Nowadays, after using the extensions that I will outline in this article, I have had no need for the taskbar to remain visible, which means I can enjoy reading anything on my laptop better, and have a full-screen setting for minimalism and a distraction-free environment. I’m pretty sure that’s the reason why Chromium developers made it so that the browser’s title bar also contains the window control buttons, and the whole browser avoids displaying one extra, unnecessary toolbar.
Let’s see what Chrome extensions can make your online reading experience a bit better, and save some screen real estate at the same time.
Clock for Google Chrome Replaces Your Taskbar’s Clock Applet
Clock for Google Chrome is a good candidate to take the place of your taskbar clock, with the only difference that it serves up an analog clock instead of a digital one. Aside from that, Clock for Google Chrome only offers another color setting for the clock hands, a few more European languages, and nothing else.
If you’re looking for a more fully-featured clock, Chrome Clock is an excellent choice as it supports digital and analog models, and even alarms! is another extension that promises to use less memory in Chrome, which some extensions seem to do.
There are a few more clock extensions in the Extensions gallery so if you have a robust alternative not listed here, please share them in the comments!
Puts The Date On Your Chrome Bar
One thing that sometimes irks me is how the Windows Taskbar, at least in Vista and XP, will not show additional date information, other than the time in the system tray, unless you doubled the size of the taskbar. Ubuntu displays the date and time together effortlessly so I didn’t understand why Windows doesn’t. Even the Windows 7 Superbar is praised for its features and does display full date and time information, it’s double the size of the WinVista taskbar, which for me, just doesn’t make sense when most laptop screens are already short in height.
solves this minor annoyance as it displays the month and day of the current date in the corner of Chrome, where it doesn’t occupy another horizontal bar space. Even though right now, it’s got a small glitch with the “/” sign, it’s still a good, informative extension.
Takes The Place Of Outllook/Windows Mail’s System Tray Notifications
The author of Webmail Notifier,, created an app for Chrome and the high quality nature of the apps makes this optional extension totally worth the download. It displays visual and audio notifications set to your choices of duration. This extremely well-made extension supports all major webmail sites, including Gmail, AOL, Hotmail and….drum roll…..even Yahoo with no Pro subscription!
The point of having these extensions is that you won’t need the taskbar so you can autohide it or keep it hidden, as you probably don’t really use it for anything other than to see the time. If you actually use the taskbar to monitor how many programs you have launched, you’d only have to switch between windows using Alt + Tab, which gives you a glance of the programs you have open. Windows key + Tab would even give you a better preview of the windows. Saving screen real estate may understandably be the concern of many users, in particular our netbook-using readers.
Do you prefer to keep the taskbar visible or hidden? Share with us your desktop organization tips in the comments as well!