Chrome is capturing the Web Browser market at a very high rate. Only after 2 years of its release, near to One-fourth i.e. 25% of people have started using it (even more among TechSplurge readers – 40%). Personally, it is my primary browser and I love it because of its simplicity with its customizability.
So in this post, I’m featuring some extensions that I use and make my online experience better & a lot easier. So I think you should have them too:
1. Minimalistic Gmail
Minimalistic Gmail is a personalized solution for those who are tired of useless and distracting elements in the Gmail interface. It strips down all the clutter which you can control – remove as much or as little as you want and also adds functionality if you so choose.
Its options panel often freezes for a while, but as for the rest, this is an awesome extension.
Download: Minimalistic Gmail
2. Gmail Notifier
Displays the number of unread messages in your Google Mail inbox and shows (desktop) notifications for new messages with a notification sound.
You might also like the have a look at Google Mail Checker which displays total unread messages as an icon in the address toolbar
Download: Google Notifier
3. FeedSquares – Supercharge your Google Reader
FeedSquares is one of the best extension available right now and my favorite too. It removes all the Crap and provides a cool, entertaining way to read your favorite feeds.
- Keyboard shortcuts
- Show your Google Reader feeds in a beautiful feed wall
- Feed posts with image previews
- Synchronize read status/stars/tags with Google Reader
- Easily share articles to Google Buzz, Twitter and Facebook
- Auto-update your feeds in background
- Accompanying Android version available.
4. Remember The Milk for Gmail
Remember the Milk is a great extension for managing your tasks in Gmail (complete, postpone, and edit tasks). You can easily Add new tasks and connect them with your emails, contacts, and Google Calendar events.
It also supports automatic adding of tasks for starred messages or specific labels. Note that it requires a Remember The Milk account (free).
Download: Remember the Milk
5. Squawk, a Gtalk Clinet
Squawk is a quick and easy way to exchange messages with your Gtalk friends. A great Gtalk client for Chrome, this extension cum messenger has a great interface. The extension’s icon lets us quickly pop out the chat window. Through the built-in Message Counter feature, we are instantly notified whenever a Gtalk friend sends us a message. In addition to those features, Squawk supports voice chat, making it more than an instant messaging client. Gtalk users who want to stay connected to their friends within their browser will find Squawk very useful.
Download: Squawk Extension
Social Networking and Fun
Facebook for Google Chrome is a handy extension that pulls your Facebook live feed, wall, notifications and do some regular stuff like updating your status directly from your browser.
Download: Facebook Extension
2. Share on Twitter
This is a must for Twitter Addicts. With this extension, you can share a website on Twitter in the easiest way.
Simply click the button on the Address bar Toolbar, and a new tab opens with a tweet box pre-populated with the URL you were at (shortened by http://bit.ly) and the page’s title.
PanicButton makes it easier for you to hide all of your tabs at once just by clicking on a button, prefect for NSFW lovers. They are then saved as bookmarks in a separate folder. After that the PanicButton turns green and shows you how many tabs are currently hidden. Another click on the PanicButton restores all of the tabs you have hidden earlier, with support for password lock.
You can also switch using its keyboard shortcut – F12 (currently, https is not supported)
Download: Panic Button
4. Turn Off the Lights
Turn off the lights transforms your browser into a Movie Theatre. With one click on the lamp button, the page will be fading to dark. And automatic focus to the video. Click again, the page will return back as normal. It Supports several video and image sharing websites such as Youtube, Google Images, Picasa and more with HTML5 Support.
Download: Turn Off the Lights
5. Youtube Downloader
The title explains it all, youtube downloader extension adds a small “Download” button to video pages with option for multiple video formats like 240p, 720p, 1080p etc. It is good for those who prefer to view videos on their PC later instead of watching it online.
There’s no way I could miss this extension as this list is incomplete without it. Get it here:
Download: Youtube Downloader
6. Instant Messaging Notifier (imo)
imo.im is a web-based (free) service that allows users to hold text, voice, and video chats on multiple instant messaging protocols. Currently supported protocols include AIM, Facebook, Google Talk, ICQ, MSN, MySpace, Skype, and Yahoo Messenger.
Its imo extension gives sound alerts, displays desktop notifications and the number of unread messages when you are signed into imo.im.
Download: Instant Messaging Notifier
1. Xmarks Bookmark Sync for Google Chrome
Xmarks brings cloud based bookmark sync to your browser. As the name suggests, Xmarks is cross-platform and cross-browser meaning that all your favorite bookmarks stay in sync on all the browsers you have on all the operating systems and computers you use.
Download: Xmarks Bookmark Sync
2. Web Clipboard (by Google)
This extension will allow you to use the Google Web Clipboard to store text and HTML content.
It uses Google Docs web clipboard, so you can access all your data directly in any Google Apps!
The new version uses the ability to add customize items on the right click menus.
To copy something, select it on the page, right click on it and select “Copy selection to web clipboard“.
To paste an item, select the field to the content to on your webpage, right click on it and select the item you want to be append to the field.
Download: Web Clipboard
3. Screen Capture
Screen Capture is an extension, by Google, which is an easy to use this extension to capture visible content of a tab, a region of a web page, or the whole page as a PNG image. You can also edit your captured image before saving it as a PNG image. Highlighting, redacting and adding text are supported.
Download: Screen Capture
iReader is like Safari Reader for Google Chrome, it allows you to view news stories and other articles in a single clutter-free page by stripping out the ads and extraneous layout and displays the article in a very easy to read, scrollable display.
When you come to a web page that is identified as an article, iReader icon will appear on omnibox. When clicked on, iReader will appear.
5. FreshStart – Cross Browser Session Manager
Manage your browsing session easily with FreshStart! If you have different sets of websites that matter to you at work, at home or at different times, or if you have multiple users on your Chrome, you should give this a try! It packs several Features like:
- Save all open tabs to a new session, or hand select what to be saved.
- Sessions are saved in the “FreshStart Sessions” folder in bookmarks, allowing you to synchronize it with other computers.
- Crash recovery – autosave your windows every few minutes
- Restore a session in a new window, or merge it with the current window by ctrl-click (Windows, Linux) or cmd-click (Mac).
- Session editing and easily merge new tabs into existing sessions
6. TinEye Reverse Image Search
TinEye is an image search engine (with over 1,823,535,745 indexed, woah!) on the web to use image identification technology rather than keywords, metadata or watermarks. Simply right-click on an image, choose “Search Image on Tineye” and it will come up with matching images. It’s a very handy extension which I often use to find wallpapers.
Download: Tineye Extension
1. Proxy Switchy
Proxy Switchy! is an advanced proxy manager for Google Chrome, it allows users to manage and switch between multiple proxy profiles quickly. It supports several features such as:
- URL based switch rules.
- Supports Socks v4 and v5.
- Change LAN and VPN/Dial-up proxy settings.
- Quickly add rules for currently active websites.
- Quick proxy switch between two profiles or cycle all profiles.
- Online rule list support (AutoProxy compatible).
- Backup/Restore options.
- Proxy change monitoring.
Download: Proxy Switchy
2. Chrome SEO
The Google Chrome SEO Extension provides easy access to Search Engine Optimization Tools that can help you with Competitive Analysis, Keyword Research, Backlink Checks, PageRank Checks and other daily SEO tasks.
Its features include:
- A Keyword Research Tool
- Highlight NoFollow links
- The number of Pages Indexed
- The number of Backlinks
- Current Traffic and Rankings
- Social Bookmark counts
- Cached Versions of the page
- Domain Details like DNS, IP, Whois, Server Location
- Detects Robots.txt and Sitemap.xml
Download: Chrome SEO
3. IE Tabs for Google Chrome
IE is still one of the most dominant web browsers in the world, and therefore, a lot of new and legacy web applications are designed specifically for Internet Explorer, like the new Microsoft Office Web Apps. These apps simply don’t run in Google Chrome, so if you don’t have IE Tabs installed, you’d have to launch Internet Explorer separately to use them.
IE Tabs is neat extension that can open Internet Explorer tabs right inside Google Chrome using the native Trident engine built into Windows. Plus there is an added bonus for developers as well – you can test how your layout looks and works under Webkit and Trident from the same browser.
Download: IE Tabs Extension
Now, the best of All the Extensions:
This extension does nothing. Really!
Feel free to add a few of your favorite extension to the list.