The Google Chrome browser has millions of users for many reasons, one of which is due to its ability to extend its functionality simply by adding extensions. These extensions are downloaded from the Chrome Web Store, and vary from simple tools to full-blown web applications.
Some of these Chrome extensions are standalone, while others add value to existing applications and web services. Some are so useful that Chrome users should take a look and see what they’re missing. These extensions can easily be installed on any Chrome browser on Mac, Windows, and Linux operating systems. This means that they can also be used on Chromebooks without any hitch.
Today, we’re going to take a look at 10 amazing and useful Chrome extensions that might meet your needs. All of them are available for free, so you have nothing to lose.
My Chrome Theme is a handy extension that allows you to create and share Google Chrome themes of your own design. With it, you can add a personal touch to your browser. You can use your own images and designs.
This Chrome extension opens a fully functional calculator when you tap the icon. It has both a basic calculator and a scientific calculator. It doesn’t do anything fancy, like providing a paper strip of calculations. What you see is what you get; doing the simple functions very well using an attractive display.
Checker Plus for Gmail is a full-blown extension for Gmail users. It’s as good as it gets. It sits in the upper-right corner of the browser window and notifies you when a new email comes in. With it, you can read, listen, archive, or delete emails without the need to open a Gmail tab. It even allows you to easily manage multiple accounts.
This is a must-have Chrome extension that’s simple yet performs very useful functions. Once installed, you can double-click on a word on any web page in the browser, and a window pops up with the definition for that particular word. It couldn’t get any easier! You can tap any word in the following languages and this app will translate to the default user language: Brazilian Portuguese, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Korean, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, and of course, English.
A good home screen will get even better if it can be customized to provide information at a glance, with easy access to apps. With the Awesome New Tab Page extension, you can do all that and more, with its own collection of widgets that can easily be installed on the homepage.
This highly customizable, offline, and full-screen text editor lives in your web browser. It’s especially designed to minimize the distractions that come between you and your writing.
Gmail Offline is a Chrome extension that’s built to support offline access, allowing you to read, respond to, search, and archive your mails without network access. After installation and startup, the app will automatically sync messages and queue actions every time Chrome is running and an Internet connection is available. Besides this, the streamlined user interface is based off Gmail’s popular tablet interface, providing lightning-fast responsive time with a pure, email-focused experience.
With this Chrome extension, you’ll get to see your next events, get meeting desktop notifications, and add or snooze events without the need to open the Google Calendar page. It’s far more powerful than the “by Google” extension, with desktop and voice notifications, and great reviews.
Boomerang for Gmail allows you to schedule messages to be sent or returned at a later date. You can write a message now and send it whenever, even when you’re offline. Track messages to make sure you hear back, and schedule reminders right inside Gmail.
This Chrome extension does only a single thing, but does it very well. It enables you to save web pages to your Google Drive for later access. The whole pages can be saved to the cloud, and the extension adds a right-click menu for saving hyperlinks and media. Saving to Google Drive lets you automatically convert MS Office documents to Google Docs formats. Your mileage may vary with the quality of the conversion, although simply formatted Office documents convert fine.