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Google Chrome Extensions

Google Chrome is my favorite web browser. I think, it is the best browser available now and it can fit any taste. The name ‘chrome’ stands for light weight design – all unnecessary features (chrome) is removed. I really like this idea, because without all toys which other browsers have, Google Chrome is very fast and reliable browser. However, I need some extra features which are not available by default (i.e. RSS feeds subscription, bookmarks synchronization, etc). There are many extensions available for Google Chrome from Google Chrome Website. Here is the list of the most useful (in my opinion) extensions for Google Chrome. It is also very easy to remove or disable extension which you don’t like from Google Chrome Extensions page (Configuration menu — Tools — Extensions).

Speed Dial

Speed DialGoogle Chrome default speed dial (the page you see when you open new tab) has only 8 links with thumbnails to the most favorite pages (Google chrome can set these for you, or you can add links manually) and few links to the recently closed pages. This extension replaces default speed dial page with more advanced one. By default this page has bookmarks bar (so you can disable bookmarks bar and save some screen space), Google search form, 12 links with thumbnails to the favorite pages of your choice (you can add up to 81 speed dials, using extension customization page) and bar with links to the recently closed pages. You need to press ‘Alt’+’A’ to add the page you are on to the speed dial page or from speed dial page you can enter URL.

Speed Dial Screenshot

Speed Dial Screenshot

This extension is highly customizable. You can change number of dials (up to 81), add background image, change background color and even remove address bar.

Speed Dial Options

Speed Dial Options

Download Speed Dial extension.

Highlight to Search (Google)

Highlight to SearchOne of my favorite extensions. You need just to select a word, or sentence on the page and little window with search button will appear beside the selected text. When you click on the search button it will take you to the Google search page. You can edit search pattern, before search. Simple and useful.

Highlight to Search Screenshot

Highlight to Search Screenshot

It has very few customization options:

Highlight to Search Options

Highlight to Search Options

Download Highlight to Search Extension

Neat Bookmarks

Neat BookmarksNeat Bookmarks tool adds more advanced bookmarks menu with bookmarks search capability. This plug-in uses bookmarks already saved in Google Chrome. Very useful plug-in. However, you can not organize your bookmarks with this menu. You will need to use native Google Chrome bookmarks menu to drag and drop bookmarks there or to use built in bookmarks organizer.

Neat Bookmarks Screenshot

Neat Bookmarks Screenshot

Neat Bookmarks can also be customized a little bit:

Neat Bookmarks Options

Neat Bookmarks Options

Download Neat Bookmarks extension.

RSS Subscription Extension (Google)

RSS SubscriptionI was really surprised to see, that Google Chrome doesn’t have this capability by default. However, there are many extensions available, including RSS Subscription from Google. This extension provides you possibility to subscribe to the site news with different on-line RSS readers such as Google Reader, iGoogle, Yahoo, etc.

RSS Subscription Options

RSS Subscription Options

Download RSS Subscription extension.

Proxy Switchy

Proxy SwitchyIf you have different proxy settings for different locations, this extension will be very useful to you. This is highly customizable extension. You can set different proxy settings and set switch rules for different locations.

Proxy Switchy Options

Proxy Switchy Options

Download Proxy Switchy extension.

Xmarks Bookmark and Password Sync

XmarksXmarks Bookmark and Password Sync tool was already outlined in this post. This extension helps you to synchronize your bookmarks across computers and different browsers.

Xmarks Options

Xmarks Options

Download Xmarks Bookmark and Password Sync extension.

Screen Capture (Google)

Screen CaptureUseful extension, when you need to capture content of the browser window. Screen capture is able to capture whole page in one file even if it is very long. You can edit captured image before saving it to hard drive.

Screen Capture Screenshot

Screen Capture Screenshot

Screen Capture Edit Toolbar

Screen Capture Edit Toolbar

Screen Capture Options

Screen Capture Options

Download Screen Capture extension.

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