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10 must-have Google Chrome extensions

Preston Gralla | Jan. 24, 2011
With every passing month, Google Chrome is becoming increasingly popular. Fans laud its lean, stripped-down interface, and its fast browsing. They also appreciate the free extensions that give Chrome the ability to do all kinds of nifty things.

Another top-notch choice is Google Quick Scroll. First, search using Google, and then click a search result to go to a Web page. When you do so, Google Quick Scroll pops up as a small window at the bottom of the screen, showing you the text on the page where your search term appears. Click the window, and you'll jump straight to that spot.

Chrome users at times get frustrated when browsing the Web, because some sites were built to display in Internet Explorer, and as a result they display improperly in Chrome. There's a simple solution: Grab IE Tab for Chrome. When you visit a Website that needs Internet Explorer to display correctly, click the IE Tab link, and the site will open in a new tab that uses Internet Explorer to display it.

The useful Docs PDF/PowerPoint Viewer solves a frequent and annoying problem: waiting for Adobe (ADBE) Reader to launch when you come across a PDF on the Web, or for PowerPoint to launch when you encounter a PowerPoint file. The extension opens PDF and PowerPoint files in their own tab, with an excellent file viewer. You can also save files to Google Docs or to your local hard disk.

Weather, Videos, Pictures, and More

You'll also want to collect several miscellaneous Chrome extensions that accomplish a wide variety of tasks. Forecastfox Weather, for example, puts weather information within easy reach. Its icon shows you the current temperature and whether conditions are sunny, cloudy, raining, or snowing. Hover your mouse over the icon, and you get a brief description of the weather, such as 'Light rain, 36 degrees Fahrenheit'. Click it, and it produces a full week's weather forecast from Accuweather in a pop-up window, including a weather map. Click any day to go to the Accuweather site for more details.

Doing some quick research? Fastest Chrome does a nice job of grabbing Wikipedia content and displaying it in its own window. Highlight a term, and you can then see a Wikipedia summary, or else transfer to the Wikipedia Website. Fastest Chrome also enhances Google search.

Since Fastest Chrome can be somewhat erratic, an even better bet is Apture Highlights. Just highlight a term and click an icon that appears above the term--a pop-up appears with a definition of the term, photos, and links to videos, pictures, and search results. Click a picture or video, and it appears in a full window over your screen. When you're done, click the X to make the window disappear.

 

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