According to the Stat Counter, Google Chrome is the most-used browser all over the world, with its easy interface, quick performance, and compatible with almost all the mobile devices. Every browser has its advantages and disadvantages, so, be careful while choosing a web browser. But Google Chrome is the best choice regarding functionality, extensions compatibility and multipurpose.
What do the extensions do? Extensions are the small programs that add more functionality to the web browser and make it multipurpose. You can perform several tasks on the go which couldn’t be easy without extensions. Extensions allow you to perform several tasks without interrupting your work at all.
While adding extensions to your web browser only stick to the extensions which are necessary to cope up with your needs. Otherwise, they will put extra load on your browser and may result in a bad experience.
For your convenience, we have devised a list of the best google chrome extensions of 2017.
Let’s have a bird’s eye view on the extensions before going into detail.
- Gmail Notifier
- Chrome Remote Desktop
- Full Page Screen Capture
- Adblock Plus
Top 10 Best Chrome Extensions of 2017
Zenmate is one of the best VPN service and cyber security provider with 34 million users worldwide. You can access their servers and unblock the websites easily.
It is the easiest way to stay secure and make your connection private while surfing the internet.
Moreover, you can change your virtual location and switch to one of the locations of their 34 VPN servers including UK and US.
Why Choose Zenmate??? Because Zenmate provides freedom, security, privacy and speed at a reasonable price.
Lightshot provides the convenient way to take a customizable screenshot with easy to use interface and light weight.
The exciting thing of this google chrome extension is the easy editing of the screenshot. You can edit the screenshot share it.
One thing which annoys most of the users is dimensions of the screenshot which is being taken. So, Screenshot provides the dimensions when you are selecting the area to take the screen shot.
Moreover, you can save the edited screenshot on your computer disk or upload it to the cloud service. You can also search for similar screenshots on the internet.
If you are not an English native speaker then you probably would have experienced grammar mistakes while writing any article or similar stuff.
Grammarly came up with the solution for its users. While using Grammarly you will see your mistakes underlined or any other such mistake in real time.
You can save your work on the Grammarly cloud service so, you don’t lose any work. Services which you acquire after adding Grammarly to Chrome are: Contextual Spelling Checker, Grammar Checker and Suggestions. But you can take these free services to the next level with Grammarly Premium account.
Pushbullet is a secure extension used by millions of people bringing together friends, devices and other things which you like to share.
If you want to do your work without any interruption, even if you don’t want to look at your smartphone to loose your attention then Pushbullet is the extension to go with.
You can send and receive SMS on your computer screen along with the notifications on the screen. You can see and dismiss the notifications on your computer screen which goes away on your mobile screen too.
Pushbullet saves you a lot of time. You can type text from your keyboard instead of your smartphone and send files to your friends. Your data is secured with end-to-end encryption. It has been translated into various languages by their own users.
The only requirement to use this extension is an Android smartphone.
5. Gmail Notifier
Gmail Notifier is an open source extension which notifies you about incoming emails from all of your Gmail accounts as they arrive. You don’t need to log in your Gmail accounts and switch between them in a busy day.
There is no requirement of entering your credentials and it offers multiple account support. Mark as read, trash or report as spam and archive messages from browser’s toolbar.
To sign-in into multiple accounts at once first, log-in to your primary Gmail account and then click on your name at the top of the page and then select “Add account” from the drop down menu. When the page opens up enter your email address and password for the account you want to access and then click “Sign-in” button.
You can remove notifications for a specific account, in the setting page, remove label inbox for that particular account.
If you want to remember you bunch of passwords without any hassle then LastPass is the best option to go with.
LastPass is the award-winning password manager which manages your passwords and gives you access from any device you will be using.
You can switch to any other device and install LastPass, the extension fetches all the passwords and usernames after entering your LastPass credentials.
Moreover, you can attach images, PDFs, Docs, audio and video. You can edit, delete and organise your passwords and generate strong passwords to replace weak ones.
The only master password is to be remembered which isn’t even shared with LastPass. Passwords with LastPass are secured which you can share with your family members and friends.
7. Chrome Remote Desktop
Chrome Remote Desktop is an extension used to access other computers or allow another user to access your computer from remote locations.
Computers can be made available on long-term and short-term basis. The connections are fully secured from either a Chromebook or Chrome Browser.
One more exciting feature of Chrome Remote Desktop extension is its cross-platform compatibility.
It’s compatible with:
- Windows XP and Above
- Mac (OS X 10.6 and Above)
8. Full Page Screen Capture
Full Page Screen Capture is an open source extension used to take a screenshot of your computer screen at once. There is no content locking or annoying ads but its simple to convert the full web page into an image.
To take the screenshot simply click on the extension in browser bar or press Alt+Shift+P and let the extension do its work.
When the screenshot has been taken it opens up in a new tab. If your page is too large for Chrome to store it on one page then it allows you to split your image into two images and opens the enough images to fit your main screenshot in new tabs.
SmoothScroll allows you to scroll smoothly on all web pages with an awesome control with your mouse and keyboard.
For Mac users, there is also an app to enjoy the stuff. SmoothScroll is lightweight, ads free, no background process and with fast speed.
You don’t loose your memory while working with SmoothScroll. It works great with embedded content, full touchpad support and enhanced control with the mouse wheel, middle mouse and keyboard support.
Why do I recommend SmoothScroll?
Because it gives iOS like smooth scrolling with Home/End, PgUp/PgDown, Spacebar and Arrow Keys.
10. Adblock Plus
Adblock Plus is an ad blocker with over 50 million users which blocks annoying ads, malware etc.
Adblock Plus also helps to protect your privacy with anti-social tracking and anti-malware features.
ABP also allows you to turn on some sort of ads which includes static ads, small ads and the ads which may not be annoying to the visitors.
The ads which are being blocked by Adblock Plus are Youtube video ads, Facebook ads, third party tracking, saves time, data and its free for Chrome.
Types of Ads which are being blocked by ABP.
- Overlay Ads
- Webmail Ads
- Expanding Ads
- Autoplay Sound Ads
So, that was a list of Google Chrome Extensions to be used to get more out of web browser and save your time. The great functionalities of extensions compel us to add them to our browser. But be careful while adding extensions to your web browser, don’t add useless extensions as they put a load on your browser and may affect your browsing speed.
Some of the best Chrome extensions had been put together. If you feel that the list lacks some best extensions which should have been included then feel free to inform us by dropping a comment line below.