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10 Cool Extensions for Google Chrome

Saikat Basu 13-10-2009

For a lot of us Google Chrome is still not hot enough. The reason? It’s still not extendable enough like Firefox. Ever since it came out, users have cried out for ways to tweak the browser to make it the Jack of all trades.


The easiest way of course is through add-ons as Firefox calls them or extensions as Google Chrome calls them. Chrome has a lot going for it Chrome vs. Firefox in 2016: Which Browser Is Right For You? I want to explore why people might prefer one over the other, and hopefully those reasons will shed some light on features and aspects that you may not have considered before. Read More despite the vacuum of extensions.

But Google had promised support for Google Chrome extensions and it is beginning to keep it. The official support for extensions has been announced and though it’s still not fully on in the standard version, one gets it with the developer version of Google Chrome.

A few posts back we saw how to download and install Google Chrome extensions The 10 Best Chrome Extensions You Need to Try Right Now What are some of the lesser-known Chrome extensions? How do you find them? Which are the best? We have the answers; here are ten Chrome extensions you need to try right now. Read More in the developer version. Do go through that post again and come back here. In this post we will check out some of the coolest extensions to download and use with Google Chrome.

The population may be small but the seeds of popularity are being sown with these baby steps.

    1. Google Chrome Backup

      If the first thing you savor is peace of mind then the Google Chrome Backup is a must install. This is a small tool to create, backup, restore and manage Google Chrome profiles that holds all your bookmarks, history, saved passwords etc. This is not an extension in the strictest sense as it does not run within the browser but as a separate install. Nevertheless, it’s an important tool to have.

      Google chrome extensions

      The 1.1MB download works with Google Chrome version onwards and requires .NET framework.

    2. AdSweep

      A simple ad blocker extension that modifies the CSS rules on a webpage to hide the advertisements. The small javascript code recognizes ads (especially banner ads) based on specific patterns and blocks them. The extension may not work on all webpages because some ads may escape the recognition patterns used by AdSweep.

      Adsweep - chrome extension

      The 32KB AdSweep userscript works with Google Chrome developer version 4+.


    1. Session Saver

      Something I really like because it harks back to the Save sessions and Manage sessions feature of Opera. It’s useful if you have to switch off and need to come back to the same tabs at some point later. This extension can save  multiple sessions each with its own name. You can also save all saved sessions as bookmarks.

      Session-Saver extension for google chrome

      The 107KB Session Saver extension is compatible with Google Chrome developer version 4+.

    2. TPGoogleReader

      This is a Google Reader extension for Chrome. The extension makes reading and managing feeds a one click job. It installs as two little icons on the toolstrip and shows the number of unread feeds. In the normal mode, clicking on the items counter opens the first unread item and marks it as read. In the auto-mode, one click on the checkbox opens the unread items in background tabs and marks them as read.


      The 9.7KB TPGoogleReader extension is compatible with Google Chrome developer version 4+.

    3. Web of Trust

      WOT is a free browser add-on that protects the user from online scams and risky websites. A pop-up opens from the bottom of the screen and indicates not only the trustworthiness of a website but also how things stand with a site’s vendor reliability, child safety and privacy. You can also contribute your own ratings and select the ratings you want to get alerts on.


      The WOT extension is a 523KB download compatible with Google Chrome developer version 4+.

    4. Smoothscroll

      This extension simply adds the smooth scrolling behavior to Google Chrome. Smooth scrolling auto-scrolls the browser at a constant speed. Click the middle mouse button/scroll wheel and drag the mouse down to set the scroll speed.

      The Smoothscroll extension is a 3KB download compatible with Google Chrome developer version 4+.

    5. Bubble Translate

This Google Chrome extension enables you to do inline translations of a webpage into any language supported by Google Translate with a single click. You can set all language choices from its settings.


The Bubble Translate extension is a 34KB download compatible with Google Chrome developer version 4+.

    1. Cleeki

      This extension is basically a feature rich search accelerator for Google Chrome. Highlight any keyword on a webpage and a little adjoining icon gives you access to a lot of internet choices from Wikipedia to YouTube to get more information. The information opens up in a little inline window, so you don’t need to browse away. Search can also be done on multiple sites at the same time.


      The Cleeki extension is a 56KB download compatible with Google Chrome developer version 4+.

    2. LastPass

LastPass is an online form filler and password manager which got some high marks from us in a previous post. For error free performance, switch off Chrome’s inbuilt password manager (Wrench Icon – Options – Personal Stuff) and Form Autofill under the same tab.



The LastPass extension is a 315KB download compatible with Google Chrome developer version 4+.

    1. Greasemetal

Familiar with Greasemonkey userscripts for Firefox? Those little pieces of code that help you customize your Firefox browser. Greasemetal is the Chrome incarnation of those handy javascripts which let you modify its behavior. It’s a good extension to have because a lot of userscripts continue o be developed and are made available from sites like

Greasemetal comes as a 1.2MB installer download for Google Chrome.


These ten extensions represent just a few of the many that are out there and slowly burgeoning with each iteration of the Chrome browser. Hopefully, it won’t be long before Chrome would give the Firefox add-ons gallery a run for its download. For us users, this is a war where we will get all the spoils.

True, ten is a very small number. Which is your extension you would have liked to have seen on the list?

Related topics: Ad-Blockers, Data Backup, FeedReader, Google Chrome, Greasemonkey, Password, Password Manager.

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  1. Le
    February 2, 2010 at 10:02 am

    I love Chrome, but it frustrates me because there always seems to be a website here or there that won't run properly with Chrome. Last week it was YouTube. I eventually remedied that problem by updating Adobe Flash. And then there's Chrome will not open the popup window for the music player. In fact, it doesn't even notify me that a popup is trying to open.

    As a result of all this, I find myself periodically switching back to Firefox (which is still a great browser). So I'm still waiting for Chrome to become the one and only browser I need for all things Internet

  2. Jick
    February 2, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Really Great Extensions. The best of all these applications is google chrome backup.

  3. Williams
    February 1, 2010 at 2:09 am

    I love google chrome backup. Thanks for sharing 10 applications.

  4. Glen
    October 26, 2009 at 10:36 am

    I like Chrome and use it for everything, however, I can't be without Zotero which is now only available as a Firefox extension. Not 100% sure I like the way Chrome manages downloads.

  5. FGRibreau
    October 25, 2009 at 6:14 am

    A bookmarklet (Google Chrome compatible) for adding html signature in Gmail:

    • Saikat
      October 25, 2009 at 11:04 pm

      Thanks for the link.

  6. Tekshek
    October 21, 2009 at 6:58 am

    google chrome backup is the best extension.Nice list

  7. TuneUp
    October 19, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Thanks for this article. I think I will give Chrome a chance also. RE: Vishnu- Have you been able to solve your problem with AD Sweep? I really like the idea of that feature so I hope it works for me. Like shle896 said, I think it is best to keep the extras to a minimum until Chrome becomes more advanced- only use the extensions that you will really benefit from for right now.

  8. ew
    October 15, 2009 at 10:39 am

    I am using adsweep also in chrome 3.
    it works.

  9. Kris
    October 15, 2009 at 8:44 am

    Mouse gestures!

  10. Rahul - Web Guru
    October 14, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Just the right post to extend my Google Chrome.

  11. Ben l Awesome Wallpapers
    October 14, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Great list! I am sticking to Firefox though:)

  12. shle896
    October 14, 2009 at 8:56 am

    I am a HUGE Chrome fan and have been using certain user scripts for the last few months (Better Gmail scripts from Lifehacker) and I'm all for extensions, too.

    My concern, though, is that with more and more development, will come more and more bloat. Firefox seems downright sluggish compared to Chrome and I don't want Chrome to suffer the same fate.

    For me, I'm always going to keep the "extras" to a minimum. Less is More in this case.

    • Saikat
      October 14, 2009 at 9:19 am

      One good thing so far with the extensions is that they are quite tiny in comparison to FF add-ons. Don't know what will happen later though. Bloat is inevitable.

  13. Kevin
    October 14, 2009 at 7:14 am

    Easy.. Flashblock and no-script. I don't mind ads, but I hate things blinking and dancing around on me.

    So those are the two extensions that the lack of is stopping me from using chrome on a regular basis.. Till they're availiable (or something equivalent), I'm stuck with the shared processness of firefox..

  14. Vishnu
    October 14, 2009 at 6:58 am

    AD sweep doesn't works for me..Any help appreciated

    • Saikat
      October 14, 2009 at 8:22 am

      Do you have the latest build of the developer version? Try installing and running it again.

      • Vishnu
        October 14, 2009 at 8:44 am

        Yes I Downloaded it today only.

        • Vishnu
          October 14, 2009 at 8:49 am

          Thanks all 4 ur comments. I am switching in for AD block + as of now. If u find any workaround, please add a comment.

  15. Alex
    October 14, 2009 at 5:48 am

    OK, I created a folder with the favorites and moved to the left
    the problem of the favorites is that I do not like how it expands
    was no better, expanding downward?

  16. Alex
    October 14, 2009 at 3:20 am

    seek an extension, which position, the favorites on the left(?)

  17. steve
    October 14, 2009 at 2:13 am

    Why would you install Google Chrome Backup to manually backup bookmarks and passwords when xmarks can do it automatically via a real extension?

    • Van
      October 21, 2009 at 1:43 pm

      Agreed. XMarks should be on their radar as an extension.

  18. Thomas Jespersen
    October 14, 2009 at 2:02 am

    Thanks for this article. I decided to give Chrome a chance since it seems my primary Firefox extension are available in some for now on Chrome.

    I should note that Web-of-Trust is available from this page:

    I accidentally found this link in their blog. Its not available on their download page yet.

  19. My Link is Educated
    October 13, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Thanks Makeuseof, I like laspass so much and I don't think it can be used with Chrome.

    • lee
      October 14, 2009 at 11:29 am

      Yes, it does work. I'm using it right now. Installed it this morning. After downloading and installing the lastpass program, you also need to install the lastpass chrome extension from Lastpass will only work with the Developer version of Chrome.

  20. Jack Stanley
    October 13, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    How about aniweather: