Chrome’s Great Extensions

July 18, 2010 by · Comments Off on Chrome’s Great Extensions
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Adding extensions is pretty much like creating your own browser that suits you best. Each user has its own likes and dislikes, and you can try and see which ones are applicable to your diverse needs and distinctive taste.

Extensions let users customize Google Chrome with features and functionality that they like the most and are helpful to them. They also make various applications useful by providing quick access directly from the browser toolbar.  There are different types of extensions that you can find in the extensions gallery.

But, choosing extensions is a bit of a challenge. How do you choose from a huge variety of Chrome’s extensions available right now?  If you are not very familiar with Chrome or not that internet savvy, you will simply be lost about what extensions to install. Should you choose the featured, popular or top-rated ones found in the gallery?

Listed below are some of the favorite extensions of the Chrome team. If you are still confused and overwhelmed by the great number of extensions to choose from, read this list and start using Chrome as a pro.

  • Opinion Cloud: Summarizes comments on YouTube videos and Flickr photos to provide an  overview of the crowd’s overall opinion.
  • Google Voice: All sorts of helpful Voice features directly from the browser. See how many messages you have, initiate calls and texts, or call numbers on a site by clicking on them.
  • AutoPager: Automatically loads the next page of a site. You can just scroll down instead of having to click to the next page.
  • Turn Off the Lights: Fades the page to improve the video-watching experience.
  • Google Dictionary: Double-click any word to see its definition, or click on the icon in the address bar to look up any word.
  • After the Deadline: Checks spelling, style, and grammar on your emails, blog, tweets, etc.
  • Invisible Hand: Does a quick price check and lets you know if the product you are looking at is available at a lower price elsewhere.
  • Secbrowsing: Checks that your plug-ins (e.g. Java, Flash) are up to date.
  • Tineye: Image search utility to find exact matches (including cropped, edited, or re-sized images).
  • Slideshow: Turns photo sites such as Flickr, Picasa, Facebook, and Google Images into slideshows.
  • Google Docs/PDF Viewer: Automatically previews pdfs, powerpoint presentations, and other documents in Google Docs Viewer.
  • Readability: Reformat the page into a single column of text.
  • Chromed Bird: A nice Twitter viewing extension.
  • Feedsquares: Cool way of viewing your feeds via Google Reader.
  • ScribeFire: Full-featured blog editor that lets you easily post to any of your blogs.
  • Note Anywhere: Digital post-it notes that can be pasted and saved on any webpage.
  • Instant Messaging Notifier: IM on multiple clients.
  • Remember the Milk: The popular to-do app.
  • Extension.fm: Turns the web into a music library.