Chrome's history menu lists your most visited sites and recently closed tabs, which is different from most other browsers. Extension Recent History gives you the history menu you're used to, listing your most recently viewed pages in a simple drop-down. More »
Chrome: Firefox's Live Bookmarks show RSS headlines right from the bookmark bar. Chrome lacks this built-in convenience, but Extension RSS Live Links adds it in, saving you the trip to Google Reader just for a few headlines. More »
All browsers: Want your Google Calendar to look a bit more like a desk calendar—all appointments, no filler? The Mini Google Calendar user script cuts out everything except your data view, relying on keyboard shortcuts for everything else. More »
Windows/Mac/Linux: Chrome's pretty fast, even if you're not updating with its beta or development channels.
Chrome: Chromey Calculator puts all of the best Google Calculator tricks right at your fingertips, along with a helpful list of your most recent calculations and the ability to turn recent results into variables for trickier calculations. More »
Chrome only: Google Chrome extension Iconized Bookmark Popup displays your bookmarks in a simple popup that saves space by showing just the bookmark icons—very useful for those of us who keep the bookmarks bar hidden.
Chrome only: Google Chrome extension Google Reader Notifier not only shows your current unread count and adds quick access with a popup dialog window, but it's also the official Google notifier for Reader.
Chrome: Searching random bits of Wikipedia information usually involves abandoning your current page and/or opening up a new tab.
Chrome only: Google Chrome extension Speed Dial updates, adding custom site logos for your speed dials and plenty of other customization settings to make your browser start page loo
Windows only: Google Chrome extension IE Tab Classic loads up the Internet Explorer rendering engine into a tab, so you can access those IE-only web sites without leaving the comfort of
Chrome only: Google Chrome extension RescueTime tracks all the web sites you visit, breaks them down into categories, and then
<!-- videoId: OUl2mJnjwbY --><!-- /videoId: OUl2mJnjwbY -->Chrome: There are apps with helpful keyboard shortcuts, and then there are old-school text editors like vim.
Chrome: Hailing from the camp of lite
Chrome: Split Screen takes advantage of the expansive view offered by wide-screen monitors and splits the viewing pane into two separate panels for side-by-side browsing.
Chrome: If you need to stash a bunch of tabs in a hurry—why you need to is your business, we're just here to help—PanicButton will stash and restore your tabs with a single click.
Chrome: If you frequently find yourself copying text from Chrome into Notepad just to strip the formatting away, Copy Without Formatting allows you to grab your selection
Chrome only: Google Chrome extension Chrome Reader subscribes to RSS feeds in your Google Reader account with a single click, and even changes the icon for sites you've already subscribed to.
Once you've installed the Chrome Reader extension, you'll see a new icon in the location bar—click the icon once to subscribe, and optionally add to a folder, and once you've already subscribed to a site, the icon will change to a blue Google Reader icon to indicate that you're already subscribed. If you're both a Google Reader and Chrome user, this extension is by far the easiest way to build your subscription list without clicking through a number of times.
Chrome: You can use "Just Don't Look" as a strategy for avoiding less-than-helpful web comments, but your eyes will often defeat you. No Comments elegantly removes the comments section from many sites, but lets you turn the worthy comments back on.
On the basis of its chosen blacklist alone, No Comments is noteworthy—it includes a good number of sites where comments can, in one way or another, run out of control. Full disclosure, of course—Lifehacker, and all the other Gawker Media blogs, are included in that list. If our interactive portion is able to win you back over, though, you can turn the comments back on by hitting the toggle button that appears in your address bar whenever No Comments is doing its thing.
No Comments is a free download, works wherever Chrome does.
Chrome only: Google Chrome extension Postponer integrates the popular ReadItLater service directly into Google Chrome, so you can save interesting articles for later reading, and easily retrieve them with a toolbar button.
We've previously shown you how ReadItLater saves interesting web pages for later reading in Firefox, but there's been no great solution for Google Chrome users until now—the user-created Postponer extension makes it easy to add items to your list, and retrieve them through a toolbar button.
The extension is actually separated into two parts, the Postponer Manager that adds the toolbar button, and the Postponer Adder that puts an icon into the location bar for quickly adding to the list. Postponer is a free download for Google Chrome users only.