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What Is A Browser Add-On?

Friday, August 31st, 2012 by | Filed Under: I've Always Wanted To Know...

I’ve Always Wanted To Know:
What is a browser Add-On?


Browser Add-Ons (or Extensions) are pieces of software that change the way your browser works or adds additional functionality to your web browser. Add-Ons can be something as common as Adobe Flash Player which allows you to play flash content on the web (movies, animated banners, games) to popular security programs such as NoScript which prevents scripts from being run unless you mark the site as trusted.

What kind of things can an Add-On do?

  • Give you tool-bars to search specific sites
  • Provide news feeds from popular news and blogging sources
  • Change your download manager to easily manage multiple downloads
  • Upload pictures directly to file sharing sites
  • Translate webpages to other languages
  • Manage and sort bookmarks
  • Nearly anything else someone has thought “I wish my browser could…” and spent time developing it.

To look at a list of currently installed Add-On’s for your browser and find new Add-On’s go to:

Internet Explorer:

  • To view installed Add-Ons click the gear icon then click  Manage Add-Ons
  • To browse and download new Add-Ons for Internet Explorer click here.


  • To view installed Add-Ons click the Firefox button then click Add-Ons
  • To browse and download new Add-Ons for Firefox click here.

Google Chrome:

  • To view installed Add-Ons click the wrench icon then Tools than Extensions
  • To browse and download new extensions for Google Chrome click here.

If you are running your web browser without any of these great Add-Ons you are really missing out on some of the great customization and power available to you. Try installing one today.



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2 Responses to “What Is A Browser Add-On?”

  1. Hemachandra says:

    How to get add ons in Opera browser?

  2. Kevin says:

    If your classic menus are displayed (File, Menu, etc.), from the Tools menu, click Extensions. From there, click Get Extensions. If the classic menus aren’t displayed, tap the Alt key and select Extensions from the menu that appears.

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