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chrome extensionsOne of the things you may have learned about me from reading my articles in recent months is that I am a Chrome user. I’m a big fan of how fast and clean Google Chrome is, and it has only continued to impress me since I made the switch from Firefox. In the last few months I showed you how to browse privately in Chrome without going fully incognito How To Browse Privately In Chrome Without Going Fully Incognito How To Browse Privately In Chrome Without Going Fully Incognito I am a Google Chrome user and one of the features I especially like about Chrome is its incognito mode. When in incognito mode, webpages you open and files you download won't be recorded in... Read More . I also showed you what Google Chrome Instant is and why it’s badass What Google Chrome Instant Is And Why It's Badass What Google Chrome Instant Is And Why It's Badass Read More . Today, we’re talking Chrome extensions.

I recently uncovered a few extensions that I have found to be very useful, and I’d like to share them with you. One lets you browse in split screen mode, which I’ve constantly had a need for, and one lets you browse ‘up one level’ on websites. The third extension lets you run IE inside of Chrome, which is huge if you want to test the compatibility or formatting of something.

Split Screen

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I really like Chrome’s tab feature, but sometimes I need to refer to two windows at the same time when I’m recording/comparing data or–better yet–multitasking. Split Screen is a simple extension that lets you view two websites at the same time, side by side, without having to resize your windows.

Split Screen installs as a button next to the OmniBar. When you click on it, a new tab will open and you’ll be prompted for two URLs. Type in your destinations and two websites will load in the same window.

The URL bars cannot be used for searching in Google but the extension does come equipped with a notepad that saves whatever you type for the next time you use the extension, which can be great if you need to take notes.

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NavigUp

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Typically, whenever you want to go back to a previous page you were on, you hit your browser’s ‘back’ button. What browsers don’t have, however, is a ‘level up’ button, which lets you return to a previous level of a website.

If you install NavigUp, you will see a button in the Chrome OmniBar that–when clicked–will take you up one level in the URL. For instance, if you’re currently browsing

http://www.makeuseof.com/dir/cool-webservices/

and you want to go up one level, just click the NavigUp button to be taken to

http://www.makeuseof.com/dir/

and once more to be taken to

http://www.makeuseof.com/

, even if you hadn’t browsed either of those URLs previously.

Chrome IE

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Lots of people out there still use IE as their default browser, which means if you’re designing or building something for the web you need to take IE’s functionality into account.

Chrome IE installs as a button next to the OmniBar that lets you toggle between Chrome and IE mode. To search or open pages in IE from the OmniBar, type IE and enter keywords or the URL. The Chrome extension also lets you sign in to different Google accounts in each browser.

Conclusion

In conclusion, I am still an avid Chrome user. Being able to view two websites at once in a single window is pretty great, and NavigUp proved extremely useful as well. Admittedly I won’t have much of a need for the Chrome IE extension, but I know a lot of others who will be uninstalling IE from their computers after hearing about this extension. Are you one of them?

  1. CyperWin Goodmen
    May 26, 2011 at 8:56 am

    I have installed the Split Screen plugin. Its awesome!
    As Google is moving towards Cloud computing, this add-on does help users to multi-task within a browser, as compared to a few browser that cause memory hogging.
    I think the best usage maybe facebook with twitter.
    Ironically, this 2 topsites are not owned by Google, yet used on Chrome.
    Thanks for sharing!!!
    E

  2. Extreme John
    May 25, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Iv'e been using the Split Screen Google Chrome extension for a while now, helped me ina  big way when doing my NFL predictions each week. It also helps out in a massive way when I write specials for my businesses, less flipping around and losing track of tabs and windows open.

  3. Austin Thurman
    May 25, 2011 at 6:22 pm
  4. Burke102
    May 25, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Didn't know about split screen but it sounds great. Until now I would open one page in firefox and the other page in chrome and just do alt-tab back and forth in order to copy information.

  5. Susendeep Dutta
    May 25, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Adblock extension is also good extension for blocking ads.

  6. Cell Travis
    May 25, 2011 at 5:48 am

    Chrome IE looks like a useful extension for web developers. While many of us use Firefox or Chrome, others are still sticking with IE7, 8 or 9. I also like the Split Screen extension. It should be useful while recording webinars or for comparative analysis (e.g., online teaching sessions).

  7. Eric Marsee
    May 25, 2011 at 12:04 am

    No one will, because you cant uninstall ie, just roll it back...

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