Here are the best extensions you should be using in Google Chrome. Don’t run them all, mind, as they’ll slow it down. Pick your favourites from this great bunch.
Note that you can type chrome://extensions into the address bar to install and remove extensions, but you can also go to the Chrome web store to browse all available extensions.
If you can remember your username and password for every one of your online accounts, we’re willing to bet it’s because you use the same one for all of them.
That’s really bad from a security point of view, clearly, and LastPass is one of the best utilities you can get to kick the habit.
It isn’t just a Chrome extension: it works on iOS, Android and in other browsers so you can retrieve your login details from any of your devices. And that’s the sort of convenience you’ll need if you’re to stop using 123456789 every time you’re asked to pick a new password.
LastPass will auto-fill your username and password and offer to change duplicate passwords automatically where possible, and generate strong ones that you don’t have to remember.
It’s easy to save money when shopping online thanks to the vast number of discount codes and vouchers. But searching for up-to-date codes that work is a lot of effort. Honey is an extension which works best with Chrome and lights up when it has some discount codes for the site you’re currently on.
It can automatically add coupon codes if you click the Honey button when you’re at the checkout, too.
You have to create an account to use Honey, or log in with your Facebook account, but other than that, it’s free to use.
Currently it works in the UK, US, Canada and Australia. If you’re in a different country, it’s probably not going to be much use.
These days it’s almost impossible to type in any text box on the web without a spelling checker underlining typos and prompting you to check if everything is correct.
However, these checkers don’t pick up all your mistakes. Grammarly is more intelligent, spotting correctly spelled words used in the wrong context, and also homophones. So if you care about spelling and grammar and want to ensure your communication is free from errors, Grammarly is an extension you’ll want to add to Chrome immediately.
Now that Microsoft has given up on Windows Phone, it is working hard to integrate Windows with your phone, with apps such as Your Phone and even an Android launcher.
However, PushBullet is arguably one of the best apps – and Chrome extensions – for Android users who spend a lot of their day using Chrome on a laptop or desktop computer.
It does many things, but one of its main features is to bring your Android notifications into Chrome so you don’t miss anything.
More than that, you can reply to text messages, but WhatsApp and other messaging services are also supported. You can also send new messages (including to groups) via PushBullet, and typing on a full-size keyboard is much quicker than on your phone, so there’s another bonus.
You can also use PushBullet to share files between your devices and generally keep everything in sync. Ultimately it’s one of those apps you never knew you needed, but once you’ve used it, you’ll wonder how you managed before.
Most websites rely on revenue from adverts, but sometimes these get in the way, slow down page loading times and use up your mobile data.
That’s where ad blockers come in, and many are available as extensions for Google Chrome. AdBlocker Ultimate strips out the ads from any web page making them easier to view.
Unlike some other ad blockers, AdBlocker Ultimate has no whitelist of acceptable ads, and it says this is because it doesn’t receive any money from site owners which pay to get other blockers to allow their ads through.
It does, however, let you create your own whitelist of sites you want to support. It will also do its best to prevent sites from tracking you and has a built-in malware scanner.
If you have an Amazon Kindle, the Send to Kindle extension does what it says: it lets you easily send news and blog articles to your Kindle for reading later.
This is the official extension from Amazon and it offers a one-click option if you’re in a hurry, or a preview of the content before you send it.
You can also select text from a page and just send that to the Kindle, but even the one-click option strips out the clutter and makes just about any page easier to read.
It doesn’t work perfectly all the time, and occasionally fails with certain websites that use a complex layout or a lot of frames. But the fact it works well more often than not is a boon for those who prefer to read long-form articles on an E-Ink screen rather than a phone, laptop or tablet.
Need to take screenshots in Chrome? Awesome Screenshot is what you need. It will grab whole pages, or just the portion you want.
Need to blur out sensitive information before sharing the image? No problem: Awesome Screenshot has a tool for that. And yes, it allows you to crop, edit and annotate your screenshots and even take grabs of your desktop
It will even record video, so you can share screencasts as well. This isn’t as slick or feature-rich as paid-for apps such as Snagit, but it could be a useful option if you’re after something free.
Technically, you don’t need to add the Google Translate extension for Chrome because the little icon will appear to the right of the address bar whenever Chrome detects you’re looking at a page that isn’t written in the language your system is set to. Simply click it and you’ll get the option to translate the whole page.
However, the extension is well worth having for a few reasons. One is the option it adds to your right-click menu, letting you highlight a word, sentence or paragraph to get an instant translation.
It can also prevent the translate pop-up appearing on pages where you don’t want it.