10 cool free Chrome extensions

10 cool free Chrome extensions

Summary: The Chrome browser has evolved into a platform of its own, in large part due to the ability to add functionality through extensions. These are some of the most useful.

TOPICS: Mobility, Google, Laptops

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  • My Chrome Theme

    Sometimes you need to have fun, and this extension is just the thing. It allows making custom themes for Chrome that are nothing fancy, but colorful. It's nice to personalize the browser you spend so much time looking at each day.

    The graphical theme editor is totally point-and-click in nature, and personal background images can be uploaded for inclusion in custom themes.

    My Chrome Theme

  • Save to Google Drive

    This is another of those useful utilities that does one thing but does it very well. It allows saving web pages to the user's Google Drive for later access.

    Whole pages can be saved to the cloud and the extension adds a right-click menu for saving hyperlinks and media. 

    Save to Google Drive will let you automatically convert Microsoft Office documents to Google Docs formats. Your mileage may vary with the quality of the conversion, although simply formatted Office docs convert fine.

    Save to Google Drive

  • Gmail Offline

    This extension does what its name states, it allows working with Gmail without a web connection. It synchronizes the user's Gmail the first time it's run, and thereafter keeps the offline stuff synced with the online service.

    Users of Gmail Offline can work with email received while connected, including read, respond to, search and archive. All activites performed are synced at the next web connection.

    The extension uses a simpler interface than the Gmail web site to optimize the offline experience.

    Gmail Offline

Topics: Mobility, Google, Laptops

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  • Nice collection of extensions

    Usually we cast stones to zdnet editors, but in fact they make a great job making us to think in the edge of the tech industry.

    I would like to add my collection of extensions, in the sense that we look to improve our performance, privacy and creativity.

    Maybe should be interesting people list their own preferences.

    Adblock premium
    Do not track
    Gliffy Diagrams
    Mail Fred
    Safer Chrome
    Secure Gmail
    • Ya got that right!

      For Sure! ADBLOCK PLUS is the first extension I add to my browsers!
    • mucho gratis

      this is excellent
      kale schmier
  • Nice job

    But is it me, or does the new Tabs page customized that way look eerily like the much-maligned Windows 8 Start screen???
    • Lots of inspirations

      According to the developer when asked if it's a ripoff of Metro:

      Awesome New Tab Page is inspired by design and functionality from a number of sources, Metro UI being just one. Resizable widgets are modeled after Android. The grid is also modeled after Android, and isn't list-based like Metro UI. Custom shortcuts (created by clicking an empty tile when the grid is unlocked) are also a lot more customizable than anything in Metro UI to date.
    • At first I thought I might be looking at Windows 8.2.

      Why does it seem OSes are regressing? Graphics are preschool. Why to we need more than 64K ram?
      Arm A. Geddon
      • Not regressing, simplifying

        Gradients are complete unnecessary. I don't know why clean, Swiss inspired, typographical interfaces are so difficult for morons like you to accept.

        What's preschool, is having to make everything look like 3d objects when they aren't. Apples Glass buttons, and XP's Fisherprice look were far more immature and "preschool" than Metro, or any flat design.
        • Free tip.

          Free tip:

          When you are trying to convince someone you are right and they are wrong, you will usually get better results when you do not start by insulting them in the first paragraph of your rebuttal.
          Hallowed are the Ori
  • Interesting selection ...

    ... Thank you.

    I'm surprised that there aren't so many really good extensions - these are fine, but so many are pointless - but I'm sure the list will grow.
    • pointless

      maybe, but dont they all make money, even the bad ones,, ?
  • #11 -- Send to Kindle ~ !


    The one extension I use, probably more than any other is the "Send to Kindle" ext. Any time I read something on the web that I want to re-read later (when I have more time) or preserve (because it is so good) can be sent with just a click to my Kindle Reader.


    Hope others find this useful, too!
    • Or for other platforms, Pocket

      This is a great Chrome extension that stores articles/wikapedia pages/etc., for reading on my Android tablet.
  • Noooooooo !

    A slide show.
    Alan Smithie
    • this time

      this time the slide show was needed and worked ok.
  • Exactly...

    ...what Netscape was trying to do years ago. No wonder Ballmer treated Google as public enemy number one.
    John L. Ries
    • Also, Exactly

      This reads a lot of Firefox as well. I don't use that browser either.
      Crashin Chris
      • But Mozilla doesn't have as much money

        Ergo, it's not as big of a threat.
        John L. Ries
        • Elaboration

          The Mozilla Foundation has never been touted as the successor to Netscape, but that's the role it's played and it may even have been the reason why it was brought into existence during Netscape's last days as an independent company. And it has served a necessary function as it kept Netscape's technologies alive at a time when MS was actively trying to kill them (that was a large part of what the US antitrust case was about). MS advocates could try to accuse Mozilla's users, developers, and promoters of being sore losers (which they did; right here on ZDNet and elsewhere), but Mozilla was the main reason why MS' bid to make the WWW a Windows-dependent medium ultimately failed. If Google can turn Chrome into an application platform, its because Netscape and Mozilla paved the way. If MS vilifies Google while ignoring Mozilla, it's because Mozilla is a nonprofit with few resources with which to directly challenge MS (though Firefox was the browser that chipped away at IE's dominance, making it safe to browse the web on platforms not MS-approved). Google is big, rich, and dominates web searching in the way MS dominates the desktop, so that's the institution that has gotten the negative attention from MS. But Mozilla helped make Google possible, and the antitrust case MS lost has greatly hampered MS' ability to do to Google what it did to Netscape.
          John L. Ries
          • Bravo!

            A wonderful and succinct summary of the browser wars. I was there. I remember it all vividly, and yes, this is pretty much how it played out. Mozilla might not be the "cool kid on the block" not the "flavor du jour" anymore, but Mozilla is absolutely the reason why Microsoft has to run "I.E. Doesn't Suck" ads these days. Mozilla truly is the George Washington of the modern, open standards internet.
          • Re Education comment about MS and Mozilla/Firefox

            I very much enjoyed this background history "lesson." I lived through that era and watched as MS some of whose programs I like and yes, I have to live in the WinTel world exclusively in my work world...but the steamroller tactics of MS in those days and later in Europe really turned off much of my early customer loyalty to them stemming from the pre-historic days of MS-DOS.
            Also I wish forums would have far more comments on the level of this one.
            Thanks very much