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Google has now added support for extensions to customise the developer preview of its Chrome browser by default.

Prior to yesterday’s switcheroo, developers wishing to tinker with extensions, typically written in CSS, HTML and JavaScript, had to first enable the feature via a command line switch.

Mountain View’s Chrome extensions engineer Aaron Boodman announced the change on the Google Chromium blog on Wednesday.

He said the developer preview of Chrome on Microsoft’s Windows OS now comes loaded with the popular extensions feature by default.

"Removing the [command line] flag is the first step in our launch process, and it means we're ready for a few more people to start using extensions - the kind of adventurous people who populate the dev channel," said Boodman.

He added that the firm was working on getting the extensions enabled on Mac and Linux systems too.

In the meantime, those interested in fiddling with the feature on Windows-based machines might want to take a look at Google’s new Chrome extension documentation.

Boodman also warned Chrome explorers to only install extensions from trusted developers.

“We are working hard towards a release on the Beta Channel. The UI is likely to change as we bring it up to Google Chrome's high standard, and we're still finishing up a few APIs,” he added. ®

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