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If you’ve been a Firefox user for a long time, you’ll know it’s hard to consider changing to Chrome. Yes, there’s no doubt that there’s some great Chrome features you’d love to try out, but how would I live without extension XYZ? It can’t be done!

I was right there with you until very recently. Finally, Chrome extensions have evolved enough to include certain things I find essential to my browsing experience. If you’re toying with the idea of changing to Chrome yourself, read on. You’ll probably like what you see.

There are plenty of reasons previously discussed 2 New Reasons Google Chrome May Pull Ahead of Mozilla Firefox 2 New Reasons Google Chrome May Pull Ahead of Mozilla Firefox Read More on MakeUseOf as to why someone might move to Chrome.

Ad-Block Extension

Firstly, I can’t imagine how I would cope with most of the Internet without some sort of ad-blocking feature in my browser. Of course, I’m sure to allow ads for all my favourite sites, because I know the bills need to be paid somehow. But it’s nice to know I won’t see all the completely irrelevant ads thrown my way when I follow random links. Ad-blocking is essential Use Adblock To Block Online Ads and Malware Use Adblock To Block Online Ads and Malware Read More for me, so here’s AdBlock Plus.

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Toolbar RSS feeds

If you’ve got all your favourite RSS feeds in your Firefox toolbar, you’ve probably already noticed that the basic Chrome functionality will never do what you want it to. Maybe you use RSS feeds to show you your Delicious bookmarks in your toolbar. Well, the Foxish Live RSS extension or RSS LiveLinks How to Get the Functionality of Firefox's Live Bookmarks for Google Chrome How to Get the Functionality of Firefox's Live Bookmarks for Google Chrome Read More is exactly what you need to replicate that in Chrome.

Twitter

There’s no shortage of Twitter extensions for Chrome, which is great. However, there are two in particular which blend perfectly to form the perfect Twitter client: Chromed Bird and Twitter Notifier. With Chromed Bird, you can be notified of any tweets from one of your Twitter lists. Plus, it can highlight to show you when you’ve been mentioned or sent a direct message.

With Twitter Notifier, you can choose to have sticky notifications of mentions or direct messages, plus you can choose to be notified of all or none of the tweets from people you follow. Between the two extensions, it lets you have the perfect combination of filtering and sticky notifications.

Shareaholic

This is the extension which gets the most use from me. If there had been no Shareaholic for Chrome it would have been a deal-breaker for sure. All you do is tell Shareaholic which services you like to share links to and let it be your go-to point whenever you want to share the page you’re on. Easy and addictive!

Notifiers

I would be lost without Gmail and Google Calendar notifiers. Read more about the Google Services Chrome extensions here. Some other great notifiers I found as Chrome extensions are:

Screenshots

As a blogger with a small laptop I often need to take a screenshot of something I can’t see in one window without scrolling. Although there’s plenty of screenshot extensions 3 Google Chrome Extensions To Make Great Screenshots 3 Google Chrome Extensions To Make Great Screenshots Read More out there, I really just need something which will quickly and accurately take a snapshot of an entire webpage. Awesome Screenshot does the trick perfectly.

Speed Dial

Speed Dial is by far the best thing to see when you open a new tab. Sadly, even if you’ve just synced your Firefox bookmarks with Chrome, you will still need to set up Speed Dial again as it works differently in Chrome.

Feedly

Feedly takes your Google Reader subscriptions and shows them to you in a more browsable format with thumbnails and headlines from your favourite Google Reader folders. When you’ve browsed the page, you can mark all of the posts you saw as read, then refresh for another page of links to browse. This is awesome for people who don’t read every single post they get in Google Reader (who does?), but sometimes want to cherry-pick the most interesting posts for a while.

Other Useful Chrome Extensions

Without going into too much detail, here’s a few more ultra-useful extensions:

  • Rapportive – Lets you see social network information about your Gmail contacts when you read email from them.
  • StumbleUpon – Lets you find fun websites with one button.
  • Last.fm – Free Online Radio in Chrome.
  • Meebo – Log in to Meebo or your favourite chat client.
  • Drag2Up – Lets you drag picture files into text boxes in order to upload and share a link to it in one move.

GreaseMonkey Scripts

Don’t forget that GreaseMonkey scripts work natively in Chrome, so all your favourite scripts can be used without any problems. The first one to add? Gmail Mailto script.

More of the Best Chrome Extensions

If you’ve just taken to Chrome, you’re probably keen for more Chrome extensions. So, here’s a few more lists you’ll love:

  1. alex
    March 9, 2011 at 2:54 am
  2. alex
    March 9, 2011 at 3:54 am

    Here is another cool extension https://chrome.google.com/webs...

  3. Angela Alcorn
    February 13, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    For Safari extensions, see here: http://extensions.apple.com/

    Some of these extensions are there. It depends what you're looking for.

  4. Sandy Hines
    February 13, 2011 at 6:37 am

    Does it work with an iMAC that uses a Safari browser?

    • Angela Alcorn
      February 13, 2011 at 4:40 pm

      For Safari extensions, see here: http://extensions.apple.com/

      Some of these extensions are there. It depends what you're looking for.

  5. Hfrankjr1
    February 11, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Auto Pager Chrome. That's one of my favorites. When you get to the bottom of a page of a search it just moves you automatically to the next page. Great idea!

    • Angela Alcorn
      February 13, 2011 at 6:25 am

      That sounds handy!

  6. The Negative Shape
    February 11, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    none of the browsers i have installed have a problem with your table, can you say what the problem was?
    btw try opera :) great browser, especially on widescreens with tabs on side

  7. Xerios
    February 10, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    I like you, mostly for suggesting my extension =)

    Your friendly bored neighbor Xerios

  8. darkduck
    February 8, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    I found out that some basic HTML codes do not work in Firefox as they should do. That's why I have _never_ used firefox. I was "converted" from IE to Chrome instantly as soon as I have seen later.

    For example of non-working HTML code please visit my page http://www.darkduck.com/INFORM... in different browsers
    If you tell me why FireFox shows table at the top differently - I would highly appreciate!

  9. DarkDuck
    February 8, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    chrome-extension://ealjoljnibpdkocmldliaoojpgdkcdob/viewer.htm
    (Slick RSS)
    I like this one for RSS!

    • Angela Alcorn
      February 11, 2011 at 4:21 am

      Another nice RSS extension - Thanks!

  10. darkduck
    February 8, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    chrome-extension://ealjoljnibpdkocmldliaoojpgdkcdob/viewer.htm
    (Slick RSS)
    I like this one for RSS!

  11. hqmaster
    February 7, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Some great suggestions, I just found this extensions which is cool. https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/eihlaffnihacoobcpjklfeebpjponako

    • Angela Alcorn
      February 11, 2011 at 4:19 am

      That looks really neat.

  12. hqmaster
    February 7, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Some great suggestions, I just found this extensions which is cool. https://chrome.google.com/exte...

  13. Angela Alcorn
    February 6, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    It's not really a theme, you just change the background picture. Here's the pic! http://images2.fanpop.com/imag...

  14. Doc
    February 5, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    One thing I've found to be a show-stopper is the Chrome devs refusing to add a browser master password. They say if you want your passwords protected, install Chrome for each user and let the Windows user account password protect your logins. This is just obnoxious (users want a feature, and ask for it by the *thousands*? Don't tell them no!)

    • Angela Alcorn
      February 6, 2011 at 6:06 pm

      Too true! Surely it's not so difficult for them to incorporate such a little thing?

  15. Mohammad Elsheimy
    February 5, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    I like to add some of my favorite plugins to the list:
    - Docs PDF/PowerPoint Viewer (by Google)
    - Facebook Newsfeed Bigger Fonts - thx MakeUseOf ;)
    - Facebook Photo Zoom
    - FastestChrome - Browse Faster
    - Sexy Undo Close Tab
    - Twitter Tweet Button

    • Angela Alcorn
      February 6, 2011 at 6:05 pm

      Thanks for adding those suggestions. I think I'll go check some of them out!

  16. Ben
    February 5, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    I've found found that many of the user scripts I install on Chrome don't work properly as they did with Firefox....

    • Angela Alcorn
      February 6, 2011 at 6:05 pm

      Oh, I hadn't noticed any not working. Thanks for mentioning it.

    • DarkDuck
      February 8, 2011 at 2:50 pm

      I found out that some basic HTML codes do not work in Firefox as they should do. That's why I have _never_ used firefox. I was "converted" from IE to Chrome instantly as soon as I have seen later.

      For example of non-working HTML code please visit my page http://www.darkduck.com/INFORM.HTM in different browsers
      If you tell me why FireFox shows table at the top differently - I would highly appreciate!

      • Ben
        February 9, 2011 at 12:15 am

        You didn't understand my statement. I said "Chrome" wasn't displaying user scripts properly, not Firefox. Besides you're talking about html and not javascript.

      • The Negative Shape
        February 11, 2011 at 3:34 pm

        none of the browsers i have installed have a problem with your table, can you say what the problem was?
        btw try opera :) great browser, especially on widescreens with tabs on side

  17. cyrusza
    February 5, 2011 at 11:13 am
    • Aibek
      February 7, 2011 at 5:08 am

      Maybe we should make sth like this for MUO as well :-)

  18. ciroprincipe
    February 5, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    <fun>
    Ah, don't forget this: https://chrome.google.com/exte...
    LOL
    </fun>

  19. Lisa
    February 4, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    The Lastpass extension didn't make the list? Its always the first extension I install.

    • Helnes
      February 4, 2011 at 10:31 pm

      I couldn't agree more!

    • Angela Alcorn
      February 6, 2011 at 6:04 pm

      Yeah, Lastpass is great. It's on my extended list. :)

  20. cyrusza
    February 4, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    For the newly converted i suggest also: "Sexy Undo Close Tab", "Tab Menu", "Session Buddy", "Bubble Translate" and "History 2".

    • Aibek
      February 5, 2011 at 8:07 am

      :-) "Sexy Undo Close Tab"

      that's a pretty cool name

      • cyrusza
        February 5, 2011 at 11:01 am

        It's a simple fork, because the original is a bit "ugly" :D

    • Angela Alcorn
      February 6, 2011 at 6:03 pm

      Thanks for the suggestions!

      • Watson
        February 26, 2011 at 6:24 am

        while it's nothing impressive don't forget to mention how to turn on the homepage button. for some newbies that can be frustrating until they find it. granted all it takes is some googling (no pun intended)

        • Angela Alcorn
          February 27, 2011 at 6:18 am

          Good point! It's not something I use, so I'd never think to tell people. :)

    • Xerios
      February 10, 2011 at 8:40 pm

      I like you, mostly for suggesting my extension =)

      Your friendly bored neighbor Xerios

  21. rajkalyan
    February 4, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    What is your theme on the Speed Dial page? That is awesome.

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