12 New Chrome Extensions You’ll Want in 2016

Mark O'Neill 23-03-2016

Every year, I have the urge to have a passionate fling with Firefox How Easy Is It for a Chrome User to Switch to Firefox Today? Could you switch from Chrome to Firefox? I quit Chrome cold turkey to see how it went. After two weeks, I'm back to Chrome on desktop… but Firefox for Android has won me over. Read More . But being the player that I am, I soon tire of the foxy browser Switching From Chrome: How to Make Firefox Feel Like Home So, you have decided that Firefox is the better browser for you. Is there anything you can do to make Firefox less of a foreign environment? Yes! Read More , and I make my way back to my true mistress, Google Chrome. She always takes me back with open arms.


Chrome lures me back for many reasons, but the main one is probably the fact that the extensions are far more wide ranging and of a higher quality 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 . A lot of fantastic extensions also do not have a Firefox sibling, which makes it very frustrating if you are trying and failing to stay with Firefox.

Below are 12 extensions which prove my point, that Chrome is the browser to stick with. You will definitely want to try these out.

Boomerang Calendar

You may have heard of the insanely useful Boomerang for Gmail Schedule Emails to Send Later with Boomerang for Gmail in Chrome Gmail is in ingenious tool for managing emails. Much of what it is lacking per default, is covered by Gmail Labs apps or browser add-ons. Boomerang is a browser add-on available for Chrome that let's... Read More , which enables you to do things such as schedule your emails to go out at a certain time, and bring archived emails back to the inbox on a date you specify. Now there is Boomerang Calendar, which helps you with your overflowing schedule. No more double-booking!

After installing, go to your Gmail inbox. You will be asked to let Boomerang Calendar access your Google calendar. Afterwards, at the bottom of a new email window, you will see three new buttons at the end.



One is for “Suggest Meeting“, second is “Share Next Few Days“, and the third one is “Share Next Week’s Availability“. So if we click “Suggest Meeting“, your calendar will come up and you should click three possible meeting times.


Fill in the meeting details on the right-hand side, and then click “Insert into email“.



The recipient merely clicks the time slot suitable for them, and it is then automatically inserted into both your calendar and theirs. Simple. Who needs a PA when you have Chrome doing all the heavy lifting?

Trump Reactions


Here’s a fun one, especially since this year is the US Presidential election season.

With the recent introduction of Facebook Reactions Facebook Makes Us Angry, Windows 10 Users Hit With Ads... [Tech News Digest] Facebook makes everybody emotional, ads appear on the Windows 10 lock screen, Apple wants to make the iPhone impossible to hack, Siri is coming to Mac, and bullying robots looks like fun. Read More , some people have become instant fans, while others have hated it. If you are one of the former, and you are a US Republican, you may like to replace the standard FB Reactions with Donald Trump Clicking Consequences: Why Donald Trump Is Your Fault Every time you click an article about Donald Trump, the media thinks that is what you want to read, and so it spends more time talking about Trump. Stop clicking! Read More instead.



And before you get your knickers in a twist and accuse us of being partisan in an election, here’s the same extension but this time, for Bernie Sanders [No Longer Available]. We here like to swing both left and right.


Or if Hillary is your gal, even she has an extension for Reactions. Sorry to all Ted Cruz supporters. It would appear he has no facial reactions at all. A bit like Darth Vader then.


Facebook Flat

Facebook is an excellent way to keep in touch with friends and family, but its interface can feel very cluttered at times. You could go with Facebook Purity to clean up the dreck, but I am currently very enamored with Facebook Flat.

As the name of the extension implies, it makes the Facebook site look more flat. It also simplifies the layout and makes it nicer to look at.

By comparison, here is the old, original version:


And here is the page with Facebook Flat enabled.


As you can see, it’s neat, functional, and minimalist. Much more calming on the eyes.

Black Menu for Google

Are you a Google fanatic? Despite the privacy implications How To Clear Your Data From Google & Attempt To Regain Some Of Your Privacy Wiping all trace of you from the web is not easy, but after reading Dragnet Nation by Julia Angwin you might just want to try. It's time to stop willingly throwing away your privacy. Read More that come with using Google products, some people remain committed users. If you are one, you will definitely be interested in Black Menu for Google.

The extension, once installed, places a new button in your top toolbar. When you click it, a menu drops down with links to various Google services.


As you scroll down the list, you can gain access to those services by granting permission to the extension. So you can instantly check your Gmail inbox, your calendar, peek into your Drive, or see if you have any new YouTube subscriptions.

The really nice thing is that the menu is totally customizable. You can remove ones you don’t want, and add other ones using drag and drop.



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Once installed, it becomes your default screen every time you open a new tab, with the screen becoming an interactive flashcard How to Make Digital Flashcards With Google Docs Spreadsheets Flashcards are incredible study tools. Learn how to make flashcards in Google Spreadsheets and power your way to a better memory. Read More . Create your deck of cards with the question and answer.


Then when you open a new tab, you will get a flashcard to answer. When you think you have the answer, click “Show” to see the answer.


You will then get three smiley face icons — click the happy one if you got it right, the frowny one if you got it wrong, you get the idea. The only downside to this extension is that it does not choose a card randomly. It always follows the order of the cards, as you entered them into the deck. Randomizing would definitely improve it a great deal.

Emoji Keyboard

I am not a huge fan of emoji What Does This Emoji Mean? Emoji Face Meanings Explained Confused by the emojis in that text message you just got? Here are the commonly accepted meanings of popular emojis. Read More , but I know a lot of people who are. For them, it’s the ultimate form of expression. Instead of typing LOL or ROTF, instead they use the emoji version. Me, I’d rather let my words show what mood I am in. Call me old-school.

For emoji fans though, Chrome now provides a way for you to get more emojis than you can shake a stick at. By installing Emoji Keyboard, you will get a button in the top bar. Opening it will reveal lots and lots of emojis.

Now when you are using a text field, such as a Facebook status update, open the emoji box, choose one, and it will be copied to the clipboard. Copy and paste into the text field to see your new sparkling emoji.


What is REALLY cool is that the emojis can be adapted to different colors of skin. You choose from six different skin colors.



If you are a web designer of some description Want to Learn Web Design? 7 YouTube Channels to Get You Started YouTube has thousands of videos and channels for web design beginners. Here we look at some of the best ones for getting started. Read More , you will know the importance of getting the correct codes for color shades 10 Sites to Play with Colors and Create Color Palettes Read More . ColorTab is another extension which takes over your New Tab page, and it gives you a random set of new color shades Color Me Impressed: 3 Tools For Effortlessly Finding Beautiful Color Schemes For Any Project Color is important. It's one of those primeval things -- colors make us feel. They can communicate danger, passion, calmness, and almost any other emotion. They work across language barriers, and they can clash in... Read More each time you open a new tab.


Mousing over each shade will reveal the code needed to use that shade in your webpages and other digital graphic designs. Refreshing the New Tab page will reveal another set of shades.

If you click the logo in the top right-hand corner, you will be taken to another set of features.


Hot, Popular, and Random will take you to the color shade palettes in those categories. Clicking New will take you to a plain palette where you can choose different shades from a color wheel to make your own selection.



Along with Slack Slack Makes Group Communication Faster and Easier Group emails can really kill productivity. It's time to put mail clients to rest and use collaboration services like newly launched Slack. Read More , Trello is the power toy 11 Essential Trello Integrations That Make Your Job Easier Trello is an incredibly easy to use tool for productivity. You can make it more fun by integrating Trello with excellent thrid-party apps. Stay on track and get things done with these tools. Read More for all productivity-obsessed workers everywhere. We have talked about Trello many times before Trello - A Unique, Simple & Powerful Project Management System From A Good Home Does the name Joel Spolsky mean anything to you? If so, you’re going to want to read this post, because it showcases Spolsky’s latest and greatest project. And if not, you should know this is... Read More , so there’s no need to go over again what Trello does. But what you may not realize is that Trello has recently brought out their own official Chrome extension.

The extension has two functions. One is the box which you see above. By clicking on the Trello icon, the box will open and from there, you can quickly and effortlessly navigate to any of your boards and cards. You can then create new cards.

The second function though is really great. By typing “t” in the URL bar and then making a space, it instantly activates Trello search, and you can now look for anything in your Trello account.



TubeBuddy touts itself as the “premier YouTube channel management kit“, and is absolutely essential if you run a YouTube channel. TubeBuddy makes the whole video editing process easy, by providing direct links to important areas of the site, as well as providing more tools for video editing.


Going to your video editing page, you will now see the TubeBuddy logo next to each of your video. Clicking that will reveal more options for you to improve your videos.


There’s so many features that it will take you quite some time to look through them all. A must-have for all YouTube fanatics.


If you own a website, you may want to see how well you are doing on social media. Or if you are involved in social media marketing Your Guide To Social Media Marketing Right now, there is an onslaught of both people and companies turning to social media outlets. The competition is fierce, and no company can waste time or money doing it wrong. Read More , SEO How To Determine a More Accurate SEO Ranking For Your Site Search engine optimization. It's a controversial topic these days. Lots of professionals have their own opinions about what constitutes a good SEO strategy. Some people insist that a solid keyword strategy is the only thing... Read More , or you simply want to judge the popularity of a website, then BuzzSumo is the one to install.


After installing it, go to the website in question and then click the BuzzSumo icon in the top bar. A box will then open up containing all of the necessary stats.

The one annoying part is that to see Twitter stats, you need to make a free BuzzSumo account. And even then, as you can see from the screenshot above, it takes quite some time for BuzzSumo to come up with the Twitter numbers.



This is a quirky little one. Installing this will enable you to simultaneously open the first 20 files in a Google Drive folder.

What good is this, you’re probably asking. Well, if you are a teacher, pressing this button will open the work of all your students (provided the class is under 20, of course). Or you may have a folder full of photos. Pressing the button will instantly open the first 20 photos in the folder, for easier viewing.

Once you have it installed, I’m sure more uses will come to you.

Open TOP10 Links


Reading sites such as Hacker News 10 Websites Where Cool Computer Geeks Reside Geeks were once ridiculed and reviled. Or perhaps that was just at my school. Either way, as first computers hit the mainstream, and then the Internet entered into our lives in a big way, geeks... Read More , Product Hunt At 28, He's Running A $7 Million Company That Just Recommends New Apps Links to apps sounds simple, but there's a lot more to Product Hunt – and there is a lot more to founder Ryan Hoover. Read More , and Reddit The Awesome Guide to Reddit Wonder how your friends always find cool stuff on the Internet before you? They're probably using Reddit, the self-proclaimed "front page of the Internet". Read More is extremely popular. But knowing which ones you have read or n0t read can sometimes be a bit difficult. After all, so many links get submitted to these pages all the time.

Open TOP10 Links will help you out with that conundrum by opening the first 10 non-visited links when you click the button. Then when you come back later, click the button again to get the next non-visited ones.

Which New Chrome Extension Do YOU Recommend?


So many Chrome extensions are made and submitted to the Chrome Web Store on a regular basis, that it is difficult to keep track of them all. So maybe there is a totally fantastic extension out there that I am totally unaware of? If so, make my day and tell me all about it in the comments below.

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  1. TGFJ
    April 26, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    No browser can touch Firefox for one thing - the search bar. Search, click on an item and no matter where you go you can re0do your search instantly.

  2. david
    April 26, 2016 at 5:26 am

    Ghostery - Awesome app to suspend tabs when you have multiples open.

    • John
      September 6, 2016 at 9:44 pm

      Absolutely! Why was this not in here?! Maybe because it's not necessarily new...still though. Ghostery FTW!

  3. Dev
    April 25, 2016 at 7:41 am

    These are some of the best collections. Apart from this, I’ve used Klenty which is a mail tracking and prospecting application available in Chrome store.

  4. George
    April 9, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Please write about Satodi extension. Using it you can post comments on any website.

  5. Pamela
    April 4, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    Thanks, Mark! Great list.

  6. Anonymous
    April 4, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Must have written this before the Chrome 49 'update' turned a previously decent browser into slow, not responding, can't scroll smoothly junk.

    Oh well, at least Firefox is getting better.

    • rob
      April 6, 2016 at 1:47 am

      I've been a regular Firefox user for years and I recently tried Chrome again for the first time in a couple of years. I will have to hand it to does load pages faster (at least on my system). This is, however, the only advantage I can find.

  7. Anonymous
    April 3, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Nothing interesting in the list. I'll stick with OneTab and TLRemove this two are perfect for me.
    Cheers all!

  8. Castellan
    April 2, 2016 at 9:37 am

    One extension that people should use is called MixMax. It can schedule emails, snooze emails, set password protected emails, insert emojis inside a email, insert GIFs inside an email....It's basically gives most if not all of Outlook's features to Gmail and even more

  9. Anonymous
    March 26, 2016 at 11:29 am

    If There Is An Extension For CHROME That Allows You To Save All Your Already Installed Extensions As .CRX Or .NEX File Formats, I Will Be All Over It, Pronto.

    **FEBE** Is An Extension For FF That Does Just That ( Among Many Other Useful Housekeeping Chores ), Saving All Already Installed Extensions As .XPI File Formats.


    • Mark O'Neill
      March 26, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      I haven't been able to find one that saves them as CRX or NEX. However, there are two other ways to backup your extensions.

      1. Use Chrome Sync. One of the options include backing up extensions.
      2. Go to Windows File Explorer. Select "View" and "Hidden Items" at the top. Then go to :

      %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default

      Obviously change "UserProfile" with the name of your username in Windows.

      There you will find an extensions folder. The extensions all have scrambled folder names, but they are all there and you can backup that folder onto a USB stick or removable drive.

      • Anonymous
        March 26, 2016 at 1:45 pm

        Those Scrambled Names Are The Extensions IDs:
        - You Can See Them In Your Extensions Tab - It Is Composed Of 32 Lowercase Letters Between A And P.

        I Use 6 Browsers, Including CHROME And 3 CHROME Clones.

        The Clones Are OPERA15+ ( Norwegian ), YANDEX ( Russian ) And BAIDU ( Chinese ).

        Using Your Technique ( I Have Used It In The Past ), The Only One That Seems To Have All The Extensions Is YANDEX.

        Thank You For Responding.

  10. Cat
    March 24, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    Thank you - didn't know about Boomerang Calendar - absolute Godsend!


  11. Anonymous
    March 24, 2016 at 11:56 am

    I use AddThis all the time. auto links to services like GMail and CleanPrint and is completely customizable.

    • Mark O'Neill
      March 24, 2016 at 12:40 pm

      Thanks, I'll check it out.

  12. Anonymous
    March 23, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Can't say I found a single thing of interest here. I'll stick with Firefox - some of its addons (like DownThemAll, FoxClocks) are impossible with the meager UI that Chrome allows its addons; I can't even find something like FoxClocks, which allows a full date and time in the toolbar (Chrome won't even let you use more than a single icon; you need to install a "hours" addon and place it next to a "minutes" addon).

    • Mark O'Neill
      March 24, 2016 at 12:40 pm

      Not even the Trump Facebook reactions?! ;-)

      Oh well, each to their own. :-))

      • Anonymous
        March 24, 2016 at 1:42 pm

        The less of the Annoying Orange Trump I see, the better!

  13. Yodi
    March 23, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Useful stuff! Thanks!