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Since its initial release in 2008, Google Chrome The Easy Guide To Google Chrome The Easy Guide To Google Chrome This Chrome user guide shows everything you need to know about the Google Chrome browser. It covers the basics of using Google Chrome and also outlines more than a few advanced tricks. Enjoy! Read More has grown into a phenomenal product that some estimates suggest is the most popular Web browser in the world. Some of its popularity is powered by the thousands of Chrome extensions currently available in the Chrome Web Store Google Chrome 8: Introducing The Chrome Web Store Google Chrome 8: Introducing The Chrome Web Store Read More .

These extensions offer users a simple and effective way to add new tools to their Internet experience. And, assuming you don’t overdo it, they do so without affecting performance. The problem, dear readers, is sorting the wheat from the chaff. Which is where you come in.

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We want to know, What Is Your Favorite Google Chrome Extension?

This is a very simple question that anyone should be able to answer easily. That is at least anyone who uses Google Chrome on a regular basis I Hate Google Chrome But I'm Trapped In It. Here's Why I Hate Google Chrome But I'm Trapped In It. Here's Why In the Chrome vs. Firefox war, I'm siding with the Google users. But I don't want to. Chrome is my browser of choice because it has features that I can't live without. Read More and has installed at least one extension. Everyone else will have to sit this one out, unless they feel like commenting on Google Chrome in some other way, whether positively or negatively.


Those who are still reading along should be thinking about the extensions they currently have installed on Chrome and determining which are their absolute favorites. Feel free to name any number of Chrome extensions you don’t think you could live without. Or, at the very least, feel improve your online experience How To Turn Google Chrome Into A Productivity Beast How To Turn Google Chrome Into A Productivity Beast The Internet has made us more productive than ever before, and the browser is the gateway to all that productivity. Chrome's many extensions and apps can help you turn it into a productivity beast. Read More in some way.

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This is as good a time as any to point you all to our list of the best Chrome extensions The Best Chrome Extensions The Best Chrome Extensions A list of the best extensions for Google Chrome, including suggestions from both our readers and our writers. Read More , which includes the cream of the crop in terms of security, shopping, and entertainment, to name just three specific sections. Even if you haven’t got any notable Chrome extensions installed at the moment, this list should provide the inspiration needed to answer this question.

Please comment below telling us the name of your favorite Chrome extension(s) and explaining why you personally choose to use them. Any extra information you can provide in relation to how these extensions improve your life will help us compile a useful list for other Chrome users.

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  1. Souvik Biswas
    December 19, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    1. Adblock
    2. Wikiwand
    3. IDM Extension
    4. Grammarly
    5. Clearly
    6.Google Dictionary
    7. TunnelBear

  2. Emiracle
    April 27, 2015 at 1:02 am

    Push to Kindle
    Clip to Evernote
    Delicious Reloaded

  3. name
    April 15, 2015 at 12:38 am

    i use firefox and iron.

    ad block

  4. A41202813GMAIL
    March 31, 2015 at 12:56 am

    Just Because Of The Recent Extensions Policy, I Do Not Use CHROME Anymore - I Use OPERA15+.

    Fortunately, Most Extensions Are Compatible, And I Use Dozens.

    Since The CHROME Web Store Yanks Extensions For A Living, And On A Regular Basis, Whenever I See An Extension I Like, I Make Sure I Download The Corresponding .CRX Or .NEX File - Just To Make Sure It Will Not Be Lost Forever.


    The Best Extension However Is One Of The Competition, It Is Called *FEBE* And It Works On FF.

    Among Other Features, It Allows Saving The .XPI File From Every FF Extension Already Installed On Your PC.

    I Wish There Was A *FEBE* Clone For CHROME Or OPERA15+.


    • Tinkicker
      April 2, 2015 at 1:43 am

      Do you have an extension that automatically capitalizes every word?

    • A41202813GMAIL
      April 2, 2015 at 1:59 am

      Glad You Noticed.

      Yes, I Do.

      It Is A BRASILIAN One And Its ID Code Is:


      It Converts Text In Nearly 50 Different Ways.


  5. Keith
    March 30, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    The ones I have stayed with and really use are:

    Mitro Login Manager [I have tried most password managers and this is my favorite, it just works with no hassles].
    Adblock Plus
    and recently Click & Clean

  6. Clayton
    March 29, 2015 at 4:02 am

    Here are a few:
    Keeper (password manager)
    Pushbullet (read Android notifs and reply to texts, etc)
    Save to Pocket (read later)
    Ghostery (block ads, trackers, malicious cookies, etc.)
    Clip to Evernote (save web pages to Evernote)
    Grammarly (great grammer and spelling checker)
    Font Face Ninja (tells you what fonts are being used)
    Web Developer (very useful dev tools)
    CSS Viewer (view CSS properties)
    Invigilator (manage all your extensions)

  7. Rock
    March 29, 2015 at 12:24 am

    My comments reflect primary usage of chrome in a Chromebook which has a touch screen. While I periodically use a Win8 PC, I detest the slowness of starting Win8 and am troubled by my ability to pick up messy software. I don't know how many background processes are running to check for possible software updates for programs that I must have picked via the internet. My Bad!

    I'm enjoying the safer Chromebook experience and trying to limit the number of extensions. These are the ones I use and feel are useful and in some cases necessary.


  8. Anonymous
    March 28, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    If I am to name just ONE favorite, I'd vote for uBlock (a light-weight alternative to AdBlock and AdBlock Plus). Of course, there are lots of other useful extensions, but uBlock is, by far, THE most useful one.

  9. Von Adam Martinez
    March 28, 2015 at 11:29 am

    I only use chrome when I'm about to test my web applications. Currently, I have only have two extensions installed, adBlock plus and the IDM extension. I wish they will have something like firebug.

  10. Eric West
    March 28, 2015 at 5:24 am

    I run a growing IT consulting company and there are many reasons for why I would recommend Chrome and Chrome extensions including LastPass , Gmail checker plus, Session buddy, I love Pushbullet and I love clip to Evernote as well.

  11. JRD
    March 27, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    CRXMouse Chrome Gestures
    Evernote Web Clipper
    New Metro Tab
    RSS Subscription

  12. William Barden
    March 27, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Web Of Trust
    Blur (use to be Mask Me)
    Ad Block
    Print Friendly
    Hover Zoom
    HiLight to Search
    Reverse Image Search

  13. Ben
    March 27, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Web of Trust (WOT)
    Speed Dial 2
    HTTPS Everywhere
    Google Quick Scroll

  14. MKS
    March 27, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Hover Zoom
    Turn off the lights

  15. Abhi
    March 27, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    The Great Suspender
    Tabs Outliner
    Webpage Screenshot
    Compare Hatke
    Simple Ext Manager
    Closed Tabs
    Google Calender
    Nimbus Note
    Click & Clean
    SHINE for Reddit
    Add to Wunderlist
    Google Dictionary
    HTTPS Everywhere
    Magic Actions for youtube
    Quickmark QR Code Extension
    Reddit Enhancemant Suite
    Wen RTC block
    Panic Button
    Sunrise Calender

  16. an
    March 27, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Dark Skin for Youtube
    Auto HD for Youtube
    Fastest Chrome
    Desktop Notifications for Android
    Hover Zoom
    Google Disconnect
    Facebook Disconnect
    Collusion for Chrome
    Equalizer for HTML5 playback

  17. Mike Pullen
    March 27, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Better History
    uBlock: removed AdBlock Pro and AdBlock+ in favor of uBlock, and strongly recommended it to others. Huge positive performance impact, especially on a couple of older machines I regularly use. A few ads do get through that didn't used to, but blocking them is an easy right-click selection...

  18. Yobba
    March 27, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    AdBlock for youtube
    Auto HD for youtube
    HTTPS Everywhere.
    Checker plus for Gmail
    Downloadr - Download Manager
    Flickr Tab
    Google Calendar (by Google)
    Inoreader Companion

  19. Jacek
    March 27, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    the most commonly used
    Hover Zoom

  20. Slartibartfast
    March 27, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    I can't believe only one other person here listed Hola Better Internet. Get geolocked content from anywhere in the world WITHOUT a VPN. Works for NetFlix, BBC, etc. Best of all it is completely FREE!

    Also, I guess nobody else here is the family tech guru since nobody has mentioned Google's own Chrome Remote Desktop for doing remote support. This works even on systems that don't support (or don't play nicely with) Windows Remote Desktop.

    Finally, I use my Lastpass plugin every single day, but to me that one doesn't really count as a Chrome extension since it is available for pretty much every browser out there.

  21. Ramu
    March 27, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    i <3 ADBloCk +

  22. June
    March 27, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    My all time favorite is Speed Dial. I visit many websites during the day and it's very convenient to have them just a click away, organized in folders with customizable icons.

  23. Carl Boel
    March 27, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    My favourites:

    New tab by Wunderlist

  24. Fern Glen
    March 27, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    I work in education so I use some that are very useful for educators and students.

    Clearly - strips away all distracting items from an online webpage or article.
    Screencastify - great for doing quick video tutorials for people needing help
    PicMonkey - very easy photo editing
    Email Link - since we do not use Gmail at our school district I like to have a quick tool to send web pages to teachers that will show my school e-mail address rather than my Gmail address.
    ShortenMe - produces a shortened URL and a QR code at the same time
    Google Translate - useful for situations where I need bilingual materials and personally useful to help me read those Pinterest posts from other countries!
    My two new favorites - if you ever do anything with computer graphics, presentations, etc. where you like to match colors, come up with a color palette, or match your fonts to a graphic - Eye Dropper and Palette for Chrome. Both are awesome!

  25. likefunbutnot
    March 27, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Adblock Plus is the only Chrome extension I use. I don't use Chrome often enough to bother with the rest of my user environment. Some people recommend other blocking tools, but I don't find ABP's configuration to be bothersome. Yes, ABP will allow some ads, but those add can be turned off by unticking a checkbox. Since ABP is cross platform, I'd rather teach users about one tool that is present in al their browsers than a didn't tool for every different browser.

  26. Tom Chicago
    March 27, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Too many, I'm told, Guilty! but my Chrome seems to work just fine.

    Last Pass
    Google Art Project--different start page daily
    Click and Clean
    Streamus--music in the browser
    Send to Kindle
    AddThis --share and bookmark
    Emoji Input

  27. eric jay
    March 27, 2015 at 10:26 am

    1. Simple Pomodoro
    2. Adblock Plus
    3. Checker Plus for Gmail

  28. Karmi Phúc
    March 27, 2015 at 9:16 am

    My choices:
    1. Send to Kindle (by
    2. Lastpass => Password Manager
    3. OneTab => Group or track unnecessary tabs for better organization and memory usage.
    4. Session Buddy => Manage browsing session
    5. Facebook Favorite => Save links or statuses on Facebook for later usage (Facebook Save feature only allows Links saving, not Text)
    6. Pushbullet => Communicate between browsers and devices easier
    7. Pocket => Read-it-later service.
    8. Simple Ext Manager => Manage Chrome extensions quickly and easily

    Disclaimer: I am the author of Facebook Favorite extension.

  29. Rob
    March 27, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Speed Dial 2

  30. Dan
    March 27, 2015 at 7:52 am

    uBlock, Lastpass, Https-Everywhere. These are all the extensions I need. Everything else is just a distraction.

  31. Ben
    March 27, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Panicbutton - quickly hide anything when pressing esc button
    Shareaholic - Social sharing
    Read it later
    Alexa Traffic

  32. Ali Arshad
    March 27, 2015 at 5:16 am

    Hola-Free VPN

  33. Doug
    March 27, 2015 at 4:15 am

    >> Social Media - Hootsuite Hootlet: For posting items to our business feeds, scheduling posts, tracking engagement & demographics.
    >> Browser Notepad - Nopad: Simple and best notepad I have found after trying 10+ different notepads.
    >> Password Management - Lastpass: It doesn't get any easier than lastpass...get the paid version it is awesome.
    >> Ad Blocking - Ublock: Lighter than AdBlk+ and just works great for us.

    Thats it...I am always looking for useful, simple extensions that help out with day-to-day computing, browsing, note taking, etc.

  34. Clarky
    March 27, 2015 at 3:09 am

    Lastpass - so good, so easy, so free.
    Diigo - great social bookmarking extension.
    Pushbullet - very handy.
    Google Mail Checker.

  35. Gilbert J
    March 27, 2015 at 2:34 am

    AdBlock Plus.
    HTTPS Everywhere.
    Click & Clean: as well as its primary function of deleting cookies and history, it has a variety of useful features built in. Very handy tool.
    FVD SpeedDial; and its partner Eversync to sync it between computers.
    Web of Trust.
    Until recently I would have recommended MaskMe, but the makers have made some changes and renamed it Blur. Like many longtime users, I'm not happy about the new version. In fairness, if I hadn't been spoiled by the old version, I might not be as critical of the new one.

  36. Rick
    March 27, 2015 at 2:11 am

    Enabled almost continuously and used throughout the day:
    Simple ExtManager- makes enabling and disabling extensions a matter of two mouse clicks
    Disconnect- blocking tracking by advertisers, analytics, and social media
    LastPass- password manager
    Evernote web clipper- saving stuff to Evernote
    Pickpocket- for tagging and saving articles to Pocket and making it simple to open them from a dropdown list
    Keep awake- to keep my home and work Chromeboxes display from going to sleep
    Gmail Offline Sync Optimizer- to make sure my recent gmail is available offline
    HTTPS Everywhere- to force secure connections to websites whenever available

    Sometimes disabled but still used for varying amounts of time almost every day:
    OneTab- to reduce memory use when I start getting too many tabs open
    Pushbullet- to send links, clipboard, and notifications between my Android devices and desktop Chrome OS devices
    Send from Gmail- for sending web links via Gmail
    uBlock- for blocking ads and other elements when they become annoying, uses less memory than AdBlock Plus

    Used only occasion but very helpful when needed:
    Google Cast- for sending videos to my Chromecast
    Hola Better Internet- for watching Doctor Who on BBC
    Save To Google Drive- for downloading things to Google Drive (rarely needed with Chrome OS or computers with the Google Drive client installed)
    User-Agent Switcher for Chrome- for when I need to access the full web version of Outlook Mail on the Chromebox I use at work (usually only if I need to see the company calendar because otherwise the lite version is sufficient)

  37. Michele P
    March 27, 2015 at 2:07 am

    I don't use a ton, but always looking to find more useful ones.

    I love the Quick Note extension, it is very simple but very helpful. It just looks like a never-ending notepad but along the left side there is a column showing the note titles and a search bar to find specific notes.

    Better Search is also an awesome extension. It lets you preview websites without clicking onto the page, make notes on search results pages, highlight results as useful, or rank them from being the best result to the worst, going as far as even blocking the result from future searches.

    I also love FlashTabs! This is an extension that makes it so that each new tab you open goes straight to a flash card page. Once you click on "show", you see the answer to your previously entered flashcard and can choose 3 options to note your level of understanding on the card, I assume to let the program know if it should be repeated often or not. This is very helpful for me because I tend to open new tabs a lot while mindlessly browsing the internet. This way I'm basically forced to learn something.

    I'm liking AddThis a lot, it is a very simple extension to use, all you do is click the button and it shows you a list of social media options to share whatever page you are on with.

    Lastly I like Adblock a lot, I couldn't imagine going back to not having it.

  38. Intershitter
    March 27, 2015 at 2:00 am

    None. I use Firefox and IE.

    • Niko
      March 27, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      Well said, sir.

    • Christopher_T.
      March 28, 2015 at 8:18 pm

      It's a close tie: crxMouse Chrome Gestures or LastPass. For some reason, there are fewer gestures extensions for Chrome than FF.

      LastPass, because it's good with FF, Chrome and (paid) Android. And cross-platform with Linux, which is vital to me. Being able to generate and store secure passwords avoids disasters.

      (Yes, there are other password generators/fillers/keepers, but LP is what I got used to, and the cross-platform functionality puts it ahead of RoboForm.)

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