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. Here are the best extensions. Note: Extensions can slow down your browser, so make sure you stick to what you think will be most useful.
Data compression for more efficient browsing isn't exactly something new, as it's being built in to some browsers like Opera. Now Chrome users can also enjoy bandwidth savings with Google's Data Saver extension, a free Chrome add-on that uses Google's servers to compress website data before sending it's displayed, which can lead to large data savings. Users can look up further details as to how much data they're saving and consuming over time. As a security measure, pages accessed through HTTPS or Chrome's incognito mode are left uncompressed.
Readability may be gone, but that doesn't mean that you can't get clean and easily readable versions of your favorite webpages, articles, and news anymore. Mercury Reader strips out surrounding webpage clutter, formatting, and advertising, for a clean, easily readable view for your comfort, while also including social sharing features and Send to Kindle functionality.
We've heaped praise on Accompany for its approach to upgrading your meeting preparations by combining calendar and contact management features. Now you can get those features added straight into Gmail with the Accompany for Gmail Chrome addon. Accompany for Gmail makes sure you're never out of the loop when it comes to important information about the people and companies you correspond with, automatically pulling up bios, social media links, shared connections, recent interactions and professional news.
Gmail Offline is exactly what it says on the tin: an offline tool for users to view the contents of their mail inboxes, as well as type up messages and queue them for delivery the next time there's a network connection. Gmail Offline takes a page from the tablet interface of Google's email client, with a clean two-panel interface and threaded conversations for easy access to your messages and drafts.
Amazon's Kindle devices and reading app are great for reading ebooks, and with a little work, longform articles as well. The Send To Kindle extension for Chrome lets you send entire articles, text snippets, and other web content straight to your Kindle account, where that content gets converted into a clean, reader-friendly format that you can then peruse at your leisure from a Kindle reader or app.
Link shorteners are an online convenience, making it simpler to deal with clunky URLs. They're also a bit of a security risk, as a shortened link can take you who knows where. Unshorten.link is a Chrome extension that takes you to an in-between page when you click on a shortened link, displaying the URL where the link shortener is redirecting you to, as well as warning you of any known associated malware and tracking cookies.
Turn Chrome's New Tab Page into a productivity center with Taco, a Chrome extension that pulls your incoming tasks and notifications from more than 40 Web tools and services. Taco works with a variety of services, such as Trello, Asana, Todoist, webmail, Google Tasks and iCloud. Users can then drag and drop to organize the tasks list, mark tasks as done and hide notifications. It's a great way to see everything you need to do in one convenient page.