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When we first did a version of this story in January 2015, Chrome had about 22.65 percent of the browser market worldwide, according to Net Applications. Today it’s at 68.6 percent, and rival browsers can’t even crack 10 percent.

Chrome has gained, but it has lost some love—from us. After several years as PCMag’s favorite browser, a resurgent Firefox took our Editors’ Choice award. That said, there is no denying Chrome’s popularity. Plus, like Firefox, it supports extensions that make it even better. Its library of extras, found at the Chrome Web Store, has rivaled Firefox’s for years, and provides quick access to just about every web-based app imaginable.

Recognizing how popular Chrome is, Microsoft rebuilt its Edge browser as a Chromium version so it now supports all Chrome extensions natively while still supporting its own Edge extensions from the Microsoft Store. (For more, read Tips and Tricks Inside Microsoft’s Edge Browser.)

Rather than have you stumble blindly through the Chrome Web Store to find the best extensions, we’ve compiled a list of several dozen you should consider. Some are unique to Google and its services (such as Gmail), but most extensions work across operating systems, so you can try them on any desktop platform (especially on Chromebooks); there may be some versions that work on the mobile Chrome, too.

All of these extensions are free, so there’s no harm in giving them a try. You can easily disable or remove them by typing chrome://extensions/ into the Chrome address bar, or right-clicking an extension’s icon in the toolbar to remove it. Every extension must have a toolbar icon; you can hide them without uninstalling the extension by right-clicking and selecting Hide in Chrome Menu. You can’t get rid of the icons forever without uninstalling. Read on for our favorites, and let us know if we missed a great one.


Screen/Page Capture

Awesome Screenshot

Don’t limit yourself to basic screenshots. Make them awesome by annotating them with shapes, arrows, and text comments. One click uploads an image to AwesomeScreenshot.com for storage on Google Drive and sharing quickly to social media.

Full Page Screen Capture
Lots of webpages scroll on and on, and if you need to capture what the whole thing looks like, it may seem impossible. Full Page Screen Capture will do it, scrolling through the page for you and capturing a JPG. Just don’t use your mouse while it auto-scrolls the page.

Diigo Web Collector
Diigo is a nice mix of social bookmarking and a full info grabber like Evernote. This extension puts the service to work, letting you bookmark, archive, and annotate everything you see online. You get 500 bookmarks for free, but Diigo will charge you $40/year to ditch advertising and add unlimited image storage and webpage backup.

Evernote Web Clipper

This is a must-have for anyone embracing the Evernote life. Despite some limitations, Evernote is still the best way to clip and store everything worth keeping online. This extension makes it a breeze, even isolating what it sees as the main content of a page, and storing just that. It has built-in annotation features. When you save a screenshot, tag it—then you can search through it all later using Evernote.com or the offline software and apps (at least two of them).

Lightshot

Lightshot is a lightweight screen-capture tool that works with a touch of the toolbar button to capture just what’s in the browser (or download the full program for macOS or Windows to tap the print-screen key to grab anything appearing on the screen). It has an entire army of tools at its disposal, from upload-for-sharing to annotation. It will even instantly send what you capture to Google to do a search for similar graphics.

Loom

Sometimes a video depicting what you’re doing online is the best explanation. Make one quickly with Loom, a video screen recorder that allows voiceovers and can add your webcam mug in a corner. Shoot the current tab alone, or the full screen. There’s no limit to how much you can record, even for free.

Mercury Reader

If you hate pages full of ads and weird formatting, install Mercury Reader. With a click (or keyboard shortcut), it reduces the “noise” on a page so you see only the text you want to read, with a typeface you can manage, in a dark or light theme. Share what’s left via social media, print it, email it, or send it to your Kindle to read later.

Nimbus Capture

Perhaps the most full-featured recorder you can get in Chrome, Nimbus does screen grabs (even a whole webpage), which you can annotate, and full video recordings of a browser tab, part of a screen, or a whole screen. You can even annotate the video with drawings. Once made, edit it, share it, save it, print it, or copy it to the clipboard. Nimbus is also available for Firefox, but what you capture is accessible on almost every platform.

OneNote Web Clipper

Microsoft’s OneNote app/service does a lot of the same things as Evernote. Now with its own Clipper extension, it can do them in Chrome: save anything you see online.

Save to Pocket

Pocket (owned by Mozilla, the makers of Firefox) is all about letting you read content you find…later. Set up an account and start saving content with the Pocket extension, bookmark buttons, or apps. One click “Pockets” the content so you can access it anytime—even offline—on all your devices. There are Pocket apps and add-on for everything, and content isn’t limited to text; you can store video, too.

Screencastify

Need to make a video out of what’s in a tab? Screencastify will do it without needing any other external software. And it works beyond the confines of the browser tab, recording the whole screen if you want, including your webcam thumbnail. Animation tools like highlighting a mouse in a spotlight help with visibility. Videos are easily saved to YouTube or Google Drive. The free version allows videos up to 10 minutes long.

Send to Kindle for Google Chrome

Lots of people prefer to read on their Kindle devices or apps. If you find a webpage with a longform article on it, use Amazon’s extension. It will reformat pages and send them directly to your Kindle device or app of choice for reading later. You can even get a preview before you send it. (If you have another ebook reader that uses ePub format, try dotEPUB.)


Google Services

Checker Plus for Gmail

Ever wanted to check your email but didn’t feel like expending the extra energy to open a new tab? No judgments, we’ve been there, too. The best extension for users of multiple Gmail accounts—I’ve got three!—is Checker Plus. It gives you fast access via a drop-down menu in Chrome, desktop notifications, color coding, even voice input for writing messages. It also reads your mail to you—all without actually visiting Gmail. It’s free, but a donation of any amount unlocks even more features. This is a must-have for any Gmail junkie.

Checker Plus for Google Calendar

Never open Google Calendar again. This extension gives you full access to everything you like about Google Calendar from your Chrome toolbar, plus multiple methods of adding calendar events, such as right-clicking on a webpage to add it like an appointment. The notifications (including voice) are perfectly done. It runs in the background when Chrome is closed, so you never miss an engagement.

Google Scholar Button

Google Scholar is a search engine from Google that is limited to scholarly articles and case law. This extension puts it into a drop-down menu on Chrome. It also makes it easy to transfer your web search into a scholar search. It works best if you’re on your campus network, but can be configured to work anywhere, as long as your school library gives you credentials.

Google Dictionary

Load it up, double-click any word on any webpage, and you’ll see a pop-up with the definition. Or search for words from the toolbar. Multiple languages are supported.

Google Translate

Ever visit a foreign website and wish you could read it? For certain languages, Chrome will automatically offer to translate the whole page to the language of your choice. With the extension, you can highlight a word or line of text and translate only that, rather than the whole page.

Google Voice (By Google)
Google’s voicemail-plus-call-around-number service is still useful, and can be plugged right into your browser. This extension offers on-the-fly access to your voicemail messages (with transcriptions) and SMS texts (to which you can reply), plus you can initiate VoIP calls right in the browser. It makes every phone number you see on a website clickable for calling (either explicitly or via a right-click menu).


Interface/Utilities

AdBlocker Ultimate
You’ve probably heard of Adblock Plus (a community-driven extension ported from Firefox) and the unrelated AdBlock. But the better pick is AdBlocker Ultimate, which doesn’t play games (like allowing certain “allowed” ads to go through to appease sponsors). It’s open source and also available on Edge, Safari, and Opera.

Bitmoji

If you love the customized avatar you can make with Bitmoji from Snap, Inc.—for my money, it’s lightyears ahead of any avatars from Apple, Facebook, and the rest—you can build it right into Chrome to snag yourself saying something pithy to put on every message and post.

Chrome Remote Desktop

There are many times when it would be handy to be able to control someone else’s computer from afar, or let others take control of yours for tech support. Many tools exist to make this happen, but none are as easy to implement as Chrome Remote Desktop, since it’s all done via the browser extension. It works across platform; Windows, Mac, even Chromebooks. Or take control of the PCs from your mobile devices—Android, naturally, but also via iPhone.

FoxClocks

When you need to know the time in other timezones instantly, anywhere in the world, consider FoxClocks your friend. It sits in a status bar at the bottom of Chrome, constantly updating the zones you’ve designated for monitoring. Click the icon in the toolbar for a drop-down menu with the same info.

Hover Zoom+
There are a lot of thumbnail images on sites like Google Images, Instagram, deviantART, and social networks. This extension shows you the full-size image when you hover your mouse over any tiny thumbnail, assuming there is a larger image available. This is an open-source version of the original HoverZoom (RIP).

Image Downloader

Bulk download images on a single webpage with this extension. It will display all the images, and you can specify which ones you want before the download starts.

NavigUp

This extension is simple, but you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. Click the up-arrow icon next to your Chrome address bar when visiting a complicated URL. It’ll automatically send you to the parent address—back one level of the URL. Keep clicking to get to the original domain name. Master the hotkeys and you’ll navigate up even faster.

Noisli
Need some ambient background noises to help you stay focused? Noisli in Chrome provides a drop-down menu full of them to play, with a sleep timer to turn the sound off. You can also use it from the web or get the apps for iOS or Android. The free version is limited to 16 sounds and only streams up to 15 hours per day.

Print Friendly & PDF

Sometimes you gotta print a web page. And then you’re stuck wasting ink printing advertisements. This extension removes all the navigation and commercials from the page when you print, optimizing them for reading. And of course, it can save them direct to PDF if you prefer.

Stylish

This extension works with scripts you download from userstyles.org to transform the look of websites. There are thousands of theme scripts that can help you improve your browsing on Reddit, YouTube, Facebook, Tumblr, Google, Twitter, and elsewhere.

Speedtest by Ookla

Ookla has ported its internet speed tester to an extension that lives in the Google Chrome toolbar. Instantly check your download and upload speed as you visit new sites, to see how they impact performance, or use Web Speed to check page load time. (Disclosure: Ookla is owned by PCMag’s parent company Ziff Davis).

µBlock Origin

Looking for an alternative to Adblock or Adblock Plus that’s a little less resource intensive? Try µBlock.


Productivity

Auto Text Expander
Don’t type so much. This add-on lets you write little snippets that expand into full, frequently used text, from one word up to full paragraphs. Never type that annoying email out again—just write it once and then type “@jerks” whenever you want to use it (for an example that can’t possibly come from my real life).

Change Case

Microsoft Word has a function to change the case on words or an entire phrase or more, instantly to UPPERCASE, lowercase, Title Case, sentence case, and more. Now you can have it for any form or field in Chrome, too. 

Distill Web Monitor

Stop refreshing web pages to look for changes. You can put in the site and conditions you’re looking for, and Distill will alert you via push, SMS, or email when a change happens. You can monitor up to 25 pages/sites for free with updates every six hours.

Forest
The Pomodoro technique is meant to make you work 25 minutes, break for five, then start it all again to increase productivity. There are many timers out there to help, but Forest is unique. As it counts down, it grows an animated tree as long as you refrain from visiting sites you’ve blocked (ahem, Facebook, cough). By the end of the day, you could have a whole forest. There are also mobile apps to keep you focused.

Grammarly

You’ve probably seen plenty of ads for Grammarly, which wants very much to be the official spell- and grammar-checker for all your online writing. It’s worth the install for the extra check on every word you write in the browser, from emails to social media and beyond. It even has a dictionary function, so when you double-click a word or phrase on a web page you get a definition, or a link to something related to the term. It even works with Gmail and Google Docs. (If you’re a Microsoft person, try its competitor, Microsoft Editor. Business users may want to check out Qordoba, but that one isn’t free.)

Lookup Companion for Wikipedia

Wikipedia may be second only to Google for searches throughout the day (at least on my computer). Lookup Companion gives you toolbar access to search the user-built encyclopedia of everything. Results appear in a drop-down menu and open in a new Chrome tab. (To search with a right-click, try Right-Click Search Wikipedia.)

MightyText
You’re at your PC. Your Android phone is in your pocket. You get a text. Don’t waste time fishing it out. MightyText shows your texts in Chrome (or Firefox, Safari, Opera, and IE). All the messages sent and received, even with pictures and video, are synced, as long as you have an Android phone with the MightyText app installed. You’ll also get low-battery alerts. There’s an extension specifically to get MightyText messages in Facebook or Gmail, too.

Office
Yes, that’s Microsoft Office, now allowing you to create documents in the Chrome browser right from the toolbar, which you can then edit and save at Office.com. It works for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Sway Online, all without having the full office suite software installed at all.

Pushbullet
Notifications are all important for mobile and desktop users these days, but they’re seldom in sync. Pushbullet changes that with this extension that matches up what you get on the Pushbullet apps and extensions. You’ll see calls come in, even on your desktop, be able to forward files from PC to smartphone, and send SMS texts from your desktop (if you have an Android phone). There’s also an extension for Firefox, and Pushbullet has an IFTTT channel, making it almost infinitely extensible.

Project Naptha

If you’ve ever wanted to work with the text you see in an image online, Naptha is the key. Using optical character recognition, it makes the text in images copyable and editable. It will even help translate text from other languages.

Panda

Multiple tabs is already a good way to multi-task. But what about multiple tabs all in one tab? Configure Panda 5 to handle it, acting as a newsreader to load all your news sites in one tab, or all your social media in one tab, etc. and you get an at-a-glance look at what’s happening. See the web-app version in action.

RSS Feed Reader

Put an RSS feed right on the bookmarks toolbar of Chrome (also Firefox and Edge). Feeder instantly tells you when there are new posts on your favorite RSS/Atom feeds and makes it easy to subscribe. It also has different themes so you can change how it looks. The free version supports 100 feeds with an update every two hours.

SimilarWeb
Ever wonder what the traffic is like for a site you’re visiting? SimilarWeb will instantly provide a snapshot of “engagement statistics” for the site you’re visiting.

StayFocusd

Enable your self-control by limiting the amount of time you allow yourself to spend on websites in Chrome. For example, give yourself one hour a day on Facebook, and StayFocusd won’t let you back on the site. It can block specific pages, whole sites, even apps or games. Couple this one with RescueTime and you’ll be much more productive.

Strict Workflow

If you like the Pomodoro thing but don’t like the trees approach, Strict Workflow offers a similar timer with no extras—just click to start the timer and repeat as needed after each five-minute break.

WikiWand
Wikipedia’s presentation is a lot of things—dense, interesting, and busy—but few would refer to it as pretty. Wikiwand makes it so. It optimizes all Wikipedia content with its own interface, and ensures that whenever you click a link for Wikipedia, you see Wikiwand’s much-improved look instead. Customize it so the fonts and images come in just the way you like. You can also get Wikiwand for Firefox.

Zotero Connector

We gave the Firefox version an Editors’ Choice a few years ago, and Zotero, even on Chrome, is still a researcher’s (and student’s) dream. It’s a free way to track, manage, and share citations. Learn a lot more about putting it to use at Zotero.org.


Security

Blur

Abine Blur is a favorite service of PCMag, and this Chrome extension puts all of Blur’s great privacy options right in the browser. It creates and stores strong passwords, blocks trackers, masks emails, and more, most of it for free. (The full version will cost you $39 per year.)

Click&Clean

Enter a hot zone of privacy and security with this add-on. The drop-down menu from Click&Clean provides access to your browser cache, cookies, plug-ins, extensions, and history—and quick ways to erase them. You even get a full browser test to see how well Chrome is protecting you. It will help you scan for malware using Bitdefender, clear your private data, and a host of other security options you’re neglecting. Customize all the options to get full coverage with Click&Clean.

Disconnect

There’s one goal with this extension: block all third-party cookies from social media and advertisers that follow you as you browse. Disconnect claims this helps browsing speed and even saves on battery life for mobile devices. You can see the cookies you’re blocking in case you want to let some through.

DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials

DuckDuckGo is the search engine that doesn’t track you. It extends that philosophy to this extension, which wants nothing more than to keep your privacy going all the time. It provides a guide of sites you can trust (look for the instant privacy grade in the toolbar), forces encryption when available, blocks trackers, and of course makes it easy to search—privately—because it makes DDG your default search engine.

Edit This Cookie

Yeah, you can use this to go directly in and change the text in a cookie. But it can also delete or add a cookie or create a new one from scratch. Take total cookie control.

Ghostery
There’s a lot going on behind the scenes as you surf the web. Bugs, beacons, pixels, and more are used to track what you’re doing. Ghostery is there to tell you what’s happening in the background and give you control over these “extras.” If you don’t like a company or what it’s doing, Ghostery can block scripts, objects, even whole images so you can retain your privacy. It’s on almost every browser and also via apps on Android, iOS, and Amazon.

HTTPS Everywhere
Visiting sites with “https://” in front of the URL (look for the green “lock” icon and the word “Secure” in Chrome’s Omnibox for another indicator) means you’re vising a site using SSL encryption—a must for e-commerce at the very least and preferred everywhere. This extension ensures every site you visit that has “https://” as an option uses it, providing another layer of security.

LastPass

LastPass remains a PCMag Editors’ Choice for free password managers (the Premium version also gets a nod). It works across all operating systems, mobile devices, and, of course, web browsers, thanks to extensions like this one. It also imports stored passwords from other tools, and there’s no limit to the number of passwords stored and synced, even on the free version.

History Eraser

A five-star rating in the Chrome Store from over 12,850 reviews makes this extension an obvious must-have. It saves your bacon if you’ve got something to hide by providing one-click removal of your browser history. Not just that, it clears the cache, downloads, saved passwords, and form data, and will do it for even a limited time period that you specify.

Mailvelope

Use the open-source OpenPGP standard for encryption/decryption to secure your web-based email messages. Mailvelope works with Gmail, Outlook.com, Yahoo Mail, and other mail services; it’s also available for Firefox.

Privacy Badger

A product from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Privacy Badger does exactly that, it protects privacy. Specifically, it blocks invisible trackers and all those ads that seem to follow you around the web. It’s also available for Firefox, Edge, and Opera.

WOT – Website Reputation Ratings

The Web of Trust is an online community that rates websites based on one major criterion: can it be trusted? The WOT extension is the first line of defense against sites with a bad reputation, showing red, yellow, and green icons next to search results, providing you a heads-up notice before you click a link.


Amazon Assistant for Chrome

Amazon has retired some of its other Chrome extensions in favor of letting Assistant do the work. You can use it to add things to your Amazon Wish List (from any site), do on-the-fly Amazon searches, allow price comparisons when you shop other sites, check shipments, and more. Of course it’s also helping Amazon track where you’re shopping, so you may only want to embrace it (like so many other extensions) if you really, really appreciate what it delivers.

The Camelizer

The Camelizer displays the full price history for an item on Amazon, with some comparison to third-party sales. It won’t tell you when savings are on the way, but it can help you decide when the cost is most likely to drop.

Fakespot

Do you trust reviews for products online? You probably shouldn’t since 39 percent of them are totally unreliable. Another option is to use Guardian by Fakespot to analyze the reviews on the product you’re interested in.

Honey
Honey (owned by PayPal) not only automatically sees what shopping site you’re on, and provides a drop-down list of applicable coupons (or links right on the site to get better deals); it will automatically apply all the coupons it can to your checkout service on select sites, so you’re not cutting/pasting/typing obscure, long codes. (Honey saves you money, sure, but “free” is in the eye of the beholder, because, of course, it is collecting data. And Amazon hates it enough to tell you it’s malware.)

InvisibleHand

InvisibleHand automatically scours the web for lower prices. A little bit of your own legwork is still recommended, but with a pool of over 600 retailers in multiple countries, it’s a great tool that works not only with online stores, but also with airlines.

Saleboat for Amazon

Like to get warehouse deals and buy used/returned products to save money? You can do that on Amazon but it’s a pain to find them. Or it was before Saleboat came along to display them right on the Amazon page along with the new products.

Offers
Offers.com—a sister site to PCMag under our parent company, Ziff Davis—offers up coupons and promo codes galore to save on name-brand stuff all over the web, at over 10,000 partner stores. Best of all, Offers tests all the codes it gets first, so you don’t have to waste time trying expired coupons.

Pay by Privacy.com

Install Pay for all your online shopping to increase security, post haste. It creates virtual credit cards based on your actual card—so you can essentially have a unique card to use on all your shopping sites. The free version lets you create up to 12 “cards” per month. (If you’ve got a specific credit card, see if the provider has an extension like Eno from Capital One).


Social/Sharing

HabitLab

Got a few websites you want to spend less time visiting? Stanford.edu’s HabitLab will try to retrain you into doing so, by using different kinds of interventions when you go to the site. For example, go to Facebook too much and it may hide your News Feed. Whatever works best to keep you away will be used the most, until you’re barely visiting those sites at all.

Netflix Party

Ain’t no party like a Netflix Party! Rather than chill, this extension lets you start a Netflix movie or show, then create an online party with any remote friends also running the extension, so you can all watch together from different locations.

Notifications for Instagram

Instagram addicts know how great the app is. This extension brings that same degree of photo-heavy Instagram-atical excellence to the desktop browser experience. You access Instagram right from the toolbar and never miss another like or comment.

Pablo
Perfect your social media artistry with Pablo—it sizes graphics you find online or from your drive, so they’re always a perfect fit on sites like Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. It even comes with photos courtesy of the Unsplash free stock photo site.

Shareaholic for Google Chrome

Shareaholic is a must for those who need instant access to social networks. From the drop-down menu, post directly to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Gmail, Evernote, and more than 250 other sites with this one extension. It has URL shorteners like Bit.ly built in, as well as Amazon Wish Lists for multiple countries.


Tabs

DashOne

Another new tab interface, DashOne fills the page with interactive widgets and bookmarks to get your new tab started.

Infinity New Tab

The best way to set up a home/start page in Chrome is to use Infinity and customize with launch buttons for all your sites and web-based apps, as well as quick access to search, weather, bookmarks, and history in the browser. Set the wallpaper to rotate so you never have the same page twice.

Tab Wrangler

One of many wranglers of tabs, this one helps you by deleting the tabs you haven’t looked at in a while—but it makes them easy to get back. Favorite sites don’t get closed. Chrome can sync the tabs between computers using the same Google account.

xTab

Lots of tabs can be a problem; xTab prevents you from opening up too many tabs by setting a tab limit, then killing off the oldest or least accessed tab that’s already open—thus retraining your brain to be judicious when opening them.

SuperTabs
Getting quick access to a drop-down menu/list of your open tabs isn’t that groundbreaking, but SuperTabs throws in a search so you can jump to the one you need quick as a tabbing bunny. You can create keyboard shortcuts to make use of SuperTabs even faster.

Empty New Tab Page

The name says it all. With this extension installed, if you click to get a new tab you get one that’s utterly empty.

Toby

Don’t constantly re-open all the same tabs every day. Use Toby to organize them, so when you open a new tab, you have the option to open them all.

OneTab
You open a lot of tabs. That can cause your Chrome browser to slow to a crawl. You can save all that memory by letting OneTab consolidate the clutter to one tab full of links to all those same sites.

The Great Suspender

The dozens of Chrome tabs you keep open constantly eat a lot of memory. Installing the Great Suspender reclaims some of those system resources. Leave a tab alone long enough and the Great Suspender “unloads” the tab to give your computer a break. You can always go back to the tab and click to reload it, or make a permission list of the sites that need to always be available.

Momentum

Inspirational, productive, beautiful—they could all describe a new tab page made with Momentum, which uses incredible images for backgrounds on useful text you need (like what time it is).

Session Buddy

Still with 5 stars after 24,000+ reviews, those with an egregious number of tabs open agree that this manager might be the best way to see and organize them all in one place, save them for later, recover tabs after a crash, and export tabs for sharing.

Tabs Outliner

Tabs Outliner provides a look at all your tabs in a resizable, vertical window—tree-style, like you find in Windows Explorer. Closing a tab doesn’t remove it from the tree, making it ultra-easy to return to that page, so there’s no difference between an open or “saved” tab. You can even add notes from web pages. When you’re sick of all the work, there’s a button to close every tab and you’re out.

TooManyTabs

Sometimes you just open too many tabs. Exceed 20 and the Chrome interface is nearly impossible to use. This extension manages the overflow, providing a bird’s-eye view of open tabs. It can search the open tabs and sort them by domain, title, or creation time.

Tab Snooze

Sometimes there are tabs open in Chrome that you don’t need at that moment, such as an article you’re dying to read. If it can keep until after lunch, snooze that tab for later in the day, that evening, the next day, even the next week or next month. Pick a day. Or just mail it to yourself to read whenever.

Ultidash
Turn your new tab into a full dashboard with all the extras you can imagine, pushing you to new levels of productivity. Ultidash builds in a to-do list, a site blocker with a Pomodoro Timer, integration with tools like Google Calendar and Gmail, and analytics about your work habits and sites visited.

IE Tab
In days of yore, many websites were optimized for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE). If you have a tool like that at your work that developers never bothered to update, use IE Tab. It loads the page using IE’s rendering engine, while remaining within a Google Chrome tab. (It requires you to install an extra program called IETabHelper.exe for it to work.)


Video

4thWall

This extension is about donations: use it to make sure money is donated to a charity whenever you’re using your PC to stream video on services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu.

Invideo for YouTube

Forgot your place in a YouTube video from earlier, but can kind of remember what was happening? With Invideo, search for that spot—type in what was being said, and it searches the closed-captions to jump you to the right part.

Magic Actions for YouTube

YouTube videos get a beautiful, configurable makeover with Magic Actions. Use your mouse wheel to control volume, select HD or cinema mode (with darkened background), go into the HD mode of your choice automatically, and turn off the auto-play as desired, among other fantastic options. If you want, it even hides the ads in videos and, best of all, hides the comments, where trolls live.

Picture-in-Picture Extension

This one is from Google itself, and works especially well with YouTube, but also some other videos: click the icon and the video you’re watching reduces to a thumbnail you can move around the screen as you do other “work” in the browser. Just keep the original video tab open so the video won’t close.

Video DownloadHelper

There are lots of Chrome extensions that will download video—but not from YouTube. That would go against Google’s rules. You can get around that by side-loading a Chrome extension like this one. It supports a huge number of sites, even a few of the more adult variety. (For more, read How to Download YouTube Videos.)

Zoom Scheduler

We’re all relying a bit too much on Zoom Meetings to get through life, so make it easier than ever by putting Zoom in the browser toolbar for scheduling meetings, or instantly starting a meeting. The meeting URL gets shared instantly with participants via Google Calender.

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