Right here at Android Police, we stay and breathe in our desktop browsers. Virtually all the pieces we do from writing, researching, and speaking occurs throughout the confines of our laptop screens (or on our telephones, naturally). Through the years, we discovered fairly just a few methods to make our lives simpler with extensions, each for our jobs and our private lives. For this assortment, we wish to share all the extensions with you that assist us handle our lives and our workday.
Smile All the time
Amazon could also be evil, however all of us nonetheless store there. If you wish to really feel a little bit higher about your on-line purchasing dependancy, check out the Smile All the time extension. It takes benefit of Amazon’s Smile initiative, which donates 0.5% of purchases on eligible gadgets to a charity of your alternative, and makes certain that each Amazon hyperlink you go to would be the Smile model. (Ensure you arrange your charity of alternative on Amazon.)
I have been utilizing it for years now, and have donated a grand whole of… properly, it is barely 20 bucks. However that is $20 extra to the Transkids Purple Rainbow Basis and $20 much less for Jeff Bezos to line his pockets with!
Google Arts & Tradition
Google is all the time operating some form of experiment with Chrome’s new tab web page, however I’m by no means bothered by it, as a result of my new tab web page is all the time coated in aesthetic historic paintings. The Google Arts & Tradition extension shows a brand new choice starting from the nice masters all the way in which to modern works from road artists all over the world. You’ll be able to customise when new artwork seems, and even lookup extra information on the piece proper from the brand new tab. It’s a easy option to beautify your on a regular basis whereas studying a factor or two about historical past, artwork, and tradition.
Save Picture As PNG
WebP (and WebM) could also be extensively supported throughout browsers, however they by no means actually caught on with picture editors — or WordPress, for that matter. Nonetheless, Google nonetheless serves WebP to browsers that assist it, so most of us at AP find yourself downloading photos in a format that should be transformed earlier than utilizing them. This extension provides a easy context menu merchandise to pictures to allow them to be transformed to PNG and saved domestically and not using a lengthy multi-step course of.
Full Web page Display screen Seize
We commonly have to seize giant chunks of an online web page for articles, so a fast and easy display seize software that scrolls the entire web page is a should. A number of particular person screenshots stitched collectively and displayed in a brand new tab the place it can save you or drag the picture to a different utility.
Absolute Allow Proper Click on & Copy
Ever go to an internet site developed by a malevolent, egomaniacal, villain that believes customers shouldn’t be capable of right-click or copy textual content from an online web page? I’m certain I’ve, however I haven’t seen in a very long time as a result of this extension disables these repressive constraints.
LPEF – Photograph Analyzer
I simply began utilizing this as a result of my outdated EXIF viewer extension disappeared from the Chrome Internet Retailer, however I’m already a fan. Not solely is it good for trying up embedded EXIF information on a picture, nevertheless it additionally reveals graphs for shade channels, luminosity, and shade clipping. It additionally gives a quick and handy option to launch Google Picture Search.
Stylus is type of a stylesheet hacking software that lets you insert your individual CSS right into a web page. I used to be a die-hard Trendy fan way back, however switched to Stylus after the Stylish extension turned into spyware. Whereas I don’t want it as typically nowadays, it’s nonetheless helpful to rapidly apply some CSS tweaks (and hacks) to a web page, whether or not it’s to cover an obnoxious pop-up or simply to repair unreadable textual content styling.
Chrome Regex Search
If Stylus felt like an excessive amount of of an influence person factor, you’ll wish to skip this one fully; however for the programmers on the market, that is “Discover…” on steroids. The essential search perform doesn’t assist wildcards or superior operators, and that turns into an issue while you’re digging by 1000’s of mannequin numbers with numerous brief codes. If you understand how to jot down regex, it solely takes a minute or so to slap collectively a ok sample that may save a ton of time.
Save to Pocket
Whereas I work, I typically come throughout tons of nice articles, however I barely have the time to learn them once I must be researching. That’s the place Pocket and its extension Save to Pocket is available in for me. The extension enables you to save articles with the clicking of a button or through the right-click menu. You’ll be able to then entry a reader mode-like interface through the Pocket web site or the service’s cellular app. I’ve to confess that my checklist is piling up fairly a bit for the time being since I’m barely out and about anymore as a result of pandemic. I used to undergo my studying on my telephone whereas utilizing public transport, which I attempt to keep away from it as a lot as I can nowadays.
Although I like the concept of fewer web sites leaving cookies on my laptop because of GDPR, I don’t love the present system that has you clicking by cookie banner over cookie banner while you first go to a brand new web site. That’s the place I don’t care about cookies is available in. It hides nearly all the notices on the market. The extension isn’t all the time good and typically breaks web sites, which is when you must disable it, however I a lot want doing that over establishing my preferences time and again. Needless to say this may enable most web sites to set all of the cookies they wish to, however let’s be trustworthy, “enable all” is what many people click on anyway. I simply block third-party cookies in Chrome to maintain out the worst offenders.
The developer additionally has a subscription-based extension known as No thanks that blocks every kind of e-newsletter popups, chat containers, notifications requests, survey popups, and extra, if you wish to take away much more annoyances from the online.
The latest addition to my must-have extensions is ClearURLs. It’s a neat little software that strips out all of the monitoring from URLs, most prominently these on Google and Amazon. As an alternative of tremendous lengthy hyperlinks filled with irrelevant data simply there to trace you, you’ll see shorter URLs like
That is additionally tremendous helpful while you attempt to add clear hyperlinks solely to your articles. To date, I haven’t run into any damaged web sites, however I’ll hold you posted if I run into any issues.
On the subject of password administration, I not too long ago switched from Bitwarden to MYKI, as recommended by Rita. It won’t be for everybody, however I like that every one my information is saved domestically on my gadgets solely — no server leaks potential. I nonetheless a lot want the Bitwarden extension over MYKI’s, although. It gives keyboard shortcuts, making it potential to enter passwords with out ever taking my fingers from the keyboard by hitting Ctrl+Shift+L. For these password fields that the extension can’t learn, copying your credentials is a one-click motion, whereas MYKI makes you enter an merchandise’s detailed overview, including yet another step to the method. In distinction to MYKI, Bitwarden can be utterly open-source, so if that’s vital to you, you may find yourself liking the supervisor extra.
Pushbullet is my go-to extension and app for getting hyperlinks and screenshots from my telephone to my laptop rapidly. I don’t care a lot for notification mirroring and most recordsdata I ship are smaller than 5 MB, so I follow the free model of the service. Positive, Google gives one thing related for links in Chrome and images in Google Photos, however I discover Pushbullet a lot quicker and extra strong general — plus, screenshots aren’t cluttering up my photograph assortment.
Textual content Blaze
By far my most often used extension on Chrome is Textual content Blaze. Artem found it a few yr in the past, then a number of of us began utilizing it and couldn’t stay with out it. It’s a free textual content expander (as much as 30 gadgets) that lets me save my handle, signature, some often used phrases, and a number of other of our inside AP formatting codes and insert them with just a few keystrokes. For instance, I’ve a /caption that insert the “Left” and “Proper” captions under screenshots that you simply typically see right here on AP, with right daring and italics formatting, and locations the cursor on the proper place for me to start out typing the caption. Different favorites embrace /eur for €, /gbp for £, and /em for the em-dash since Chromebooks refuse to have a traditional option to sort that.
Clipboard Historical past Professional
A clipboard supervisor is crucial for the way in which I work. I can’t hold switching tabs or home windows every time I wish to copy and paste one thing. I want to repeat a number of gadgets, then paste them as wanted. That’s why I exploit the native ClipMenu app on my Mac, and the Clipboard Historical past Professional extension on my Pixelbook. The latter shouldn’t be as seamless as I’d prefer it to be, nevertheless it’s by far the perfect and most useful software in its class on Chrome OS (and I’ve tried many). I can name it up with a keyboard shortcut, make it save greater than 100 gadgets, search in them, hold some favorites, and extra.
Myki password supervisor
Similar to I can’t live without Myki on my phone, I want its Chrome extension on all my computer systems. Myki does issues a little bit differently from other password managers, so I have to authenticate my browser as soon as every day, and the information grasp remains to be my telephone, however the extension makes including new account particulars and modifying current ones straightforward, plus it routinely logs me into my websites and even inputs the 2FA code by itself when wanted.
Toolbox for Google Play Retailer
For the previous four years, our own homegrown extension, Toolbox for Google Play Retailer, has been a mainstay on all my computer systems. I go to the Play Retailer on the net a number of occasions a day and the extension solves a lot of my points with it. At the beginning, there’s the flexibility to navigate fullscreen screenshots with the arrows, which Google eliminated some time in the past and by no means introduced again. Then it provides buttons to every itemizing, letting me rapidly discover any beta packages, observe the app down on APK Mirror or AppBrain, and discover our earlier protection of it on Android Police. A every day timesaver.
Superior Picture Search
Google eliminated a number of search filters from Photos just a few months in the past, and whereas we discovered many workarounds to get them back, the one I’ve been utilizing is Superior Picture Search. It’s a easy extension that allows you to search by key phrase, actual picture measurement or discover photos bigger than particular resolutions, filter by file sorts, solely show photos of faces, and mainly brings again all of the parameters that Google faraway from Picture Search some time in the past. Plus, it doesn’t use sources or require particular permissions — basically, it’s only a URL builder that appends the mandatory filters within the URL and forces the outcome to return out in Google.
I like darkish mode. Its daring magnificence adorns all of my gadgets, from mobiles telephones, to computer systems, and all the pieces in between. Sadly, whereas most mainstream working programs now assist darkish mode system-wide, the online has been sluggish to catch up. Fortunately, the Darkish Reader Chrome extension is ready to flip off the lights on nearly any webpage, making it match the daring aesthetic of the remainder of my OS experiences. Should you hate frying your retinas on the intense white internet, I extremely counsel giving Darkish Reader a go. It is not good, nevertheless it’s a step in the appropriate course for a darker internet expertise. Plus, Darth Vader’s their mascot.
Hyperlink to Textual content Fragment
As a member of the Android Police crew, I am continually linking earlier articles we have written to new content material I am engaged on. With Google’s Link to Text Fragment Tool, (see what I did there?) we are able to dwelling in on a selected portion of an article we’re referencing. This makes it simpler for readers such as you to seek out related data quicker while you click on on these embedded hyperlinks, thus making each your life and mine a bit extra environment friendly.
Obtain All Photos
Whether or not I am engaged on a information story, how-to information, or a sponsored article, embedding photos right into a put up is important to conveying the complete story. Sadly, sifting by and grabbing the appropriate photos from a supply generally is a little bit of a problem. With Obtain All Photos, I can obtain a zipper folder that accommodates all of the graphics on a single webpage with only a click on. Then I can open that folder, take out the images I need, edit them for the article, and voilà, graphics galore!