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15 Best Chrome Extensions

Though Google Chrome launched without extension support, once added it didn't take long for the app developing community to create a large repository of extensions for the browser. As Firefox proved, such extensions are extremely useful, so here's our choice of the best Chrome extensions we've found (in no particular order), plus two that really should be a feature of the browser.

1: Google Mail Checker Plus

While Google's own mail notifier does the job, for the web browsing power user Google Mail Checker Plus is what you need. Just like Outlook it sends notifications to your desktop, and clicking on the icon in your toolbar will preview newly received emails. You can also read emails in this window, delete emails and mark them as SPAM.

2: IE Tab

Every now and again you'll find a website that still displays incorrectly in anything other than Internet Explorer, and for those moments IE Tab is the solution. Simply hit the button and Internet Explorer instantly loads inside the active tab. It's also a quick and handy tool for web developers wishing to test IE compatibility without actually opening the browser. You can also stipulate certain pages to always be opened in an IE Tab.

3: After the Deadline

Not satisfied with Chrome's built-in spell-checker? If so, After the Deadline is worth looking into. In some respects this spell-checker is more advanced than those you get in dedicated word processors, as it not only checks your spelling and grammar, it can also check for a wide-range of grammar and style rules, such as Complex Phrases, Passive Voice, Redundant Phrases and plenty else besides.

4: InvisibleHand

InvisibleHand takes the legwork out of price comparison. Instead of heading to Google, or some other price comparison website, InvisibleHand pops up when you're viewing a product and tells you of cheaper retailers, or simply alternative ones. It also pulls user reviews from Amazon on the product you're viewing.

5: Google Reader Notifier

There's nothing more daunting than a massive list of unread feed items. Google Reader Notifier keeps you up-to-date with how many items you've got to read, and previews the headlines so you can go straight to the stories. It does the job well, though the ability to mark items as read without opening Google Reader would be nice.

sigest

May 19, 2011, 4:45 pm

It's necessary to add something for translations, I reckon. Such as https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ihmgiclibbndffejedjimfjmfoabpcke OR https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/aapbdbdomjkkjkaonfhkkikfgjllcleb

Sara

November 12, 2013, 10:24 pm

Just a few days ago I tested gifbooster to enable animated gifs en facebook with only one click. I think is a first step to demand to Zuckemberg animated gifs :). Maybe you coud upgrade your post.

BTW: Great post. Is from 2010 but is interesting yet :)

domepiece

August 14, 2015, 7:34 pm

After the Deadline is great, I've been looking for a good spelling and grammar checking replacement for the similar, yet not-so-free extension Ginger. And InvisibleHand sounds useful might give it try when I need it.

Ala ud din Jutt

March 17, 2016, 11:54 am

I am using grammerly's for writing articles on my site:
http://confiworld.com/

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