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8 must-have Google Chrome extensions

Most users today access a lot of content on Youtube via Chrome. For those users, the Magic Actions extension is a must-have.

, ET Bureau|
Feb 25, 2019, 06.30 AM IST
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Using the Grammarly extension, you have an easy to use and fast checker that will highlight any mistakes in your typing as you write.
Google Chrome is among the most popular web browsers with great extension options. Here are some recommendations for everyday use.

1. AdBlock
As the name suggests, AdBlock is an extension that blocks and hides the tones of irritating ads that are now plastered across every website you visit. You just need to install and enable the extension and you will immediately see cleaner web-pages. You can see how many ads have been blocked on each page on the AdBlock button and choose to exclude a page or the full website from AdBlock wherever required.

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2. Magic actions for Youtube

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Most users today access a lot of content on Youtube via Chrome. For those users, Magic Actions extension is a must have. The extension enables Auto HD resolution for Youtube videos and also offers Auto wide mode in which videos play in the wider player mode. You can control the volume via mouse scroll, take a screenshot of the playing video and get a quick access to your watch history. What we love the most is the Cinema Mode—it darkens the browser page in the background to bring the video in focus.

3. Awesome Screenshot

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Using this extension you can easily capture the full web page and save it as an image for viewing later or share it with others. Additionally, the extension gives you the option of blurring out the sensitive information or annotating on the screenshot. You can also record your computer screen using the extension if you want to create a video instead of an image.

4. Grammarly

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How do you check for any spelling mistakes or grammatical errors for anything you write on the web? Using the Grammarly extension, you have an easy to use and fast checker that will highlight any mistakes in your typing as you write. It works on any website be it email, social media or blogging. It also comes with a standalone web editor in which you can copy/paste text from other apps for grammar checking if required.

5. Infinity new tab

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Are you bored of the plain white appearance every time you open a new tab on Chrome? Infinity New Tab extension takes care of this by adding a background to your new tab plus giving you control of customising it with quick access buttons to your favourite websites. You can even give access the extension to your Gmail and get notified of any new mails, create a to-do list and even have a notepad for jotting down idea right in your new browser tab.

6. Pocket

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If you love saving content to read later but haven't been able to manage it, Pocket extension is your saviour. Once you create a free account, you can save everything from the web (articles, photos, videos) to Pocket. There is also an option for offline access—you can set Pocket to download your saved content when connected to WiFi. It is available for iOS, Android and for Mac users—this enables you to view saved content across devices when you sign-in through your account.

7. Floating Player

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This one is again for users who spend their time on YouTube. With Floating Player, you can have any video from YouTube play in a fl oating window inside your browser. You can switch to different tab to continue browsing the internet with the fl oating window of the video player. You can increase/decrease the size of the fl oating window and play/pause the video.

8. Ghostery

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If you are concerned about your privacy and want to know details of the data which a website accesses about you every time you visit it, install the Ghostery extension. You can view the trackers used by each website and block them. It also works as an ad blocker and can automatically block trackers from specifi c websites to increase loading time.

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