Looking to deck-out Chrome with useful buttons (and make your URL bar smaller)? Here’s a round-up of some of the most popular, easiest-to-use, and productivity-enhancing extensions for Google’s browser:
AdBlock blocks all ads on the Internet (although you can, during setup, opt to give Google’s display ads a pass; individual domains may be greenlighted later, too). It’s technically free (as a pay-what-you-want download), and as such I dont understand why people still complain about things like this.
Pocket’s dead-simple concept (cache/save an entire page for viewing later) for consuming content is a vast improvement over passive tools like Google Reader RSS. Simply click to save anything for later. It beautifully reformats text for reading and even saves videos.
You’ll need an Android phone/tablet with Jelly Bean and the PushBullet app in order to use this. PushBullet speedily pushes links, files, or lists to your Android devices, so that they pop-up in your notification menu or even in the enormously popular DashClock Widget (if you have enabled the PushBullet extension). From there, you can tap them to have instant access to their contents. I was skeptical at first since I could already easily save things to Google Drive or Pocket, but PushBullet is perfect for making sure that you can send things like PDFs or URLs in particular to your phone with minimal hassle and maximum speed.
Self-explanatory: it saves just about anything to Google Drive.
This is useful not only for sharing things to G+, but for seeing how many others have already shared the same page to G+, too. It’s a neat diagnostics tool combined with a social tool.
AddThis can share the current page or selected content with a variety of social networks, including Facebook, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon, and others.
A useful in-browser dictionary, it also lets you double-click words on any page to get a popup definition.
This extension fetches a list of pages similar to your current webpage.
Saves all or some of the images on the current page so that you can edit them in the PicMonkey app for Chrome.
This lets you use different user-agent strings in Chrome. Can be especially useful for the ARM Samsung Chromebook, which some sites interpret as a mobile device.
11. Knew Tab
A great alternative to the default tab. It shows weather, unread Gmail count, RSS feed, Facebook notifications and messages, and time.
12. Missing E
This is a feature-rich extension that gives you some more options for how your Tumblr dashboard appears and operates.
A neat Facebook extension which lets you change the color scheme, block ads, style fonts, and create custom UI elements like a photo pane at the wright and a sticky pad.
This extension lets you run YouTube in night mode (with black background) and adds some extra controls such as volume adjustment via trackpad gestures.
15. Google Translate
Translates the entire current page.
-The ScreenGrab Team