Q10. What are Google extensions and where can I find them?


Extensions are extra features and functionality that you can easily add to Google Chrome. By using extensions, you can customise Google Chrome with features that you like, while keeping your browser free of things that you don't use. In their simplest form, they act like widgets, allowing us to change how we experience the web, or providing extra, context-sensitive features like location and the ability to subscribe quickly to RSS feeds. They are the Google version of plugins or add-ons, and they are growing in number and availability every day. Some of the most popular extensions, and what they do are listed below:
  1. AdBlock – this extension removes most adverts from most websites, making for cleaner, faster browsing.
  2. Send from Gmail - This Chrome extension will direct every e-mail link on a website to a Gmail window, rather than firing up MS Outlook.
  3. Google Mail Checker - The Google Mail Checker Chrome extension keeps a running total of your unread Gmail messages next to the address bar, and clicking the extension icon will open a new Gmail tab.
  4. IE Tab – If you are visiting a site which has been optimised to run exclusively in Internet Explorer the IE Tab Chrome Extension creates a virtual IE browser inside the Chrome browser, so you get all the feel and features of Internet Explorer, without leaving your Chrome browser.
  5. Docs PDF/PowerPoint Viewer - this extension sends any PDF or PowerPoint Web links to Google Docs, where you can read it, print it or save it with ease.
  6. FastestChrome – an extension which enhances Web searches. Highlight any word on a page to get a definition of the term, or begin a Google search for the text.
  7. Stop Autoplay for YouTube - the Stop Autoplay Chrome Extension stops Autoplay but continues to buffer the video, so you don’t have to watch it buffer – just click on it when it shows that it is ready.
  8. Feedly - If you have bookmarked RSS feeds from Google Reader, Twitter, Delicious, YouTube or Amazon, the Feedly Chrome extension automatically imports your feeds, arranging the content into a magazine-style page. The Feedly extension also keeps a running tally of your unread items in the address bar, so you know exactly how many stories await you in your new personal news site.
  9. GooglePreview - The GooglePreview Chrome Extension is simple: It adds a thumbnail to the left of any Google search result showing a snapshot of the listed website. This is invaluable in terms of browsing speed as we are much more visually-driven than textually, and will recognise quickly sites we have seen before from a thumbnail.
  10. Session Manager - Sometimes you need to save a web page exactly as it is, while remaining logged in, and possibly with online work in progress. The Session Manager Chrome extension allows you to do this. Click the cardboard box icon next to the address bar, and Session Manager will offer a Save option for any web page you're running.