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22Dec2016

Our Favorite Google App & Extensions

Google Chrome is much more than just a browser, and that is how it became the web’s favorite. In fact, it was perhaps the first cloud-integrated web browser. That is, everything you do inside Google Chrome is automatically synced across all your computers and devices.

There are literally hundreds of thousands of Google Chrome extensions that can make this “super browser” even more powerful. There is likely an extension to make Chrome work the way you want. For instance, I often end up accidentally closing a pinned tab, and I installed an extension called “Lock Tab” to prevent me from doing this.

The only problem with Chrome is that it is very resource hungry and tends to eat up your computer’s memory (RAM) in a big way. Just make sure that you don’t overload your browser with a ton of add-ons or extensions, and only use the ones you need. Too many extensions will slow down your computer. Also, make sure to only install the trusted extensions.

With all that said, let’s look at the Google Chrome Extensions you may find useful.

  1. Checker Plus for Gmail

Checker Plus for Gmail is one of the most useful (and perhaps the best) Google Chrome extension for Gmail. It has a lot of customization options that let you change the alert sound, notification style, button click action, email fetching schedule, extension icon, keyboard shortcuts, etc. What’s so fantastic about this extension is that if you customize it according to your usage, it can save you a lot of time. For instance, you can immediately mark a new message as read and archive it—with one click—without even opening it.

Also, if you enable “Open Checker Plus popup window” as the default,  you can see a quick glance of all your unread messages in a popup window and can then mark a message as read, or as spam, or archive or delete it.

  1. Add to Wunderlist

Add to Wunderlist  is the official Google Chrome extension of the awesome Wunderlist app. If you haven’t tried Wunderlist yet, you must try it now. If you are already a Wunderlist user who does not use any Chrome extensions, you should try this one. The Wunderlist extension lets you add a web page as a task with one-click and also lets you add a reminder or list location before you save it. You can add tasks by clicking on the extension icon or by using the right-click menu.

  1. AdBlock

With over 200 million downloads and Google Chrome’s most popular extension, AdBlock probably needs no introduction. As the name suggests, it blocks ads on Facebook, YouTube, Gmail, Google search, and across the web. You can even block specific URLs or ads or iframes by using the right-click menu. That’s not all. It also blocks automatic malware downloads and alerts you when it detects one.

  1. Awesome Screenshot

Awesome Screenshot  lets you capture a portion of the screen, the entire screen, or only the visible portion of the screen and then allows you to edit before saving it to your hard drive, cloud storage, or clipboard. You can easily crop the image, blur a portion of the image, add an arrow to highlight something, or add text without using an image editor like Paint or Photoshop. Again, you can also define your own shortcut keys (i.e., Ctrl + Shift +) to trigger different kinds of captures. If you register (free) on AwesomeScreenshot.com, you can make use of their image hosting service, and you will be able to save your screen captures in the cloud and share them with others.

  1. Search by Image (by Google)

Search by Image is a simple extension that lets you reverse search any image on Google Images. In other words, you can initiate a Google Image search by using any image that you found on a web page (or across the web). All you need to do is right-click an image and click “Search Google with this image.”

You can also initiate a search by using the images on your computer. Simply drag and drop an image on your computer into a new Chrome tab so that it opens the image inside the browser, and you will be able to right-click and search. Make sure that you have enabled the advanced option “Allow access to file URLs” on the Chrome extensions page (chrome://extensions/) for this extension.

  1. Open SEO Stats

Open SEO Stats was formerly known as PageRank Status, and it is my favorite SEO extension for Google Chrome. When you are browsing a web page, simply click the extension icon, and a menu pops up with the following modules: SEO Stats, Traffic Stats, Site Info, Page Info, Link Status, Page Speed, and Tools.

You can get details like Alexa traffic rank (current and historical), compete traffic rank, Google PageRank, IP address & location, indexed pages on Google, Bing & other search engines, DNS, social sharing stats, page speed details, and technical details like canonical URL, meta tags (title, description, keywords, robots), internal & external link count, headings, and so much more—with just one click.

  1. Yet Another Google Bookmarks Extension (YAGBE)

Yet Another Google Bookmarks Extension is my favorite Google Bookmarks extension for Chrome. It displays your Google Bookmarks in a tree with support for labels, searching, and sorting. YAGBE enables ads by default, but you can select “I don’t want to support you” on the options. It also lets you customize font size, background color, icons, keyboard shortcuts, etc.

  1. Chrome Remote Desktop

Chrome Remote Desktop is a nifty app that lets you access all your computers (Windows and Mac) from another computer or from your mobile devices. It can be used to access your computer from a remote location, to provide (or get) remote support, or to securely access your files or software applications on your computer from a mobile device or another computer.

Since it’s linked to your Google account, there’s no such thing as an extra user id or special codes to access your computer from another device of yours. All you need to do is install the Chrome Remote Desktop app on all your devices (computers, tablets, mobiles), and you’re good to go.

Chrome Remote Desktop is a Chrome app and not an extension. In fact, it’s the only Chrome app that I’m using — everything else is extensions. You can go here for more details about how it works.

  1. Evernote Web Clipper

Evernote Web Clipper  is the official Evernote extension for Google Chrome. Should you install it? Well, it depends. If you have already installed Evernote for Windows or Mac, you can easily add to your Evernote account without installing any other add-ons or plugins. However,  if you want to save a whole page in your Evernote, or if you often share your notes with your friends, then Evernote Web Clipper can be handy because it lets you clip a web page and share it instantly with others after annotation.

  1. Google Dictionary (by Google)

Google Dictionary  shows definitions as you browse the web. Just double-click a word, and it will show its Google Definition in a small pop-up bubble. If you click “More »” on the bubble, it takes you directly to its Google Dictionary search results. The best thing about this extension is that it also lets you view the definition of a phrase as well.

You will first need to set a trigger key in extension options. When you select a phrase and click press the trigger key, the definition bubble will appear. Also, foreign language words are automatically translated in the language that you choose in the extension options.

Mac users probably don’t need this extension as OS X’s “Look Up in Dictionary” feature is perfect.

Keep in mind that these extensions always change over time, so always make sure you are up to date, and don’t forget to disable extensions you don’t use to conserve RAM.

  • 22 Dec, 2016
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