Chrome extensions I have to have!

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I’m a big user of Google Chrome, and have been for years.  In my professional life I also use Firefox, but when I’m home, Chrome is the de facto standard browser.

As with most modern browsers, Chrome supports the use of extensions.  And over time, I’ve come to utilize — and even rely on — several.  So I figured I would post my favorite Chrome plugins that I have to have, in the hope that it might be helpful for someone else.  Here we go…

Ad Block Plus

Hate annoying ads?  I sure do.  So without fail, Ad Block Plus is the first extension I add after I install Chrome on a PC.  This little gem blocks all sorts of ads, popups and other such annoyances so you can browse without all the distractions and interruptions.  As a plus, by default it will allow ads that are “non-intrusive” (i.e. ads that don’t create annoying popups or hijack your browser session), but if ads of even that caliber bother you, you can block those as well.

As with most content-modifying extensions, you can whitelist (or blacklist) certain sites so if you don’t mind ads on, say, YouTube, you can whitelist that site and view those ads to allow the content creators there to generate ad revenue.

Speed Dial 2

Just as important as the ad blocker extension (and possibly even more so), Speed Dial 2 has transformed my browsing experience.  This extension replaces your default new tab page with a page of clickable blocks, which you can define to be any link you want.  Additionally, you can separate your blocks into different tabs, so you can, for example, have a tab for all your news sites, your shopping sites, etc.  I’m a very basic user of this extension, and it has a myriad of features I haven’t even explored yet.

If you like organization and quick access to your favorite sites, you should give this extension a try.


That’s the short list for now; I’ll add more to the list in the days/weeks ahead as I find extensions that I cannot live without!  Thanks for reading!