Google Chrome Extensions

February 22, 2012

I’ve been using Google Chrome as my primary browser for quite some time now. I especially like that the address bar is also the search box. Dozens if not hundreds of times a day I Cmd-Tab to Chrome, Cmd-T to open a new tab, and type in a search term to look something up. Not having to move the insertion point to a separate search field is fabulous.

I’ve slowly added new extension to Chrome to improve its usefulness to me. Here is the current set I’m using.

##Web Developer
Web Developer is the official port of the Firefox Web Developer extension. I don’t use it much, but there are times that it is invaluable.

##1Password
1Password is my password manager of choice. The extension allows me to access secure sites with a simple shortcut.

##Clip to Evernote
The Evernote extension allows me to capture URLs, clip portions of, or entire web pages. I used to clutter my bookmarks with things I didn’t want to lose track of, and now all that stuff goes into Evernote.

##Xmarks Synchronizer
I’m relatively new to using Xmarks. I was using Chrome’s internal synchronization feature but increasingly the syncs weren’t happening so I switched. The added bonus is synchronization across browsers, so Safari on my Mac is up-to-date and, through iCloud, my iPad and iPhone as well.

##Tabs Counter
Other than being nerdy, Tabs Counter is useless. Still, it is nice to know how many tabs are open at any one time.

##Ghostery
The newest of my extensions, Ghostery shows the tracking services embedded in the current page.

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Mark H. Nichols

I am a husband, cellist, code prole, nerd, technologist, and all around good guy living and working in fly-over country. You should follow me on Twitter.