19 Must Have Extensions For Google Chrome

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One of my primary complaints against Google Chrome has been that it is too bare-bones. Chrome Plus partially solved that problem by adding a couple of much needed features. However, as the Google Chrome API continues to mature we are beginning to see more and more extensions/add-ons being developed for Chrome itself. Here are nineteen really sweet extensions which will take Google Chrome a step closer to being the perfect browser.

In order to use the extensions mentioned below you will need to download and install Google Chrome developer build. You can also use Channel Changer to ensure that you get updates from the developer channel.

Arrow 1. AdSweep

This is the Google Chrome equivalent of Adblock for Firefox. It is a tiny JavaScript which hides all advertisements found in a page using CSS. AdSweep is fairly efficient and manages to block a vast majority of advertisements. You can also use Adblock+ for Chrome. The advantage of Adblock+ is that it allows you to chose which filter you want to subscribe to. You can even use your own filter in Adblock+.

Arrow 2. LastPass

LastPass is a form-filler and password manager which truly kicks ass. In fact it makes RoboForm – the granddaddy of password managers, look shabby. An absolute must have in my opinion.

Arrow 3. Session Saver

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Sessions were pioneered by Opera in 1996. They provide a useful way to save a group of tabs which can be reopened at one go whenever required. Now, Session Saver brings the same feature to Google Chrome.

Arrow 4. ChromeGestures

Mouse Gestures is another Opera Innovation. Gestures allow users to perform various tasks with simple mouse movements. ChromeGestures is a simple add-on which adds support for mouse gestures in Chrome. Mouse Strokes is another similar extension. However, it is slightly buggy and requires more polishing. Another promising plug-in is nkGestures. However, I haven’t tried it yet.

Arrow 5. SmoothScroll

This tiny extension adds support for smooth scrolling in Google Chrome. SmoothScroll eliminates sudden jumps while scrolling and reduces eye strain.

Arrow 6. ChromeTouch

This rather novel extension emulates touch-screen navigation in Google Chrome. Once this extension is installed, clicking anywhere on the page will activate the scroll mode which allows scrolling by simply moving the mouse up and down. Scroll mode can be disabled by clicking again.

Arrow 7. Web Developer Mini

This is a rudimentary web developer tool for Chrome. It merely displays the source code and css for the selected webpage. While it can’t compete with web developer tools available in other browsers, it is useful none the less. Hopefully, more features will be added in the coming days.

Arrow 8. Xmarks for Chrome

Xmarks is a bookmark synchronization tool which allows you to carry your bookmarks wherever you go. It currently works on Firefox, Safari and Chrome.

Arrow 9. IMacros

IMacros allows you to record and replay repetitive tasks. This requires some work to get started. However once properly setup, it can be a huge productivity booster.

Arrow 10. CheckMyLinks

It is a simple extension which goes through your bookmarks and ensures that they are still alive.

Arrow 11. Cleeki

Cleeki-Web-Accelerator-Google-Chrome

If you have ever used Internet Explorer’s Accelerators, you will feel right at home with Cleeki. It allows you to instantly search/publish/share text from a webpage.

Arrow 12. Extensible Video downloader

This is a work in progress and currently supports downloading video from Youtube, Break.com and Blip.TV. The biggest shortcoming of this extension is that it doesn’t recognise multiple formats supported by YouTube. So, you may end up downloading the low quality version even when a HD video is available. If you only want YouTube support then you would be better served by Grabbit. Grabbit utilises KickYoutube.com and hence supports all the formats offered by YouTube (and some more).

Arrow 13. Bubble Translate

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Bubble Translate uses Google Translate API to provide inline translations in Google Chrome.

Arrow 14. StumbleNow

I am sure that StumbleUpon will add support for Google Chrome in the future. But till such time StumbleNow is the best option for Chrome users.

Arrow 15. Web Of Trust

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Web Of Trust (WOT) is a community driven service which rates the trustworthiness of websites and warns the users about potential phishing sites. This add-on enables WOT in Google Chrome.

Arrow 16. AniWeather

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AniWeather stands for Animated Weather + Any Weather and is the definite weather extension for Google Chrome. It displays in-depth weather information for more than 77,000 worldwide locations.

Arrow 17. Greasemetal

As you may have guessed from the name, this extension adds support for Greasemonkey scripts in Chrome. Greasemokney scripts are User JavaScripts which modify the appearance and behaviour of webpages. Be warned though, not all Greasemonkey scripts will work with Greasemetal.
[Note: Google Chrome Dev builds also include Greasemonkey support out of the box. However, it isn’t enabled by default. LifeHacker has a nice article on enabling Greasemonkey in Google Chrome]

Arrow 18. FlashBlock

A simple add-on which blocks all Flash elements present in a web page. While it works mostly as advertised, there is room for improvement. Support for whitelists is something I would like to see in the near future. You can also use BlockFlashPlus Usescript (userscripts must be enabled).

Arrow 19. Chrome Extension Manager

Extension Manager isn’t really an extension. It is a separate application which allows you to enable, disable or even delete Google Chrome extensions. It even supports profile backup and restore. It also provides a convenient way to enable Greasemonkey Userscripts in Google Chrome. In case you don’t need to manage extensions and simply want a tool to backup profiles FavBackup should suffice.

Are you using Google Chrome extensions? If yes, what is your favourite extension? Did we miss your favourite extension? Don’t forget to let us know.

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9 Responses to 19 Must Have Extensions For Google Chrome

  1. Jan Vlcinsky October 28, 2009 at 1:30 am #

    Is Greasemetal really working?
    I am really waiting for Greasemonkey support in Chrome as I need it for RTM (Remember The Milk).
    And I found, that many people is writting about great Greasemetal, but it does not work for quite a while.
    Or is it better now?

  2. Ginger Grapefruit October 29, 2009 at 11:44 am #

    These extensions would almost completely lure me away from Firefox. Any word as to when they will premiere on the stable version of the Chrome browser?

  3. Tony November 1, 2009 at 12:01 am #

    Thanks for the Last pass suggestion ,,, that plugin kicks butt and I have been looking for a plug in that would help me fill out forms for my Solar Panals forms quickly … Sorry for my english
    .-= Tony´s last blog ..Furnace Installation – Choosing High Efficency or Mid Efficency =-.

  4. Jonny November 1, 2009 at 8:49 pm #

    Nice list, I was only looking for such a list the other day…. Chrome is fast but I’m not sure it’ll tear me away from my heavily extended firefox…

  5. Navjot Singh November 9, 2009 at 1:50 pm #

    Nothing to improve the RSS Handicap in Chrome?
    .-= Navjot Singh´s last blog ..WordPress 2.9 – Features, Tips and Screenshots (Updated) =-.

  6. tiberiu petcu November 17, 2009 at 6:27 pm #

    Please add my extension too.

    SEO for Chrome toolbar! Details and print screens here:
    http://www.seomator.com/blog/seo-for-chrome-toolbar-extension/
    Thank you

  7. Anne @ b6s.net November 23, 2009 at 12:48 am #

    I’m a new convert – using extensions as of today so that I don’t have to go back to Firefox. I am wary of overloading Chrome with extensions that may slow it down, so I’ll be sticking to my couple of SEO extensions that I need for now.
    .-= Anne @ b6s.net´s last blog ..Google Chrome Add-Ons =-.

  8. Juliana Peña December 7, 2009 at 8:37 pm #

    I’ve made a Remember the Milk extension for Chrome so that you can check your tasks right from your browser toolbar. It’s called ChromeMilk and you can read more about it and download it at http://julianapena.com/projects/chrome-rtm/

  9. Pam May 10, 2010 at 8:44 am #

    Hi Everyone,

    The list is nice but I do not like #7 because it is a thieves tool. When people take the time to write their code from scratch for a web site they do not want a thief to right click – copy and paste it anywhere else. The thief tool should not be optional and be removed. A real developer can write and practice with their own code.

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