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10 Wonderful Chrome Extensions You Should Try

10 Wonderful Chrome Extensions You Should Try
One of the best parts of using a web browser is the wide array of extensions available to power up your experience. Many of the Google Chrome extensions available for free are particularly great. Here are ten of the most wonderful Chrome extensions:

1. Streamus

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    YouTube becomes a powerful but minimalistic streaming service with just one Chrome extension. This article on The Next Web covers Streamus and its capabilities in further depth, revealing its power and potential.

    2. Literally

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      Do you get annoyed when someone uses the word “literally” even though they’re saying something figuratively? It’s a common enough problem that a developer thought that it needed solving. This extension can’t stop people from doing that in real life, but it can prevent it on the internet by replacing every “literally” on a web page with “figuratively.”

      3. Unfriend Alerts

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        If you desperately need to know when one of your Facebook friends discards you by deleting you as a friend, this extension will tell you. Be warned, though, that getting notifications every time you’re unfriended might be akin to opening Pandora’s box…

        4. Evernote Web Clipper

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          If you’re not using Evernote, you should be. If you are using Evernote but don’t have the Web Clipper, you could be using it better. The Evernote Web Clipper is one of the best Chrome extensions because with just a click you can save text and pictures on a web page straight into your digital notebook.

          5. Pocket

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            This (along with similar Chrome extensions like Readability and Instapaper) is similar to the Evernote Web Clipper, but more directed towards reading than archiving. If you come across an article or video you want to read or view later, just press a button so that it’s stored in an easy-to-read format.

            6. Turn Off The Lights

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              This isn’t one of the most necessary Chrome extensions out there, but it’s pretty darn cool. With Turn Out The Lights you can dim everything on a web page except for video. This is most useful with low resolution YouTube clips, but it comes in handy in more places than you might think.

              7. The Great Suspender

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                Do you have a lot of tabs open at once when you’re web browsing on Google Chrome? That takes up a lot of your computer’s memory. You should either remove some of those tabs or, better yet, use The Great Suspender to “pause” ones that you haven’t viewed recently.

                8. Honey

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                  Honey is among the most ingenious and useful of all the Chrome extensions. If you have this on when you’re shopping online, you’ll get a look at many of the coupon codes across the web that will allow you to get the products you’re buying at a lower price. Don’t expect this to work with Amazon, which rarely offers coupon codes, but it will work with a number of other online retailers and, if used to its full advantage, can save you a big sum of money.

                  9. Chrome to Mobile

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                    Sometimes you want to continue exactly where you left off on a different device. Chrome to Mobile causes that to be possible, making it easy to send a page you have open on your computer in Chrome to your phone or tablet. It works the other way, too, but not quite as well. Regardless, it makes a technology transition much more seamless and should boost your productivity a lot in the long run.

                    10. uBlock

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                      For a long time Adblock Plus, one of the most popular Chrome extensions, was the de facto way to rid your browser of most web ads. The tide has changed recently, though, with the emergence of the less memory-intensive uBlock. If you want to get rid of pesky ads and think Adblock Plus is slowing down your computer too much, go with this Chrome extension.

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