I can’t recall the last time I didn’t install an extension from the Google’s Chrome Web Store. However, developers—up until now—have been allowed to offer their extensions as inline downloads. In other words, they could drop a download button on a website, you’d click on it and see a typical installation confirmation…
If you’re a Chrome power-user, you’ll eventually want to set up an automatic URL redirect. Maybe you want to watch all your YouTube videos on a minimalist site; maybe you love—or hate—going to the mobile version of a site. Maybe you just make the same typo every time you enter a certain URL. There are many Chrome…
During a typical work day I usually come across at least a handful of things I want to look at, but don’t really have the time to at that moment.
Chrome/Firefox: If you’ve used a web browser at any point in the past eight years, you’ve surely heard of the extension Turn Off the Lights (Chrome, Firefox). It’s the best way to automatically embiggen your YouTube videos when you start watching and, of course, dim your browser’s background for a prettier view (even…
It will come as no surprise that, as the editor of a website devoted to productivity, I’m obsessive about refining the details of my tech life to be certain every element is helping me get the job done. While I have software that I swear by (WriteRoom, Deckset, Evernote), I’m more of an evangelist for my favorite…
I’m the worst at keeping my browser organized—the absolute worst. I’ll open tabs like adding entries on a to-do list, and then forget about them for weeks as more of their peers join the party in the penthouse above Chrome’s address bar.
Chrome: Facebook collects a lot of your data, but you might never get to see what they really learn about you. Data Selfie aims to give you a glimpse by letting you analyze your own Facebook usage.
Chrome: If you’ve ever read an article and then went through your history later to find it again, or wanted to clear specific portions of your history, Enhanced History can help. It’s a fork of and improvement on the much-loved Better History (just without the malware that landed in it and other Chrome extensions a…
Chrome: Netflix has a ton of hidden categories codes you can use to find movies and shows you’re into. The aptly-named Chrome extension Netflix Categories helps you find and save the ones you like.
Chrome: If you use a lot of Chrome extensions, then you know Chrome’s built-in extensions manager doesn’t give you much control. NooBoss is an extension manager that allows you to control which sites extensions work on, monitor when they update, and more.
Chrome: The Wayback Machine from the Internet Archive has long been a resource to view older versions of websites, whether you want to dive into ancient GeoCities or just want to see minor revisions made recently. Now there’s a Chrome extension to make it even easier.
Chrome: Amazon may be convenient, but nothing beats free. So, when you’re shopping for books on the site, Library Extension will find those same books at your local library. You can even drive to pick them up faster than Amazon can ship them.
Chrome: When you’re binge-watching a new show on Netflix, the confirmation and countdown prompts can be frustrating. Flix Assist for Google Chrome removes these annoyances once and for all.
You can save any email as a PDF by printing it as such, but if you need to save emails to your hard drive quite often, this Chrome extension lets you PDF an email with one simple click.
Android/Chrome: When you’re at your desk, you don’t want to constantly fiddle with your phone. Join helps you control your phone without picking it up, and now you can even use voice commands to do so.
Chrome: Before you sit down to a tense Thanksgiving dinner in an election year, take a moment to see how your family sees the world. EscapeYourBubble shows you what people on the other side of the aisle are seeing.
Chrome: Facebook has a very real fake news problem. To help combat this, B.S. Detector will show a little red warning when you’re about to click a link that comes from a questionable, “satirical” or fake news source.
Chrome: The best part of Twitter—or one of the few remaining good parts anyway—is that you can share short messages from nearly anywhere. Chromnitweet is an extension that adds your browser’s URL bar to that list.
The web is rife with annoyances. Pop-over ads when you visit a page that you have to dismiss, sites that auto-play audio even in background tabs, pages that reload and take all the text you entered with it, they all suck. Here are some browser add-ons that make the web a better place for everyone.
Windows/macOS/Linux/Android/iOS/Chrome/Firefox: The best VPNs encrypt your data and protect all of your communications from prying eyes. The best browser-based privacy tools keep you from being tracked behaviorally based on the sites you visit. Windscribe is a utility and service that does both in one package.