It's been some time since Google Chrome was first launched in 2008 and since has never looked back. It has become popular incredibly fast and now has 20% of overall Internet users. Some of the reasons for the success of Google Chrome are fast browsing and launch speeds, faster development and ability to provide extensions. Although its speed is the real reason why people switch to Google Chrome, there are quite a huge number of extensions that changes the way you browse the web. So here are some of the extensions you must have installed.
Updated: 05 September 2011
1. Offline Google Mail (by Google)
Gmail Offline beta is a Gmail app built to support offline access, allowing mail to be read, responded to, searched and archived without network access.
2. Send from Gmail (by Google)
This extension will open a Compose window in Gmail when you click any email address on a webpage. It also provides a button that will create a Gmail message when clicked, using the page title as the subject and selected page text and link address as the message.
3. Google Toolbox (by Google)
Toolbox is another great extension from Google. It combines many frequently used productivity features into Chrome. It includes features from zooming the image to dragging the video out to open in new blank window, from restoring previous sessions to muting all the tabs. It also gives the list of shortcuts and one can compare them with those of other browsers. And a lot more. A very deserving must-have.
4. Google +1 Button (by Google)
+1 button is shorthand for "this is pretty cool" or "you should check this out." Now you can +1 the pages you think are worth visiting no matter where you are on the web.
5. Panic Button (by Thomas Grenier)
Panic Button makes it easier for you to hide all of your tabs at once just by clicking on a button. They are then saved as bookmarks in a separate folder. After that the PanicButton turns green and shows you how many tabs are currently hidden.
6. Google Dictionary (by Google)
With this extension, you can: 1) Double-click any word to view its definition in a small pop-up bubble. 2) View the complete definition of any word or phrase using the toolbar dictionary. Foreign words are automatically translated to your language of choice.
7. Awesome Screenshot: Capture & Annotate (by diigo.com)
This extension is a complete Screenshot tool. You can take a screenshot of the visible area or the entire page. You can capture or clip selected area, or all visible portion, or entire page. You can also edit and share it from browser itself. A very handy tool.
8. Speed Dial (by josorek)
Enjoy the new Speed Dial for Google Chrome with a fast and intuitive design.Set the number of dials in the page, select your desired theme and background image,and now use site logos as your speed dials.
9. Email Game (by emailga.me)
The Email Game is a better way to read and respond to email. Timers keep you focused, moving through your messages, acting decisively. Points and positive feedback raise your energy level, making sure you stay motivated and productive. Compete with your friends to see who can be the champion of the inbox!
10. Flash Block (by josorek)
This is a very handy tool if you have slow Internet connection and/or slower processing power. Flash block identifies the flash content on the webpage and blocks it from being downloaded. This enables you to load page faster and also saves your browser cache from filling. You can easily allow the flash to load just by clicking on the flash content area.
11. Quick Note (by diigo.com)
Quick Note is especially designed for lightweight note-taking. You can use it as a simple notepad, scratchpad, clipboard, or to record todo lists.
12. Todo.ly (by Todo.ly)
Helps you to organize your tasks into projects and sub projects. Select icons for your projects to highlight them even more. Managing Tasks and Projects can't be easier! With the intuitive drag and drop you can simply move your task from one project to another. Assign due date to your tasks not to forget them. Tasks will pop into your Today list as due dates approach. Sort the tasks within the project by Due Date to see what you need to focus on. Todo.ly provides easy to use filters to only focus on the next things you need to do. New tasks are placed in your Inbox until you assign them Due Date, or move them to a Project.