Top 8 Must Have Chrome Extensions

Google’s Chrome is an excellent web browser that has rightfully climbed to the top of the charts as far as usage across the web is concerned. Apart from the speed and excellent feature set of the browser, the thousands of extensions give the browser an edge that is hard to beat for it’s rivals.

Of course, not everyone installs and uses the thousands of extensions available in the library and that is why we have compiled a list of 8 of our favorite extensions that ensure that you get the best out of your favorite browser.

Adblock Plus

Adblock Plus is one of the most popular extensions for Chrome and if you do not already have it, high time you download it now! It block displaying ads on a webpage. This makes (most) web pages less annoying and increasing the speed of browsing.

Right Inbox

With Right Inbox, you can schedule automatic emails from your Gmail account. Be it a birthday or an anniversary, schedule emails at your desired date so that you never forget sending an email ever again. It also serves as a personal reminder as you can schedule an email to yourself also.


If you are used to opening a lot of tabs simultaneously, managing them can become a herculean task. TabSugar allows you to create groups and then drag and drop tabs into groups or from one group to another. This reduces the clutter on your browser allowing you to manage them efficiently.

Google Dictionary by Google

The importance of having a dictionary on your fingertips need not be emphasised. With Google Dictionary you can get the meaning of any word in a small pop up bubble by just double clicking on the word. It also translates foreign words in the language of your choice.

Xmarks Bookmark Sync

If you use multiple computers or browser, synchronizing them can be difficult at times. Xmark helps you to backup and sync your browsing data such as bookmarks, saved passwords or open tabs across multiple computers or browsers. Supported browsers include Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Chrome Youtube Downloader

It does exactly what the name says, i.e. lets you download youtube videos in a variety of formats including FLV, MP3, MP4, HD 720p and HD 1080p. Definitely a must have for video junkies.

Smooth Gestures

Although it takes some time getting used to, Smooth Gestures completely changes the way you browse the web. With mouse gestures for almost every action such as reload, refresh, next page, previous page, tab management and many more, it certainly makes web browsing a pleasant experience.

Read Later Fast

Do you often come across a lot of web pages or articles which you wish to read later? Read Later Fast helps you save the webpage with just a right click. You can then browse all the saved web pages and read it whenever you want. Since the pages are saved on your PC, you can read the contents even in the absence of an internet connection.

These are just a few of our favorite extensions available for Chrome. Which other extensions do you guys love to use ?

Add your location to all outgoing emails in Gmail

gmail logoThe Gmail Labs area is quickly becoming a hotbed of activity with the Gmail engineers releasing a new feature as a part of Labs every few days.

The features available under Labs now include everything from the extremely useful ones like Offline Gmail to the mostly useless ones like Gmail Goggles.

If you still haven’t had a look at Labs, you should start now. Some of those features are, like I said, extremely useful.

To enable the features available in Labs, login to your Gmail account and click on Settings. You should see a Labs tab in the settings pane. All the new features are grouped under this tab.

Gmail Labs

The latest feature to have come out of Labs is the ability to add your physical location to an email’s signature.

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Turn off deep linking in yahoo search results

According to wikipedia, deep linking is defined as:

Deep linking, on the World Wide Web, is making a hyperlink that points to a specific page or image on another website, instead of that website’s main or home page. Such links are called deep links.

Yahoo search recently turned on deep linking and images from wikipedia for any queries that result in a wikipedia page. For example, for the following query (“blog”), this is what yahoo search comes up with as a part of the results.

Yahoo Deeplinking example

Notice how the wikipedia entry is different from the others. Yahoo search included four useful links from the wikipedia page, a summary and an also an image.

Yahoo was already using deeplinking for a couple of other popular websites like flickr, yelp and linkedin.

I, personally, think that this feature is pretty useful, especially the image that is shown along with the search result, but if you’re not interested in the links that yahoo provides, you can disable deeplinking in your search preferences. Just click the remove button in front of the service name that you want to disable deeplinking for. Yahoo will never bother you with more than what you searched for.

Let me know what you guys think of this feature in the comments.

Manage your Photos with Firefox using GPhotospace

In the past year a lot of online storage companies have sprung up and a lot of them had to shut down. With the exception of Adrive (and now Skydrive) most companies only give away a measly 1 or 2 GBs for free with their basic offering. I mean come ‘on, Gmail gives more space than that.

The only problem is the space available with Gmail can only be used to store Email. What if I wanted to use the extra space lying around (7GB and counting) for storing Photos.

Gphotospace is your solution my friend. It is a free firefox extension that uses Gmail to store all your photos online. Donwload and install Gphotospace from the above link and you’re all set.

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