Control Your Extensions…

I love the “Power” extensions and add-ons provide to a browser. Extensions provide a quick way to access helpful pieces of programs. A perfect example of a useful extension is “Save to Drive” this allows the user to save images of websites directly to the “Web Browser” Version of Google Drive. This is a helpful tool for students and researchers to use especially if they have limited internet connections because it allows them to save websites as images. Unfortunately sometimes third-party extensions can cause glitches to happen when interacting with other extensions and programs on the device. This is why I like using the Chrome Browser because it makes it easy to “Control Extensions”.

How to Control Chrome Extensions

It is easy to access Extensions from within the settings area of the Chrome Browser. This will allow you turn the extensions on and off as needed. I like leaving most of my extensions off except a few which might be used on a regular basis. When glitches occur it I can turn off the extensions one at a time to figure out which one has gone erratic.

Just follow these simple steps to turn extensions on and off:

  1. Click the Chrome Browser’s Settings 
  2. Scroll Down to More Tools
  3. Click Extensions
  4. Scroll Down List of Extensions
    • Check “Enable” to Turn On
    • Uncheck “Enable” to Turn Off
    • Click “Trash Can” to Uninstall

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NOTE: When the Extensions appear grayed out it is due to being disabled.

It is really easy to maintain and control ones extension through the Chrome Browser. This will help with preventing some of those unexpended glitches such as:

  • My page doesn’t load
  • I can’t see the button to…
  • Nothing works when I click…

Sure hope this helps you resolve some of those unexpected future glitches.

Can’t Edit My Doc! What do I do???

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Matthew Inman  CC BY 3.0

Teaching basic self-help computer strategies should be just as important as learning to  use digital tools for creating and collaborating. Just think how much time could be saved if one knew some basic tips. I bet there are a lot of times when a simple fix could save stress and time for teachers and students.

Basic Troubleshooting Strategies

  1. Open the Internet Browser

  2. Try Clearing the Internet Browsers cookies and cache

  3. Next try to use the Browser in Incognito or private window

  4. If Private mode works then try:

  5. Disabling  extensionsadd-onsplug-ins

When all else fails: Try a different browser to see if it is a browser related issue