Chrome Extension For Chrome

This extension replaces the new tab page with a different one, to make it easier to keep track of which of your tabs you’ve already looked at. An icon remains visible in your navigation bar at all times, displaying a number showing how many tabs you have open now. In addition, the icon displays a snapshot of the last tab you used (or the current one if you haven’t viewed another), making it easy to switch back and forth between recently-used tabs.

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Chrome Extension For Chrome

When we wrote the first version of this story in January 2015, Chrome owned about 22.65% of the desktop computer browser market worldwide. As of December 2020, it was at 56.84%, according to Statista—and higher if you count mobile devices.

There’s no denying Chrome’s popularity. Plus, like Firefox, it supports extensions that make it even better. Its library of extras, found at the Chrome Web Store, has rivaled Firefox’s for years, and provides quick access to just about every web-based app imaginable.

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Recognizing how popular Chrome is, Microsoft rebuilt its Edge browser as a Chromium version so it now supports all Chrome extensions natively while still supporting its own Edge extensions from the Microsoft Store. Windows 10 users are getting the Chromium version automatically.

Rather than have you stumble blindly through the Chrome Web Store to find the best extensions, we’ve compiled a list of several dozen you should consider. Some are unique to Google and its services (such as Gmail), but most extensions work across operating systems, so you can try them on any desktop platform (especially on Chromebooks); there may be some versions that work on the mobile Chrome, too.

All of these extensions are free, so there’s no harm in giving them a try. You can easily disable or remove them by typing chrome://extensions/ into the Chrome address bar, or right-clicking an extension’s icon in the toolbar to remove it. Every extension must have a toolbar icon; hide them without uninstalling by right-clicking and selecting Hide in Chrome Menu.

Read on for our favorites, and let us know if we missed a great one.

Screen/Page Capture
Awesome Screenshot
Awesome Screenshot
Don’t limit yourself to basic screenshots. Make them awesome by annotating them with shapes, arrows, and text comments. One click uploads an image to for storage on Google Drive and sharing quickly to social media.

Full Page Screen Capture
Lots of webpages scroll on and on. If you need to capture what the whole thing looks like, Full Page Screen Capture will do it, scrolling through the page for you and capturing a JPG. Just don’t use your mouse while it auto-scrolls the page.

Diigo Web Collector
Diigo is a nice mix of social bookmarking and a full info grabber. This extension puts the service to work, letting you bookmark, archive, and annotate everything you see online. You get 500 bookmarks for free, but Diigo will charge you $40 per year to ditch advertising and add unlimited image storage and webpage backup.

Evernote Web Clipper
This is a must-have for anyone embracing the Evernote life. Despite some limitations, Evernote is still the best way to clip and store everything worth keeping online. This extension makes it a breeze, even isolating what it sees as the main content of a page, and storing just that. It has built-in annotation features. When you save a screenshot, tag it—then you can search through it all later using or the offline software and apps (at least two of them).

Lightshot is a lightweight screen-capture tool that works with a touch of the toolbar button to capture just what’s in the browser (download the full program for macOS or Windows to tap the print-screen key to grab anything appearing on the screen). It has an entire army of tools at its disposal, from upload-for-sharing to annotation. It will even instantly send what you capture to Google to do a search for similar graphics.

Sometimes a video depicting what you’re doing online is the best explanation. Make one quickly with Loom, a video screen recorder that allows voiceovers and can add your webcam mug in a corner. Shoot the current tab alone or the full screen. There’s no limit to how much you can record, even for free.

Mercury Reader
If you hate pages full of ads and weird formatting, install Mercury Reader. With a click (or keyboard shortcut), it reduces the “noise” on a page so you see only the text you want to read, with a typeface you can manage, in a dark or light theme. Share what’s left via social media, print it, email it, or send it to your Kindle to read later.

Nimbus Capture
Perhaps the most full-featured recorder you can get in Chrome, Nimbus does screen grabs (even a whole webpage), which you can annotate, and full video recordings of a browser tab, part of a screen, or a whole screen. You can even annotate the video with drawings. Once made, edit it, share it, save it, print it, or copy it to the clipboard. Nimbus is also available for Firefox, but what you capture is accessible on almost every platform.

OneNote Web Clipper
Microsoft’s OneNote app/service does a lot of the same things as Evernote, maybe even better. Now with its own Clipper extension, it can do them in Chrome or Edge. Use it to save anything you see online.

Save to Pocket
Pocket (owned by Mozilla, the makers of Firefox) is all about letting you read content you find…later. Set up an account and start saving content with the Save to Pocket extension, bookmark buttons, or apps. One click “Pockets” the content so you can access it any time—even offline—on all your devices. There are Pocket apps and add-ons for everything, and content isn’t limited to text; you can store video, too.

Need to make a video out of what you see in a Chrome tab? Screencastify will do it without requiring any other external software. It works beyond the confines of the browser tab, recording the whole screen if you desire, including your webcam thumbnail. Animation tools like highlighting a mouse in a spotlight help with visibility. Videos are easily saved to YouTube or Google Drive. The free version allows videos up to 10 minutes long.

Send to Kindle for Google Chrome
Lots of people prefer to read on their Kindle devices or apps. If you find a webpage with a longform article on it, use Amazon’s extension. It will reformat pages and send them directly to your Kindle device or app of choice for reading later. You can even get a preview before you send it. (If you have another ebook reader that uses ePub format, try dotEPUB.)

Google Services

Checker Plus for Gmail
Ever wanted to check your email but didn’t feel like expending the extra energy to open a new tab? No judgments, we’ve been there, too. The best extension for users of multiple Gmail accounts—I’ve got three!—is Checker Plus. It gives you fast access via a drop-down menu in Chrome, desktop notifications, color coding, even voice input for writing messages. It also reads your mail to you—all without actually visiting Gmail. It’s free, but a donation of any amount unlocks even more features. This is a must-have for any Gmail junkie.

Checker Plus for Google Calendar
Never open Google Calendar again. This extension gives you full access to everything you like about Google Calendar from your Chrome toolbar, plus multiple methods of adding calendar events, such as right-clicking on a webpage to add it like an appointment. The notifications (including voice) are perfectly done. It runs in the background when Chrome is closed, so you never miss an engagement.

Google Scholar Button
Google Scholar is a search engine from Google that is limited to scholarly articles and case law. This extension puts it into a drop-down menu on Chrome. It also makes it easy to transfer your web search into a scholar search. It works best if you’re on your campus network, but can be configured to work anywhere, as long as your school library gives you credentials.

Google Dictionary
Load it up, double-click any word on any webpage, and you’ll see a pop-up with the definition. Or search for words from the toolbar. Multiple languages are supported.

Google Translate
Ever visit a foreign website and wish you could read it? For certain languages, Chrome will automatically offer to translate the whole page to the language of your choice. With the extension, you can highlight a word or line of text and translate only that.

Google Voice (By Google)
Google’s voicemail-plus-call-around-number service is still useful, and can be plugged right into your browser. This extension offers on-the-fly access to your voicemail messages (with transcriptions) and SMS texts (to which you can reply), plus you can initiate VoIP calls right in the browser. It makes every phone number you see on a website clickable for calling (either explicitly or via a right-click menu).

AdBlocker Ultimate
You’ve probably heard of Adblock Plus (a community-driven extension ported from Firefox) and the unrelated AdBlock. But the better pick is AdBlocker Ultimate, which doesn’t play games (like permitting certain “allowed” ads to go through to appease sponsors). It’s open source and also available on Edge, Safari, and Opera.

As my colleague Rose put it, “so much of the internet is better when it’s opt-in,” and that goes triple for noise blaring unexpectedly at you from a web page you opened. AutoMute makes sure every page you open is muted by default.

If you love the customized avatar you can make with Bitmoji from Snap, Inc.—for my money, it’s lightyears ahead of any avatars from Apple, Facebook, and the rest—you can build it right into Chrome to snag yourself saying something pithy to put on every message and post.

Chrome Remote Desktop
There are many times when it would be handy to be able to control someone else’s computer from afar, or let others take control of yours for tech support. Many tools exist to make this happen, but none are as easy to implement as Chrome Remote Desktop, which automates what you can do on the website. It works across platforms including Windows, Mac, even Chromebooks. Use it to take control of PCs from your mobile devices.

When you need to know the time in other timezones instantly, anywhere in the world, consider FoxClocks your friend. It sits in a status bar at the bottom of Chrome, constantly updating the zones you’ve designated for monitoring. Click the icon in the toolbar for a drop-down menu with the same info.

Hover Zoom+
There are a lot of thumbnail images on sites like Google Images, Instagram, deviantART, and social networks. This extension shows you the full-size image when you hover your mouse over any tiny thumbnail, assuming there is a larger image available. This is an open-source version of the original HoverZoom (RIP).

Image Downloader
Download images in bulk on a single webpage with this extension. It will display all the images, and you can specify which you want before the download starts.

This extension is simple, but you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. Click the up-arrow icon next to your Chrome address bar when visiting a complicated URL. It’ll automatically send you to the parent address—back one level of the URL. Keep clicking to get to the original domain name. Master the hotkeys and you’ll navigate up even faster.

Need some ambient background noises to help you stay focused? Noisli in Chrome provides a drop-down menu full of them to play, with a sleep timer to turn the sound off. You can also use it from the web or get the apps for iOS or Android. The free version is limited to 16 sounds and only streams up to 15 hours per day.

Print Friendly & PDF
Sometimes you gotta print a web page. Then you’re stuck wasting ink printing advertisements. This extension removes all the navigation and commercials from the page when you print, optimizing them for reading. It can save pages direct to PDF if you prefer.

This extension works with scripts you download from to transform the look of websites. There are thousands of theme scripts that can help you improve your browsing on Reddit, YouTube, Facebook, Tumblr, Google, Twitter, and elsewhere.

Speedtest by Ookla
Ookla has ported its internet speed tester to an extension that lives in the Google Chrome toolbar. Instantly check your download and upload speed as you visit new sites, to see how they impact performance, or use Web Speed to check page load time. (Editors’ Note: Ookla is owned by Ziff Davis, the publisher of PCMag.)

Text Mode
If you only want to read, not look at pics or video, then the web is probably not going to be your favorite nook. Then again, you could turn all that media off (that includes advertising) with Text Mode. All you’ll seen then is the black-and-white copy on the page.

µBlock Origin
Looking for an alternative to Adblock or Adblock Plus that’s a little less resource intensive? Try µBlock.

Change Case
Microsoft Word has a function to change the case on words, an entire phrase, or more—instantly to UPPERCASE, lowercase, Title Case, sentence case, and more. Now you can use it for any form or field in Chrome, too.

Distill Web Monitor
Stop refreshing web pages to look for changes. With Distill, put in the site and conditions you’re looking for, and it will alert you via push, SMS, or email when a change happens. Monitor up to 25 pages or sites for free with updates every six hours. Get it for Opera and Firefox, too.

The Pomodoro technique is meant to make you work 25 minutes, break for five, then start it all again to increase productivity. There are many timers out there to help, but Forest is unique. As it counts down, it grows an animated tree as long as you refrain from visiting sites you’ve blocked (ahem, Twitter, cough). By the end of the day, you could have a whole forest.

You’ve probably seen plenty of ads for Grammarly, which wants very much to be the official spell- and grammar-checker for all your online writing. It’s worth the install for the extra check on every word you write in the browser, from emails to social media and beyond. It even has a dictionary function, so when you double-click a word or phrase on a web page you get a definition, or a link to something related to the term. It works with Gmail and Google Docs, but if you’re a Microsoft person, try its competitor, Microsoft Editor.

Lookup Companion for Wikipedia
Wikipedia may be second only to Google for searches throughout the day (at least on my computer). Lookup Companion gives you toolbar access to search the user-built encyclopedia of everything. Results appear in a drop-down menu and open in a new Chrome tab. (To search with a right-click, try Right-Click Search Wikipedia.)

Magical (Formerly Auto Text Expander)
Don’t type so much. This add-on lets you write little snippets that expand into full, frequently used text, from one word up to full paragraphs. Never type that annoying email out again—just write it once and then type “@jerks” whenever you want to use it (for an example that can’t possibly come from my real life). Sign in with your Google account and all your shortcuts get saved auto-magically.

You’re at your PC. Your Android phone is in your pocket. You get a text. Don’t waste time fishing it out. MightyText shows your texts in Chrome (or Firefox, Safari, Opera, and IE). All the messages sent and received, even with pictures and video, are synced, as long as you have an Android phone with the MightyText app installed. You’ll also get low-battery alerts. There’s an extension specifically to get MightyText messages in Facebook or Gmail, too.

Yes, that’s Microsoft Office, now allowing you to create documents in the Chrome browser right from the toolbar, which you can then edit and save at It works for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Sway Online, via storage on your Microsoft OneDrive account. No need to have the full Office suite installed.

Notifications are all important for mobile and desktop users these days, but they’re seldom in sync. Pushbullet changes that with this extension, which matches what you get on the Pushbullet apps and extensions. You’ll see calls come in, even on your desktop, be able to forward files from PC to smartphone, and send SMS texts from your desktop (if you have an Android phone). There’s also an extension for Firefox, and Pushbullet has an IFTTT channel, making it almost infinitely extensible.

Project Naptha
If you’ve ever wanted to work with the text you see in an image online, Naptha is the key. Using optical character recognition, it makes the text in images copyable and editable. It will even help translate text from other languages.

Multiple tabs is already a good way to multi-task. But what about multiple tabs all in one tab? Configure Panda 5 to handle it, acting as a newsreader to load all your news sites in one tab, or all your social media in one tab, etc. and you get an at-a-glance look at what’s happening. See the web-app version in action.

RSS Feed Reader
Put an RSS feed right on the bookmarks toolbar of Chrome (also Firefox and Edge). Feeder instantly tells you when there are new posts on your favorite RSS/Atom feeds and makes it easy to subscribe. It also has different themes so you can change how it looks. The free version supports 100 feeds with an update every two hours.

Ever wonder what the traffic is like for a site you’re visiting? SimilarWeb will instantly provide a snapshot of “engagement statistics” for the site you’re visiting.

Enable your self-control by limiting the amount of time you allow yourself to spend on websites in Chrome. For example, give yourself one hour a day on Facebook, and StayFocusd won’t let you back on the site. It can block specific pages, whole sites, even apps or games. Couple this one with RescueTime and you’ll be much more productive.

Strict Workflow
If you like Pomodoro but not its trees approach, Strict Workflow offers a similar timer with no extras. Just click to start the timer and repeat as needed after each five-minute break.

Wikipedia’s presentation is a lot of things—dense, interesting, and busy—but few would refer to it as pretty. Wikiwand optimizes Wikipedia content with its own interface, and ensures that whenever you click a link for Wikipedia, you see Wikiwand’s much-improved look instead. Customize it so the fonts and images come in just the way you like. You can also get Wikiwand for Firefox, which offers a right-click Wikipedia search on any term you highlight in the browser.

Zotero Connector
Zotero is a free way to track, manage, and share citations. Learn a lot more about putting it to use at It’s a researcher’s (and student’s) dream.

Security & Privacy
Abine Blur is a favorite service of PCMag. This Chrome extension puts all of Blur’s great privacy options right in the browser. It creates and stores strong passwords, blocks trackers, masks emails, and more. Most of it for free. The full version will cost you $39 per year.

Enter a hot zone of privacy and security with this add-on. The drop-down menu from Click&Clean provides access to your browser cache, cookies, plug-ins, extensions, and history—and quick ways to erase them. You even get a full browser test to see how well Chrome is protecting you. It will help you scan for malware using Bitdefender, clear your private data, and a host of other security options you’re neglecting. Customize all the options to get full coverage with Click&Clean.

There’s one goal with this extension: block all third-party cookies from social media and advertisers that follow you as you browse. Disconnect claims this helps browsing speed and even saves on battery life for mobile devices. You can see the cookies you’re blocking in case you want to let some through.

DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials
DuckDuckGo (available at is the search engine that doesn’t track you. It extends that philosophy to this extension, which wants nothing more than to keep your privacy going all the time. It provides a guide of sites you can trust (look for the instant privacy grade in the toolbar), forces encryption when available, blocks trackers, and of course makes it easy to search—privately—because it makes DDG your default search engine.

Edit This Cookie
You can use this to go directly into the browser settings and change the text in a cookie. But this extension can also delete or add a cookie or create a new one from scratch.

There’s a lot going on behind the scenes as you surf the web. Bugs, beacons, pixels, and more are used to track what you’re doing. Ghostery is there to tell you what’s happening in the background and give you control over these “extras.” If you don’t like a company or what it’s doing, Ghostery can block scripts, objects, even whole images so you can retain your privacy. It’s on almost every browser and also via apps on Android, iOS, and Amazon.

HTTPS Everywhere
Visiting sites with “https://” in front of the URL (look for the “lock” icon in Chrome’s Omnibox for another indicator) means you’re vising a site using SSL encryption—a must for e-commerce at the very least and preferred everywhere. This extension ensures every site you visit that has “https://” as an option uses it, providing another layer of security.

LastPass is a PCMag Editors’ Choice winner for free password managers (the Premium version also gets a nod). It works across all operating systems, mobile devices, and, of course, web browsers, thanks to extensions like this one. It also imports stored passwords from other tools. There’s no limit to the number of passwords stored and synced, even on the free version.

Use the open-source OpenPGP standard for encryption/decryption to secure your web-based email messages. Mailvelope works with Gmail,, Yahoo Mail, and other mail services; it’s also available for Firefox.

Privacy Badger
A product from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Privacy Badger does exactly that, it protects privacy. Specifically, it blocks invisible trackers and all those ads that seem to follow you around the web. It’s also available for Firefox, Edge, and Opera.

Typio Form Recovery
Ever typed into a form on a web page only to lose all those amazing words you crafted? Auto-save helps prevent that, but you won’t find it in most web forms. Not, that is, until you install Typio, which promises an autosave everywhere.

WOT – Website Reputation Ratings
The Web of Trust is an online community that rates websites based on one major criterion: can it be trusted? The WOT extension is the first line of defense against sites with a bad reputation, showing red, yellow, and green icons next to search results, providing you a heads-up notice before you click a link.

Shopping & Coupons
Amazon Assistant for Chrome
Amazon has retired some of its other Chrome extensions in favor of letting Assistant do the work. You can use it to add things to your Amazon Wish List (from any site), do on-the-fly Amazon searches, allow price comparisons when you shop other sites, check shipments, and more. Of course it’s also helping Amazon track where you’re shopping, so you only want to embrace it (like so many other extensions) if you really, really appreciate what it delivers.

The Camelizer
The Camelizer displays the full price history for an item on Amazon, with some comparison to third-party sales. It won’t tell you when savings are on the way, but it can help you decide when the cost is most likely to drop.

Do you trust reviews for products online? You probably shouldn’t since 39% of them are totally unreliable. Another option is to use Fakespot to analyze the reviews on the product you’re interested in.

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Honey (owned by PayPal) automatically sees what shopping site you’re on, and provides a drop-down list of applicable coupons (or links right on the site to get better deals). It will also automatically apply all the coupons it can to your checkout service on select sites, so you’re not cutting/pasting/typing obscure, long codes. (Honey is free, but that’s in the eye of the beholder, because it’s collecting data. And Amazon hates it enough to tell you it’s malware.)

InvisibleHand automatically scours the web for lower prices. A little bit of your own legwork is still recommended, but with a pool of over 600 retailers in multiple countries, it’s a great tool that works not only with online stores, but also with airlines.

Library Extension
While I’d never say don’t buy a book, you should also definitely support your public library. This extension watches as you surf for books, music and other media and will tell you if it’s available instead at your local library. With over 5,000 libraries supported, you’re bound to find a real deal. You can also get this for Firefox and Edge.

Ourforest and TreeClicks
Save the world as you shop. Install either or both of these services; they’ll track your shopping at partner stores and plant trees to offset the impact you’re having by online shopping.

RetailMeNot Deal Finder
The folks at RetailMeNot are all about finding coupons to help you save on online purchases. Its Deal Finder extension puts those coupons to work for you on e-commerce sites during checkout, auto-magically filling in fields to apply the savings instantly. The list of supported stores is extensive. (Editors’ Note: RetailMeNot is owned by Ziff Davis, the publisher of PCMag.)

Saleboat for Amazon
Like to get warehouse deals and buy used/returned products to save money? You can do that on Amazon but it’s a pain to find them. Or it was before Saleboat came along to display them right on the Amazon page along with the new products.

Pay by
Install Pay for all your online shopping to increase security, post haste. It creates virtual credit cards based on your actual card—so you can essentially have a unique card to use on all your shopping sites. The free version lets you create up to 12 “cards” per month. (If you’ve got a specific credit card, see if the provider has an extension like Eno from Capital One).

Got a few websites you want to spend less time visiting?’s HabitLab will attempt to retrain you into doing so, by using different kinds of interventions when you go to the site. For example, go to Facebook too much and it may hide your News Feed. Whatever works best to keep you away will be used the most, until you’re barely visiting those sites at all.

Ain’t no party like a Netflix Party (which used to be the name of this extension). Rather than chill, Teleparty lets you start streaming a movie or show, then create an online chat party with any remote friends also running the extension on their laptop or PC (even with Microsoft Edge). You can all watch together from different locations. It works now with Netflix, Hulu, Hulu+, Disney+, and HBO Max/HBO Now.

Perfect your social media artistry with Pablo, which sizes graphics you find online or from your drive, so they’re always a perfect fit on sites like Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. It even comes with photos courtesy of the Unsplash free stock photo site.

Shareaholic for Google Chrome
Shareaholic is a must for those who need instant access to social networks. From the drop-down menu, post directly to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Gmail, Evernote, and more than 250 other sites with this one extension. It has URL shorteners like built in, as well as Amazon Wish Lists for multiple countries.

Tabs & Home Pages

If you want to start out each day recording what has come before, consider DailyFox. It loads a new tab that goes right to an online diary you can fill in with as much detail as you desire.

what is the best extension for chrome

Review and compare the list of the Best Chrome Extensions along with the features to select the must have Google Chrome Extensions:

Google’s Chrome browser is one of the most popular web browsers around. Millions of users across the globe use this browser daily. This browser’s functionality can be enhanced by installing Chrome extensions.

There are hundreds of thousands of Chrome extensions available in the present day, so choosing the right ones for your browser can be tricky.

We have reviewed the multiple Chrome extensions to help you find the best ones for different uses.

Review and compare the list of the Best Chrome Extensions along with the features to select the must have Google Chrome Extensions:

Google’s Chrome browser is one of the most popular web browsers around. Millions of users across the globe use this browser daily. This browser’s functionality can be enhanced by installing Chrome extensions.

There are hundreds of thousands of Chrome extensions available in the present day, so choosing the right ones for your browser can be tricky.

We have reviewed the multiple Chrome extensions to help you find the best ones for different uses.


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