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Awesome Google Chrome extensions (May 2019 edition)

Get more done in Google Chrome, with this selection of hand-picked extensions from the Chrome Web Store. These free extensions allow you to do a variety of things, from taking screenshots to keeping your passwords safe. (Updated May 2019.)

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Xtreme Download Manager

Xtreme Download Manager is an open source download manager that works across Windows, Mac, and Linux. This is a standalone manager but integrates well with a selection of browsers, including Google Chrome.

Download.

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Simplify for Gmail

Simplify is a browser extension that strips Google's Gmail interface to its essentials, removing non-essential elements such as the logo and such, leaving you to focus on the task in hand of dealing with your email.

Download.

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Grammarly

The free spell checker and grammar checker by Grammarly helps you write clearly and confidently on Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Tumblr, and nearly anywhere else on the Web.

With Grammarly, you can always be sure that your words are mistake-free and say what you mean.

Download.

Speedtest by Ookla
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Speedtest by Ookla

Take a Speedtest directly from your toolbar to quickly test your internet performance without having to open a new tab.

Download.

OneNote Web Clipper
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OneNote Web Clipper

Here's one for all you OneNote users out there -- a simple way to clip all or part of a web page and send it to OneNote.

Download.

OneNote Online
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OneNote Online

Another one for OneNote fans -- a quick and simple way to access your OneNote notes direct from the browser.

Download.

OneTab
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OneTab

When your tabs are in the OneTab list, you will save up to 95 percent of memory because you will have reduced the number of tabs open in Google Chrome.

Download.

Tab Wrangler
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Tab Wrangler

Automatically closes inactive tabs and makes it easy to get them back

- Automatically closes idle tabs after designated time

- Saves closed tabs, easy to re-open

- Chrome sync saves settings between computers

- Doesn't close pinned tabs

- Lock tabs from closing

Download.

LastPass
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LastPass

LastPass is an award-winning password manager that saves your passwords and gives you secure access from every computer and mobile device. Very secure, and very easy to use.

Download.

Adblock Plus
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Adblock Plus

I have no problem with well-behaved ads, but I still like to have protection against malware and ads that blare a sound from my speakers!

Adblock Plus is the most popular ad blocker ever, and also supports websites by not blocking unobtrusive ads by default (configurable).

Download.

Telegram
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Telegram

The Telegram web-client is a free, fast and secure way to enjoy most of Telegram's features right in your web-browser.

Download.

Wolfram|Alpha
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Wolfram|Alpha

Wolfram|Alpha is the world's definitive source for expert, computable knowledge across thousands of domains.

Download.

Tampermonkey
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Tampermonkey

Tampermonkey is the most popular userscript manager for Google Chrome.

Download.

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Ghostery

Ghostery is an extension that reveals "invisible" web, which consists of trackers, web bugs, pixels, and beacons placed on web pages by Facebook, Google, and over 500 other ad networks, behavioral data providers, web publishers -- all companies interested in your activity.

Find out -- and more importantly, control -- who is tracking your browsing.

Download.

Evernote Web Clipper
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Evernote Web Clipper

Goodbye, bookmarks. Hello, Web Clipper! Clip the web pages you want to keep. Save them in Evernote. Easily find them on any device.

Download.

StayFocusd
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StayFocusd

The web is an infinite source of distraction. StayFocusd does what is says on the tin -- helps you to stay focused on the task in hand by blocking your favorite internet time-suck websites and services.

Download.

Clockify Time Tracker
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Clockify Time Tracker

Keep track of how much time you spend on different projects right from within Google Chrome with Clockify.

This extension integrates with over a hundred web apps: get a little Clockify button inside your favorite web apps like Trello, JIRA, Basecamp, Gitlab, Github, Asana, Todoist, Gmail, Calendar, Google Docs, and track time without switching a page.

Download.

SimilarWeb
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SimilarWeb

Find out website traffic and key metrics for any website, including engagement rate, traffic ranking, keyword ranking, and traffic source.

Download.

Google Password Checkup
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Google Password Checkup

Password Checkup is an extension that allows you to find out if non-Google online accounts you sign into have been involved in a data breach that has made you username or password public.

If your username or password has been revealed as part of a data breach, you will receive a warning to change your password.

A very handy app indeed.

Download.

Signal Private Messenger
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Signal Private Messenger

Everything in Signal is always end-to-end encrypted and painstakingly engineered in order to keep your communication safe.

Download.

Minimalist for Everything
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Minimalist for Everything

Make Google services such as Gmail a lot easier to use by removing much of the toolbar and navigation clutter. Be warned though that for the advanced features you need to be good with CSS.

Download.

Hunter.io
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Hunter.io

The one-click way to find email addresses from anywhere on the web. 

And it doesn't just find email addresses! You can use it to get the names, job titles, social networks, and phone numbers. All the data has public sources detailed in the search results.

Download.

TabCloud
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TabCloud

TabCloud allows you to save any window session and restore it at a later date or on another computer. This allows you to sync open tabs between multiple computers.

Download.

ClickUp
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ClickUp

ClickUp takes the place of five separate apps, virtually allowing you to do anything right from your browser!

1) Email: Create tasks and attach emails to tasks
2) Screenshots: Capture, Mark Up, and Edit screenshots
3) Time Tracking: Easily attach time to ClickUp tasks
4) Create Tasks
5) Save Websites as Tasks 

Download.

RescueTime for Chrome
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RescueTime for Chrome

RescueTime tracks the time you spend in the active tab or window of Chrome. This gives you a clear picture of what you were actually doing all day, to better manage your digital life.

Download.

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Privacy Badger

Like Ghostery, Privacy Badger is a browser add-on that stops advertisers and other third-party trackers from secretly tracking what pages you look at on the web. If it detects that an advertiser seems to be tracking you across multiple websites without your permission, Privacy Badger will automatically block that advertiser from loading any more content in your browser.

Download.

TooManyTabs for Chrome
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TooManyTabs for Chrome

Manage your tabs, improve your browsing, and maintain your sanity when you have many tabs open.

Download.

The Great Suspender
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The Great Suspender

If you're anything like me than you constantly have dozens of browser tabs open at any one time. And mostly you keep them open to remind you of something, not because you're using them at that time.

The Great Suspender will automagically unload each tab while retaining its favicon and title text. A tab can be restored by clicking anywhere on the page when it is needed.

Download.

HTTPS Everywhere
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HTTPS Everywhere

HTTPS Everywhere is an extension that encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure.

HTTPS Everywhere is produced as a collaboration between The Tor Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Download.

Blur
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Blur

So much more than a password manager! On top of keeping your passwords safe and secure (and generating new ones for you to prevent reuse), Blur is also a privacy manager as well as a secure payments tool.

Download.

Hotspot Shield VPN
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Hotspot Shield VPN

Need a VPN to secure your browser connection? AnchorFree has a tool called Hotspot Shield that's not only free to use, but is ad-free and totally unlimited. I've been using it here for some time now and it does what is says it does, and has been totally reliable.

Download.

Taco
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Taco

This is a great way to keep everything you do on a single page.

See your tasks from 40+ other services on Chrome's new tab page. Asana, Basecamp, GitHub, Gmail, OmniFocus, Trello, Zendesk, and more.

Download.

Momentum
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Momentum

Replace new tab page with a personal dashboard featuring your to-do list, weather, and inspiration.

Download.

uBlock Origin
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uBlock Origin

Less an ad-blocker and more a tool to control annoying content. uBlock is lightweight and easy on RAM and CPU usage.

Download.

I'm a Gentleman
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I'm a Gentleman

I'm a Gentleman does one thing, and does it well -- it allows for easy downloading of images from a web page. You can press Alt and click to download, drag to download, or download every image n a page with a single click.

Download.

Google Bookmark Manager
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Google Bookmark Manager

Yeah, I know that Google Chrome comes with a bookmark manager, but it's hardly anything to write home about. In fact, it's so basic that I've declared "bookmark bankruptcy" several times and just deleted them all and started again.

Google Bookmark Manager is the bookmark manager that Google Chrome should come with.

Download.

Discoverly for Gmail, LinkedIn & More
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Discoverly for Gmail, LinkedIn & More

Know more about contacts (in Gmail, LinkedIn, Twitter, Rapportive, and more).

Download.

Screencastify (Screen Video Recorder)
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Screencastify (Screen Video Recorder)

Screencastify is a simple video screen capture software for Chrome. It is able to record all screen activity inside a tab, including audio.

Download.

goo.gl URL Shortener
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goo.gl URL Shortener

It shortens URLs. Not much more to say. But it does do it well.

Download.

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Unshorten.link

To go along with a URL shortener, you also need a URL unshortener!

Shortened links can be hiding anywhere. With the Unshorten Chrome extension, any shortened link (such as bit.ly or t.co) you click on will be automatically expanded and analyzed for malware giving you a clear view of where the link is taking you. Unshorten will also automatically remove known tracking cookies from the URL.

Download.

Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides
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Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides

View and edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files -- without needing Office installed on your computer.

Once the extension is installed, Office files that you drag into Chrome, open in Gmail, Google Drive, and more, will be opened in Docs, Sheets, and Slides for viewing and editing.

Download.

ExtensionGoogle Keep Chrome Extension
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Google Keep Chrome Extension

Found a webpage, image, or quote that you want to save for later? With the Google Keep Chrome Extension, easily save the things you care about to Keep and have them synced across all of the platforms that you use -- including web, Android, iOS, and Wear.

Download.

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Text Mode

Browse web pages without distraction. No images, no videos, no animation. It also desaturates colors for a more relaxed experience.

Not only does this extension make page loads faster, it makes information a lot easier to scan.

Very simple, but very effective.

Download.

Noisli
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Noisli

Working in a busy, noisy environment? Perhaps an ambient noise generator is the solution to creating a more peaceful, productive workspace.

Download.

ExtensionGoogle Dictionary
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ExtensionGoogle Dictionary

Get quick and easy access to definitions of words on web pages you visit without having to open a new tab or copy/paste the term into a search box.

Download.

Strict Workflow
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Strict Workflow

This extension allows you to enforce a 25 minute period of distraction-free work by blocking a whole host of time wasting websites (the list is customisable). As a reward, you get 5 minutes to blow on the websites of your choice before going back to work.

Download.

Cite This For Me: Web Citer
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Cite This For Me: Web Citer

Automatically create website citations in the APA, MLA, Chicago, or Harvard referencing styles at the click of a button.

Download.

Awesome Screenshot
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Awesome Screenshot

A screen capture extension for all or part of any web webpage. Add annotations, comments, blur sensitive info, and share with one-click uploads.

Download.

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Click&Clean

A one-click solution to clean your browser and protect your privacy. With Click&Clean you can:

  • Scan your PC for Malware
  • Delete your browsing history
  • Remove download history
  • Erase temporary files
  • Clear cookies and Empty cache
  • Delete client-side Web SQL Databases
  • Remove Flash Cookies (LSOs)

And much more.

Download.

PanicButton
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PanicButton

PanicButton 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. Afterwards, the PanicButton turns green and shows you how many tabs are currently hidden.

Download.

All-in-One Messenger
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All-in-One Messenger

Use messengers like WhatsApp, Telegram, Messenger, Skype, and many more in one app!

Download.

Session Buddy
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Session Buddy

Session Buddy is a session manager for your browser that allows you to:

  • See all open tabs in one place.
  • Save open tabs and restore them later. Great for freeing up memory and avoiding tab clutter.
  • Recover open tabs after a browser or system crash.
  • Organize links by topic and find them when you need them with keyword search.
  • Easily consolidate link sets and eliminate duplicates.
  • Export link sets in a variety of text formats for use in email messages, documents, spreadsheets, and online posts.
  • Create sessions from a list of URLs.

Download.

Todoist
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Todoist

A sleek to-do app keeps you organized, focused, and more productive. The perfect to-do productivity app is there wherever you need it: on Google Chrome, mobile device, desktop, browser, Gmail, and more.

Download.

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Project Naptha

Project Naptha automatically applies state-of-the-art computer vision algorithms to every image your browser loads while browsing the web. The result is a seamless and intuitive experience, where you can highlight as well as copy and paste and even edit and translate the text formerly trapped within an image.

A very handy extension indeed.

Download.

Checker Plus for Gmail
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Checker Plus for Gmail

Get desktop notifications, read, listen or delete emails without opening Gmail or Inbox by Gmail and easily manage multiple accounts.

Download.

Bonus: Emoji Keyboard
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Emoji Keyboard

Everyone likes emojis, right? Well, OK, maybe not, but if you do here's a quick and simple way to corral them and get 1-click copy and paste, or auto-input emoji anywhere in Chrome.

Download.

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VisualPing

This extension allows your browser to monitor web pages for changes automatically. It can inform you whenever a particular page changes without you having to go and check every time, and it can even show you what the differences are.

I have a long list of websites that I keep an eye on using this tool, and so far it has worked flawlessly.

Download.

Social Fixer
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Social Fixer

Social Fixer enhances your Facebook experience and makes the site easier to use by adding a ton of great functionality. One of its most useful features is allowing you to filter out junk (might be just what you need to get rid of all those political posts swamping your feed right now).

Download.

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