Sometimes I think a Chrome extension is going to be really useful but after some time on my toolbar, I realize that I am not using it very often. My favorite extensions for Google’s browser are the ones that percolate up to my toolbar and stay. I am always trying out new extensions. Of course, I like the ones that help me finish everyday tasks faster!
Your installed extensions will reflect what you do. Extensions that are particularly useful in your job will always be at the top of your list. But there are extensions that are useful for everyone.
There are too many Chrome extensions to keep up with and, the list is always growing. The Chrome Web Store has tons of them and all I have seen so far, are free. Some extensions are available from your favorite sites like StumbleUpon and Pinterest. It’s a popular blog subject too. Just search! Check back here from time to time too!
Nine Chrome extensions I cannot do without
I use many more than 9 Chrome extensions but these are the ones I use most. I also find that after too many are loaded, Chrome becomes sluggish and eventually failure prone. I will confess here: There are actually 13 extensions on my browser toolbar, and I have more installed. I toggle them on and off as I need them.
1.) Web Developer
The Web Developer extension adds various web developer tools to a browser. The extension is available for Chrome and Firefox and will run on any platform that these browsers support including Windows, OSx, and Linux.
2.) Awesome Screen Shot
Capture visible content of a tab, a region of a web page, or the whole page as a PNG image. Support horizontal and vertical scroll when capturing the whole page, with an all-new autosave capability.
3.) Eye Dropper
Eye Dropper is open source extension which allows you to pick colors from web pages, color picker, and your personal color history.
bitly saves a shortened version of any URL (website address.) Once the bitly extension is installed, you simply click on “bitly” to shorten the URL of the current page and save it to your clipboard. bitly is an essential tool for Tweeting and posting!
5.) Better History
A better look at your browsing history. The best searching, the sharpest interface, and the most useful filters for your history.
6.) Google Dictionary
View definitions easily as you browse the web.
7.) TweetDeck (and TweetDeck Launcher)
TweetDeck is an app that brings more flexibility and insight to power users. Manage multiple Twitter accounts. Schedule tweets and Facebook posts. Add custom search lists.
8.) Send to Kindle
Send to Kindle is a Browser extension for Kindle owners who prefer reading web content on their devices. It’s designed to offer a quick way for pushing web content to Kindle, so you can read articles or news later on your device. My Kindle is far easier to take to bed with me than my laptop!
StumbleUpon is the easiest way to discover interesting photos, videos, web pages and more, recommended by people sharing your Interests.
There you have it! My nine favorite Google Chrome Extensions. I will save my honorable mentions for another post. By that time, I may have a new favorite 9 anyway.
Please leave a comment and tell me about your favorite Chrome extensions!
See more of my favorite Chrome extensions: Chrome Extensions – 9 More Favorites