Are you making the most of your web browser? Google Chrome is already so well designed as is reflected in its market penetration, but the extensions available makes it all the more powerful. Save all your passwords in a click, check your grammar or spelling, and do a lot more with all the extensions in Chrome’s Web Store. In this article, we highlight the top 7 add-ons we’ve used for Google Chrome in 2018.
Top 7 Google Chrome Extensions
If you’re like many of us, you probably have a host of different accounts which possibly all have different passwords. Remembering one password is already tedious, and with an additional two or three accounts, near impossible. Luckily, LastPass is a free password manager that only requires users to remember one password; a master password. Users can then save all their usernames and passwords to LastPass’s vault, and it will autologin to selected sites and sync passwords whenever needed. No ideas for a strong password? No worries, LastPass automatically generates a complex password for you.
Pop-ups and banner ads can sometimes be very useful, but not very often. Adblock Plus for Google Chrome blocks video ads, pop-ups and all other intrusive or annoying advertising. It also blocks and tracks malware. Installation is easy and it is simple to set up. The icon displays a count for everything it blocks, and users can see items by clicking the icon. This is useful for sites where pop-ups are actually necessary.
Grammarly is perfect for blog writers and everyday users who type into text editors on the web. It ensures that documents, messages, and social media posts are grammatically sound and error free. It features a contextual spelling checker, which can detect words spelt correctly, but used in the wrong context. As a grammar checker, it is able to fix many errors such as subject-verb agreement, article use and more. A paid version is also available, Grammarly Premium, which highlights a number of more complex issues, such as detecting plagiarism and the ability to suggest citations.
If you’ve ever had difficulty listening to some audio on the internet due to its poor quality, Volume booster is the add-on for you. The creators claim that it can increase the loudness by up to 4 times. While it may be difficult to prove or disprove this, it is safe to say that once the app is installed and activated, the audio is distinctively louder. When the icon is clicked, a volume toggle is displayed and from here it is possible to increase the volume even further or turn it off.
Downloader for Instagram
Instagram is a great app to share cool photos and videos. However, one of the major flaws of this app is desktop compatibility. At the time of writing, both Instagram’s Windows app and the website, lack the functionality for uploading photos and videos. This sucks! Luckily, a few people saw a way around this. Despite the ‘Downloader’ in the extension’s name, the main use of this add-on is to upload photos from your desktop. Additionally, users may easily download photos and videos from the Instagram website. It is important to note that currently, the extension does not allow for the uploading of videos.
This app automatically closes inactive tabs after a certain time period. It was developed with the tab junkies in mind, who open new tabs constantly and never remember to close them when done. Running many tabs at once utilizes a lot of the machine’s RAM. Tab Wrangler aims to prevent this by detecting all tabs that have not been opened in a while and closes them without user intervention. Users may also lock tabs if they do not wish to have them close.
Typio Form Recovery
Almost everyone has experienced the feeling of losing information entered in a web form. A form recovery extension, Typio automatically saves information entered into a web form, in the event that the tab or window is closed automatically. All fields are filled automatically.