Top 10 Chrome Extensions
If you haven’t switched to Google's Chrome browser, there are lots of reasons for doing so. Chrome is quick, simple and can sync across all of your devices. There’s an Incognito window for private surfing and some safe browsing features that sends warnings before you visit a site suspected of malware or phishing. According to StatCounter, the Chrome browser enjoys 43 percent market share as of June 2013 — higher than all other browsers.
You can also customize Chrome with all sorts of extensions. Here are our favorites to save you time and make you more productive.
Sure, you’ve got a spell-checker on your PC. But we’ll bet you don’t have a grammar checker, unless you work with a copy editor. That’s where Ginger can help. This Chrome extension corrects 30 different types of contextual grammar errors in Facebook, Gmail, LinkedIn, Wordpress and several blog commenting systems. For example, this proofreader program can fix commonly confused words such as "then" and "than" or "your" and "you’re" simply by clicking the button on your browser. Oh, and it has a spell-checker as well.
Power Facebook users need to pay attention to this one. Social Fixer adds tons of features to your Chrome-based Facebook experience, including tabbed news feeds, advanced feed filters, tracking new comments to old posts, hiding read posts, unfriend tracking, enhanced navigation, quick links to groups or events pages, group activity monitoring, friend profile info monitoring and more. On the photo front, this extension lets you disable the Light Box viewing and when you hover over a thumbnail, you get a full-size blow-up so you don’t have to click to view. To make all this customizable goodness work, you simply need to log into Facebook from a Chrome tab.
As you can tell by the name, this add-on will block advertisements on just about any website, including Yahoo.com, closed networks such as Facebook and even YouTube.com video ads. Your browsing will suddenly have a fresh, undistracted look. The Adblock Plus also makes it easier to scan pages for text and images without the annoying clutter.
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Evernote Web Clipper
The question you might ask with this handy Chrome add-on is — what can you not save to Evernote? With just a click, you can save the text and images from a website, just the Web URL link, a PDF and even a Gmail email thread (including the attachments). This extension also lets you search your notes.
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There are just too many Web links, news articles and funny videos on the Web these days. Bookmarking is too old-school. The Bit.ly lets you create a shareable link and create a link archive. The best feature is a one-click save. When you find a Web link you want to save or share, you click the extension once to save. You can also add reminder notes and set Bitmarks as public or private.
As the name implies, LastPass is the last password tool you will need. As you browse on a Mac or PC, you can add login info for sites such as Facebook, your bank account and Gmail. A pop-up appears in Chrome above the site letting you know there’s an auto-login option. A premium version for $12 per year links your passwords across all apps (iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry) and browsers (Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Internet Explorer).
Chrome Remote Desktop
One of the best and most important extensions is Chrome Remote Desktop. The free add-on lets you connect remotely to a Windows or Mac computer for printing, accessing a Windows network in the office and running desktop apps such as Microsoft Word. This extension can also help you offer tech support to friends and family without a ton of fuss. Enabling the service is a simple matter of launching the extension on the host computer, enabling that workstation by typing in a code, and then connecting from a remote PC with Chrome.
One of the great features of Gmail is that you can quickly send images and attachments, receive them and store them long-term. That is, unless you delete the email. Attachments.me can automatically save attachments, moving them to a cloud service such as Dropbox or Skydrive, and also lets you share an attachment.
This add-on seems like an Internet broadband accelerator, but it actually goes one step further. FastestChrome automatically loads the next page of Google search results so you don’t have to click Next. It lets you see how popular a link is — before you click it. And, you’ll get definitions and shopping comparison aids.
With the Pocket Chrome extension, you can quickly and easily save any Web page to your account for reading later on your PC/Mac, iOS device or Android. It’s precisely as easy as it sounds. You click the button on your browser, the story or video loads to your account and then you can read it later with or without an Internet connection. After you’ve added a story, you can add tags to help you organize your queue by keyword.
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