Google Chrome may soon offer a really smart feature for those who use web extensions, namely the ability to disable all these add-ons for any site with a single click.
As a savvy Twitter user tells us (via Advanced MS user (opens in a new tab)), Chrome just got this very convenient addition in Canary (earliest test channel).
In Chrome Canary, it is now possible to disable all extensions at the same time with a single click (you must reload the page for the changes to take effect): it will soon add a dialog asking you to reload the page for the changes to take effect. pic.twitter.com/F2amW13gKBMarch 19, 2023
This feature currently consists of a slider to choose whether extensions are allowed or blocked on a specific site. So, with one click, you can block all extensions, which may allow you to access a troublesome site that would otherwise fail to load due to one of these add-ons.
It’s true that you need to reload the site after choosing to block (or allow) extensions, and Google apparently intends to add a prompt for this (there’s nothing quite like it yet, so it looks like quite early testing).
This means it may be a while before this feature makes it to Google’s version of the browser, but the good news is that at least this ability isn’t hidden behind a flag in Canary (which is while the foundations are still being laid for the test feature) .
We hope that, given the usefulness of this change, it will come to a full incarnation of Chrome without too much anticipation.
Analysis: Hurry up, Google, and run this feature
So what is this about? Well, it’s a really convenient touch when you encounter web page loading issues due to installed extensions. This means that to access a certain site, instead of going in and turning off your pop-up blocker – let’s take the typical example of an extension that can cause problems – and then turning it back on when you’re done browsing that site, all you have to do now is click this one button.
What’s more, you can leave this set for a site to work in the future, while keeping all extensions working elsewhere on the web. Basically, any site you’re having trouble loading can get a pass to disable extensions and avoid problems.
This feature is also very useful in case you encounter a gremlin with a website and you have no idea what is causing it. Could it be one of many extensions? With this slider, you can just disable them all in a split second, reload and find out if that’s the case. Pretty cool.
Right Google – keep bringing this to the stable version of Chrome please. But for now, if you want to use it, you’ll have to run a Canary version of the browser (it’ll probably have a lot of problems elsewhere, unfortunately, so only the brave have to test it).