20 Highly Useful Google Chrome Extensions
When it comes to extensions and add-ons, Firefox has been far ahead of other browsers for quite some time. But as Google Chrome has taken an increasing share of the market over the past year or two we have seen a significant increase in the number of Chrome extensions that are available.
Many users have been impressed with Chrome’s speed but have been hesitant make the switch from Firefox because of add-ons that they use regularly. In this post we’ll take a look at 20 Chrome extensions that are available. This is just a sampling of what’s out there, and more extensions are being released all the time, especially with Chrome’s growing user base.
This extension allows you to easily manage your Gmail accounts. Features include:
- Mail preview window, read mail without leaving the current tab
- Delete, archive, spam, star and mark as read functionality
- Desktop and sound notifications when new mail arrives
- Support for multiple Google and Google Apps accounts
- Mailto-links open in your Gmail or Google Apps Mail account
- Monitor all your labels or priority inbox
WOT (Web of Trust)
WOT can help you to identify sites and pages that are security threats. WOT ratings are powered by a global community of millions of trustworthy users who have rated millions of websites based on their experiences. The WOT add-on shows reputation ratings next to search results when you use Google, Yahoo!, Bing, and many other search engines.
Evernote is used by many designers for storing inspiration and other types of bookmarks. The Clip to Evernote extension makes it easy for Chrome users to save content to Evernote. You can also easily find content that you have already saved to Evernote, search through your Evernote account, and more.
Feedly transforms Google Reader into your own personalized magazine, resulting in a fast and stylish way to enjoy and share the content of your favorite websites.
Share links from within the browser, from any webpage, with anyone, using the same services you already know and love like Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Evernote, Delicious, Digg, and more from one simple all-in-one browser extension.
LastPass is a free online password manager and Form Filler that makes your web browsing easier and more secure.
StayFocusd is a productivity extension for Google Chrome that helps you stay focused on work by restricting the amount of time you can spend on time-wasting websites. Once your allotted time has been used up, the sites you have blocked will be inaccessible for the rest of the day.
This extension adds a button to Chrome that lets you seamlessly push links, maps, and currently selected text and phone numbers to your Android device.
goo.gl url shortener is an extension which allows you to shorten the current website URL with the Google URL Shortener service.
Use Picnik for photo editing right in a Chrome tab. There’s a complete set of tools from basic fixes to professional quality effects and cosmetic touch ups. Get creative with our selection of fonts, shapes and stickers. Plus: Picnik connects right to all your favorite photo sharing sites like Facebook, Picasa Web, Flickr, Photobucket, and more so it’s never been easier to connect and share with your photos.
Easily add and manage your tasks from Chrome in one of three ways:
- Simply type “t Your new task” into the Chrome Omnibar to easily add a task from whatever web page you’re on.
- Click the Tasks icon to add a task, see your tasks and task lists and mark a task as completed
- Highlight text on any web page, right click and add that text to a new task.
Enjoying the page you’re looking at and interested in other similar pages? Trying to find more pages about a topic you’re researching, but having a hard time coming up with the right query on Google? Google Similar Pages can help. Now you can quickly preview and explore other pages that are similar to the one you are browsing — on the fly.
Diigo is the #1 extension for annotating, archiving and bookmarking webpages. With this easy-to-use tool, you can
- Bookmark links to archive webpages or to read later
- Attach highlights & stickies to a webpage as a reminder
- Share pages with annotation via Twitter, Facebook, Google Buzz
- Access anywhere, via iPhone, iPad, Android.
- Create groups to pool findings, share resources or curate content
- Automatically cross-post to social bookmarking site Delicious (optional)
Exfm turns the entire web into your personal music library. As you browse, exfm runs in the background indexing every MP3 file you come across, building a music library for you. exfm will continue to check the sites you’ve visited, adding new music for you to listen to every day.
Twitter for Google Chrome is the easiest way to share links on Twitter right from your web browser. It functions just like Twitter’s official Tweet Button. Simply click the button, and a pop-up opens with a tweetbox pre-populated with the URL you were at and the page’s title.
Capture the whole page or any portion, annotate it with rectangles, circles, arrows, lines and text, one-click upload to share.
iMacros was designed to automate the most repetitious tasks on the web. If there’s an activity you have to do repeatedly, just record it in iMacros. The next time you need to do it, the entire macro will run at the click of a button. With iMacros, you can quickly and easily fill out web forms, remember passwords, create a webmail notifier, and more.
YSlow analyzes web pages and suggests ways to improve their performance based on a set of rules for high performance web pages. YSlow grades web page based on one of three predefined ruleset or a user-defined ruleset. It offers suggestions for improving the page’s performance, summarizes the page’s components, displays statistics about the page.
User styles are applied to any website.
With this extension you can quickly paste any type of text to the website http://pastebin.com. The extension installs a small icon in your browser. When you highlight any text in Google Chrome and press the ‘Pastebin’ button, it will automatically paste the selected text into the textarea. When you press submit you will be presented with a unique URL where you can find your pasted text. You can customize the extension via the Options panel.
For more resources please see:
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- 40 Sets of Free Social Media Icons
- 40 Sites for Finding Web Design Jobs
- Ultimate Roundup of Free Photoshop Patterns
- 11 Leading Tools for Free Website Analytics
Published August 1st, 2011 by Steven Snell