A small update

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here, but I am still updating the extension every so often when I spot a bug or when 23andMe change something.

I’ve made some minor changes today to fix some bugs, so the current version is (I missed something in 2.1.6 so…

The previous issues with the Chrome webstore appear to be resolved for good, so the extension should be available from there via the download page for the foreseeable future.

As of today the extension has 1,720 users according to Google, which is more than double the number it had a year ago. If you haven’t already, please rate the extension in the Chrome web store.

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Extension removed from Chrome webstore, again…

Update: the extension is back on the web store for now, so you can install from the download page.

Once again Google have removed 23++ from the Chrome Web Store without offering any explanation.

To install the extension you’ll need to download and install it manually. To do this, follow the instructions in the post I made last time they did this but use this download link to get the latest version.

The current version of Chrome appears to have made this process even more difficult – if, when you do Save link As, Chrome tries to save the file as 23pp-2.1.4.bin, you’ll need to change the extension from .bin to .crx for the rest of the process to work.

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A walk through new 23++ features

I’ve added a bunch of new features recently which are easy to miss if you don’t know they’re there, so I thought I’d better point a few of them out.

Firstly, Enhanced Messaging is now enabled by default. I appreciate that some people can’t use it because they have a slow Internet connection or a lot of messages, so it can be disabled in the extension settings (more on that later).

The home page widget has been revamped slightly to fit into the new 23andMe site:


You can hover over it to see which version of 23++ you have, and also link through to this site to see what the latest updates are.

In the community the extension highlights each post in a thread with alternating colours to make them easier to read.


You can pick your own colours in the extension settings. The line spacing has also been changed to make it more sensible and the font is a little bigger.

You can also change the background colour throughout the 23andMe site, in case you find the bright white a bit much. This feature was inspired by this post on using a Firefox extension to do this. It isn’t enabled by default but it can be enabled in the settings. So this:


Becomes this:


You can pick whatever colour you like for the background in the settings.

And here are the new settings pages that have been added to the extension. These allow you to enable or disable extension features and pick colours for the community posts and site background:



These settings can be accessed from the home page widget and also through Chrome by going into Menu -> Tools -> Extensions and clicking on Options in the 23++ entry.

Those are all the major changes, but there have of course been various other minor or cosmetic changes to improve the overall experience. I have updated the about page to detail all of the features currently in the extension (it had got a bit out of date!).

The current extension version is 2.1.4, which you’ll get automatically if you have the extension installed, if you don’t then you can get it here.

And finally, a few stats. In the 2 years and 4 months since I made the first release of the extension it has acquired 878 active users (as of today, according to Google) and now consists of a massive 1,708 lines of code (which doesn’t include the numerous 3rd party libraries the extension uses, or comments).

If you like the extension please consider rating or reviewing it at the Chrome web store.

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23++ Chrome Extension 2.0.1

Reading the comments in 23andMe’s new navigation feedback thread, one of the main complaints is the readability of the forum. I can fix this!

Forum posts are now in a slightly larger font, have sensible line spacing and an alternating background colour which is easier on the eyes. I’ve also made the posts a little wider and changed various pieces of information that were in 23andMe’s favourite grey-coloured font to black, so you can actually read them.


I am thinking about replacing the 23andMe homepage and/or navigation in a future release, so let me have any suggestions…

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Support for 23andMe’s new website

23andMe have announced that they’re going to launch the new version of their website, which has been in beta for a while, on the evening of Monday 8th April.

Many of you have noticed that the extension doesn’t currently work with the new site and will be pleased to hear that I’ll be pushing a new release to the Chrome webstore on Monday evening. I know it’s frustrating for those of you who have been using the new site for some time, but I can’t make the new release available any sooner since it doesn’t work with the old site which many people are still using.

There are no major changes in this new version, but plenty of bug fixes and optimisations behind-the-scenes. As usual I’ve made various cosmetic changes to the site to make things more readable (so grey text on a white background is mostly banished!). I also added an extra ‘logout’ button to the toolbar at the top of the page as 23andMe have hidden it inside a menu for some reason.

As always, you’ll get the update automatically if you already have the extension installed so you don’t need to do anything. If you don’t currently have the extension installed, the new version will be available to install from the download page from approximately 2200 BST on Monday.

My thanks go to 23andMe for tipping me off about the upcoming changes back in November and giving me access to the beta so I could update the extension ahead of the new site going live.

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