Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Dealing with Plug-Ins with Chrome

Web 2.0 is made possible by a lot of cool technology, such as HTML, AJAX, Flash, and Java. Chrome is built to handle HTML and AJAX just fine on its own, but Flash and Java require special software to work properly. The plugins are provided by Adobe and Sun, respectively, and here we show you how to get these plug-ins working in a breeze.

Installing plug-ins automatically
When you open a page that requires a plug-in, such as Flash Player, a yellow bar slides in below the toolbar indicating that an additional plug-in is required. Click the Install Plug-In button on the right side of the bar to begin installation. A confirmation window appears. Click the Get Plugin button. The plug-in installer downloads and runs on your computer. You may have to click a few buttons to allow the installer to run. After you run the plug-in installer, return to your Chrome tab and click the Reload button in the toolbar. The page should now show your added features.

Installing plug-ins manually
Some sites won’t allow you to install plug-ins quite as easily as we describe above. You can still get them working, but it may take a few more steps, listed here:

1. Navigate to the plug-in Web site. We list a few essential ones below.

2. Click the button(s) that say Download. You may have to click through a few screens and accept a license agreement.

3. Open the installer by clicking the icon in the Installer Bar at the bottom of your tab. The plug-in installer opens in a new window.

4. Click the Next and Accept buttons to install the plug-in, and then click Finish. The installer closes.

5. Switch back to Chrome and click the Reload button. Your plug-in should load correctly and show your interactive content. In some cases, you may need to close Chrome completely and open a new tab.

Here’s a list of plug-ins we can’t live without and where you can download them:

• Flash: Enables you to watch YouTube videos and play online games. Many Web sites also use Flash for navigation menus and advertisements, as well. Go to to download Flash.

• Adobe Reader: Opens any PDF file you come across. PDF files are digital replicas of paper documents, including manuals and eBooks. Download the reader at

• Java: This is used on shopping sites for 3D product views, for some online games, and other tools. Go to for more info.

• QuickTime: View high definition streaming video and virtual tours. Find it at If you’ve already installed iTunes, you already have QuickTime.

Source of Information : Google Sites and Chrome FOR DUMMIES

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