When was the last time you visited the Chrome Web Store? Did you actually visit the site and browse the site, instead of just downloading the extension you need?
Well, now it might be worth it. Google kept the store oddly old-fashioned for years, but now the company has finally redesigned it to be in line with its Material You design language. The change was announced in September, but it is now available to everyone.
The new store design, which is the place to go to adorn your Chrome browser with new themes and increase its functionality with extensions, is very clean and easy to use. There’s a search box at the top right and a tab that lets you choose between the store’s “Discover” homepage or search for extensions and themes directly.
You can skip the Discover page and go straight to plugins and themes.
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The Discover page shows things like top categories, editors’ picks, choices based on your previous downloads, and currently popular categories like AI-based extensions and dark mode-related add-ons.
You can also filter the different categories by choosing only those presented by Google or those created by established publishers. Extensions can additionally be sorted by most relevant or highest rated (for some reason you can’t sort themes this way).
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By the way, if for some reason you don’t like the new look of the Chrome Web Store, the old version is still available here.