Google Chrome continues to be the most popular and the most used browser all over the world. Millions of people all over the world love Chrome mainly because it gives you a simple, super-fast and secured way of browsing the web. Google Chrome is great and its greatness is increased with the vast range of extensions it offers to customize Chrome the way you want it to be. In 2009, the browser started supporting extensions and since then the Chrome Web Store has exploded with numerous extensions to enable you to customize your browser to a whole new level.
A few months ago, the Chrome Webstore had a major facelift, which enables its users to search extensions more easily and more efficiently. But why search thousands of extensions to find what you want? Moreover, how will you know which extension should you try and which you should not? Why waste time in installing and uninstalling hundreds of extensions to choose the ones that suits you the most? So we have decided to work hard and try every single extension and make a showcase of the best chrome extensions that you can try.
In this article, you will find 50 best chrome extensions that you can try. We have not categorized these extensions, to make things more interesting for you to discover. Categorizing the extensions in the same old fashion will make your journey of reading this article boring and monotonous. So to make things more interesting we have randomly shuffled things up for you to discover. Just scroll down the list and discover which extensions suits you the most.
Box – 5 GB Free Storage
Box is a cloud storage service, one of the best of its kind. It offers you 5GB of free storage. But you can extend it anytime by spending a few bucks. You can upload any type of files here, and share it with anyone over the internet with just a single link that it provides you with. It also takes collaborative work to a whole new level. You can work in collaboration with your team with comments, discussions and tasks. And the most important thing about Box is that it is available in almost all platforms. Whether you are on your Desktop, Laptop, Android, Tablet or anything, Box is there with you with all your files just a click away.
DropBox is also a very popular and reliable cloud storage service. Even I myself is a big fan of DropBox, because of its simple design and ease of use. Even if you are a small kid, or a parent or grandparent, you should not have any problem handling DropBox as maximum of the stuffs are performed by DropBox automatically. It also gives you 2GB of storage space that is expandable upto 100GB from subscriptions. It is also available in all major platforms, like Windows, Mac, iOS, Android. So it is surely one of the best chrome extensions in terms of cloud storage, and you should definitely give it a try.
EverNote WebClipper is a fantastic extension which helps you clip or save webpages to read later. You can save any article you surf through Web to read later when you find time. Not only this you can also save portions of text in the pages, images, links, videos etc into your Evernote account to check later. All in all it is a fantastic extension, taht you should definitely try if you love reading.
Wunderlist is a fantastic task management app that will take care of all your tasks wherever you go. It has cloud storage feature that can sync all your taskes on any platform. It is available in Android, iPad, iPhone, Mac, Windows and more. If you really want to boost your productivity then you should definitely give this chrome extension a try. Millions of people all over the world use Wunderlist everyday.
Pixlr Editor is one of the best online photo editors available. It is a very powerful tool that replaces the popular desktop photo editors like Photoshop, Paint.Net, Gimp, etc. It is loaded with lots and lots of features, that we generally find in advanced photo editors like Photoshop. Moreover, it requires no download and is 100% free.
Graph.Tk is a free and fully functional graph plotting tool that you can use right into your Google Chrome browser. You don’t need to download any heavy application for it. All you need to do is install the extension, and you are done. You can write any mathematical functions you can think of, to plot a graph of it. The tool is also very simple to use and doesn’t require any special knowledge.
Ge.tt is an instant file sharing service. It doesn’t require you to wait for a file to be uploaded completely, in order to share it with someone. You can share any file, no matter how big it is, within few seconds. It runs on the native browser technologies, so you dont need to download any additional plugins, or applets, or not even flash. Just click on the file you want to upload and share it instantly with anyone.
Quick Note is a very light weight extension meant for taking simple notes quickly. You can use it as a simple notepad, scratch pad or to record to do lists. You can search your notes instantly without any hassle. It also has cloud storage feature, which will sync all your notes, so that you can access them from corner of the world.
ScreenCapture is an awesome extension by Google that makes the screen freezing job super easy, simple and intuitive. You can capture a portion of the webpage, or take the whole webpage as a screenshot. You can also edit what you have captured before saving it. It also analyses a page containing floating objects and prevents them from getting captured multiple times in your screenshot.
Google Dictionary is a fully featured dictionary embedded right into your browser. It is a fantastic chrome extension that can help you to view the definitions and meanings of any word you find while browsing the web. Just double click on any word and it will show you its meaning. Simple. No big deal. You can also search any word, from its search box and get full details of any word.
LastPass is an online password management and form filling tool, that makes your web browsing experience much more safer. As the name suggests, after installing this extension, you need to remember the last password in your life and it will remember hundreds of other passwords for you. It also fills out forms intelligently, so that everytime you want to register on a site you don’t need to go through the boring form filling job again and again.
Evernote is an award winning tool, that lets you save your ideas, experience and inspirations all in one place so that you can access them later from any computer, mobile or tablet or anything you can name of. It lets you take photos, record audio, attach PDF and any other file types and save them all in one place. It also lets you manage to-do lists so that you don’t forget a single task again. It is surely a match winner, and a must have Google Chrome extension for you.
Facebook Notifications extension is just for those Facebook addicts, who can resist them from checking what’s on Facebook every single minute. It will show you all notifications from Facebook right on your browser. So you don’t need to hook up on Facebook every time you feel the urge of getting notified of the latest updates from your friends.
Clearly makes your online reading experience cleaner and better. It makes blog posts, articles and webpages, more readable by removing distractions like advertisements, floating banners,etc. It provides you with a clean space for pure reading. You can also connect it with Evernote to sync articles between any computer, phone and tablet you use.
WOT is a crowd-sourced safe searching tool that makes the Web a much safer place of surfing and shopping. It will tell you which website is trusted by others and which is not,thereby guiding you to decide whether to rely on a certain website or not. The rating of the websites are given by millions of web surfers like you based on their experiences.
Search By Image
Search by Image is a nifty extension by Google, which lets you make better use of the reverse image search feature by Google. Whenever you right click on any images, it will give you an option to reverse search that image to find similar images or places that images have appeared before. It will also give you an icon whenever you point to an image, so that you can reverse search that image.
FB Photo Zoom
FB Photo Zoom is a very light-weight extension that makes the photo viewing experience in Facebook much better. It shows you a larger or zoomed image whenever you hover on any zoomable photo on Facebook. It can be the profile picture, album photo or any other photo, just hover over it, and you get a zoomed photo. Simple, yet one of the most popular chrome extension.
SpeedDial is a simple extension, that will replace the native new tab page of Chrome with an intuitive page with a visual presentation of your predefined bookmarks. It will show you a thumbnail of every bookmark you set in it. You can even use custom logos in place of thumbnails for your dials.
Gmelius is an Ad remover extension for Gmail. After installing this extension, all advertisements from all corners of your Gmail inbox will bade you goodbye. It also focuses in providing you with a better user interface for Gmail. There are lots and lots of customization that you can do with Gmail UI. So if you use Gmail frequently and is bored with the same old UI and ads of Gmail, then you should definitely give this extension a try.
AdBlock Plus is a very popular extension, formely launched in Firefox. With more than 100 million downloads, AdBlock Plus became the most downloaded extension ever. With its immense success, the team behind AdBlock Plus has made this extension available for Google Chrome also. It will really make your web surfing expereince cleaner and less taxing. Say goodbye to all the annoying ads on the webpages you surf regularly. Not only that, you can also remove ads from youtube videos. So no more waiting before watching your favourite videos on Youtube.
Rapportive is a very useful and efficient extension that you can use to establish rapport with your contacts. Whenever you receive a mail from an unknown person, you don’t know who they are and what they do. But with this extension you get every possible information about your contacts right into your inbox. You can also befriend them in Facebook, or follow them on Twitter. If you are in business, and you know how valuable each and every single contact is, then you will swear by it.
SEO Quake is a SEO extension for Google Chrome which is built primarily for helping webmasters who deal with Search Engine Optimization and other Internet promotion. It shows you all necessary SEO parameters that you can need to analyze a site in SEO POV. It shows you Google PageRank, Alexa Rank, Webarchive Age, No.of Indexed Pages, and tons of other SEO parameters. It is so far the most popular and the best chrome extension in SEO category.
Weather Window by Weather Bug
Weather Bug is a nice weather reporting chrome extension that provides you with current weather conditions on your locations, forecasts weather and alerts you about severe weather conditions. The main reason behind installing this extension is the intuitive way it presents weather information right before you. It shows you interactive maps of not only your own locations but also of any locations of the world.
Buffer for Chrome
Buffer for Chrome makes it very easy to add webpages to your Buffer list, so that it gets shared throughout the day. If you use Buffer to share sites and to increase exposure, and use Google Chrome to browse the internet, then this extension is a must have for you.
Magic Actions for YouTubeTM
Magic Actions for YouTube lets you enjoy YouTube in a better and different way, providing several new features like AutoHD, Cinema Mode, Auto Wide and much more. With this extension you won’t be needing to move your mouse to turn up or turn down the volume, you can do this by using your scroll wheel.
Ginger for Chrome is one of the best chrome extensions which helps you to communicate and work better by automatically showing up suggestions for grammatical and spelling errors that occurs whenever you are writing something, be it a mail or any document.
TooManyTabs for Chrome
TooManyTabs for chrome helps you to maintain a large number of tabs opened up in your chrome browser by providing you with advanced managing tools like Bird’s Eye view of all tabs, a quick preview of the contents of the tabs, and even a search for the opened tabs. Its a very helpful extensions if you work with many tabs opened at a time.
ruul. Screen Ruler
ruul. Screen Ruler is a very useful tool for every designer, as it sports some awesome rulers which are calibrated in pixels so as to measure anything in screen in pixels and thus making it easy to design your stuffs.
Pocket for chrome, formerly and better known as Read It Later, is a great way to enjoy any webpage, image or video anywhere anytime, by simply adding it to your pocket or saving the page without even loading it first. And one of the best things about this extension is that you can sync your pages with your other devices like iPhone or Android devices.
Disconnect for chrome lets you stop anonymous sending of your personal or browsing data to third party like Facebook, Twitter, Google, Digg and Yahoo automatically, keeping your browsing activity private to yourself. It also lets you depersonalize Google search results by blocking identifying cookies which helps Google to show up search results according to your activity, thus enabling you to search anonymously on Google.
Google Quick Scroll
Google Quick Scroll lets you jump to what you are searching for in the Google search results page, easily and precisely. It shows up bits of the text that you are searching for, in the search results page, clicking on which will directly take to the page from where it’s found for complete reading.
Eye Dropper for chrome is handy tool for every designer, as it helps you to pick colours from any webpage and view its hex code, so that you can use that colour or similar shades in your work. It also keeps a history of the colours that you have picked up with this tool, for easy access.
AutoPagerize is a pretty useful extension for your chrome browser, which helps you to browse the web faster by automatically loading consecutive pages in any website, when you move scroll down to the end of the page, so that you won’t be having to click for the next page to view it. The next page will automatically show up as you scroll down. Its surely one of the best chrome extensions we would love to share with you.
Lyrics for Google Chrome
Lyrics for Google Chrome allows you the view lyrics automatically whenever you play any song in YouTube, GrooveShark or Google Music, without any annoying popups. The lyrics window blends with the page so as to make it comfortable for viewing.
History Eraser lets you browse safely and better using chrome, by allowing you to clear your browsing history, form data, saved passwords, cookies, and cache for a custom time period with just a single click. This is a very lightweight and great chrome extension.
di.slik.es – Dislike Button for Facebook
di.slik.es is a great extension which lets you have a “Dislike” button on Facebook, so that you can easily dislike any page on Facebook. But for your dislikes to appear to other, they must have this extension installed in their chrome browser as well.
Pixable is a great tool to view the top photos that are shared by your friends on Facebook. Pixable is a smart tool, which ranks your friend’s photos by popularity and connection, and lets you browse them easily in your chrome browser. You can also follow your friends, to get every photo they share, right in your browser.
TabCloud allows you to save any opened tabs, for later browsing or browsing on any other computer. With this extension you can quickly resume your work, anywhere anytime, by restoring your tabs in your own computer or anywhere else.
Chrome Tips Beta
Chrome Tips Beta is a handy tool for your chrome browser which shows up quick tips on how to utilize your chrome browser for efficient and better use. With this extension you will be browsing better and using chrome to its maximum potential, and the tips shows up in a good way, rather than annoying popups.
Twitter Notifier for chrome lets you have all the tweets that comes to your twitter account right in your chrome browser, and presented with a great interface. It makes tweets appear instantly in your browser, faster than most of the twitter desktop clients.
Simple = Select + Search
Simple is a handy extension which lets you search some selected text in your favourite search engines, or using searches in your favourite sites. For example, you can select a text and search for it, in Wikipedia or IMDB or any site’s custom search engine with just a click. You can add custom searches, so as to have options to search in those sites too.
Pinterest Pin It Button
Pinterest Pin It Button, with no doubts, is not only one of the best chrome extensions but also one of the most popular one, which lets you send any image from any webpages that you surf around right to your Pinterest pin board, with just a single click. You can also see how many times a page has been pinned on Pinterest by looking at the count on the button while browsing the web. This extensions works just like the Pin It buttons that you see in different pages.
Scrollbar of Contents
Scrollbar of Contents adds marks on your browser scrollbar having the headings of different sections in a page. This is a handy tool for reading long pages, as jumping to a section is easy just by clicking on the heading on the scrollbar. After loading the page, click on the icon beside the address bar to generate headings on your scrollbar.
SpeakIt! for chrome is a handy tool which reads out a selected portion of text from any web page, loudly and clearly to you, so that you won’t have to read it yourself. You can also set the volume, play and pause the reading whenever you want with just a single click.
QRreader beta allows you to read any QR code from any image on the web, just by right-clicking over the image, and selecting to read the QR code from the image, and the data contained in the QR code will pop up in a dialog box, or if it contains a link, it will go straight to that site.
3Dnator lets you convert any image on the web, be it in google search results page, or anywhere else to 3D anaglyphs with just a single click, and then you can view the image in 3D using your Red/Cyan 3D glasses.
Save to Pulse
Save to Pulse is a great google chrome extension for saving stories or images from your favourite sites to your Pulse.me account easily with just a click. A story can be saved by just clicking the Pulse icon, and a notification will appear, and you can see the story in a timeline view in your Pulse account.
Linkclump is a great tool for managing multiple links in your chrome browser easily. With this tool, you can drag a selection box around multiple links in a page, and choose to open them in new tabs, copy them all at once, or bookmark them easily.
Page Snooze lets you save page for later reading by setting it for snoozing after a time period. You can set any page to snooze by right-clicking on the page and choosing the time period, and the page will automatically open up after the time is complete, remembering you to read the page.
Finally, its time to come to an end to this long article. I hope you have enjoyed the journey of reading this interesting showcase of the 50 best chrome extensions. I hope you have discovered new extensions to make your work easy. Please leave a feedback if you have been benefited from this article. And do share some more extensions that you want to share with the world. We will add a bonus section based on suggestions from our readers.
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