3 Browser Extensions That Will Make You Love Google Chrome

Are you already a Google Chrome user? If so, you’ll love these three extensions that will make your browser even more awesome. If you don’t use Chrome, these might make you start!

What is a Browser Extension?

An extension is a piece of extra functionality that’s created by a third party, but will integrate with your browser to improve your internet experience. Extensions live in the upper right corner of your Chrome toolbar.

extensions toolbar

Chrome extensions are available in the Chrome Web Store.

1. Adblock Plus

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Adblock Plus really does block all annoying ads!

The description says it all…Adblock Plus really does block all annoying ads from web pages. And it does this automatically without you doing anything at all!

Most beneficial for the classroom setting, it blocks all YouTube ads – both from the area around the video window, AND from the video itself…so no more waiting for ads to play before watching videos (or having that slightly inappropriate Budweiser ad show up before your Bill Nye video!).

If that weren’t enough, as a nice bonus, it also blocks all ads from Facebook, news websites and blogs. Enjoy it while it lasts, because I’m sure web developers are going to figure out how to get their ads through eventually.

The small number below the stop sign shows how many ads were blocked on that webpage.

ad example

Ads before YouTube videos are blocked. No more “rated M” video game ads before my educational video clip!

2. Awesome Screenshot

This extension allows you to capture portions of a webpage and annotate directly on the screenshot. Draw arrows or circles, add text, crop the image, even blur out confidential information.

Step One: Once you are on a desired webpage, open the extension and choose the screenshot option you’d like.

  • Capture visible part of page: Capture all of the webpage that’s currently visible
    • Delayed capture: Waits for 3 seconds before capturing the page
  • Capture selected area: Captures only the area of the page that you select
  • Capture entire page: Scrolls down to capture one long image of the entire webpage
  • Select a local image: Annotate over an existing image from your computer

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Step Two: Once the image is captured, the annotation toolbar will appear.

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A look at the annotation toolbar.

Here’s a look at the annotation examples that are available. Click to enlarge the image.

An example of the annotation features available after taking a screenshot.

An example of the annotation features available after taking a screenshot. Click to enlarge.

Step Three: Finish your annotations and save your image.  You can save the image to your computer, save to Google Drive, print the image, or copy it to your clipboard to paste it into another location.

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3. Clearly

If you’re like me, you despise the typical cluttered webpage window as you are trying to read an article. Wouldn’t it be great to strip out all of those links, unrelated images, distracting navigation and just focus on the words you’re trying to read? Enter the Clearly extension.

Turn a cluttered mess…into a highly-readable delight!

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You can highlight sections of the article and, if you’re an Evernote user, you can also “clip” the article into Evernote to save it for later reading or organization.

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Stay tuned for many more fabulous Chrome extensions! Or use the Chrome Web Store to find your own new favorites.

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