Google Chrome is the most widely-used web browser for internet users – and it continues to grow.
With so many add-ons available in the Chrome web store, you can customize your browser in countless ways to help you work more efficiently and build better websites.
We’ve rounded up the best Chrome extensions for you to get the most out of your browser…
EVERNOTE WEB CLIPPER
Evernote is one of the most robust and accessible note-taking tools you’ll find, and Evernote Web Clipper extension for Chrome makes saving web page clippings simple.
Clip part of a web page, emails, or highlight text from an article, then send it to Evernote. You can organize it in one of your notebooks and add a tag for easy finding later on.
Additionally, you can highlight the text, too, so you’ll know exactly which parts to pay attention to when you’re ready to review.
Download Evernote Web Clipper here.
With Start.me, you can bookmark websites to add them to your personal dashboard, which will open whenever you open a new Chrome tab.
Add RSS feeds and widgets, then organize them however you want. You can embed web pages, photos or videos in the start page, too. Your Start.me dashboard can be shared with the rest of your team so everyone follows the same structure.
You can add widgets such as calendars, email, to-do lists and more to organise your day-to-day life and working days as we; as web pages you commonly use.
It also works across devices and browsers without the need to sync your date and bookmarks.
Download Start.Me here.
Checkbot lets you analyze both the optimization and the safety of your website.
The app tests hundreds of web pages at once for SEO, security and speed to find broken links, duplicates, invalid code, unsafe password forms and more.
The free version will check 250 URLs and you can upgrade to check 10,000 URLs.
Download Checkbot here.
DESIGN GRID OVERLAY
Design Grid Overlay displays grids that can be customized to fit your specific design needs.
Using a design grid is an established way to create visual harmony and rhythm across an entire piece of visual media, especially a website.
This design grid plugin can be configured to work with many popular grid systems including Bootstrap, Skin, Pure, Susy, Foundation, and many more.
This extension lets you enter a grid specification of columns, gutters, and widths, and then display grid guides and element measurements to align the content on your page.
Download Design Grid Overlay here.
Instantly edit web page images and screenshots with PicMonkey
The PicMonkey Chrome Extension lets you instantly grab images from any Web page and open them up in PicMonkey for editing.
The vast engine lets you perform basic edits, like crop and rotate, and enhance your images with luscious effects, overlays, fonts, textures, frames and touch up tools.
Download PicMonkey here.
Have you ever been on a really great WordPress site and want to know how it was built? What theme did they use? What plugins give it such functionality?
With Scan WP, you can scan any WordPress site and find out exactly this.
Simply go to any WordPress site and click the new orange WP logo added to your browser. Within a few seconds, you will know everything there is to know about the theme and plugins.
Download Scan WP here.
PRINT FRIENDLY AND PDF
Print Friendly removes ads, navigation, and junk before your print. Pages are optimized for the ultimate print reading experience.
Click-to-delete any content before printing. Remove all images or individual images. Change the text size from larger to smaller.
Generate PDFs for archiving, sharing, or saving. PDFs include clickable links, and source URL so you can continue to interact.
Download Print Friendly and PDF here.
AdBlocker Ultimate is a free extension that blocks ads and malicious domains known to spread malware, disables tracking.
It includes a few extensive filters that offer decent protection against annoying, flashy ads, YouTube commercials, and more.
Unlike other adblockers, they do not have a whitelist for websites, advertisers or ad networks to show you unwanted ads. Blocking ads will speed up your website load speed, decrease CPU and memory usage.
Download AdBlocker Ultimate here.
CHECKER PLUS FOR GMAIL
Get notifications, read, listen to or delete emails without opening Gmail and easily manage multiple accounts.
It is the fastest extension to manage multiple email accounts and includes additional features such as push notifications, voice notifications, custom labels and much more.
See the people emailing you just like in the Gmail chat notification, with an option to show their contact photos or your assigned photos for them.
It also has the option to run in this notifier in the background when Google Chrome is closed and still get new email alerts
Download Checker Plus for Gmail here.
Wikiwand transforms Wikipedia’s bland, serviceable interface into something with more visual punch.
The extension combines clean, readable text columns with an integrated side menu offering the table of contents, an improved media gallery, and other useful features that make reading through the world’s largest crowd-sourced encyclopedia easy.
It allows for font and colour personalization as well as new cover photos, multi-language capabilities and more.
Download Wikiwand here.
Manage browser tabs and bookmarks with ease thanks to Session Buddy.
Save tabs and restore them later to free up memory and avoid clutter, as well as recover tabs after a crash.
You can manage all open tabs in one place, and even organize saved tabs by topic.
Search and open saved tabs quickly to find what you’re looking for, and export them in a variety of formats.
Download Session Buddy here.
Protect your passwords, payments, and privacy from just one extension.
Blur makes it easy to keep track of and secure all your personal information online using just one program.
It creates strong encrypted passwords in one click – even for sites you already have logins for, as well as saving and organising them for you.
You can access your data on multiple devices, and even use Touch ID and other iPhone features to log in.
Download Blur here.