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Install and use the Whatfix Preview extension in Google Chrome
  • 13 Jun 2024
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Install and use the Whatfix Preview extension in Google Chrome

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Article summary

As per the latest updates to Manifest V3 (MV3), you cannot use the Preview mode to preview Advanced Customization (AC) code changes on Whatfix Studio.

To preview such changes, Whatfix has introduced a Preview extension. This extension enables you to test any AC code used to achieve certain out-of-the-box capabilities. For more information, see Use Preview extension to test Whatfix content.

The Preview extension enables you to test and preview content before it is pushed to Production, while the Production extension is required by end users and content creators to actually view the published content in real time.


Download Preview extension

Download the Preview extension using any of the following methods:

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From June 2024, you can use Whatfix Studio to install the Preview extension.


Install Preview extension

Whatfix Preview extension can be installed in the following ways:

  • PowerShell
  • ZIP

Once you have the Preview extension as shared by the Whatfix support team, use the following instructions to install the extension:

Using PowerShell

The Whatfix Preview extension can be deployed on a computer by using a PowerShell script.

Note

This method is only for Windows users. For mass deployment or macOS, contact support@whatfix.com.

Use the following steps to install the Whatfix Preview extension using PowerShell:

  1. Once you have the PowerShell script, open PowerShell in Administrator mode.
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In case you do not have PowerShell installed on your computer, see Install PowerShell.

  1. Paste the following command in PowerShell:
./Chrome-ExtensionInstall.ps1
  1. Press Enter.

Using ZIP

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Installing Whatfix's Preview extension requires you to enable the Developer mode in your browser. If this is not possible, contact your IT team for assistance.

Use the following steps to install the Whatfix Preview extension using ZIP:

  1. Download the extension ZIP file to your local drive and extract the content.
Note:

It is recommended to use the built-in extraction tool to extract the ZIP file.

  1. On the Google Chrome toolbar, click the more icon.
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  2. Click Extensions.
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  3. Click Manage Extensions.
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  4. Ensure that the Developer mode is enabled.
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  5. Click Load unpacked.
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  6. Upload the extracted extension folder to install the extension. Preview extension extracted folder.png


Use Preview extension

Once you have installed the Preview extension, use it with either Whatfix Studio or as a standalone extension for accounts that have AC code. If the extension is installed successor, you are able to preview your Whatfix content with any additional AC capabilities.

With Studio: The Preview extension works along with Studio's preview mode.
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Ensure that your Studio extension is MV3 compliant.

Without Studio: The Preview extension works as a standalone extension with auto-update and org capabilities.
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  • When you're using the Preview extension without Studio, you cannot disable the Preview mode from the preview marker.
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  • Use the following steps to disable the Preview extension:
    a. Click the Preview extension icon.

    b. Click the Switch-off button to disable the Preview extension.


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