If you’re a Chrome user, chances are good that you’ve already got a handy extension or two—but you can always use a few more to enhance your online experience. Here are our picks for 23 of the most useful Chrome extensions currently out there. Get ready to start downloading, because these just might change how you use the internet.
1. HTTPS Everywhere
HTTPS Everywhere automatically switches thousands of sites from insecure “http” to secure “https”, making your browsing more secure.
2. Hover Zoom
With Hover Zoom, you can enlarge thumbnail images by simply mousing over them, allowing you to browse image galleries without having to open a new page or even click. It also works on most major websites, like Google Images and Facebook.
3. Lazarus: Form Recovery
Ever curse at your computer after wasting time filling out a form, only to have an error that deletes everything you’ve just done? Lazarus autosaves everything you type so you can easily recover from form-killing timeouts, crashes and network errors.
PriceBlink automatically lets you know if you’ve found the lowest price on a product or whether it can be found for less at another retailer, as well as alerting you to extras such as coupons and shipping costs.
5. Magic Actions
With Magic Actions, you can watch YouTube in style with enhancements such as Auto HD, Ad Block, Cinema Mode, Mouse Wheel Volume Control, and Screenshot. You’ll wonder how you ever survived without it.
Always forgetting your passwords? LastPass saves your passwords and gives you secure access from every computer and mobile device using a single master password.
7. Checker Plus for Gmail
With Checker Plus, you can get desktop notifications, read, listen, archive or delete emails without opening a Gmail tab & easily manage multiple accounts.
8. Evernote Web Clipper
Evernote lets you save things you see on the web into your Evernote account with a single click, then access it from anywhere.
This nice little time-saver is great if you ever have to open multiple links or images at once. Rather than clicking each and every link, do it in one click!
Momentum helps you to stay on task by replacing your new tab pages with customized pages that can include content such as to-do lists, weather reports, time, and inspirational quotes.
With PanicButton you can hide all your tabs at once with one single button or hotkey and restore them later. Whatever it is that you’re hiding, we won’t judge.
Never touch a mouse again! Vimium provides customizable keyboard shortcuts for navigation.
Ghostery sees the “invisible” web, detecting trackers, web bugs, pixels, and beacons placed on web pages by Facebook, Google, and over 500 other ad networks, behavioral data providers, and web publishers.
14. Search by image
Search by image adds a button to images which allows you to initiate a Google search without needing to drag and drop or save anything.
15. 1-click timer
Exactly what it says. 1-click timer lets you set a timer with one click. Fast, simple, and useful!
StayFocusd increases your productivity by limiting the amount of time that you can spend on time-wasting websites. It’s highly-customizable, allowing you to block or allow entire sites, specific subdomains, specific paths, specific pages, even specific in-page content (videos, games, images, forms, etc). It’s great for those of us that often fall prey to the lure of the Internet.
17. Personal Blocklist
Tired of unhelpful Google searches? With Personal Blocklist, you can block certain domains/hosts from appearing in your Google search results.
18. Social Fixer
Social Fixer enhances your Facebook experience and makes the site easier to use by adding a ton of great functionality, such as advanced feed filters and custom skins.
Too long, didn’t read? Let TLDR shorten it by creating a summary of any web article without leaving the original page.
Get rid of webpage clutter using Readability, turning any web page into a plain and comfortable format right in your web browser.
21. Cite This For Me
Attention students: using Cite This For Me, you can automatically create website citations in the APA, MLA, Chicago, or Harvard referencing styles at the click of a button.
22. BugMeNot Lite
Most people hate websites that require registration and login info before viewing a page. Bypass that hassle by using BugMeNot Lite—one click and it autofills the login with anonymous information.
Since you’ve got all these awesome extensions now, you might want to try Extensity—it lets you quickly enable/disable Google Chrome extensions whenever you want.
Now that we’ve shared 23 of our favorite Chrome extensions, share yours in the comments. Let us know which ones you find the most useful, the most helpful, or even the most cool.