15 Google Chrome extensions to make your life better

Chrome extensionsIn celebration of Google Chrome taking over the browser market, and literally “killing it” as I put it yesterday, I wanted to put together a list of Chrome extensions that I use regularly and share them out to folks that might find them useful. Extensions simply enhance your web experience, by giving you another tool made specifically for Chrome, by that extension maker, for a certain purpose.

If you use Chrome daily, then this list will certainly help you. There are millions of Chrome extensions (add-ons), from games to utilities and tools to shopping apps. Many are useful, and many are junk. Here are the few that I use often, and are very useful.

Here’s my go-to list. Also, these are a touch bias, in the sense that I do a lot of development so I like developer type of extensions. Enjoy. And if there are any go-to’s that you have that aren’t on this list, please share them in the comments!

Live Stylesheets
This extension allows live (CSS) stylesheet editing of any page. It is intended to be similar to Firebug’s (full version) ability to edit the raw CSS of a page’s stylesheets directly, as opposed to the limited ability of editing only the page’s computed CSS rules.

Eye Dropper
Eye Dropper is extension for Google Chrome and Chromium. It allows you to pick color from any webpage or from advanced color picker. It is great tool for web developers.

With this extension, you can inspect web fonts by just hovering on them. It is that simple and elegant. It also detects the services used for serving the web fonts. Supports Typekit and Google Font API.

Yellow Highlighter Pen
It’s a yellow highlighter pen for webpages. You can point out important information in long webpages by highlighting text with your mouse. And you can share this highlighted version of page (with special short link) in social media or just bookmark it with your favorite tool. Great for re-sharing on Tumblr!

This by far is one of my favorite extensions. Upload images to the web in a second. You can re-host an image in one [right] click, and even take screen captures of the webpage. Although the screen capture tool is limited, and for that, see below.

Awesome Screenshot
Take screen captures of webpages in one click. You can capture the whole page or any portion, annotate it with rectangles, circles, arrows, lines and text, blur sensitive info, and write on it. Very useful!

Restyle the web with Stylish, a user styles manager. User styles are themes for web sites. User styles empower your browsing experience by letting you customize web sites. Take out irrelevant content, change colors, or completely redesign the entire site.

ShiftEdit is an online (and offline) PHP, Ruby, Java, HTML, CSS and JavaScript editor with built-in (S)FTP and Dropbox. Ideal for web development.

Google Similar Pages
Discover webpages similar to the page you’re currently browsing. Enjoying the page you’re looking at and interested in other similar pages? Trying to find more pages about a topic you’re researching, but having a hard time coming up with the right query on Google? Try Google Similar Pages.

Moz’s SEO Toolbar for Chrome. Access important SEO metrics while you surf the web. This extension from Moz lets you see metrics like Domain Authority and Page Authority for every page you visit, analyze links as you browse, highlight links and keywords, quickly expose page elements, and access other powerful SEO tools.

FVD Downloader
Easy to download videos from most of the pages. Music and HD Download available. Doesn’t work on YouTube though, due to Google extension policies. You can use KeepVid for YouTube.

Mega Button
Love this one too. You can access Bookmarks, History, Plugins, Extensions, Downloads, DNS, Memory and Cache directly in the Chrome toolbar by clicking the Mega Button.

Feedly has replaced Google RSS Reader. Feedly combines the visual appeal of a magazine with the efficiency and convenience of an RSS reader. The result is a powerful tool which allows you to organize, read and share the information which helps you stay current and creative in your life.

Avast! Online Security
Web protection. Main features: Collects data on phishing sites and warns if you visit them. Lets you create your own trusted pages. Gives access to our website-reputation system, powered by a community of over 160M users. Shows a content rating system (e.g. gambling, pornography, violence, etc.). Warns when visiting websites with a bad reputation. Indicates a site’s rating next to its link in your search results. Enables you to rate any website, improving the system and helping other users.

Web Timer
This extension isn’t nearly as useful as the rest, but is very neat. It tracks how much time you spend on websites, and gives you a handy pie graph that you can share, showing how much time you are wasting on what websites.