Extensions are little programs which add useful
features and functionality to your browser. To start, visit the Extensions section of
the Chrome Web Store. Click Extensions to browse through the entire
gallery of extensions or search for a particular extension. You can also filter extensions
by categories like Blogging or Shopping. When you find something you like, you can
try it out by simply clicking “install.” Everything is easy and instantaneous. There’s
no need to restart your browser. If more features are added to an extension in the future, you’ll
have them automatically, without having to constantly check for updates.
There are extensions for everyone, but here are some that I like to use.
Whenever I stumble across a cool web site, my first thought is to share it with my friends.
But I don’t want to interrupt what I’m doing to go to another site or to my email.
Shareaholic for Google Chrome is an extension that lets me share the web page I’m viewing.
All I need to do is click the Shareaholic icon, select a service, and add a note or
message. Sometimes it’s not just about sharing a
cool web site, but a cool gadget! I’m constantly reading about new tech products I want to
try out, so it’s nice to have an extension that helps me keep track of my ongoing wish
list. Amazon.com has an extension that lets me add
to my wish list whenever or wherever I’m shopping online.
Some of my most common online tasks can be more fun with extensions, like searching and
browsing images. If I’m searching for images of “national parks” for example, I can
choose to view my results in a cool, sleek 3D wall using the Cooliris extension.
Once installed, you can hover over an image and click the icon. Cooliris brings the same
functionality to a lot of other sites, like when I’m browsing a friend’s photo album
on Flickr, Picasa or Facebook. Those are some extensions I’ve found useful
and we have thousands of extensions in the Chrome Web Store to help you customize your
browser. Discover these and others by visiting chrome.google.com/webstore.