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How to Enable or Disable Extensions on Mac

By Carrie Murray, Wednesday, November 29, 2017

You may install quite a few extensions & plugins on your Mac and even have no ideas what kinds of plugins you have ever downloaded. Now, let's continue to read and you will find out an easy way to enable or disable extensions to customize your Mac. Here we go!

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Extensions on Mac

What Is the Difference Between Extensions, Add-ons, and Plugins?

Some of you may be confused about the difference between extensions, plugins and add-ons. Most people are unable to distinguish certain meanings of those items. Now, let's see what exactly the three items stand for concisely.

Extensions: small software programs that can add extra features on the interface, as well as modify and enhance the functionality of a certain app on your computer. For example, 1Password, Evernote Web Clipper, or Ka-Block are the most common Safari extensions.

Add-ons: a piece of software that can be considered as the same meaning of Extension.

Plugins: a piece of software that adds a specific feature or display additional content to an existing computer program. Not like extensions, plugins won't offer additional menus or install toolbars for the Apps. For example, Adobe Flash Player, the QuickTime Player, and the Java plug-in are the most common browser plug-ins.

How to Enable or Disable Mac Extensions?

MacMaster is a multifunctional tool that will help you check all of the built-in as well as the third-party extensions and plugins on your Mac, and then enable or disable them in one single click. And you should know that the MacMaster software is free to use when you manage the Mac extensions without any limit. But if you want to unlock the other features from this app such as Cleanup, Uninstaller, Duplicate Finder and so on, you are required to pay after the trial version. 

Step 1 Install MacMaster on Your Computer

Download and install MacMaster on your Mac by clicking the following button and then launch it!


Step 2 Scan Extensions on Mac

Go to "Extensions" on the left pane of the program and you can click on the "Scan" button to start scanning process.

Scan Extensions on Mac

Step 3 Preview All Extensions

The program will finish scanning in no time. After that, you will see there are five items displayed on the interface.

  • QuickLook: plug-ins that enable very quick preview of file by pressing Space key while highlighting it. Users don't have to open its associated application.

  • Spotlight: plug-ins that help you quickly locate files on your Mac.

  • Proxy: plug-ins that help to enhance applications' features on your Mac.

  • Login: plug-ins that allow Apps to log in automatically when your Mac starts up.

  • Services: plug-ins that let you borrow features from other programs and quickly preform actions.

Preview All Extensions on Mac

Step 4 Manage Extensions in A Click

If you want to enable or disable a certain extension on you Mac, you should firstly find it out on the interface.

You will see a small button right beside the specific info of each extension. Just click on it and if the button shows in grey, it means that the plug-in has been successfully enabled.

Disable Extensions on Mac

But if the button is in orange, it means that the plug-in is disabled.

Enable Extensions on Mac

Above is the complete guide to classify and preview extensions and then easily enable or disable certain plug-in on your Mac. If you have any problem when using FonePaw MacMaster program, please leave us a message on the comment area!

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