personalizations–bookmarks, history, etc. To do this, return to your backup folder and copy its contents–except for the Preferences file–and paste them into the new Default folder. For whatever reason, copying the Preferencesевтини мебели file will cause Chrome to no longer display your installed extensions–or at least it did for me. In my case that really just meant redefining the Downloads location, but your mileage may vary.

Here’s hoping that helps some poor frustrated person who just wants their extensions to work! I’m still struggling with the same problem under Linux–making Chrome create a new user profile hasn’t worked for me there–but, if I find a solution, I will share it.

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