10+ Google Chrome Extensions For The Newly Converted

Chrome Extensions Logo   10+ Google Chrome Extensions For The Newly ConvertedIf 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 on MakeUseOf as to why someone might move to Chrome.

Ad-Block Extension

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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 for me, so here’s AdBlock Plus.

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 is exactly what you need to replicate that in Chrome.

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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.

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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!

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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:

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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 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.

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Speed Dial

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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.

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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

greasemonkeylogo   10+ Google Chrome Extensions For The Newly ConvertedDon’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:

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rajkalyan

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

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cyrusza

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

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Aibek

:-) “Sexy Undo Close Tab”

that’s a pretty cool name

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cyrusza

It’s a simple fork, because the original is a bit “ugly” :D

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Angela Alcorn

Thanks for the suggestions!

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Watson

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)

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Angela Alcorn

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

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Xerios

I like you, mostly for suggesting my extension =)

Your friendly bored neighbor Xerios

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Lisa

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

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Helnes

I couldn’t agree more!

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Angela Alcorn

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

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ciroprincipe

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

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cyrusza

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Aibek

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

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Ben

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

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Angela Alcorn

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

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DarkDuck

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!

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Ben

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.

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The Negative Shape

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

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Mohammad Elsheimy

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

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Angela Alcorn

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

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Doc

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!)

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Angela Alcorn

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

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Angela Alcorn

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

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hqmaster

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

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hqmaster

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

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Angela Alcorn

That looks really neat.

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darkduck

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

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DarkDuck

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

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Angela Alcorn

Another nice RSS extension – Thanks!

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darkduck

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!

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Xerios

I like you, mostly for suggesting my extension =)

Your friendly bored neighbor Xerios

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The Negative Shape

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

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Hfrankjr1

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!

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Angela Alcorn

That sounds handy!

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Sandy Hines

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

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Angela Alcorn

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

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

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Angela Alcorn

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

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

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alex

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

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