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Best Free Google Chrome Extensions

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Google Chrome is the most-used Web browser worldwide, according to Stat Counter. In part that’s thanks to its swift performance, a clean interface and easy syncing with mobile devices. But this browser also benefits from plenty of useful extensions available on the Chrome Web Store. Here are The Best Free Google Chrome Extensions

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1.ScribeFire
Never leave Chrome again when writing up your latest pithy post. ScribeFire is a full app for blogging that works within your browser. It opens up a tab with all the info on your pre-set blog or blogs, with a big editing space for creating the content. It works with Blogger, WordPress, TypePad, LiveJournal, and more (but not Tumblr at the moment).
2.Related Content by Zemanta
Zemanta is a blogger’s best friend. Available for multiple OSes, browsers, and blogging systems (specifically Blogger, WordPress, and TypePad), this extension helps insert images and related article links. It sources them from big image sites like Flickr, and content sites like Wikipedia, IMDB, and many more.

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3.Awesome Screenshot Capture &Annotate
Don’t limit yourself to basic screenshots. Make them awesome by annotating them with shapes, arrows, and text comments. One click uploads an image to AwesomeScreenshot.com for sharing quickly to social media

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4.Clearly
Clearly, created by Evernote, makes sure the pages you read online are clean and clear. It takes the text of a main article and puts it on a customizable, distraction-free page. Better yet, if you like the article, instantly save it to Evernote to read whenever you like.
5.Diigo Web Collector
Dubbed a “multi-tool for personal knowledge management,” Diigo is a nice mix of social bookmarking (remember Delicious?) and full info grabber like Evernote. This extension puts the service to work, letting you bookmark, archive, and annotate everything you see online. You get unlimited bookmarks for free, but Diigo will charge you $5/year to get more than 10 outliners or to share with social media. Sign up at Diigo.com.
6.Send to Kindle for Google Chrome
Lots of people prefer to read on their Kindle devices (or use Kindle apps on tablets and phones). If you find a Web page, especially one with a long-form article on it, use Amazon’s own homemade extension that will reformat pages and send them directly to your Kindle of choice for reading later. You can even get a preview before you send it. (If you have another ebook reader that uses ePub format, trydotEPUB.)
7.Evernote Web Clipper
This is a must have for anyone embracing the Evernote life. Evernote is the premiere way to clip and store everything worth keeping online. This extension makes it a breeze, even isolating what it sees as the main content of a page, and storing just that. It now even has built-in annotation features. When you save a screenshot, Tag it sufficiently and you can search through it all later using Evernote.com or the offline software and apps.
8.OneNote Clipper
Microsoft’s OneNote app/service does a lot of the same things as Evernote. Now with its own Clipper extension, it can do the same thing in Chrome: save anything you see online.
Lightshot
Lightshot is a lightweight screen-capture tool that works with a touch of the toolbar button to capture just what’s in the browser (or download the full program and tap the print-screen key to get anything appearing on the monitor). It has an entire armory of tools at its disposal, from upload-for-sharing to annotation. It will even instantly send what you capture to Google to do a search for similar graphics.
9.Save to Pocket
Pocket (once called Read It Later) is all about letting you read content you find…later. Set up an account and start saving content with the Pocket extension, bookmark buttons, or apps. One click “Pockets” the content so you can access it anytime—even offline—on all your devices—there are Pocket apps for everything. Content isn’t limited to text; you can store video to watch later, too.

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10.Readability
Set up an account on Readability first, then install this extension. Click the drop-down menu for the option to read now in a clear, uncluttered interface; read later when you visit your Readability.com account. You can also print, share via social networks, or send text to your Kindle so you have plenty to read while mobile.

GOOGLE SERVICES

11.Boomerang for Gmail
Ever written a Gmail message and wished you could schedule it to go out a few hours later? Boomerang handles that for you, and you don’t even have to be online when it sends. You can track replies, but you only get a limited number of free messages per month.
12.Checker Plus for Gmail
Ever wanted to check your email but didn’t feel like expending the extra energy to open a new tab? No judgments, we’ve been there, too. The best extension for users of multiple Gmail accounts—I’ve got three!—is Checker Plus. It gives you fast access via a drop-down menu in Chrome, desktop notifications, color coding, even voice input for writing messages. It even reads your mail to you—all without actually visiting Gmail. Users of the Awesome New Tab Page app get full integration. A donation of any amount unlocks even more features. This is a must have for any Gmail junkie.

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13.Checker Plus for Google Calendar
Never open Google Calendar again. This extension gives you full access to everything you like about Google Calendar from your Chrome toolbar, plus multiple methods of adding calendar events, such as right-clicking on a webpage to add it like an appointment. The notifications (including voice) are perfectly done. It even runs in the background when Chrome is closed, so you never miss an engagement.
14.Docs PDF/PowerPoint Viewer (by Google)
When you click a link to a PowerPoint presentation or PDF file with this extension installed, you’ll be shunted directly to Google Docs Viewer to view the file. You don’t need to download it and open it in PowerPoint or Adobe Reader, or re-upload it to Google Drive first. It’s a must have if you’ve given your productivity life over to Google Drive.
15.Gmelius
Google thinks it knows exactly what users want, so sometimes it makes interface changes to Gmail, which can be infuriating. Gmelius (pronounced Gmail-e-us) gives you back some control, restoring old interface elements like the original compose window or clicking the Gmail logo to return to the inbox. It also can hide features no one likes—such as advertisements. The standard version is free, and premium is available for a one-time $25 fee per user, so you can install it on as many PCs as you want using the same account. It’s also available on Firefox and Opera.
16.Google Dictionary (by Google)
Load it up, double-click any word on any webpage, and you’ll see a pop-up with the definition. Or search for words from the toolbar. Multiple languages are supported.
17.Google Translate
Ever visit a foreign website and wish you could read it? This extension gives you the ability to do so by auto-detecting the language in use and offering the option to show it in your preferred language.
18.Goo.gl URL Shortener extension
Access Google’s own URL shortener service (found at Goo.gl) via the Chrome toolbar with this extension. It instantly truncates the URL you’re visiting and copies the new address to the clipboard for use anywhere. It will even generate a QR code of the URL. Click on Details and you can see where and how often the shortened URL has already been used.
19.Unshorten URL – unshort.me
Shortening a URL is handy, but sometimes it’s also just as handy to see what exactly is inside one of those shortened Web addresses. Unshort.me does that on its site, and now on any site. Install the extension, right click on a link, select “unshorten” and you’ll see where it’s really going.
20.Google Hangouts
Google’s letting Voice go bye-bye someday, in favor of Hangouts, a chat feature that’s built into Google+ and Gmail. You can add a sidebar for Hangouts via this extension so it’s available on every page you visit—and if you’ve got Google Voice, you can set it to receive your SMS and voicemail messages. If you have multiple Google/Gmail accounts and want to switch, well, you can’t, but you can use Chrome’s built-in support for Chrome Profiles to get access.
21.Google Voice (By Google)
Google’s languishing voicemail service is still useful for some, and can be plugged right into your browser. This extension offers on-the-fly access to your voicemail messages (with transcriptions) and SMS texts (to which you can reply), and you can initiate VoIP calls over Google Voice. Every phone number you see on a site becomes clickable for calling.
22.mxHero
Click the mxHero button instead of “Send” on a message and you’ll get five optional tools that could change how you work. It lets you: track when a message is opened or if attachments are clicked on; include a self-destruct so the recipient loses the mail five minutes after it’s read; select private delivery beyond what BCC can do; schedule message sending; and get a message when someone doesn’t answer. (This will cost you to use with a Google Apps domain.)
23.Rapportive
Wondering who just emailed you? Rapportive loads a sidebar next to every message (replacing the ads!) giving you the full low-down on contacts, from their social-networking haunts to recent status updates, and more. Friend them on the fly when you get a new message. You can even make notes about them to access later. It’s “relationship management” in your email. Also available for Firefox and Safari users.
24.Save to Google Drive
Google Drive may be your primary workplace and storage area but it’s sometimes tricky to put what you want in the cloud repository. This extension makes it a breeze. You can save an entire webpage, or just the downloadable elements such as images or documents, and send them directly to Google Drive. It will even import Microsoft Office documents.

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