Useful Chrome Extensions
Google Chrome is the most used web browser in the world, but it's less than perfect. Google keeps adding and then deleting new features, clogging your UI, and has no regard for privacy (even tho they insist on it in Privacy and security section). Instead of making our browsing experience smooth and seamless, they just bombard us with a plethora of useless “updates” and “improvements”. Luckily, there are extensions, made by people seemingly fed up with Google not doing their job. Extensions range from the most useful thing in the universe to I am gonna slow down your PC to the speed of a snail. So, just because an extension seems great at first, doesn't mean it's good or even useful for you. In this list, I am going to showcase some of the extensions I use. The List will be divided into 2 sections: Essential/Always on and Non-essential/Situational.
With Extensity, you can easily declutter a toolbar and disable/enable extensions with one click. Can access extension settings. This should be the first thing installed on your browser.
Probably the most important browser extension, ever. Not only does it block ads, but website elements. You can also use custom scripts to get rid of even more junk. Words can't describe how much my browsing experience has improved because of uBLock.
Community version of the popular extension "I Don't care about cookies" (without Avast)
Remove cookie warnings from almost all websites! The EU regulations require that any website using tracking cookies must get…
The EU regulations require that any website using tracking cookies must get user's permission before installing them. Imagine how irritating that becomes when you surf anonymously or if you delete cookies automatically every time you close the browser.
Best password manager out there. Adds, generates and saves passwords with a click. Super customizable and easy to use as an extension. Best of all, it's free.
Install this and save your eyes. Certain sites are straight-up unusable without Dark Reader.
Quick translate everywhere. Super useful.
Someone gotta proofread your ramblings. Easily finds those pesky missing letters or misplaced commas.
Can do it all: Capture, annotate, share. I have gotten around many freemium restrictions with this. Great for meme template capturing too.
Google keeps messing with image search and pushing Lens on us. This tool fixes that and also supports other search engines such as Bing, Yandex, Baidu and TinEye.
Reverses the most brain-dead decision by YouTube (for now) and gives people what they want. Can't watch tutorials or scientific content without it.
Don't you love it when a third of a YouTube video is a sponsored content? Well, this extension skips that part and gives you just a good old useful parts. Users can submit those themselves. Another useful feature is a highlight, so you don't watch a two-minute video for a five-second meme.
Taking YouTube screenshots with screenshot apps is pretty wonky. This extension Adds a “Screenshot” button to the YouTube video player which saves a screenshot of the currently playing video as a file, or copies it to the clipboard, or both.
Capture a screenshot of your current page in entirety and reliably—without requesting any extra permissions.
Easy and free screen recorder for Mac, Windows, and Chromebooks. Record your camera and screen with audio directly from your Chrome browser and share the video with your team, friends, and family.
The Google Docs extension makes it possible to edit your documents, spreadsheets and presentations when you aren’t connected to the Internet. Plus, you can copy and paste between Docs, Sheets and Slides. Super useful in many cases.
This extension adds a browser button for easy access to Google Scholar from any web page. If you are writing a research paper, it can save a lot of time.
PrintFriendly cleans and formats web pages for perfect print experience. So your grandma doesn't print out ads.
MailTrack.io is an email tracking app for Gmail that lets you know if the emails you’ve sent have been read or not. Free version is somewhat limited, but still super useful. Check if you are sending resumes to a human or a black hole.
Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research. Would have never written my thesis without it.
With the power of the Wayback Machine, you can go back in time to see how a website has changed and evolved through the history of the Web.
Browser extension for viewing archived and cached versions of web pages, available for Chrome, Edge and Safari.
“Swiss army knife” helping journalists, fact-checkers, and human rights defenders to save time and be more efficient in their fact-checking and debunking tasks on social networks especially when verifying videos and images.
Wappalyzer is a technographics data provider, uncovering technologies such as content management systems, customer relationship management, ecommerce platforms, advertising networks, marketing tools and analytics.
The most beautiful and customizable JSON/JSONP highlighter that your eyes have ever seen.
Lets you export your bookmarks in markdown instead of the default shitty HTML format.
A browser extension that uses AI to detect listings type data which can be easily scraped into CSV or Excel file, no coding required. Can automatically click next button to continue to the next page. The extension runs completely in user’s browser.
Browser extension that lets you download all of the links and images on a website.
WhatFont is a bookmarklet and Chrome extension that makes it easy to find out the fonts used in a webpage. See a fancy font in wild? Well, not wild anymore.
With ColorZilla you can get a color reading from any point in your browser, quickly adjust this color and paste it into another program. You can Zoom the page you are viewing and measure distances between any two points on the page. The built-in palette browser allows choosing colors from pre-defined color sets and saving the most used colors in custom palettes. This is super useful for social media people.
Natural Reader is a professional text to speech program that converts any written text into spoken words. The paid versions of Natural Reader have many more features.
Record yourself doing what you know how to do. From your recording, Scribe auto-generates a chronological step-by-step guide, complete with visual screenshots. Personalize your guide by adding details or commentary. Then, simply share - with colleagues, customers, or friends. Simply done in minutes. Pretty easy to use.
FrankerFaceZ gives Twitch users custom chat emotes and introduces new features to improve the viewing experience. Gotta enhance your twitch viewing experience.