Make your chrome browser awesome with these extensions

Google chrome is the most used browser by millions of users. Your chrome browser though perfect can be better, if you add these extensions.

1. Save Data

If monthly data caps are an issue for you — a problem that’s growing more common every day — then you’ll want to install Data Saver right away.This extension uses Google’s servers to compress web data before it reaches you, minimizing unnecessary bandwidth waste. Encrypted pages aren’t compressed.

This extension uses Google’s servers to compress web data before it reaches you, minimizing unnecessary bandwidth waste.

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It’s pretty much the exact same thing as Opera’s Turbo Mode feature, but the key difference is that your traffic is routed through Google. How much trust do you have? While there’s no evidence that your privacy will be breached with this extension, cautious users may want to avoid it anyway. But the savings are real.

DownloadData Saver (Free)

2. SmartUp Gestures

Browser keyboard shortcuts can be nifty, but the web is usually browsed with a mouse — and switching from mouse to keyboard to mouse is inefficient. So why not create shortcuts for your mouse instead?

 

SmartUp Gestures provides mouse gesture functionality and lets you customize them however you want. Different gesture shapes trigger different actions. Convert your most frequent actions into gestures and you’ll see a big boost in your web-browsing productivity.

DownloadSmartUp Gestures (Free)

3. Google When

Wouldn’t it be nice if Google’s list of search results told you which links you’ve clicked on before? And not only that but also when you last clicked on them? That could prove useful in two ways: not wasting time on old links and finding that one link you visited the other day.

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Google When does this for you. Just install it and you’re good to go. Of course, it only works on Google, so you’re out of luck if you use DuckDuckGo or Bing.

DownloadGoogle When (Free)

4. Search Preview

Here’s another way to enhance search results. Search Preview adds site thumbnails beside each one, plus popularity ratings and related links that you might find interesting.

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And unlike Google When, this one works on three other engines too: DuckDuckGo, Bing, and Yahoo.

DownloadSearch Preview (Free)

5. Mercury Reader

How often do you come across an interesting article that’s bogged down by ads, pop-ups, excessive links, and other distracting elements? Mercury Reader is the one-click solution that strips away the unnecessary, improves readability, and overall makes the web more comfortable to browse.

 

This can also be a small but effective way to reduce Chrome’s RAM usage, at least on websites overloaded with ads, images, and videos.

DownloadMercury Reader (Free)

6. OneTab

If there’s one common complaint shared by all Chrome users, it’s that Chrome uses way too much RAM.There’s a reason for this: RAM is what allows it to be so fast, stable, and secure. But the downside? Every additional tab requires more RAM, and if you run out of RAM, your system slows down dramatically.

There’s a reason for this: RAM is what allows it to be so fast, stable, and secure. But the downside? Every additional tab requires more RAM, and if you run out of RAM, your system slows down dramatically.

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That’s why you need OneTab. With the click of a button, OneTab stows away all of your current tabs into a list for safe keeping. You can then restore those tabs later, either as you need them or all at once. It allows you to juggle dozens of tabs without wasting valuable RAM — the best of both worlds.

DownloadOneTab (Free)

7. The Great Suspender

Another common complaint involves Chrome’s high CPU usage.

On the one hand, Chrome needs a lot of CPU cycles in order to provide a smooth and snappy experience. On the other hand, this can kill battery life, which is why you shouldn’t use Chrome on laptops like MacBooks.

Normally, Chrome keeps all open tabs active. If you have JavaScript-heavy or Flash-heavy pages open, they’ll keep running in the background even if you switch to another tab. The Great Suspender reduces CPU usage by suspending inactive tabs and restoring them as you need them.

DownloadThe Great Suspender (Free)

 

Placing the cherry on top..

One warning before you dive in and grab every extension in this post: installing too many extensions can negatively impact browser performance. This is true whether you’re on Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or any other browser.

So don’t feel obligated to incorporate all of the above. Just pick the ones that seem most useful to you and ignore the rest.

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