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Why is Chrome suddenly saving images as .webp – it never used to?

I've used Chrome for many years, I have folders with 100's of saved images as .jpeg or .png. But seemingly out of nowhere, just this last week or so, every image I try to right click > save image as… it's only saving as .webp file type.

I do understand that there are third party extensions I can use to circumvent this – but I'd like to know why this is even happening?

When I googled solutions, I see this problem coming up over the years since 2012 or so… but I've used Chrome for a long time and only just had this start happening this month. So what's going on, why the change? Is there a solution outside of using an extension (or different browser…)?

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