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Chrome Extentions


When we first did a version of this story in January 2015, Chrome had about 22.65 percent of the browser market worldwide, according to & Net Applications. Today it's at 68.6 percent, and rival browsers can't even crack 10 percent.

Chrome has gained, but it has lost some love—from us. After several years as browser, a took our Editors' Choice award. That said, there is no denying Chrome's popularity. Plus, like Firefox, it supports extensions that make it even better. Its library of extras, found at the Chrome Web Store, has rivaled Firefox's for years, and provides quick access to just about every web-based app imaginable.

Recognizing how popular Chrome is, Microsoft rebuilt its Edge browser as a Chromium version so it now supports all Chrome extensions natively while still supporting its own Edge extensions from the Microsoft Store.

Rather than have you stumble blindly through the Chrome Web Store to find the best extensions, we've compiled a list of several dozen you should consider. Some are unique to Google and its services (such as Gmail), but most extensions work across operating systems, so you can try them on any desktop platform (especially on Chromebooks); there may be some versions that work on the mobile Chrome, too.

All of these extensions are free, so there's no harm in giving them a try. You can easily disable or remove them by typing chrome://extensions/into the Chrome address bar, or right-clicking an extension's icon in the toolbar to remove it. Every extension must have a toolbar icon; you can hide them without uninstalling the extension by right-clicking and selecting Hide in Chrome Menu>. You can't get rid of the icons forever without uninstalling. Read on for our favorites, and let us know if we missed a great one.


Screen/Page Capture

Don't limit yourself to basic screenshots. Make them awesome by annotating them with shapes, arrows, and text comments. One click uploads an image to AwesomeScreenshot.com for storage on Google Drive and sharing quickly to social media.


Full Page Screen Capture

Lots of webpages scroll on and on, and if you need to capture what the whole thing looks like, it may seem impossible. Full Page Screen Capture will do it, scrolling through the page for you and capturing a JPG. Just don't use your mouse while it auto-scrolls the page.


WPS Web Collector

WPS is a nice mix of social bookmarking and a full info grabber like Evernote. This extension puts the service to work, letting you bookmark, archive, and annotate everything you see online. You get 500 bookmarks for free, but WPS will charge you $40/year to ditch advertising and add unlimited image storage and webpage backup.


Evernote Web Clipper

This is a must-have for anyone embracing the Evernote life. Despite some limitations, Evernote is still the best way to clip and store everything worth keeping online. This extension makes it a breeze, even isolating what it sees as the main content of a page, and storing just that. It has built-in annotation features. When you save a screenshot, tag it—then you can search through it all later using Evernote.com or the offline software and apps (at least two of them).


Light shot

Light shot is a lightweight screen-capture tool that works with a touch of the toolbar button to capture just what's in the browser (or download the full program for macOS or Windows to tap the print-screen key to grab anything appearing on the screen). It has an entire army of tools at its disposal, from upload-for-sharing to annotation. It will even instantly send what you capture to Google to do a search for similar graphics.