Group Chrome Extensions As Profiles & Switch Between Them With Context

Context extension for Chrome allows you to group extensions under a particular umbrella as per your use. You can group extensions under customizable tags of home, work, games, reading material etc, depending on how you use them. The extension lets you switch between these extension groups, so that you have only the relevant ones enabled. Context adds a small button next to the URL bar, which gives quick access to all extension groups with just one click.  When one group is enabled, the rest of the extensions (associated with other groups) are disabled.

After installing Context, you would be greeted with an Options page. You can enable apps in this page, along with the extensions, by ticking the respective checkboxes. If you check the enable apps support option, you can group the apps under your customized tags as well. This way, you can disable all those apps that you don’t use, for instance, you might not play games or visit social websites that often while at work, but they could be tempting if you see them every time you open a Chrome extension or app for work.

You can get down to creating your own groups of extensions and apps by just clicking the New Context button at the bottom left of the browser. You would be greeted by a small window with a Create new context caption. Type your group’s desired name, and choose an icon that you find relevant to it. Click the Create button to make your first group of extensions.

Context - Options add new group

Once you have created a group, you can drag extensions and apps in it with the cursor, and click the Save button next to the New Context button.

dragging exts

Below is an instance of certain apps disabled under a tag named home, since I had enabled the work tag and the other extension were disabled. You also have an all extensions tag by default in Context.

Install Context Extension for Chrome

[via Lifehacker]

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Kelli Smith
Kelli runs customer support and creates content for Skillcrush, a digital skills training and education platform with friendly instructors, an active student community, and laser focus on helping you achieve your career goals with technology. She has an MBA and successfully ran an international company and her own freelancing business before pursuing her passion for tech by taking advanced web development classes. Kelli loves listening to tech podcasts at 2x speed, looking for cute Corgi photos online and teaching and performing country line dancing—as a true Texan living in Finland would do. Say hi on Twitter.

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