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How do I use eyedropper extension in chrome?

The eyedropper is a useful tool in Chrome that allows you to quickly select and copy colors from any webpage. It can be used for a variety of purposes like web design, graphic design, matching colors for documents or presentations, and more. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to use the eyedropper extension in Chrome.

Install the Eyedropper Extension

The eyedropper is not enabled by default in Chrome, so you’ll need to add it as an extension first. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Chrome Web Store and search for “eyedropper”.
  2. Look for the “Eye Dropper” extension and click “Add to Chrome”.
  3. A popup will appear asking you to confirm the add, click “Add Extension”.

That’s it! The eyedropper extension is now installed in Chrome.

Using the Eyedropper

Once installed, you can start using the eyedropper in two different ways:

Method 1: Through the Extensions Menu

  1. Click on the extensions icon in the top right corner of Chrome.
  2. Select the “Eye Dropper” extension from the menu.
  3. Your mouse cursor will now change to an eyedropper icon.
  4. Move your mouse over any color on the webpage that you want to sample.
  5. Click to select the color. A popup will appear showing the hexadecimal code.
  6. Click “Copy” to copy the hex code to your clipboard.
  7. Paste the hex code anywhere you need it – in a document, graphics app, etc.

Method 2: Through the Right-Click Menu

  1. Right-click anywhere on the webpage.
  2. In the context menu, hover over “Eye Dropper” and select “Open Eye Dropper”.
  3. Your mouse cursor will change to the eyedropper icon.
  4. Select any color just like in method 1 above.

The right-click method provides quick access without having to go through the extensions menu each time. You can now easily sample any color while browsing!

Tips for Using the Eyedropper

Here are some tips to use the eyedropper extension more effectively:

  • Zoom in on an area before sampling colors. This helps get more precise colors.
  • Adjust your monitor’s brightness/contrast settings if colors appear different from the webpage.
  • For best results, sample colors from original sources or images rather than compressed JPEGs.
  • If a color contains transparency, the hex code will be in RGBA format instead of HEX.
  • To invert the picked color, hold the Shift key while selecting a color.

Customizing the Eyedropper

You can customize the eyedropper’s behavior by clicking the extension icon > Options:

  • Color format: Choose HEX, RGB, RGBA, etc.
  • Copy on select: Automatically copy colors without having to click Copy.
  • Show details: Display color details like luminance, saturation, etc.

Adjust these settings to optimize the eyedropper workflow for your needs.


Here are solutions for common issues when using the eyedropper extension:

Eyedropper not showing up

  • Refresh the extensions page and make sure it’s enabled.
  • Right-click on a webpage and check if the eyedropper shows up in the menu.
  • Restart Chrome and try again.

Sampled colors appear different

  • Make sure your monitor settings are calibrated properly.
  • Try sampling the color from the original image if possible.
  • Colors may differ slightly across browsers and devices.

Can’t copy hexadecimal values

  • Make sure “Copy on select” is enabled in Options.
  • Manually click Copy in the popup after selecting a color.
  • Hex values don’t copy automatically when sampling colors with transparency (RGBA).

Eyedropper icon missing from extensions menu

  • The icon may have been disabled. Right-click the extensions menu and select “Show in toolbar”.
  • Try restarting Chrome or reinstalling the extension.

If issues persist, check the extension page for bugs or reach out to the developer.

Other Color Picker Extensions

Here are some other color picker extensions you can try:

Extension Features
ColorZilla Advanced color picking, palette creation, pixel zoom
ColorPick Eyedropper Minimal interface, color history, crosshairs for selection
Page Color Analyzer Color scheme visualization, color blindness simulator
ColorTab Automated palette generator, color scheme previews

While the default eyedropper offers basic functionality, these extensions provide more advanced color picking tools and options.


The eyedropper is an indispensable tool for anyone working with color selection and coordination. With this simple Chrome extension, you can quickly grab colors from any webpage or image right within your browser. Install it, customize the settings to your workflow, and streamline the color sampling process.

Some key takeaways from using the eyedropper extension:

  • Install from the Chrome Web Store to add it to Chrome.
  • Use either the extensions menu or right-click menu to activate it.
  • Adjust options like color format and auto-copying.
  • Sample colors precisely after zooming in.
  • Troubleshoot issues like missing icons or color shifts.
  • Try other extensions for more advanced functionality.

With the eyedropper, never struggle to pick web colors again. Copy them instantly as perfect hex codes right from your browser!