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Keep

Although there are number of note taking apps available for Android, the official Google Keep app is among the best with a beautiful interface, minimal features and reliability.

The app integrates with your Google account and syncs notes across mobile, tablet and desktop computer through a Chrome extension. Using the app you can quickly write text notes, create to-do lists, voice notes and capture photo notes with your camera.

Google Keep supports OCR so if you capture a news clipping with the camera, it will automatically search the note for text. The voice notes are automatically transcribed into text using the Android’s built-in dictation (voice to text) feature.

A useful home screen widget is also available to perform all the functions without opening the app. The photo note lets you attach multiple images from the camera or the gallery for reference. The app can color code your notes making identification easier without worrying about tags and categories.

You can swipe away a note from the interface to archive it or simply tap and hold it to bring up icons for archive, delete or share. The archived notes can be accessed anytime from the left side menu of the app.

Interface of the app is simple with zero learning curve. All the notes are displayed in a multi-column layout in the main interface. However, there is an option to switch to single column layout from the options menu. All the notes are synced with your Google account and can be viewed in your Google Drive. Additionally, you can set individual reminders for each note – reminder can be time based or location based.

The app works with multiple Google accounts – storing individual notes for each account. This makes it easy to keep personal and work notes separate.

Google Keep is advertisements free. Let’s just hope it stick around and doesn’t meet the fate of Google Notebook.

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MightyText

If you hate typing text messages using the small keyboard of your mobile phone, you’ll love the Mighty Text extension for Google Chrome.

MightyText lets you send and receive SMS text messages directly from Gmail or Facebook on your computer. All you need to do is install the Mighty Text app on your Android phone.

Mighty Text offers a chat style widget inside Gmail and here you can read through your existing text messages or write new ones. Your phone has to be on as MightyText routes SMS messages via your phone.

If you have a dual-SIM mobile phone, MightyText will send and receive text message using the default SIM card on your Android Phone.

The extension also offers desktop notifications for missed calls and SMS messages. And it available for Android tablets as well.

The Android app is free of any ads. Additional features such as SMS scheduling, themes and blocked number set up are available in the pro version of MightyText which is US$ 29.99 per year.

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Readability

Readability is a read later service like Pocket or Instapaper but their Chrome add-on has a few additional features that will impress you.

One, you can use Readability to remove all the clutter from a web page – like the ads, sidebar widgets, Flash videos, etc. – for a more pleasing reading experience. You can view the cleaned page right in the current tab or send it to your Readability reading list for reading later on your mobile device(s).

Readability also has a helpful Send to Kindle feature to help you quickly save any web page to your Kindle reader for offline reading. You press the Readability button in the Chrome toolbar and a copy of the page will be transferred to your Kindle via your secret Kindle email address. Also, the service automatically sends a daily digest of your saved reading list to your Kindle.

A great thing about Readability’s Android App is that it has a built-in web browser. You can read websites and add articles directly to your reading list without even leaving the app.

Pro tip: If a page doesn’t have a print specific stylesheet, you can also use Readability to clean the page before sending to to the printer.

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PushBullet

Have you ever been in a situation when you want to send a file from your computer to your phone or tablet but did not have a USB cable around? Enter, PushBullet, a free app that lets you send links and transfer files between devices.

Pushbullet lets you easily send links of web pages, Google Maps addresses, text notes, checklists or even push files from your Google Chrome browser to your Android phone. You hit the Push button in your browser and the notification instantly appears on the Android device.

The reverse route works as well. So you can easily push photos, links and other stuff from the phone to your computer via the Chrome browser.

Push Bullet connects your browser and your phone through your Google Account though you also have the option to associate multiple Google Accounts with the same instance of PushBullet.

You can also push data to your friends who do not use PushBullet as well. Once you send them anything, they will be notified on email to install PushBullet and after they install the app, they can download the file.

One more thing. Push Bullet can mirror all the notifications appearing in your Android phone on to your desktop computer though Chrome notifications. Thus if you get an SMS or there’s a missed call and the phone isn’t around, you’ll still get to know through Chrome.

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Vimium

Vimium is a must-have Chrome extension for power users. It lets you browse the web and also control the browser using keyboard shortcuts that are inspired by Vim, the favorite text editor of programmers.

Let’s say you are on the page with 10 links. Now instead of using the mouse to click a link, you can hit the “f” key on your keyboard and it will highlight all the links with small labels likes AB, KA, FF, etc. If you wish to open a link, just type the characters of the label and the link will open.

Similarly, while you are on a page, press T to open a new tab page. Or press O to open a URL from your bookmarks. Press T to cycle through all the tabs open in your Chrome.

The list of keyboard shortcuts is long but you can press ? to see the full list. There’s a learning curve involved if you have never used Vim before but it may well be worth the effort.

There’s support regular expressions too when searching for text inside web pages.

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Buffer

With Buffer, you can share links and photos on multiple social media websites in one go. You can post stuff to Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, App.net and Google Plus pages.

Buffer not only makes it easy for you to post content, it also help you track the performance of your shared links. You get to know the average number of clicks and the approximate reach of your shared content.

The other advantage of using Buffer is that you can schedule updates and the service will automatically post the update the specified date and time.

The Buffer extensions also adds one-click links in Facebook and Twitter to help you quickly cross-post content from these networks to other websites.

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Clip Better

How do you share a web page with friends over email? You probably send them the URL (link) of the web page in the message?

The problem with raw links is that they offer no clue about where they are pointing to? With Clip Better, you can easily create a rich snippet of web page and send it via Gmail.

The snippet includes a representative image from the page (usually the first one), the page title, an excerpt (summary) and the recipient can click this snippet to view the shared web page. You can also edit the title and summary text before sending the preview over email.

Clip Better is integrated with Gmail but it can also copy the snippet to your clipboard making is easy for you to use in your word processor or another email service.

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Streamus

If you prefer playing music in the background, Streamus is for you. The addon brings a YouTube music player into your Chrome that streams your favorite music without you having to open YouTube in a separate tab.

The big advantage is that you manage YouTube from your current tab and it only streams the audio while the video stays hidden. There’s no need to have multiple tabs open for music.

With Streamus, you can search YouTube videos in a little pop-up window and add them to your playlist. Or you can turn on the radio mode and let the extension find related music based on your existing playlist.

Streamus lets you save songs / videos in playlists that also get synched with your other computer where you are signed in with the same Google account.

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Snappy Snippets

As a web developer, you often look at the source of HTML web pages to understand how that style was created? How that slideshow was added? How that hover effect was achieved?

The developer tools in Chrome easily let you inspect the source code and styles associated with any web element on a web page. The Snappy snippet extension for Chrome makes it even easier for you to inspect the styles.

When you select any element, Snappy Snippets extracts the HTML and CSS for the specified DOM note and send it straight to code editors like CodePen, jsFiddle or JS Bing.

Just right-click any element on a web page, choose Inspect Element, switch the Snappy Snippets tab near the console and choose Create a Snippet. It only copy the CSS styles and HTML required to create that web element and no extra information is saved in the snippet.

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Project Naptha

Project Naptha add OCR capabilities to your Google Chrome. You can right-click any image on a web page and the add-on will extract the text from that image allowing you to copy-paste into another application.

It works with photographs, scanned documents, screenshots, Internet memes and even comic strips. If you captured a newspaper clipping with your camera phone, you can put it on Dropbox and extract the text from the clipping with Project Naptha.
There could be some errors in text recognition but is still much faster than manual transcribing.

There’s translation built-in so you can highlight the words on a image and right-click to translate your selection in a different language.

One more thing. The text on an image is editable so you can’t just copy the image to the clipboard, you can even erase the words from the image.

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Hover Reader

With Hover Reader installed, you can hover your mouse over any link on a web page and it will offer a “readable” version of the target web page in a preview window.

You can scroll inside the preview window with your mouse and the window disappears as soon as you move you mouse out of the window frame.

This is extremely useful for websites that contain too many links, Wikipedia for example, and you may otherwise end up having dozens of tabs in your browser. Hover Reader lets you read the target web page without opening a new tab.

Internally, the extension run the “Readability” engine on the target page thus extracting only the relevant article while stripping all the ads, graphic and other non-essential stuff.

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Bubble Cursor

When you need to click a link on a web page, you have to place your mouse exactly on the link before the mouse pointer turns into a “clickable” hand.

With bubble cursor installed in Chrome, you can click on links by simply moving your mouse near a link. While the cursor in near a link, the pointer turns into a bubble and you an left-click to open that link.

It also works for typing text inside input fields without you having to highlight the text field. Just bring your mouse pointer near the next field and start typing.

Bubble Cursor, by default, is enabled for all websites but you can click the extension’s icon in the Chrome toolbar to disable it for any particular website.

Alternatively you can go to the options panel and blacklist multiple websites in one go.

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Dewey

Google Chrome includes a very basic Bookmark Manager. The displays the list of your bookmarks in a tree and there’s little meta data displayed about the bookmarks except for the title of the bookmarks.

Dewey is not a bookmark manager per se but it lets you search and browse your stored bookmarks visually in a pinterest style grid layout. It display a thumbnail image of your bookmarks and there’s an option to sort bookmarks by the date, title or the URL of the links.

There’s a big find-as-you-type search box that only allows you to search bookmarks by their title but also the underlying website’s URL.

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dotEPUB

You can write your text in Markdown format and dotEPUB will convert your text into an e-book (ePUB or MOBI format) that you can read on an iPad (iBooks) or the Amazon Kindle.

dotEPUB is available as a bookmarklet and as a Google Chrome extension allowing you to convert just about any web page into an EPUB or MOBI format ebook.

Also, if you would like to convert a Word document or a PDF file to EPUB / MOBI, just upload the .doc or .docx file to Google Docs and then use the dotEPUB bookmarklet to convert it into the appropriate ebook format.

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YouTube Feed

YouTube Feed is a Google Chrome extension that will notify you when new videos are added to your YouTube Homepage Feed.

You will be notified YouTube channels, that you are subscribed to, upload, like or favorite videos. The extensions polls YouTube every 5 minutes though you can choose a longer polling duration.

You can also right-click the extension icon in the toolbar and filter out notifications that you would not like to be included in your YouTube feed. For instance, you may disable notifications when your YouTube subscriptions, or friends, comment on a video.

YouTube Feed is open-source and developed by Google.

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Boomerang

Desktop email programs like Outlook have an email scheduling feature that you can use to send emails later at your preferred time. You can compose a message now, it stays in your outbox and is automatically delivered at the set date and time.

Boomerang is a browser extension for Gmail (and Google Apps for Gmail) that brings similar “Write Now, Send Later” feature to your Gmail.

Just compose your email message and then use the new “Send Later” button in the Gmail compose window (instead of Send). Choose the exact date and time that the email is to be sent and you can log out.

Boomerang will automatically deliver the message at the desired time. The free account lets you send 10 messages per month.

Right Inbox is another alternative to Boomerang with a similar sending limit for free accounts.

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Hola

Websites may be blocked in your country or workplace for various reasons.

For instance, sites like Pandora, Netflix or Hulu are only available to US IP addresses. Certain video channels on YouTube, like BBC and National Geographic, aren’t available for streaming in some countries. China blocks a tons of sites include Facebook and Wikipedia.

Hola is an easy-to-use add-on that lets you access these hard-to-get sites with a click. While you are on a site that’s inaccessible, just click the Hola icon in the Chrome toolbar and access should be restored. Internally, Hola is just a VPN service but it hides all the technical details from the end user and requires absolutely no configuration.

You may also use Hola to hide your actual IP address from sites.

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YT Options

If you were allowed to install just one YouTube related add-on to your Chrome, YouTube Options could be a good choice. It vastly improves your YouTube experience and hides the annoying things about Youtube like the on-screen annotations.

The list of things it can do is long. You can choose to disable pre-roll and in-video ads, disable auto play, change the default size of the YouTube player, pre-buffer videos, play videos in a loop, and more.

It can also help you manipulate the YouTube website like you can hide the header and footer section, remove comments and related videos, switch to dark mode that dims everything except the video and more.

The unofficial version of YouTube options, available at the developers site as a .crx file, also adds the on-click download option to your YouTube for downloading videos in MP4 or FLV format for offline viewing.

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TextDown

TextDown is a simple but well designed and customizable text editor for Google Chrome that supports the Markdown format including Github flavored markdown.

You can either use the Markdown syntax to format your text or use one of the many keyboard shortcuts (like Ctrl+B for bold). It also supports abbreviations for quickly writing commonly used words and phrases (like your email address or phone number).

While editing inside Textdown, you can press Ctrl +P to preview your text in rich HTML. Textdown is open source and its design was inspired by the popular Byword editor for Mac.

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WriteBox

WriteBox is minimalistic and beautiful text editor for Chrome that works offline as well.

The add-on uses the local HTML5 storage to auto-save your work but you also have an option to sync your writing with Dropbox or Google Drive. It supports basic formatting and you can export your work as plain text or HTML files.

WriteBox offers a set of fonts to choose from and you may also switch to a dark theme in full-screen mode for a distraction-free writing environment.

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Font Previewer

Google Fonts is a huge collection of web fonts that you are free to use on your websites without any kind of restrictions.

The Font Preview add-on lets you test the Google Fonts on your website and offers the necessary HTML code that you can add to your web template to permanently apply that font to the website.

Web Developers may use CSS selectors during testing to only apply the new font styles to select elements of a page (say H1 and H2 headings).

Also, the list of Google Fonts is long but you can “star” fonts to add a select few to your favorites

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SpeakIt

Select any text on a web page and SpeakIt will read the snippet for you in a not-very robotic voice.

SpeechIt can automatically detect the language of the selected text and can convert text to speech for nearly 50 languages.

Internally, it uses the Chrome Text-to-Speech API (TTS) for speech synthesis and users can change the voice pitch and speaking rate (words per minute).

There’s however no option to download the audio files.

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Remote Desktop

Chrome Remote Desktop adds screen sharing and remote desktop access facilities to your Google Chrome browser. Once the add-on is installed, you’ll be able to easily access other computers or allow another user access your computer securely over the Internet.

Chrome Remote Desktop is works on Windows, Mac and Linux so you may use it to access your Mac machine from a Windows computer or your Linux box. It works on the Chromebook too so if an application is not available for Chrome OS, say Microsoft Office, you can at least run it remotely and access it from your Chromebook.

To use Chrome Remote Desktop, the add-on must be installed on both computers. You may also use it for provide remote tech support to your friends by accessing their computer through the Chrome browser.

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Extensions Manager

It takes too many steps to access the built-in extensions manager inside Google Chrome – you either have to type chrome://extensions in the address bar or the other route is Tools -> Extensions.

The Extensions Manager add-on adds a new button to the Chrome toolbar to help you quickly access your installed add-ons, themes and apps with a click.

You can easily disable and enable extensions, access their options pages or even remove (uninstall) them completely.

The other useful feature of the Extensions Manager add-on is that it shows notifications when Chrome auto-updates any of your installed extension or app. If you have too many extensions installed inside Chrome, use the search filter to quickly narrow down the list to the ones you are looking for.

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StayFocusd

StayFocusd is a productivity extension for Google Chrome that lets you restrict the amount of time you can spend per day on time-wasting websites. For instance, you could specify a 10 minute limit for Facebook and it will auto-block the website in your browser after that limit has passed.

You have the option to block entire domains or a subdomain – for instance, you may choose to block www.facebook.com but not developers.facebook.com. You can turn off StayFocusd on weekends, or allow it to only run on certain days of the week.

StayFocusd offers a Nuclear Option as well allowing you to block access to all website except for the work-related ones that you have put in the Allowed Sites. You can launch the Nuclear option on demand or at a scheduled time. It can block entire sites, or just selected elements like media files or images.

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Feeder

Feeder is a mini RSS reader for Google Chrome that sits in the toolbar of Chrome and notifies when new articles are published on your favorite sites.

When you are on a website that offers RSS Feeds, Feeder will automatically detect the feeds and you can click the icon to quickly subscribe to that feed inside Feeder. Alternatively, you can add feeds to your subscription list manually or import them in a batch using an OPML file.

Feeder is ad supported and may change links on certain websites to include their affiliate code. You can however turn it off from the options window.

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Page Monitor

Page Monitor is a useful Chrome add-on that stays in the background and monitors web pages for changes. If it detects a change in any of the monitored pages, you get a desktop notification or you may choose to receive sound alerts.

You may click the alert to compare the difference between the old and new versions of the page visually.

To get started, open the web page that you would like to monitor, click on the Page Monitor icon and select “Monitor This Page”. Alternatively, you may switch to the Advanced view and visually select a particular area (div) of the page for tracking.

Page Monitor also supports regular expressions (regex) for monitoring a specific element on a page. For instance, you may only be interested in monitoring the price of a product on Amazon and would not like to be informed when a new customer review is added to the Amazon Product page. That’s where regex would help.

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OneTab

Google Chrome is a memory hog. If Chrome has been running on your desktop for some time, open the task manager and you’ll surprised to see the amount of memory that Chrome is consuming even if there aren’t too many tabs open in the browser.

OneTab offers a simple solution to the problem. If Chrome is feeling slow, click the OneTab icon and it will convert all of your open tabs into a list. When you need to access the tabs again, you can either restore them individually or all at once.

OneTab also lets you easily export and import your tabs as a list of URLs. You can also create a public web page from your list of tabs, so that you can easily access your tabs on your other computer or mobile device.

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Clipular

Clipular is a wonderful screen clipper for the web – you press Alt twice and capture anything on the current web page.

Once a screenshot is captured, the image is automatically uploaded to your private Clipular dashboard along with the title and source link of the current page.

You can also click the Clipular icon in the Chrome toolbar to browse your recent screen clippings or drag them to your email client for sharing the clip.

It support tags and can be used as a visual bookmarking service for the web.

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Time Warp

Time Warp helps you focus and offers a few ways to keep you away from websites that deflect your attention from work.

You can create redirects such that any visit to a distracting website is automatically redirected to a different one. For instance, you type facebook.com in the browser and it takes you to khanacademy.com.

Then you have an option to add timers to one or more domains. The timer will display the time you’ve spent on that site and it will suspend itself while you have switched to another website.

Finally, you may associate text with domains – every visit to facebook.com will display that quote reminding you that you can’t afford to procrastinate at the moment.

You can allocate the time you can spend on a site per day. Once the time is up, you will be taken to the quote or the alternative site, and be productive!

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MakeGIF

MakeGIF is a super easy way to save YouTube videos, or any HTML video on the web, as an animated GIF image.

While you are a web page that has embedded YouTube or any HTML video, just open Make GIF from the Chrome toolbar and it will auto-detect the embedded video clip.

Click the Record button and play the video. When you are done, click Stop and a GIF will be generated.

You can navigate frame by frame and delete the ones you would not like in the final image. You also have an option to add overlay text to your GIF or reverse the direction of animation.

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CleanPrint

With CleanPrint installed, you can selectively remove content from a web page before sending it to the printer. You can also choose to hide images, alter the font size, or switch to a lighter font that consumes less ink.

The edited page can be sent to your default printer or you may save the article as a PDF file to your Google Drive, Dropbox or Box.net accounts.

Alternatively, you may add the page as a print job to the Google Cloud Print queue.

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Quick Source

Some websites minify and obfuscate their source code to reduce the overall size of their web pages.

Quick Source Viewer lets you read the full source code of any web page with a click and it also beautifies and deobfuscates the code making it easier for you to understand.

The add-on shows the source of HTML, CSS and JavaScript files as well as any inline styles and scripts that may have been included in the web pages.

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SpellBook

Bookmarklets, unlike extensions, can be used on mobile browsers and they are more secure as they cannot modify web pages in the background or insert ads automatically.

SpellBook collects your bookmarklets scattered in the Bookmarks folder, places them all in a special Bookmarklets folder and you can then execute any bookmarklet from the right-click menu.

The bookmarklets menu is auto-updated as you add or delete bookmarklets in the browser.

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GIF Scrubber

GIF Scrubber adds movie player like controls to animated GIFs allowing you to control the speed of animation and you use the scrubber to go back and forth.

To get started, right-click any .gif image on a web page, or a link that points to a GIF, and select GIF Scrubber. You now have an option to play the GIF faster or slower, you can reverse the direction of animation or pause it any frame.

GIF Scrubber offers the Explore feature allowing you see all the image frames of an animated GIF in order. You can then download individual frames or export them all at once.

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Push to Kindle

This is the official add-on from Amazon that will let you deliver web pages, blog posts and any other web content to your Kindle Reader or any of your mobile devices that have the Kindle Reading Apps installed.

It will transfer only the actual article and not the distractions. You also have an option to select a portion of text on a web page and push it to your Kindle.

You can turn on the option to archive content in your Kindle library and you can then re-download your sent items any time later.

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KeyRocket

How do you delete an email thread in Gmail? There’s obviously the delete button or you can press the # (Shift + 3) key on the keyboard.

Power users prefer keyboard shortcuts over the mouse but remembering the myriad of shortcuts can be challenging for most users. That’s where KeyRocket can help.

KeyRocket monitors your actions on the Gmail and offers suggestions when your current action can be performed via keyboard shortcuts. For instance, when you hit the Compose button in Gmail, you may see a overlay notification suggesting you to use the “C” key.

Make sure that Keyboard Shortcuts are enabled in your Gmail settings for the KeyRocket add-on to work.

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Hover Zoom

With Hover Zoom activated, you an move your mouse cursor over a thumbnail images on an image and see the full-sized version of the image in an overlay.

Hover Zoom works on all popular sites from Flickr, Twitter, Amazon, eBay, Instagram, Pinterest, Google Images, Wikipedia, Imgur and many more. You can also press the S keyboard shortcut to save the linked image.

It can also display text captions for Facebook albums and some other sites.

The extension is ad-supported and may insert affiliate links and ads in your web pages. You can however turn it off from the options window.

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Input Tools

Need to write a tweet or an e-mail message in Hindi?

Google Input Tools lets you type text on any web page in your language of choice using the input tools familiar to you. You may use virtual keyboards, or transliteration tool or they also support handwriting input. You can scribble over the virtual scratchpad and it will transcribe your drawing into digital text.

Google Input Tools sits as an icon in the Chrome toolbar and you can switch to a different language with a click.

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ShortenMe

ShortenMe lets you instantly shorten the links of the current page with goo.gl, Google’s own URL shortner.

The add-on will automatically copy the shortened goo.gle link to your clipboard (for pasting in emails and IMs) and it also generates a QR code should you wish to open that page on your mobile device.

While this is optional, you can connect ShortenMe with your Google Account and this will let you manage your shortened links and get traffic statistics on the goo.gl website.

You may also assign a keyboard shortcut to ShortenMe from the Chrome’s Extension dashboard.

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Chime

Chime aggregates all your notifications from Gmail and social networks including Facebook and Twitter. The Chime icon in the Chrome toolbar gets highlighted when you unread notifications or you may choose to receive them individually as desktop notifications.

What’s unique about Chime is that it requires no setup and uses the existing login session in your browser to pull in all these notifications from various sites. As long as your logged into a site, Chime can fetch the notifications.

Chime developers say that none of your data is uploaded anywhere and all the process happens on the local computer.

Chime can handle notifications for Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Reddit, Stack Overflow, Flickr, Github, Quora and Foursquare. There’s no LinkedIn though.

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NiftySplit

Some websites – Reddit, Wikipedia or The Drudge Report for example – have tons of links. Spend five minutes on such a site and you will end up opening a dozens different tabs in your browser.

Nifty Split offers an elegant solution here. While you are on a website, right click any link and choose “Open in Nifty Split Window.” This will open the link in a new Chrome window and both the Chrome windows will be arranged side by side.

Now any link that you click in the left window will automatically open in the right window. You neither have to open any new tabs nor is there a need to use the Back button.

Simply close one of the two windows to end your NiftySplit session.

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WhatFont

With WhatFont, you can quickly and easily identify the names of various fonts used on a web page. You could do this by looking at the CSS of the page or through the Chrome Developer Tools but WhatFont makes it simpler and more elegant.

To get started, click the What Font button in the Chrome Toolbar and hover your mouse over any text whose font family you wish to identify. The answer will instantly show up as as tooltip. You can click the text to identify the font style including the size, line height and the color in hexadecimal code.

WhatFont also detects font services like Adobe’s Typekit and Google Fonts used for serving web fonts.

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StyleBot

Think the font is too small on a website that you visit often? Would you like the increase the width of the article section and hide the sidebar? How about changing the background color from black to say Antique White?

With StyleBot, you can tweak the visual design of any website instantly. You can change the font, colors, margin, padding, hide elements or even write your own CSS manually. Your custom CSS styles will be preserved and automatically applied the next time you visit that site.

To get started, open StyleBot and then use the cursor to visually select any element on a page – it could be a Heading, paragraph or even the entire footer. Now use the StyleBot panel to change the display properties of that element and save your changes.

You can also preview and install styles created by other users on the Stylebot website.

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Panic Button

Panic Button lets you hide all your open tabs in Chrome with the click of a button and restore them anytime later.

You may either click the Panic Button icon in the Chrome toolbar to hide the tabs or double tap the Escape key in quick succession. The session can be restored by clicking the Panic Button again.

The add-on will open a blank page or you may also configure it to open one or more work related websites replacing the old tabs.

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iReader

With iReader, you can read news stories and long web pages in a clean and uncluttered environment.

While you are on web page, click the iReader icon in the address bar (or press the Ctrl+Shift+P hotkey) and the add-on will display the article in a comfortable to read, scrollable display while the original web page is dimmed in the background.

You can return to the original layout by clicking anywhere in the in the background.

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Image Properties

With Image Properties installed, you can easily get the camera make, the location where a photograph was taken, which software was used to edit the image and other interesting details that are stored as EXIF tags with the image.

The add-on will also display the exact dimension of the image (some web pages may not embed an image at their original resolution) as well the file size.

If you are a web developer, you may use Image Properties extension to to convert any image on the web into base 64 Data URI scheme with a right-click.

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Tab Outliner

Tab Outliner lets you manage all your Chrome tabs from a central place. It creates an hierarchical list of all your open tabs and windows and presents them in a tree view much like the bookmarks manager of Chrome.

The other advantage of Tab Outliner is that in the event of a crash, you’ll not be forced to open your entire session. You can reopen tabs and windows as needed and the full list will be retained inside Tab Outliner.

It is both a tab manager and a session manager combined in a single add-on.

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RSS Subscription

With the RSS Subscription extension for Chrome, you can subscribe to the RSS feed of any website with a click.

If a web page offers RSS feeds, an orange RSS icon will appear in your Chrome’s address bar and, on clicking the icon, you are offered an option to subscribe to that feed in your favorite RSS Reader.

This is a fork of the official RSS Subscription addon developed by Google but it replaces the outdated list of RSS readers (like Google Reader and My Yahoo) with the surviving web-based RSS readers like Feedly and NewsBlur. You can add your own RSS readers as well.

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URL Expander

You see short URLs everywhere. Facebook uses fb.me, Twitter uses t.co, Google uses goo.gl and then there are general URL shorteners like bity.ly or tinyURL.

The problem with short URLs is that the offer absolutely no hints on where that URL is pointing to. Will they take you to a legitimate site or is it pointing to some malicious file?

URL Expander is a useful Chrome add-on that will auto-expand that short URLs so you know the destination website before actually clicking it.

It will auto-replace the anchor text of the short URL with the long URL or you can hover your mouse over a short URL and the long expanded URL will show up in the browser’s status bar.

The extension also strips out all “utm_” tracking parameters of Google Analytics from shortened links.

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Text Mode

Text Mode will let you browse the web in pure text and removes all the images, videos and other media from the pages. It also converts the pages into Black and White mode which the developer says are easier on the eye.

The one advantage of Text Mode is that the pages will load quickly and save bandwidth as the browser would not download any of the image or media files. It will still fetch the CSS and JavaScript files so the page layout is retained.

Also, all the image blocks are replaced with a striped placeholder image.

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Twipster

Twispter is simple Chrome add-on that applies new typography styles to the Twitter website and makes it more more readable.

It switches the website from Arial to the Georgia font family and you do have an option to pick an even bigger font size.

What we do miss inside Twipster is a dark mode for night-reading.

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Better History

Better History vastly improves the layout of your Chrome’s browsing history and also brings a couple of unique features.

It groups your web history by date or by domain. You can use the built-in search function to see all visits made to a particular domain. Then there’s the option to delete your browser history for a given day or you can also delete visits to any specific domain.

Better History replaces the default history viewer of Chrome though you can use the special URL chrome://history to access from the address bar.

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History Timeline

History Timeline is a Chrome extension that creates a visual timeline of your browser history using pictures and OpenGraph meta-data.

The results are grouped by domain and you expand the selection to see all pages that may have visited on that domain on a given day.

There’s also a useful search feature to help you find web pages that you may have visited in the past.

History Timeline works locally and will not upload or share your browsing history with external servers.

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Clearly

Clearly removes all the clutter from web pages and thus offer a more comfortable view for reading online articles.

Clearly removes advertisements, menus, navigation bars, footer, sidebars and other distractions from a web page with a single click, leaving only the content you care about in a clean, easy to read format.

You can choose from several typography themes or build one on your own.

Clearly is a product of Evernote, the popular clipping service and you also have an option of clipping web content directly from Clearly to any of your Evernote Notebooks.

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Stylish

With Stylish, you can completely customize the look of your favorite websites.

The extension provides your access to a large gallery of user-submitted themes and styles for various popular websites including Facebook, YouTube, Google, Twitter, Tumblr and more. You can pick a theme and the next time you visit that website, the chosen style will automatically get applied.

Internally, a style is nothing but a bunch of CSS rules that are auto-applied to the corresponding website. Thus, themes can make sites more readable, remove sidebar and other irrelevant content, apply background images and more.

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PageRank

While the name is PageRank, the add-on can fetch tons of other SEO related information for the current web page including the Alexa Rank, Whois details, geo location of the hosting servers, Google Cache status and more.

You can use the dashboard to find the relative traffic of a web page and there’s also links to Archive.org should you be interested in looking at the older versions of a website.

You’ll also find easy links to important webmaster related sites like the W3C link checker, Open Site Explorer, Google Webmaster Tools and few more.

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Fatkum

Fatkun will let you download all images on a web page to your computer with a click. You can easily exclude thumbnails and other small images from the download job.

While you are on a web page, say Flickr or Google Images, click the Fatkun icon in the Chrome toolbar and it will create a gallery of all images that are found on that page.

You may either download them all or filter the results by image resolution and size. There’s also an option to “Filter by Link” should you wish to limit downloads to a particular web domain.

Click the “Save Image” button and all the images will download to the default download folder of your Chrome.

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Google Dictionary

With Google Dictionary installed, you can double-click any word or phrase on a web page and it will show the quick definition in a small pop-up bubble.

Alternatively, you may select a word and then click the Dictionary icon in the Chrome toolbar to view the complete definition.

If you are on foreign language website, the selected words will be automatically translated to your native language.

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in10search

in10search brings “universal” find to Chrome allowing you to search for text across all tabs that are currently open in your browser.

Click the in10Search icon in the Chrome toolbar, type some text in the search box and will show a list of all tabs that contains your search words. Keep typing to narrow down your search results.

You also set a keyboard shortcut to open the search box from the Extensions page of Chrome.

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Page Archiver

With Page Archiver, you can download an entire webpage, including the images, CSS and JavaScript, to your computer as a single HTML file. The saved page retains all the page elements and therefore looks exactly like the original page.

It converts all the images on a page to base64 which are then injected into the page using the data URI scheme. Also, the stylesheets and JavaScript files are also embedded inline in the HTML itself. The resulting HTML file may therefore become heavy but it will at least retain all the original styling even if the source files are gone.

Once a page has been archived, you can also edit the page with the integrated WYSIWYG editor.

The saved files are standard HTML file and therefore can be viewed in most browsers including Firefox, Opera, Safari, and Internet Explorer without requiring any extensions.

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Holmes

With Holmes, you can search your browser bookmarks from the omni bar (or the address bar) in Google Chrome. It also adds a button to your Chrome’s toolbar for quick access.

Highlight the address bar in Chrome (you can press Ctrl + K), then type * (asterisk) and press tab to activate Holmes. You can now type to search through your bookmarks.

Holmes can also be activated with a keyboard shortcut. The default is Alt+Shift+H but you can easily change the shortcut. Go to Chrome Menu > Tools > Extensions. Scroll down to bottom, press “Keyboard shortcuts” link and add custom shortcut to Holmes.

Holmes only search for bookmarks that point to web pages and ignores bookmarklets.

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Nimbus Screenshot

With Nimbus, you can capture the screenshot of the whole web page including areas that require horizontal or vertical scrolling. The add-on can also be used for capturing any specific region of a page or just the visible content as a high-quality PNG image.

Once a screenshot is captured, it automatically opens up in the built-in editor where you can annotate the image with common drawing tools, apply text callouts, crop the blank areas or even blur select areas of the captured image (useful for hiding sensitive information like credit card numbers printed on receipts).

The annotated screenshot can be saved locally or you can upload it to Google Drive directly from the Nimbus editor.

Such an extension is especially useful for Chromebook users as Chrome OS wouldn’t support external screen capturing apps.

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AutoPagerize

Some popular websites – The New York Times for example – split articles into multiple pages and you may have to click the “Next Page” button one or more times to read the other parts of that article. Similarly, search engines like Google or YouTube offer 10 results by default and you have to click “Next” to see the next 10 results and so on.

AutoPagerize is a Chrome add-on that will save you from the hassle of click the “Next” button every time you land on a site that offers paginated content.

The extension will automatically detect pagination on popular sites and it will load and append the next page of the series when you are about to reach the end of the current page. It’s much like the infinite scrolling feature of Tumblr.

AutoPagerize adds a little icon to the Chrome address bar should you wish to disable infinite scrolling on a specific website.

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Save to Google Drive

Save to Google Drive is an offline add-on from the Google Drive team that will let you save online files – including images, HTML5 audio, video and even documents – to your Google Drive with a click.

You may also use the add-on to save full-length screenshots of any web page to your Google Drive as a PNG file. Alternatively, web pages may be saved as Google Documents or raw HTML files as well.

After your file is saved to the online drive, the progress dialog allows you to rename or view the file in the Google Docs viewer. Alternatively, you can also send the most recent capture to the trash bin in Google Drive directly from the progress dialog.

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Looper

The Looper extension adds a new Loop section near the video player on the YouTube website. Tick the box and the corresponding video will play continuously until you hit the Stop button.

You’ll also find a time slider allowing you to choose the video portion that should play in the loop.

The loop can also be activated using the keyboard shortcut P.

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Personal Blocklist

With Personal Blocklist installed, you can prevent particular web domains or hosts from appearing in your Google Search results.

While you are on the results page of Google, just click the “Block example.com” link next to a search result and all pages hosted on that domain will no longer appear in your future search results.

Internally, the add-on uses CSS to hide those domains in search results and your action is less likely affect the search rankings of that domain though the blocked URLs list is transmitted to Google.

If you wish to unblock a website, search for that domain in Google and toggle the “Show” link against the text “Some results were removed by the Personal Blocklist Chrome extension”. You now have an option to unblock that domain.

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Swift Preview

Swift Preview help you browse websites faster and also saves you from the hassle of having too many tabs open inside your browser.

With Swift Preview installed, you can hover your mouse over any link on any web page and it will show a full preview of that page in an overlay window. You can change the default settings so that the preview is only activated when the Shift key is down.

If the link points to a YouTube video or an image file, the preview window will only show the video or the linked image.

You can remove the mouse cursor from the link and the preview window disappear or press the Ctrl key and the preview is enlarged – you can then navigate the embedded preview just like any other web page.

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FastBrowz

FastBrowz is a must-have plugin for users who spend time on Hacker News and Reddit.

With the add-on installed, you can hover over any link on the Reddit or Hacker news pages and it will show you a full preview of the target web page in an inline window without leaving the current page.

You can also hover over the comments link and the preview window will show the top rated comments for that thread.

The extensions saves you from having tons of tabs in your browser but it may not work with sites like the New York Times or Github link as these sites include the frame breaking code disallowing other sites to embed them inside IFRAMEs.

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Share Extensions

With Share Extensions, you can easily generate a list of Google Chrome extensions that are currently installed on your machine.

The extension create a list of all installed extensions and you can either share them all or pick your favorites that you would like to share with friends. The extensions list can be exported in multiple formats including BBCode (for sharing on forums), HTML (for publishing on blog), Wiki or plain text (for sharing via Twitter).

Other than generating the list, the Share Extension add-on can also be used for quickly enable or disabling add-ons.

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Chrome to Mobile

The Chrome to Mobile add-on lets you send a webpage from your computer to your mobile phone or tablet as long as the Chrome browser is installed on that device. You can also use the extension to send a full copy of the webpage to your other device as a PDF for offline viewing.

To get started, you click the “Chrome to Mobile” icon in the address bar of your desktop browser and then select a mobile device where you wish to send that web page. Choose Send and the web page will magically open inside the Chrome browser of that device provided it is connected to the Internet.

When you use the offline option, Chrome stores a copy of the page in Google Cloud Print as a print job and pushes it to the desired device.

The Chrome mobile browser is currently available for Android and iOS devices. The add-on is particularly useful for pushing maps and long articles to your mobile that you wish to read on the go.

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Dead Mouse

With Dead Mouse, you don’t need a mouse to open any link on a web page, just use your keyboard.

Once the add-on is installed, just start typing the first few characters of any link on a page and all the matching hyperlinks will begin to jiggle. Keep typing the characters until the jiggling list has just one matching link and press Return to open that particular link.

You can use the tab key to cycle through the different matches and Press Ctrl + Enter to open a link in a new tab.

Dead Mouse may not play nice with websites that already support keyboard shortcuts, Gmail for example, but you do have an option to disable Dead Mouse on these domains.

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Google Site Search

Some websites do not have a search box and if they do, the search results aren’t always the most relevant one.

A good alternative here is Google Search. You can use the site: search operator to find the information you are looking for on that site. For instance, a query like “site:california.com oranges” will find all Oranges related pages on the California.com website.

The add-on Google Site Search saves you a trip to Google and you can directly search the current website using Google without leaving the page. Internally, it too add the site: search operator so you don’t have to.

Google Site Search uses the google.com domain by default for site search and there’s no option to switch to a country specific domain like google.co.in (India) or google.ie (Ireland).

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YouTube Ratings

The YouTube Ratings add-on for Google Chrome shows the likes and dislikes bar for every video thumbnail on the YouTube website to help you get an idea of the overall rating of the video before watching it.

It adds colored bar near the video thumbnails – red represents dislikes while green color is for likes – and the longer the red bar, the more likely it is that the corresponding video isn’t worth your time. If the video owner has disabled ratings for a particular video, a gray bar is displayed.

You can also configure the extension to automatically highlight the best videos on any YouTube page by enclosing the video thumbnail in a blue box. This works for both search results on YouTube as well as related videos.

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Similar Pages

If you are reading a web page about “blue widgets” on a website bluewidgets.com and would like to discover other other web pages that are around the same topic, Google Similar Pages is for you.

The add-on, officially mainted by Google, allows you to quickly preview and explore other pages that are similar to the one you are browsing. It may suggest pages from the same domain or from other domains.

Internally, when you click the Similar Pages button in the Chrome toolbar, the browser will send a search query to Google to see if there are any similar pages for the page you are viewing. It uses the default country domain of Google for page suggestions though you can change it to use the main google.com engine.

This extension works best on homepages or the main page of most websites.

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Search by Image

Search by Image is a Chrome add-on for Google that will help perform reverse image search on the web.

You can right-click any image on a website and the Search by Image add-on will help you discover more images that are visually similar and also images that are exactly similar but of different sizes and resolutions.

You can use Search by Images extension to find the original source of an images (for attribution purpose), to find other websites that are reusing your photographs or even to figure out where an image for taken.

You can also perform Reverse Image Search on images that are stored on your local disk by uploading them to the Google Images website.

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Source Locator

When you install an extension or a web app inside Google Chrome, the .crx file is unpacked and stored inside the user’s profile folder. Anyone can view the content of this folder to understand how the corresponding extension works.

The Extension Source locator add-on helps you quickly determine the folder where the files of any particular add-on is stored on your local disk.

The add-on replaces the “New tab” screen of your Chrome with a list of all extension that are currently installed inside your copy of Chrome. Click the “Copy to Clipboard” button to copy the full path of the folder to the clipboard.

It even lists the path details for extensions that are deactivated inside your copy of Chrome.

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YouTube Thumbs

Wondering what’s inside a YouTube video? The YouTube Thumbs add-on will cycle through different frames of a video as you hover your mouse over the default video thumbnail on the YouTube website.

YouTube allows video owners to upload custom thumbnail images and sometimes these thumbnails do not accurately represent the video. However, with the YouTube Thumbs extension installed, you are less likely to click on such “fake” videos.

Internally, it uses the three image frames that YouTube generates for every uploaded video and puts them in a loop as long as your mouse is over the thumbnail.

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Send from Gmail

With Send from Gmail, you can quickly email the link of the current web page to your friend with a click. It works for both Gmail and Google Apps for Gmail accounts.

Send from Gmail adds a button to the Chrome toolbar that will create a new Gmail message when clicked, using the page title as the subject and selected page text and link address as the message.

The extension, developed by Google, can also be used for setting Gmail as the default email client in your Chrome browser. Once it is the default, mailto links on any web page will always open a new compose window inside Gmail.

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Chrome Access

Google Chrome supports a number of internal URLs to help you quickly access the various menu options and hidden settings of the browser.

For instance, typing about:dns in the Chrome address bar would display a complete list of DNS related information while about:cache will show all the items that are in your browser’s cache. If you are using the developer version of Chrome, about:flags will help you enable or disable experimental features.

Similarly, chrome://bookmarks will open the bookmarks folder while chrome://history will open the browser’s history.

The list of internal Chrome URLs is long and difficult to remember. The Chrome Access add-on will provide quick access to all the available ‘about:’ and ‘chrome://’ pages in a dropdown menu accessible from the Chrome’s toolbar so you don’t have remember them.

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Disconnect Me

Online advertisers and Internet companies are tracking your activity on the Internet, not for the purpose of snooping but for serving you more personalized search results and more targeted advertising.

When a website embeds any third-party widget, like the Google Plus button, the Facebook Like box or the Twitter’s tweet button, they are giving these sites a license to track you. Also, if you are logged into any of these sites, your online activity can be easily be linked to your browsing history.

Disconnect Me is a simple Chrome add-on that will automatically block advertising companies, analytics services and search engines from tracking you online. There’s no configuration required and as soon as you install the add-on, the tracking is suspended.

How does it work? The add-on basically filters traffic to third-party sites like Facebook, Google, LinkedIn and Twitter though you can directly access these sites. If a site is embedding widgets from a third-party site, say Facebook, those get blocked.

You can also whitelist sites such that all embedded widgets are served or there’s also an option to enable one or more tracking services on-demand per site.

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Web Timer

Wondering how much time you spend on the Internet every day? And how much of that time is spent on less-productive things like checking your Facebook Feed or the cat videos on YouTube?

Web Timer is a Chrome extension that will help you keep track of how you’re using your time online. It tracks what websites you are visiting and how many minutes you spend looking at each of them.

There’s some intelligence built in for more accurate data. The background timer is only activated when Google Chrome is in focus and your computer isn’t left in an idle state for more than 30 seconds. That means if you have gone to grab a cup of coffee, that time won’t be counted.

The reports are available as a pie chart and you can also share the data with friends with the click of a button. You also have an option to disable the tracking timer for a custom list of sites.

Internally, all the tracking data gets stored in your browser’s local storage and won’t be transmitted to a 3rd party website.

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Strict Workflow

Strict Workflow is a Chrome add-on that will help you stay more productive at work by temporarily blocking social and other time wasting websites.

Unlike the .hosts file technique that completely blocks websites on your computer, Strict Workflow is a little more lenient.

It blocks the sites for 25 minutes allowing you to work distraction-free and then removes the block for 5 minutes. You can repeat until all your work is done. A count-down timer in the Chrome toolbar displays the time left in your current session.

The extension automatically blocks the most popular distracting sites – like Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, etc. – by default but you can easily customize this blacklist.

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Window Resizer

With Window Resizer, you can quickly resize the Chrome browser window to any pre-defined resolution. The extension ships with a list of pre-defined standard screen resolutions but you can easily add your own custom sizes as well through the Options window.

Web developers and designers will find Window Resizer particularly useful as the extension will help them test website layouts on different browser resolutions.

It is important to note that the Chrome extension adjusts your window size and not the browser’s viewport size so it may not be the perfect tool for testing your responsive designs.