Personalise your web with Chrome extensions

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One of the reason Chrome is how the world’s most popular browser is the quality and quantity of its add-ons.  You can add exciting extra features ad functionality to your browser and personalize your whole browsing experience.

Here are our favorite new Chrome extensions:

Chime: Chime is a brilliant means of keeping track of your online accounts. It displays color-coded notifications from Facebook, Flickr, Gmail, Twitter and more in a single drop-down menu, and handily includes the first line from each so you can decide whether to read it now or later.

Visit: http://tiny.contentc.com/chime

Context Menus: Add up to 194 extra functions to Chrome’s right-click menu using this handy extension.  In just a couple of clicks, you can search the web, shorten URLs. Create QR codes, translate pages, share content on social networks, access browser features such as downloads and much more.

Visit: http://tiny.contentc.com/context-menus

CruxLight: If you don’t have time to read a long online article, get CruxLight to give you the gist of it. The add-on will provide short, medium and long summaries of the content, pick out important keywords and tell you how much time you’ve saved by not reading the whole thing.

Visit: http://tiny.contentc.com/cruxlight

DownloadAll: DownloadAll is the download manager Chrome users have been waiting for. Similar to the Firefox add-on DownThemAll! (Downthemall.net), it lets you download every link from a web page at once, pause and resume downloads, as well as split large files into segments to make them faster to download.

Visit: http://tiny.contentc.com/downloadall

Download to Dropbox: This add-on lets you ave images, links and other web content directly to Dropbox, simply by right-clicking and choosing ‘Upload to Dropbox’. Once you’ve linked your account, the add-on creates a folder named ‘Downloads from Chrome’ in your Dropbox so you can easily find and manage what you save.

Visit: http://tiny.contentc.com/downloadtodropbox

Hola Unblocker: Similar to, but even better than, MediaHint (mediahint.com), Hola Unblocker lets you access services that are bloked in the UK, for free. For example, you can watch Netflix (US), Hulu and CBS, as well as stream music from Pandora. Meanwhile, overseas users can view BBC iPlayer, and you can access your favorite sites even when you’re traveling abroad. It’s amazing!

Visit: http://tiny.contentc.com/holaunblocker

Holmes: Holmes offers two speedy ways to search your Chrome bookmarks. You can either click the toolbar button and type a search term or use its feature called Watson to search from the address bar. Press * then Tab and enter the keyword you want to find. It looks very sophisticated, too.

Visit: http://tiny.contentc.com/holmes

HoverPlay: Similar to HoverZoom, which lets you preview images without clicking them, HoverPlay lets you listen to music on web pages by hovering your mouse over audio links. Once the track starts playing, you can press the spacebar to pause and resume it.

Visit: http://tiny.contentc.com/hoverplay

Nimbus Screen Capture: This add-on makes it easy to take screen grabs of web pages. Just click the toolbar button to capture a screenshot of the entire page, only a selected are or your whole screen. You can then resize and crop the image, save it to your hard drive or Google Drive and print it out.

Visit: http://tiny.contentc.com/nimbusscreenshot

Real Time Search Engine: Find only the newest and best articles when you’re searching the web by installing this add-on from the URL shortening service Bitly.  It lets you search links that have recently been shortened and shared by Bitly users, as well as view trending topics and popular pages.

Visit: http://tiny.contentc.com/realtimesearchengine

Search Amazon UK: This simple add-on offers several ways to search Amazon directly from Chrome.  You can either click the toolbar button and type the product you want to buy; highlight text on a web page, right-click and choose Search; or type amazon and your search query into the address bar.

Visit: http://tiny.contentc.com/searchamazonuk

Web2Flickr: This add-on lets you make the most of Flickr’s one-terabyte of storage space, by saving a screen grab of every website you visit.  This effectively creates a visual history of your online activity, although it’s a shame you can’t toggle the add-on off to stop it storing certain pages.

Visit: http://tiny.contentc.com/web2flickr

SpotOn.it: If you’re short of inspiration for things to do, this add-on can help.  SpotOn.it automatically detects events on web pages and lets you add them to your Google Calendar.  For relevant recommendations, register with the service and answer a few questions about your location and interests.

Visit: http://tiny.contentc.com/spot

SimpleUndoClose: Althrough you can reopen closed tabs by pressing Ctrl+Shift+T, this add-on makes things easier by letting you get them back in a couple of quick clicks.  Usefully, SimpleUndoClose lists all the tabs you’ve closed since you launched Chrome and even lets you search them.

Visit: http://tiny.contentc.com/simpleundoclose

Modern New Tab Page: This add-on makes your New Tab page look like Windows 8, with big, colorful tiles that give you one one-click access to popular websites and apps.  Click the pencil icon in the corner of a tile to choose a different site.  You can also change the color and size of the tiles.

Visit: http://tiny.contentc.com/modernnewtabpage

My Map Free: My Map Free makes your browsing history more interesting, by turning it into a map of connected websites and keywords.  Click a site to view the terms you’ve searched for there and click a word to see matching pages.  You can choose how many days and entries to map.

Visit: http://tiny.contentc.com/mymapfree

Silencer: if you’re tired of seeing the same words, phrases and names on Facebook and Twitter, you can use this add-on to hide them.  Just enter the term you want to block and click mute. Silencer also offers options that block spoilers for TV shows.

Visit: http://tiny.contentc.com/silencer

Password Peek: When you make a mistake while typing a password, you usually have to delete and retype the whole thing.  This add-on solves the problem by placing a Peek button below login fields.  Click this to reveal the characters you’ve entered, so you don’t need to start all over again.  You can also press the padlock to keep your password visible so you can edit it, but make sure no-one’s looking over your shoulder.

Visit: http://tiny.contentc.com/passwordpeek

Tabman Tabs Manager: This is one of the simplest add-on we’ve seen for managing lots of tabs in Chrome.  Just click your toolbar button to view all your open tabs in a drop-down menu.  From here, you can switch between, search and close your tabs, and drag and drop them into different positions.

Visit: http://tiny.contentc.com/tabmantabsmanager

PageZipper: Some websites split articles and galleries into several parts, to increase their number of page views.  If you find this annoying, install PageZipper, which combines the content from multi-page articles into one continuous piece, so you can easily scroll through the whole thing.

Visit: http://tiny.contentc.com/pagezipper

YouTweak: YouTweak lets you make a range of useful adjustments to YouTube, to improve your viewing experience. You can hide videos you’ve already watched from search results, stop clips playing automatically, specify a default playback size and quality, and much more.

Visit: http://tiny.contentc.com/youtweak

Twipster: If you’d like to try Twitter, but you find it a confusing mess of a site, this add-on can help.  Twipster remove distracting elements, such as trends and who to follow suggestions, from Twitter’s interface and enlarges tweets so they’re easier to read. It works with Safari, too.

Visit: http://tiny.contentc.com/twipster

Secretbook: This amazing add-on lets you send secret messages on Facebook by hiding them in photos (a technique called stenography). Simply select an image, type your message and secure it with a password. Friends can then press Ctrl+Alt+A and enter the password to read your secret message.

Visit: http://tiny.contentc.com/secretbook

Scroll Marker: If you often lose your place while reading long web articles, you’ll appreciate this add-on. When you click Scroll Marker’s toolbar button, it draws a blue line across the bottom of the page. As you scroll down, this line moves with you, so your eyes stay focused on the text.

Visit: http://tiny.contentc.com/scrollmarker

Tab Activate: By default, Chrome opens new tabs in the background, which means you need to click them to view the page they display. This add-on tweaks the browser so that it switches to new tabs immediately. You can override it and open them in the background by pressing shift.

Visit: http://tiny.contentc.com/tabactivate

Website Opener: If you visit the same websites every day, this add-on will save you having to open them all manually. Just create a list of your favorite sites and then click the toolbar icon to open them in new tabs. You can also import your bookmarks, so you don’t need to type any URLs.

Visit: http://tiny.contentc.com/websiteopener

Previeweet: Opening pictures people have posted on Twitter can be risky, especially if they’re NSFW (not safe for work). This add-on helps you avoid embarrassment by displaying a preview of the image to the right of the tweet, so you can see its content without needing to open if first. The latest version also works with Facebook, Instagram and other services.

Visit: http://tiny.contentc.com/previeweet

OneTab: OneTab promises to reduce Chrome’s memory usage by 95 per cent. When you have too many tabs open, just click its toolbar icon to convert them to a list, from which you can restore them individually or all together. You can also share your list of tabs as a web page.

Visit: http://one-tab.com

Video Resumer: YouTube videos always start playing from the beginning, even if you were halfway through watching them before you navigated away.  This handy add-on resumes playback from exactly where you stopped viewing, even i you leave the site, close your browser and restart your PC.

Visit: http://tiny.contentc.com/videoresumer

The Great Suspender: The more tabs you have open, the more memory Chrome uses, which often leads to crashes. The Great Suspender lets you suspend tabs you’re not using, while retaining their titles so you can reload them with a single click. You can also suspend inactive tabs automatically after a certain time.

Visit: http://tiny.contentc.com/suspender

Secure Bookmarks: If you share your computer with someone else, you may have certain bookmarks that you’d prefer them not to see, such as your webmail. This add-on lets you save selected pages in a password-protected list. Just click the toolbar button and choose ‘Create new bookmark’ to keep the page private.  Use folders to organize your bookmarks.

Visit: http://tiny.contentc.com/securebookmarks

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