How to enable plugins in the Google Chrome browser

Updated: 04/01/2018 by Computer Hope

Google Chrome LogoPlugins are a great way to enhance your browsing experience. Whether you'd like to see Flash content or need Microsoft Silverlight, the Google Chrome browser allows you enable these plugins. To enable plugins to Chrome, follow the steps in the sections below.

Enabling plugins in Chrome

If you don't have plugins enabled, you won't be able to install them. To enable plugins, follow these steps.

  1. Open your the Google Chrome Internet browser.
  2. Click on the Google Chrome menu icon icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
  3. From the menu that appears, select Settings.
  4. On the next screen, click Advanced at the bottom of the screen.
  5. Under the Privacy and security section, click the Content settings option.
  6. Find and click the Unsandboxed plugin access option.
  7. For the Ask when a site wants to use a plugin to access your computer option, click the toggle switch to enable it. The toggle switch will change to a blue color when it is enabled.

Note: To disable plugins in Google Chrome, in step 7 above, click the toggle switch so that it turns gray, which indicates it is disabled.

Installing plugins

From now on, when you visit a page that requires a plugin, you'll receive a prompt asking your permission. Once you agree, the plugin will download and install automatically, or you'll be taken to a download page that does the same thing.