A few months ago, on the advice of friends and work colleagues I switched my allegiances from Internet Explorer to Google Chrome. Whilst I always thought of all browsers as being pretty much the same, the difference between the two took a little bit of time to get used to. One of the best features of Chrome is the extensions that are available. There really is something for everyone and I’ve highlighted my top 10 coolest extensions below.
If you’re the type of person that uses the majority of your broadband download limit snooping around on Facebook, looking at your friends latest photo albums, then this one’s definitely for you. It’s a basic extension that saves you from having to click each of the thumbnails to enlarge them. You just hover the curser over the thumbnail and the picture will instantly enlarge, allowing you to zoom through those photo albums in no time.
This extension will be useful to anyone who spends too much of their life surfing the web. Whether you’re interested in technology, gaming, sport or fashion, it will help you to find sites that you may never have seen had you not had this. When you are viewing a website that you enjoy select the Similar Pages icon and it will display 4 other sites that offer comparable content. You’ll now be more efficient with your internet browsing!
Bing wallpaper for Google homepage
Unlike a lot of the other extensions on this list the Bing Wallpaper for Google Homepage extension isn’t going to save time or help you while you browse, but it will brighten up that boring Google search page. Its job is simple; take away the white background of the main search page and replace it one of Bing’s fantastic, colourful pictures. You’ll now have the best of both search engine worlds.
Tired of all the adverts and banners that clutter up the internet? If so, then this extension is for you! This is one of the most popular Google Chrome extensions and currently has around 6.5 million users. Just a few clicks will banish those annoying adverts from your favourite sites.
Lyrics for Google Chrome
If you’re someone who likes to sing along to their favourite songs then you’ll love this extension. It is designed to work with YouTube, Last.fm, Grooveshark and Google Play and doesn’t include any popups. Simply find your song on any of the above sites, click the Find Lyrics button at the top of the screen and the lyrics will magically appear.
This extension is a real time saver if you’re searching Google for a specific subject. When you’ve entered your search and clicked through to the site you will see a small box popup at the bottom of the screen. This will then automatically scroll the page down to the term that you initially searched for.
This neat little organisational extension allows you to personalise your page when you open a new tab in Chrome. This works like a bookmark but the layout is extremely easy on the eye and the website icons are nice and big to fill the page. This extension means you’ll never forget about your favourite websites again.
Send to Kindle is a very clever extension that allows you to read web contents on your Kindle device. The advantage of this is that you can save an article that you’ve seen but haven’t had chance to read, and then read it later. This could come in handy at work when you come across an interesting web article that you don’t have the time to finish.
Another extension that’s job is to make the Google Search page a little bit more interesting. Google have done many Doodles to celebrate different occasions and now you can select your favourite to be permanently displayed on the main Google search page.
This is a handy extension that will come to the rescue of many a secret surfer! When installed, an exclamation mark icon will appear at the top of your screen. Whether you’re looking for a birthday present or shopping for an engagement ring, if your partner comes in you can click on the icon and all the tabs you have open will disappear, leaving no trace of your activity on the screen. Don’t worry though, one more click and all your pages will re-open.
Written by Ben.