Here are my choices for improving the look and productivity of Google Chrome. I will admit I have never really bothered with Chrome extensions or apps, but recently found myself adding a handful and finding them very useful. I will update this post if I find any more apps and extensions that are worthy of your attention.
Installation for all these Apps and Extensions is as easy as finding them on the Google Store and clicking and that’s it.
I have placed my choices into categories as follows:
- Security & Protection
- For Gamers
If you have any other suggestions for me please leave a comment below.
There are many, many themes available for Chrome, and I obviously haven’t tried them all. But what I wanted was a simple and effective alternative to the white standard look. I wanted a black looking theme and eventually settled on Morpheon Dark, This a black theme at it’s simplest, without distracting branding, backgrounds, images, or logos. Works at all resolutions in Linux, OSX, Windows, and Chrome OS.
Momentum is a new tab overhaul, and it is beautiful and very useful. New Tab page gives you a moment of calm and inspires you to be more productive. Set a daily focus, track your to-dos, and get inspired with a daily photo and quote. Eliminate distractions and beat procrastination with a reminder of your focus for the day on every new tab load. The settings is found in a new tab at the bottom left hand corner. I really like the option to add your most used links into Momentum for fast access, keeping your bookmarks bar cleaner.
Check your spelling and grammar as you type. Boost your credibility everywhere you write!
Grammarly’s free writing app makes sure everything you type is easy to read, effective, and mistake-free. Adding Grammarly to Chrome means that your spelling and grammar will be vetted on Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Tumblr, and nearly everywhere else you write on the web. Once you register your new account, you will start to receive weekly emails with personalized insights and performance stats (one of our most popular new features). Working on a large project, an essay, or a blog post? No sweat. You can create and store all of your documents in your new online editor.
★ Contextual spelling checker
Grammarly detects correctly spelled words used in the wrong context. You can stop worrying about misusing homophones like lose/loose, affect/effect, lie/lay, there/their/they’re, and many other commonly confused words.
★ Grammar checker
Grammarly can fix hundreds of complex grammatical errors, including subject-verb agreement, article use, and modifier placement, to name just a few.
★ Trusted by millions of users
Grammarly is trusted by students, writers, business professionals, bloggers, and plenty of people who just want to write better. Grammarly adapts to your needs and writing style, giving you the confidence of mistake-free communication every time you write.
★ Grammarly in the news
Forbes: “Grammarly quickly and easily makes your writing better and makes you sound like a pro, or at least helps you avoid looking like a fool.”
Harvard Business Review: “…good grammar is instrumental in conveying ideas with clarity, professionalism, and precision…Good grammar is simply good business.”
ABC News: “Poor grammar is just as offensive as gross pick-up lines.”
★ Grammarly Premium
If you want to supercharge your writing performance and leave no error unchecked, Grammarly Premium is your answer. Here’s what you can do with Premium:
➤ Check for over a hundred additional types of errors
➤ Get vocabulary enhancement suggestions
➤ Detect plagiarism and get citation suggestions
➤ Get suggestions for different writing styles, including academic, technical, and creative
Easily check Google Calendar and add new events from websites you visit.
Get a button on your browser toolbar that you can easily click to see upcoming events from Google Calendar, without ever leaving your page. And if you’re on sites that have special events encoded, you can click the button to instantly add events to your calendar. The button shows an orange plus sign whenever there are events on the page you’re viewing that can be added to your calendar.
WHAT’S NEW: https://github.com/manastungare/google-calendar-crx/wiki/Changes
• Displays events from your selected calendars.
• Quick Add: When adding events, you no longer need to specify a time separately. Type events such as:
— “Dinner with Sam at 8pm Sunday”, or
— “Vacation from Dec 25 to Dec 31”
• If you’re on certain sites where it detects the presence of events, the icon changes to an orange “+”. Clicking that icon lets you add the event to your Google Calendar, and shows you a map (if there’s a location it could detect.)
• Any site that uses the hCalendar microformat or derivative microformats such as hResume are supported.
• This extension shows events from whatever calendars you are logged in within Chrome.
• If you want to use a Google Apps calendar, you should login to that account first, then open the extension.
Remember tasks writing sticky notes in a cork board. Save pages to visit or capture easily any web content.
Schedule notifications to remind a note on a certain day and time.
Drag and drop content from other tabs or image files from your system to create notes quickly.
Create little popups with notes. This popups remains on the desk even restart the computer.
Now you can have public boards.
The extension does not require permissions for basic usage. The system will request permissions if you use the server to synchronize your notes or you save pages with screenshot.
Bookmarking made easier with the smarts of Google Search and a new modern UI.
Now, if you’re signed in to Chrome with sync enabled:
One-click save: Add images and notes to your bookmarks to make them more helpful. Also, Google will suggest a folder if it seems like it could be a fit.
Improved search: Quickly find that elusive page with search powered by Google
Collect bookmarks by topic: You can organize bookmarks into folders.
Familiar bookmarks, new look: Your existing bookmarks will automatically get updated with images and descriptions, wherever possible.
Access your bookmarks anywhere: Chrome will continue to sync your bookmarks across all of your devices, just like it does today.
Launch Chrome apps using a fancy popup. Reorder them as you like.
Launch Chrome apps using a fancy popup.
Reorder them as you like using drag’n’drop.
Choose preferred icons’ size in options.
Click to launch an app.
Show launcher using keyboard shortcut (default: Ctrl + . – on Linux you need to update it yourself using a “Keyboard shortcuts” link on the bottom of the chrome://extensions page).
Navigate through apps using arrow keys.
Enter launches an app.
Right-click or “Delete” key to uninstall an app.
Change your launcher icon color to match your browser’s theme.
Handy extensions, applications & themes manager.
Light popup manager to enable, disable, uninstall extensions, applications quickly and easy.
Organize your downloads automatically! Set custom download locations based on file type, filename, or source domain.
☆ Torrent files downloaded as octet-streams now trigger application/x-bittorrent MIME routing rules
☆ Referrer routing now uses the source URL as a fallback, improving reliability
Downloads Router is a tiny extension that helps you avoid cleaning the dreaded “Downloads” folder by automatically saving files in the right places.
Downloads Router springs into action whenever you start downloading a file. It looks at the filename, filetype, or origin domain (source website) of the item, and matches this information against rules that you define on the extension’s Options page. Should a matching rule exist, a “suggestion” is sent to the browser, indicating where it should save the file; this suggestion may however be overridden, as for instance when you use the “Save As…” feature.
The Options page opens automatically after installing the extension, and may thereafter be reached from the chrome://extensions page.
Save images to custom locations from the context menu.
This extension allows you to save images on a web page to custom save locations directly from the right-click context menu.
Chrome allows saving files only within the configured downloads location. All the configured directories will go under the downloads location of Chrome. E.g. directory `Nature` will become `/Users/name/Downloads/Nature` when `/Users/name/Downloads` is the configured download location in Chrome.
If the browser keeps opening the save dialog, make sure to uncheck “Ask where to save each file before downloading” in Chrome settings.
Use slash (`/`) for sub-directories. Empty directory will go to the Chrome download location directly.
Directory names may not contain these characters: ? : ~ ” < > * | \
You could just use Downloads Router from above, but I have found this useful alongside it.
Find out where an image came from, how it’s used, or find higher resolution versions.
Whenever you find yourself with too many tabs, click the OneTab icon to convert all of your tabs into a list. When you need to access the tabs again, you can either restore them individually or all at once.
When your tabs are in the OneTab list, you will save up to 95% of memory because you will have reduced the number of tabs open in Google Chrome.
Information about your tabs are never transmitted or disclosed to either the OneTab developers or any other party. The only exception to this is if you intentionally click on our ‘share as a web page’ feature that allows you to upload your list of tabs into a web page in order to share them with others. Tabs are never shared unless you specifically use the ‘share as a web page’ button.
Depending on how many scripts are running inside your tabs, moving them to OneTab can also speed up your computer by reducing the CPU load. We have also had reports that this also contributes to your computer resuming from sleep more quickly.
Automatically suspends unused tabs to free up system resources
16/09/2015: New version 6.21 released.
Bug fixes: Tabs no longer suspend with wrong url. Fixed ‘suspend other tabs’ button
New features: Dark theme for night crawlers. Improved whitelist with regex support. Suspend actions can now be performed on groups of highlighted tabs.
Please report any issues here: https://github.com/deanoemcke/thegreatsuspender/issues
Unload, park, suspend tabs to reduce memory footprint of chrome.
Tabs can auto-suspend after a configurable period of time or be suspended manually. Tabs can be whitelisted to avoid automatic suspension. Suspended tabs are retained after closing and reopening browser, preventing many tabs from all reloading after a restart. Very simple, intuitive interface.
Magic Actions for YouTube is a lightweight and useful add-in designed for a more comfortable watching experience.
Magic Actions is easy to use!
Key features v6.9:
✔ AutoHD feature – start play all YouTube™ videos in HD
+ Highres > HD1440p > HD1080p > HD720p > 480p > 360p > 240p > 144p
+ works with HTML5 player!
✔ Instant control over volume by scrolling mouse wheel!
+ OSD on-screen display
+ works with HTML5 player!
✔ Cinema Mode – 1-click and the whole page is shaded
+ make you feel as if you were in a movie theater!
+ click again to toggle back to the normal view
+ over 20 predefined color themes
+ your own custom colors
+ works with HTML5 player!
✔ 1-click to take snapshot from playing video and save as PNG, JPEG or WEBP image format!
✔ Cool Day/Night toggle swicth to browse YouTube in black or white
✔ View and delete your watch history
✔ Ratings preview for related videos
✔ Enlarge avatars and video thumbnails on mouse over
✔ Display user info in comments
+ country flag, uploaded videos count, views, subscribers, description, date joined etc.
✔ Expand videos to full window size
✔ Auto Wide – always play in wide player mode
+ works with HTML5 player!
✔ Stop Autoplay – manage whether or not the initial video will autoplay
+ allow/deny preloading a video
+ play a sound when loading complete
+ works with HTML5 player!
✔ Replay – repeat, replay a video again and again
+ works with HTML5 player!
✔ Autohide Player Controls – video controls will automatically hide after a video begins playing
+ works with HTML5 player!
✔ Hide Annotations – Don’t show video annotations
+ works with HTML5 player!
✔ Ability to hide comments, related videos, etc.
Silver Bird is a Twitter extension that allows you to follow your timelines and interact with your Twitter account.
Silver Bird is an awesome Twitter client extension for Google Chrome with lots of features.
This extension was previously known as Chromed Bird, but has since been renamed Silver Bird.
Some of the most important features are:
* Check trending topics right inside the extension;
* Support for real time timeline updates;
* Upload images from inside the extension; (Chrome 8+ and not yet on OS X)
* Change extension’s locale from inside the options page;
* Expand the original tweet replies are referring to;
* Follow / Unfollow users by using the inline user actions menu;
* Browse tweets from a specific user directly inside the extension;
* Add and remove timeline tabs “on the fly” using the new right-click context menu;
* Create custom search queries that will update automatically;
* Preview image links by hovering them (Thanks to Takuo Kitame);
* See all your tweets in an unified timeline;
* Follow your timelines (including @mentions, lists, DMs and favorites) and navigate through your tweets;
* Compose, reply, RT, share, favorite and delete tweets;
* Create short URLs within the extension;
* Preview shortened URLs before clicking them;
* Track read / unread tweets;
* Notify user whenever new tweets arrive;
New Facebook Design, Removes Ads (Similar to AdBlock), FB Works Faster, Cleaner UX/UI.
Some features of the extension:
— Astonishing new design and interface;
— Removing all Facebook ads (similar to Adblock);
— Facebook works much faster than before;
— Very useful left panel that allow quick access to main sections;
— Increased readability of the content;
— Read a different news feeds (by category)
Chrome Remote Desktop allows users to remotely access another computer through Chrome browser or a Chromebook. Computers can be made available on a short-term basis for scenarios such as ad hoc remote support, or on a more long-term basis for remote access to your applications and files. All connections are fully secured.
Chrome Remote Desktop is fully cross-platform. Provide remote assistance to Windows, Mac and Linux users, or access your Windows (XP and above) and Mac (OS X 10.6 and above) desktops at any time, all from the Chrome browser on virtually any device, including Chromebooks.
Anchor: Security & Protection
Security & Protection
Avast Online Security
• Gathers data on phishing sites and warns you if you visit one.
• Provides you with access to Avast’s website reputation system, powered by a community of more than 220M users.
• Shows you a site’s rating next to its link in your search results.
• Warns you when you’re visiting websites with a bad reputation.
• Allows you to rate a site with a simple thumbs-up or thumbs-down, thus improving the system and helping other users.
• Automatically redirects you to a legitimate site when you mistype a URL (e.g., llego.com –> lego.com).
• Switches you to SafeZone when you’re visiting sensitive financial sites (requires installation of avast! Pro Antivirus or higher).
• Blocks those annoying advertising and analytics sites and keeps you from being followed online.
Adblock Plus is the most popular ad blocker ever, and also supports websites by not blocking unobtrusive ads by default (configurable).
CNET – #1 in Chrome extensions
Gizmodo – #1 Chrome extension by users
Mashable.com – top 10 for productivity
· All annoying ads
· Youtube video ads
· Facebook ads & other annoyances
· Third party tracking
· Save bandwidth, data, time
· Free for Chrome & all other browsers
TYPES OF ADS WE BLOCK
· Animated ads
· Autoplay-sound ads
· Overlay ads
· Pop-ups / Pop-unders
· Expanding ads
· Interstitial page ads
· Video ads / Overlay in-video ads
· Facebook ads
· Webmail ads
· All other annoying ads
Adblock Plus can also help protect your privacy on the web through anti-malware and anti-social tracking features. These can be turned on after you install.
Via the Acceptable Ads initiative, Adblock Plus allows some small and static ads, and users support websites that rely on advertising but choose to do it in a non-intrusive way. This feature can be disabled at any time. Go to http://adblockplus.org/en/acceptable-ads to find out more.
Adblock Plus is a community-driven open source project, and hundreds of volunteers contribute to the success of Adblock Plus to make sure that all annoying ads are automatically blocked.
Please note: When installing, your browser shows a warning that Adblock Plus for Chrome has access to your browsing history and data. This is a standard message, we NEVER collect any information whatsoever!
LastPass: Free Password Manager an award-winning password manager, saves your passwords and gives you secure access from every computer and mobile device.
Only remember one password – your LastPass master password. Save all your usernames and passwords to LastPass, and it will auto login to your sites and sync your passwords everywhere you need them.
“This robust password manager is a must-use free tool that supports multiple operating systems and browsers.” – PCMag Editors’ Choice
– Store login usernames and passwords
– Check out fast by adding credit cards & shopping profiles
– Attach docs, PDFs, images, audio, and more
– Save any piece of data you need to keep secure and accessible
– Manage everything from a simple, searchable “password vault”
– Add, edit, view, delete, and organize your sites
– Install the LastPass browser addon on all computers
– Login with the same LastPass account everywhere
– Upgrade to LastPass Premium for unlimited sync across unlimited devices, including any desktop, laptop, smartphone, or tablet.
Learn more: https://lastpass.com/go-premium
Improve Your Online Security:
– Generate secure passwords to replace weak ones
– Create new passwords as you sign up for sites
– Protect your LastPass account with multifactor authentication
– Use the LastPass security check to review your passwords and flag weak and duplicate passwords
Benefits of using a password manager:
– Never forget another password
– Generate strong passwords that you don’t have to remember
– Passwords are auto filled for you as you go to your sites – less typing!
– Securely share your passwords with friends and family
– Only worry about one master password
LastPass Password Manager utilizes AES 256bit encryption implemented with PBKDF2 encryption keys and salted hashing. All sensitive user data is encrypted and decrypted locally on the user’s machine, so that only encrypted sensitive information is ever synced with LastPass. We can never access your passwords, and your master password is never shared with LastPass.
Check out any website for reputation and safety information based on users’ experience. The official Web of Trust Chrome Extension.
Web of Trust (aka WOT) is an outstanding website reputation rating tool that helps you make informed decisions about whether to trust a website or not when you are searching, shopping or browsing online.
HOW WOT WORKS
WOT extension shows website reputations as traffic lights next to search results when you use Google, Yahoo! Bing or any other search engine: green for good, red for bad, and yellow as a warning to be cautious. These icons are also visible next to links in social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter; Email services like Gmail and Yahoo!Mail; as well as popular websites like Wikipedia.
By clicking the traffic light icon you can find out more about a website’s reputation, safety information and users’ opinions. A green traffic light means users have rated the site as trusted and reliable, red warns about potential online threats and yellow indicates that you need to be cautious when using a site.
WOT stands for the personal online security and web safety. Web Of Trust is based on the Crowdsourcing Approach. Millions of users rate websites throughout the Internet and share their personal experience. This helps you avoid online threats that only real life experience can detect, such as scams, untrustworthy links, and rogue web stores.
WEB OF TRUST ADVANTAGES
WOT ratings and reviews are powered by a global community of millions of users who rate websites based on their personal experiences. In addition, trusted third-party sources are used to warn you about malicious software and other online threats that you might encounter.
You can share your experiences too by rating websites and help make the Internet a safer place for everyone.
Web Of Trust (WOT) has been featured in the New York Times, CNET, PC World, Kim Komando show, Tech Republic, PC Welt and many other popular media.
Install WOT extension! Check out a website reputation for the better Web for everyone!
Enjoy a faster, safer and cleaner browsing experience.
Enjoy a faster, safer and cleaner browsing experience.
We live in a connected world. When you browse the web, your data leaves a digital footprint. This footprint, connected by tracking technologies (called trackers), helps companies build a profile about you and how you interact with their sites and their competitors, allowing them to optimize their communications and site experience to reach you – and others like you – at the right place, at the right time.
Ghostery gives you the control to make informed decisions about the personal data you share with the trackers on the sites you visit.
Enjoy a faster web
Some sites take too long to load. This can be due to trackers weighing your system down. Ghostery allows you to block the offending trackers and significantly speed up your browsing.
Get the content you want
Remove page clutter so you can focus on the content you want.
Control your data
Sometimes being connected can help you find the data you need quicker, like a location tracker that helps you find the closest cafe. Sometimes it spoils the fun, like a remarketing tracker, revealing the birthday present you wanted kept a surprise. Ghostery makes locking down your data easier.
Be Informed, Take Control
Ghostery gives you the tools needed to understand the different types of trackers and how they may impact your overall browsing experience, putting the power directly in your hands.
Anchor: For Gamers
Enhanced Steam was designed with users and shoppers in mind! All of this extension’s features were put in place to help keep you informed, add new features to the Steam website, and to save you money.
Everyone agrees: these are features that Steam should already have, but doesn’t. New features are being added all of the time based on user’s suggestions and feedback.
Automatically find and apply coupon codes when you shop online!
Stop searching for coupon codes and sales.
Click on the Honey button during checkout and Honey will automatically apply coupon codes to your shopping cart.
Click on the Honey button on a supported online store and instantly see all the coupons and sales available for the store.
Help us keep Honey working on all your favorite stores. If you have any trouble email us at [email protected]
We currently support shopping sites in the United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom and India as well as sites that serve global customers.
Adds price history charts and the option to be alerted on price drops to all Amazon sites.
✜ Price History charts
Price History charts for Amazon for millions of products (Amazon and Marketplace prices), even for different versions, colors or sizes of a product.
✜ Price Drop & Availability Alerts
Set up a price watch directly from the product page. We track any product for you and notify you once the product dropped below your desired price.
✜ Compare and track international Amazon prices
Prices for all Amazon locales are listed and can easily be tracked.
✜ Email, Facebook, Twitter, RSS, Desktop and Mobile Push Notifications
We send you a price alert once the price of your tracked product drops below your desired price. We can send you an email, leave a (private) post on your Facebook wall, Tweet you or simply show a desktop notification when you are surfing the web. We also have a RSS feed for all your price watches. Whichever way you prefer.
✜ Daily Drops, an overview of recent price drops
Get the real deals. Keepa finds the best deals every day. Find products with the highest drop in price in your favorite product category.
✜ Wishlist Import
You can easily import your whole wishlist and create price watches for every item on it.
Change the behavior of the extension the way you like it.
✜ Amazon Locales Support [ .com | .co.uk | .de | .co.jp | .fr | .ca | .cn | .it | .es | .in | .com.mx ]
✜ Language Support [ English | Deutsch | 日本語 | Italiano ]
No account needed. Just install and start saving money.
This extension does not add any context menus or browser buttons. You can access and set it up on any Amazon product page.
Automatically get the lowest price on whatever you’re buying
NEW: InvisibleHand now supports hotels, rental-cars and flights. It will automatically find the lowest price when you search for travel online.
InvisibleHand discreetly notifies you if the product you’re shopping for is available more cheaply from another retailer or travel site. The notification provides a convenient link straight to the relevant page on the competing website.
InvisibleHand supports over 600 retailers in US, UK and Germany. It also works with the most popular airlines and travel sites in the UK & US and supports hundreds of airlines & thousands of hotels.
This money saving extension gets its name from the 18th century economist Adam Smith’s concept of the invisible hand of the market. Smith didn’t have Google Chrome to help prove his point, but we hope he would approve.
Starting from version 0.1.4 InvisibleHand shows a price notification when you perform product searches on Google. And when you search for a product, that product can appear in your list of ‘recently viewed’ products at a retailer.
StumbleUpon is the easiest way to discover the best photos, videos, and websites in the world. Based on your interests, we recommend the best content on the web discovered by a community of 30 million expert curators. All you have to do is tell us what you like then simply click a button. We’ll recommend you page after page of amazing stuff you’d never expect to see.
With over 200 million web pages, start exploring what StumbleUpon has to offer.
Save anything you like from the web into your Flipboard.
Save your favorite stories, images and videos from across the web into your own Flipboard magazines. Create magazines on any topic from Mid Century Design to Italian Cooking to Gadgets I Love.
You will need a Flipboard account setup beforehand, and set up your magazines.
FLIPBOARD – FIND THE TOPICS THAT MATTER TO YOU
Discover stories that impact your life, career and creative path – hand-picked by people who share your passions.
Pocket Extension for Chrome – The best way to save articles, videos and more
When you find something in Chrome that you want to view later, put it in Pocket. It automatically syncs to your phone, tablet or computer so you can view it at any time, even without an internet connection.
* One-click saving of any page with the toolbar button or keyboard shortcut
* Right-click menu item to save any link, no need to load the page first
* Quickly add tags
* Syncs across all devices – iPhone, iPad, Android and more
* Completely free, upgrade anytime to Premium for a more powerful Pocket experience
You will also need Pocket Website App in order to see your saved items, or use their website.