TOP CHROME EX­TEN­SIONS

DIC­TIO­NARY, CAL­EN­DAR, BOOK­MARK HOLDER AND LINK CHECKER ... NAME THE FUNC­TION AND THE CHROME BROWSER HAS A SO­LU­TION.

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - DIGITAL LIFE - BY ASHISH BHA­TIA

Be­cause these browser walas couldn’t do ev­ery­thing, they al­lowed ex­ten­sions. Un­less you’ve been dwelling un­der a rock, you’ll know ex­ten­sions al­low you to plug-in su­per­pow­ers into your browsers to en­hance its fea­ture­set and func­tion­al­ity as per your wants and needs. In other words, these are bits of add-on code that in­stall in a jiffy and al­low you to per­son­alise and cus­tomise your web browser.

The beauty of it is that this en­hance­ment to the browser’s user in­ter­face doesn’t al­ways have to be di­rectly re­lated to the view­able con­tent of web­pages. There­fore, rather than just browse and read web­sites, you can do ev­ery­thing from main­tain­ing your to-do list (that is synced to your phone or tablet), get no­ti­fied on in­com­ing mail or tweets or up­dates, play au­dio, see the weather, block ads, check FB up­dates, or block these time-wast­ing sites. And more...

And of course, on a web page, spe­cific ex­ten­sions let you clip and save im­ages and screen­shots, pop up a dic­tio­nary, en­hance video, kill dis­trac­tions, save web ar­ti­cles to off­line read­ing apps and loads more—all in a click, with­out leav­ing your browser.

Oh yes, all the fa­mous five—In­ter­net Ex­plorer, Fire­fox, Sa­fari, Opera, and Chrome—have ex­ten­sions. But we have cho­sen to look at some of the best ones in Chrome. Why? Sim­ply be­cause in four years of its ex­is­tence, Chrome has—if, ar­guably—the max­i­mum num­ber of ac­tive users on Planet Earth.

We hand­pick 10 of the best Chrome ex­ten­sions.

1 PANIC BUT­TON

This should be or­dained the Save My Sweet Ass But­ton. Pic­ture this: You’re chat­ting up some­one, or ap­ply­ing for a job, or, well, just ogling at the oglable. Sud­denly you hear the boss grunt­ing omi­nously close. Hit the Panic But­ton. This will hide all your open tabs in one blessed click! Press it again when the coast is clear to re­store these tabs. Forced to quit Chrome? Shut down for the day? Can only re­sume the next day? Nev­er­mind, you’ll find the tabs tucked away, in Chromepie or­der.

2 GOOGLE CAL­EN­DAR

If you’re a Google Cal­en­dar user, you’ll love this. Not only does a sin­gle click on its browser tool­bar res­i­dent icon drop down your agenda for the next few days, it even sniffs out events from a web page (like Face­book, for ex­am­ple), let­ting you add them to your cal­en­dar in a trice. You can add events through it man­u­ally any time, of course. The icon it­self can dis­play the time re­main­ing un­til the next event.

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