Beginner Guide For Greasemonkey Scripts in Google Chrome

In this article we will discuss how to use the Greasemonkey scripts to make user specific changes in your favorite websites. Using the Google Chrome will help you customize the websites in just three simple steps.

What is Greasemonkey?

Greasemonkey is a very popular feature of the Firefox. Many people are not very happy to forgo this feature when they make the switch to Google Chrome. This problem has been solved since Chrome now provides platform to specific user scripts.

However, to use the Greasemonkey feature on Google Chrome one doesn’t require any additional installations. Chrome approaches every user script as an individual additional feature. This makes it easier to maintain and delete them when required.

But How Does Google Chrome Handle The Greasemonkey Feature?

To begin using the Greasemonkey script in Google Chrome you will have to first install it. The user scripts can be downloaded directly from the internet. There are many options available over the net. Once you find the script that is relevant to you, download it by clicking on the INSTALL box.

However, to use the Greasemonkey feature in Google Chrome you don’t have to download the extension as well; unlike in Firefox. Greasemonkey scripts are equivalent to extensions in Chrome.

Selecting the CONTINUE button will help you download the user script as well. After the download is complete, click on INSTALL. This will install the script on your system.

A tooltip will appear which will give you the indication that the installation of Greasemonkey script is now complete.
After the installation, every time you visit your favorite website you will find it customized to suit your preferences. However, keep in mind that if a site has been recently revamped, the older script will not work on it.

Hence, before you install a script you will have to keep into consideration the date of upload as well as any latest comments on the script. This will help avoid any technical glitches later on.


How to Install User Scripts Manually?

Many times users prefer writing their own user scripts. Some people also like to install scripts that they have the codes for. Both types of scripts can be easily installed on Google Chrome. If you have the code for the script, first paste it on a Notepad. Save the script by giving it file extension .user.js.

Open Chrome window once the script is saved in the file extension format. Drag the file using the mouse cursor and leave it in the opened Chrome window. This action will give you installation prompts. Follow the prompts to install the new script in your Chrome account.

How to Remove User Scripts?

It is as easy to remove new scripting styles as it is to install them. To remove any particular Greasemonkey file go to the gear button given on the top left of the Google Chrome page. Now click on EXTENSIONS. You will find all scripts listed under EXTENSIONS.

Simply right click on any particular extension. You will receive a dropdown box with the UNINSTALL as one of the options. Click on it to remove the script.

You also have the option of invalidating the script by clicking on DISABLE instead of UNINSTALL. Disabling the script lets you keep it for future use and saves you the times of installing the script again.