Google Chrome is the most-used Web browser worldwide, according to Stat Counter. With its swift performance, clean interface and easy syncing with mobile devices, that popularity is easy to understand. But Google's browser also benefits from plenty of useful extensions available on the Chrome Web Store. We've picked the best ones.
Just be aware that extensions can slow down your browser, so make sure you stick to what you think will be most useful. Some extensions can be ethically dubious or even malicious, but Chrome announced new restrictions on extension developers that should help mitigate that problem.
CrxMouse Gestures adds useful mouse gesture macros to help with web navigation, with mouse shortcuts for opening and closing new tabs, navigating backwards or forwards in your tab history, and copying links or text. It's a handy addition to Chrome, speeding up many small and common navigation tasks.
FlowCrypt bolts on PGP encryption to the Gmail experience, adding a Secure Compose button that lets you send encrypted email and attachments from the Gmail web app. Users can save encrypted drafts, generate a new Public Key for encrypting or decrypting messages, and even create password-encrypted emails for users who do not have FlowCrypt installed.
Print Friendly & PDF is a Chrome extension designed to automatically remove ads, navigation buttons and other web junk whenever you print a web page or article, saving you paper and ink. Users can selectively remove images, reduce or increase text size, and options to email or save the printout into a linked PDF, complete with URLs for the original content.
Google Arts & Culture turns your New Tab page into your own art gallery, delivering masterpieces of world art right to your browser. Each day brings a new piece of art every time you open your browser, or you can set the extension to deliver a new painting every time you open a new tab. If something sparks your interest, you can click on the image to find out more about an individual piece or artist.
AdBlocker Ultimate is a free open source ad blocker that makes much of the fact that it's beholden to no corporate sponsors or marketers. As a result, it won't whitelist or let through "acceptable" advertising. The add-on removes advertising such as banner ads, videos and pop ups, while also blocking a variety of online tracking tools. Users do have the option of whitelisting select websites whose ads they want to support.
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Checker Plus for Gmail keeps your Gmail messages within easy reach, with your inbox and newly received messages just a click away next to the omnibar. You can view your messages without having to leave your current page to launch a Gmail tab, and you can mark a message as read, delete it, or send it to the archive. You're also able to launch Gmail to take more detailed actions. The add-on can be set to display desktop notifications even when a Chrome window isn't open, and can be set to monitor multiple Gmail accounts.
Another useful Checker Plus extension is Checker Plus for Google Drive. It allows users to browse, open, search, or delete their Google Drive files from a browser button without having to launch a new Drive tab. Additionally, Checker Plus can also display desktop notifications for when your shared documents are modified or updated.