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The Custom Chrome extension allows you to easily manage your browser extensions

Extensions are great add ons for improving your browser. However it is easy to accumulate too many, which means it is hard to remember what you have and what they are good for. Enter Custom Chrome with four reasons why it is so useful:

1. It has a clean, simple interface making it easy to use

2. You can access it via a keyboard shortcut, to quickly enable it

Tip: If you copy chrome://extensions/shortcuts into the address bar, then you can enable keyboard shortcuts for all of your currently active extensions if they support this feature. Click on the pencil icon to edit and then type your desired shortcut (I use Alt c). 

3. Extension groups can be created. So for example you might create a group for shopping. To create a group, activate the extension (preferably via your keyboard shortcut 😇), click on the options cog near the top right, click Create Group, name it, and then tick all the extensions that you want to include in this group. Now retail therapy calls, activate the extension and then click on your Shopping group. Note that this won't replace your currently active extensions; instead it just adds your shopping extensions. Similarly they can easily be removed by again clicking on the Shopping group, leaving just your usual extensions. 

Tip: If you have not pinned an extension it won't be visible in the extensions area, and instead be hidden in the funny jigsaw piece icon at the top right of Chrome. To pin an extension, just click on the jigsaw piece icon, and then click on the pin icon to change it to blue.

4. Custom Chrome has a nice search function which allows you to easily find extensions. Combined with the keyboard shortcut, this allows you to quickly toggle extensions on or off. Very handy 👌