Plugins Button Update


Plugins Button has been updated to version 4.0

This is major update. The plugins shortcut was rewritten from scratch to make it useful once again.

What's New

As you know some time ago Chrome removed the "Plugins" page (chrome://plugins) and introduced the new "Components" page (chrome://components). But this new page doesn't have the good old "Enable/Disable" features and is, for that reason, close to useless. And the only plugin left which can be controlled (enabled and disabled) seems to be the Adobe Flash plugin. So we changed the button into a menu with quick shortcuts to the new enable/disable pages -- the general "Flash" settings page (to turn on/off Flash for all sites) and site settings button you can allow/block flash and other media for the current site (you can enable not only the flash plugin but many others here, including location service, images, camera, notifications, javascript etc.)

The new menu looks like this:

Images On/Off Screenshot

And we believe it is now much more useful and close to the original idea behind the plugins button (which was to give us quick way to control the plugins). For more detailed info on the new interface -- read below.

Buttons and Features

The "Plugins" extension now comes with a menu. It should be self-evident, but still -- here is what the 3 important buttons are doing:

  • Flash Plugin On/Off -- this will send you to the "hidden" flash settings page (the long way is to go trough Settings -> Advanced -> Content Settings -> Flash). On this page you can turn Flash off at all or allow it, but note that there is no "Allow" option by default, when flash is enabled Chrome will ask you on every site that needs Flash ("Ask..." means "allow" here). This is the new way Chrome works with Flash.

  • Allow / Block -- the second menu item opens the "Site Settings" page where you can enable/disable Flash and many others for the current site (the site opened in the current tab). When you click this button, you will get a list with different options to allow and block:
    • Location
    • Camera
    • Microphone
    • Notifications
    • JavaScript
    • Flash
    • Images
    • Popups
    • Background sync
    • Automatic downloads
    • MIDI devices
    • Unsandboxed plugin access
    Remember that what you set on this page will work for the current domain (site). It's the same as adding the site in the exceptions on the "Content Settings" pages, just quicker.

  • Components List -- this is the new chrome://components page, which just lists the plugins with an option to check for updates.

There are also "Help", "About" and "Options" buttons (the latter two in the bottom-right corner) if you need to read more or to change the extension's settings.

These are all the important changes in this version.

Older News (change log):

What's new in version 3.3

What's new in version 3.2

What's new in version 3.1

What's new in version 3.0 and what happened to the chrome://plugins page?


While we are on it ...

Did you know that we have some other extensions like this Plugins Button? Here are some of them:

Settings Button

Your quicker way to access the Chrome settings



Add Settings Button to your browser and open the settings panel with single click.

Get it on Chrome Web Store »


Downloads Button

The same as the Settings button above, but for the downloads page



Add Downloads Button to your browser and open the downloads with one single click:

Get it on Chrome Web Store »