SimpleExtManager: A Quick Extension Manager For Google Chrome

Israel Nicolas 04-02-2013

Browser extensions have greatly enhanced our online computing experience. The poster child of browsers, Google Chrome, has an extensive gallery of extensions with indispensable usefulness that has made an operating system such as Chrome OS possible. Some of the best browser extensions have even equaled standalone apps in the things that they can do.


But if you look at these extensions as apps, and the browser as the operating system, you will quickly find how lacking Google Chrome’s extension manager is.

extension manager for chrome

SimpleExtManager is a Chrome extension for your Chrome extensions. Call it meta if you want, but once installed, you use this to easily enable or disable your installed extensions. It also allows you to remove or uninstall extensions in a click, and even group extensions and then turn them on or off at the same time.

SimpleExtManager manages your extensions from the browser toolbar. Click on the icon to bring up a list of all your extensions, and then click each item to disable extensions, uninstall, or fiddle with specific extension settings. The toolbar view also has a separate grouping for Chrome apps, and themes, which is handy if you want to switch the look of your browser on the fly.

Creating group extensions allows you to enable or disable pre-selected extensions. A good use case would be having separate groups for “work” and “play”. This way, you can easily activate your “work” group when you need to be productive, then switch over to the “play” group during your downtime. This organizes your extensions to make your browser transform the way you want it to be.



SimpleExtManager is a handy app for power users who live in the browser, and if you are using Chrome OS, this will make your system much more robust.


  • Extensions manager for your Google Chrome installation.
  • Quick disable/enable or uninstall extensions in a click.
  • Group extension that you want to disable/enable at the same time.
  • Quick view for extension-specific settings.
  • Similar Tools: Google Chrome Extension Manager, Tabs Outliner, and Context Context: Sort & Manage Chrome Extensions Into Groups Read More

Check out SimpleExtManager @ Chrome Web Store

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  1. Keith Swartz
    February 7, 2013 at 3:21 am

    Now this is one that I MUST get for my Chrome! Thank-You very much.

  2. Srivatsan Venkatesh
    February 5, 2013 at 3:06 am

    I'm not sure if you guys showed this off or not, but I use a similar extension called "Context" which lets you set extensions into groups and lets you switch between them by clicking on the icon on the bar.

    I think you can set the default group to start on during launch, and it autodetects when you install a new extension and asks you which group to add it to (if any).