06 February 2011

Enhancing Chrome with Extensions

For the longest time, I was a big Firefox fan. I still like Firefox and am really excited about the Firefox 4 beta, but for now, Chrome is my browser of choice. That's partially because I'm using Chrome OS on a Cr-48, but the browser's speed means I'd be running it anyway. One of the things that made me hesitant about the Chrome OS was the fact that I would have to live in the cloud, but Chrome extensions make it much easier. Here are some of my favorite Chrome extensions:

Google Extensions

Google Share Button: Sends links to sites like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Delicious, and others using URL shortener.

Docs PDF/PowerPoint Viewer: Automatically previews .pdf and .ppt files in-browser using the Google Docs Viewer.

Google Calendar: View your daily agenda with one click without having to navigate away from your current tab.

Send from Gmail: Makes Gmail your default email client.

Picnik: Allows you to send images from any website straight to Picnik for editing. It also allows you send screenshots to Picnik, which helps me with presentations and how-tos.

Google Chrome to Phone: Send pages, maps, and more from the browser straight to your Android powered device.

Google Voice: Easily manage your inbox, call, and send texts.

Third Party Extensions

Adblock Plus: Disables display ads. This is a beta version created by the same company that created the Firefox extension. There's a knockoff extension for Chrome as well, but I prefer this version.

Clip to Evernote: Clip URLs or entire sites to Evernote.

Add to Amazon Wish List: Add items from any website to your Amazon Wish List.

IE Tab: Uses an Internet Explorer install to display websites in IE via a Chrome tab. (Only available in Windows)

Aviary Screen Capture: Send screenshots to Aviary or open Aviary services. I personally like Picnik better, but it's nice to have options.

These extensions (and others) have helped me stay in the cloud since switching to the Cr-48. Sure, there are still a few glitches in some of the services as cloud-based applications are still up-and-coming, but the overall experience is excellent.  Plus, the fact that I can sync my Chrome install to my Google account gives me access to these extensions across multiple platforms, which keeps my browsing experience great no matter which computer I'm using.  If you have any favorite Chrome extensions that I left off of my list, please let me know in the comments!


  1. Chromed bird (twitter)
    a URL shortener ( or
    QR code generator
    Google Reader notifier

  2. Because I am developing my website constantly, and never remember to write down my color scheme, I find EyeDropper very useful. It lets me pick a color directly off of the website, without doing a screen capture, and importing the capture into photoshop.

  3. I like the blog extension. Works great for adding directly to your blog.
    Oh, and the history one is wonderful to have.