I often find myself having to do a lot of editing of both video and screenshots when using the Azure Portal and I wanted to write a short blog post about this very handy extension I’ve been using recently. The Azure Mask Extension is an open source tool written by Brian Clark, it works by masking sensitive data as you navigate the Azure Portal which is helpful for presentations, screen sharing, and content creation. Take a look below at how to install and use it.
First, browse the extension settings in your chromium-based browser. Due to naming issues, the extension had to be renamed and has been “pending review” for over a year now (3/16/21) as noted by the Github repo. In light of this, the extension can’t currently be installed from the store, and must be manually loaded. Once you’re on this screen, you’ll need to toggle “Developer Mode” once you download the extension from the Github repo use the “Load Unpacked” button to upload the extension file.
Once the extension is installed, you will see it show up on the extensions setting screen. You will then click the Azure Mask extension button in the task bar and move the slider to “Toggle All Masks”.
Next, head over to the Azure Portal and check out the masking features of this extension!
Short and sweet blog post, but this extension has saved me a lot of time when sharing my screen, presenting at conferences, recording video, and taking screenshots for blogs. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future blog posts please feel free to comment blow, or reach out on LinkedIn or Twitter. I hope I’ve made your day a little bit easier!