Highlight Text And Dim Other Page Elements To Read Better [Extension]

Today’s modern webpages are full of clutter; obtrusive elements such as ads, pop ups, social media plugins, images etc., make it difficult to concentrate on the actual content. This often happens when reading online articles on blogs and browsing social media sites that often carry banner advertisements and the like (Facebook, anyone?). Previously, we’ve highlighted different ways to steer-clear of distracting webpage elements such as InstRead or Print-Friendly, but Fokus is a handy extension and add-on for Chrome and Firefox that makes it simpler that ever. It does this by dimming the whole webpage sans the highlighted portion specified by the user. Read More

How To Use Chrome’s ‘Supervised User’ Parental Control Feature

Google Chrome 32 is out, and with this latest update, the web giant has brought some really handy new features to the table such as Tab indicators to identify noisy tabs, automatic blocking of malware and lots more. But one feature that I found utterly fascinating is the new Supervised Users option that gives you full control over Chrome's user management, allowing you to add browsing restrictions for your supervised users, as well as monitor their web activity. In what follows, we’ll take a closer look at how this new feature works. Read More

100 Best Google Chrome Extensions Of 2013

2013 is now gone, but before we jump to 2014 with new hopes and resolutions, it's time to take a look at some of the best bits from last year. We've already shown you the best Android, iOSWindows Phone and Windows apps from last year, and now it's time to look at browser extensions. So, let's start with the most brilliant Google Chrome apps and extensions we covered in 2013. Some were simply updates that brought additional functionality to the table, some replaced Google’s boring New Tab page into something wonderful, while others simply made Chrome even better in other ways. Read More

How To Reset Google Chrome To Default Settings

The factory reset concept doesn’t need any introduction, and is commonly found in many devices and operating systems. Even Microsoft has now included the reset and refresh functionality in Windows 8. Mozilla also recently implemented the reset option in its Firefox web browser, enabling users to revert everything to factory defaults whenever they wish. So, it’s about time that Google brought this feature to Chrome. Using the reset option, you can reset the browser to its default state whenever you want. When you reset the browser, you basically turn its state to how it was when first installed: no extensions or other browsing data on it, and all settings reverted to original. In other words, in one step, you're are allowed to completely erase any info and start over from scratch without having to manually uninstall and reinstall the browser. Although Google already had this feature on-board in Canary and Dev builds, it’s now natively available in the latest stable release. Here is a thorough and complete step-by-step guide on how to reset Chrome back to its default settings. Read More

How To Restore Chrome’s Old New Tab Page

Google has recently revamped its New Tab page yet again in the latest stable release of Chrome, and many users are less than thrilled with the change. There has been a flood of negative feedback, and quite honestly, I didn't fancy the change much either. The new New Tab page puts a large Google logo and search box in the center of the screen, with some of your most frequently visited sites below it. While it may be Google’s way of babysitting novice users who don't know they can search by typing directly into the browser's address bar, the change seem frustrating to those of us who relied on the page for accessing our Chrome apps, recently closed tabs and tabs from our other synced devices –all features removed from the updated New Tab page. Fortunately, JR Raphael of Computerworld has shared a handy tip that allows you to restore Chrome’s old New Tab page easily via the browser's experimental flags. Read on for our step by step guide. Read More

Add A Feature-Rich File Downloader To Google Chrome For iOS

When the Chrome Download Manager tweak was released last year, a lot of people thought that a better alternative will soon make its way to the Cydia store, but even after all that time, we are still looking for the perfect downloader that works with Google Chrome for iOS. As it has been around for longer, Safari has some pretty decent download managers, like Safari Download Enabler. Chrome Downloader is the latest download manager to come out for Google’s iOS web browser. It has seamlessly integrates with the web browser much like the aforementioned Safari DE and supports just about any file format that you have ever heard of. Even if you find a file that isn't compatible with the tweak, you can remedy that by manually configuring Chrome Downloader to always start a download session when a particular type of link is tapped within Chrome. Read More

How To Force Google Chrome For Mac To Open In Incognito Mode

Most Chrome users use the Incognito browsing mode every now and then, while others use it quite often. If you prefer incognito browsing over normal browsing sessions (we’re not judging) but are vexed with the fact that there is no one-click method to launch Chrome in Incognito by default, you can do so with a little script. This particular method is meant to work in OS X only, as Windows users can always directly launch Chrome in Incognito mode from its Jumplist (just as Mac users can do so from the Dock icon’s options). The script is meant to launch Chrome in Incognito mode with one click using a dedicated shortcut created in form of an AppleScript app. Read More

A Look At Chrome For iOS’ Fullscreen, PDF To Drive & Print Features

The iOS app of Google Chrome has gone through a few changes since its release last summer, but the app hasn't received any major updates yet. The previous update gained more popularity for the crashing issue it introduced in jailbroken devices, rather than the few new features it brought. The latest update, however, is a lot more significant. The app now has a full screen mode, lets you convert any webpage to a PDF, and enables you to print pages via AirPrint or Google Cloud Print right from within Chrome. This brings Chrome almost at par with Mobile Safari, as other than the ‘Reader’ mode, you can now do everything with Chrome that can be accomplished in Safari, and then some. Read More

How To Install The Chrome App Launcher On Windows

Chromebooks have been gaining significant popularity lately. These Chrome OS-toting computers basically use Google Chrome itself as a computing and app platform, and require continuous internet connectivity to run all these web-apps. Chromebooks rely solely on the Chrome apps but since the browser itself is always running as a part of the OS itself, you do not need to launch it every time you want to run an app. Instead, you get an app launcher similar to the Start Menu for accessing all these apps. Today, Google has released a developer preview of its app launcher for Windows that allows you to launch your installed Chrome apps directly from Windows desktop. As of this writing, the app launcher is only available for Windows on the Chrome Dev Channel, but Google plans to push it to Chrome for Mac OS X and Linux soon. Read More

Add Tags To Chrome Bookmarks & Search For Them From The Omnibar

How many bookmarks do you have on your bookmarks bar and how many have you saved to separate folders? If your answer to either or both questions is a couple of thousands bookmarks, it’s likely that grouping them into folders is of little help to you when you’re looking for something. Bookmarks Tagger is a bookmark managing extension for Chrome that handles large bookmark collections the right way. It allows you to tag your bookmarks with as many tags as you want and then recall a bookmarked page by searching for it from the Omnibar, using any of the entered tags as search parameters. Bookmarks Tagger does not let you create folders, since the use of multiple tags seems to negate their purpose. It allows you to import bookmarks from Chrome, though just the ones saved to the Bookmarks bar and not from any other folders. Additionally, it adds a bookmark icon next to the URL bar that lets you quickly save a new bookmark to Bookmarks Tagger, complete with tags and a title of your choice. Read More

Use Mac OS X-Like Swipe Gestures To Navigate In Chrome

Compared to a mouse, a trackpad is slightly less convenient to use, particularly the scroll function on some models. Swipe Gesture is a Chrome extension that enhances the usability of the trackpad by allowing you to navigate easily within the browser via multitouch gestures. If you’ve ever found dragging your finger across that trackpad to be counter productive or just annoying, Swipe Gesture will make your life much easier. The gestures it adds are quite similar to those used in Mac OS X. These let you move backward and forward through a tab’s history, swipe to the next or previous tab, open the extension’s settings, reload a page, open a new tab, and close the current tab. Supporting both simple and diagonal gestures, it allows you to customize the gesture actions and toggle flip arrow direction. Read More

Privacy Manager Is A Control Panel For Chrome Security Settings & Junk Data Cleaning

Having too many extensions installed in Google Chrome can be very messy. Personally, I prefer to keep only those extensions that can perform two or more functions for me, instead of using multiple single-feature extensions, just to keep things tidy. Recently, I came across a feature-rich extension for Google Chrome called Privacy Manager, which allows users to manage privacy settings, manipulate security options, and perform browser temp data & history deletion operations from a single window. In addition, it also lets you quickly open any active page in incognito mode (private browsing mode). Read More

Backup Firefox, Chrome Or Opera Profiles Locally Or On Cloud

Most new browsers, the likes of Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera are packed with a number of customization features. They provide you with options to tailor the browsing experience according to your personal requirements. However, in the event of a system wipe or crash, all customizations are lost, and if you don't have the backup of preferences and settings, you need to reconfigure the browser's settings. That’s where browser backup programs and extensions come in. Earlier, we covered browser backup application, such as Hekasoft Backup & Restore that lets you create backup of browser profiles and software. Today, we have another similar application called BrowserBackup that focuses on helping you create backups of Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera and Chromium browsers. You can choose no compression, or a custom compression rate and save the backup, both locally and on the cloud. Moreover, the application allows you to choose the default browser profile, or manually select the data and profile folders containing your saved browser data. Read More

Set Up Google Chrome Metro App In Windows 8

You may know that Windows 8 supports two types of applications - Metro Style Apps and Desktop Apps. In the Desktop mode, applications run normally as they do in Windows 7, but Metro Style apps, accessible from the Start Screen, are quite different from desktop applications. There are some apps, such as the Internet Explorer, that have the ability to run in both Metro UI and Desktop modes, depending on their launch location and default file association settings.  For instance, if you launch Internet Explore from the Desktop while it is set as the Default Browser, it will be launched as a desktop app, but if you launch it directly from the start screen, it will open  Metro Style Internet Explorer. A lot of people like to use either Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome as their default browser, instead of stock Internet Explorer. However, both Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome were only available as Desktop apps till now. Recently, The Chromium Projects team developed a new version of Google Chrome that can be run as Desktop app as well as Metro Style App. Since it is in experimental phase, you may encounter some bugs and exceptions while browsing. In this post, we will show you how to download, install and run Google Chrome as a Metro Style App in Windows 8. Read More

View Desktop Notifications For YouTube Video Playback [Chrome]

Chrome is a web browser (and sometimes it tries to be an operating system), and while its speed and clean interface is what comes to mind when you ask what makes it so good but there are more features to it that developers love taking advantage of like the built-in desktop notifications. There are a ton of extensions available that will notify if you have new email in Gmail, if you a new song is played on Pandora or if one of your Google contacts signs in. Now Playing Pop-up For YouTube is a tiny but handy extension for Google Chrome that notifies you every time a new song on YouTube is changed. The title of the song, along with the artist’s name, is displayed as a desktop notification. So, whenever you're listening to a playlist or channel and working online at the same time, you will be able to view the song and artist’s name in a pop-up. The nice thing is that the notifications are displayed even when you're visiting a different site or the Chrome window is minimized. With it, you can always keep track of the songs that you're listening to, and if you don’t really like a song, you can quickly change it by looking at the title instead of waiting for it to start. Read More

GNews: Get Google News In Chrome & Receive Desktop Notifications

Want to stay in touch with the latest top stories around the world while you work online? GNews, a Chrome extension, regularly notifies you with Google News based on your preferences and selection of different categories, such as Sports, Business, Technology, Top stories and more. The GNews button counter in the toolbar shows the number of new posts, whereas the real time desktop notifications keep you apprised of the latest happenings. Furthermore, the news are displayed along with image previews. A GNews button is added right in the toolbar, which, when clicked, displays news in a compact pop-up. When individual news items are clicked, original websites where the news content is retrieved from, are opened in new tabs. The settings can also be accessed from right within the pop-up. Read More

View Real Time Rates & Trends For Major Currencies & Commodities [Chrome]

eToro Live Markets, a Google Chrome extension, allows you to follow real-time rates and prices of major currencies (Forex) and commodities, including gold, silver and oil. This extension is great for both trading professionals, as well as for users who want to stay up-to-date with the recent finance and world economy. Some of the major currencies that you will find are USD, GBP, EUR, JPY and more. Rates are displayed in a pop-up along with line charts for the market trends, and you can easily reorder items by drag & drop. Read More

FeedSquares: An Eye Candy Interface For Google Reader Feeds [Chrome]

FeedSquares, a Google Chrome extension, lets you view and read feeds from Google Reader in a stylish and entertaining interface. All you have to do is open Google Reader and click the FeedSquare button in the toolbar. With FeedSquare, you can view your feeds in two different modes, night and day. The night mode has a dark purple background, whereas the day mode comes with a white background. Additionally, you can select feeds and scroll through different items. Furthermore, personalize, reload, mark all feeds as read, and enable the total unread count on the extension’s button are also available. Read More

ABBREX: View Abbreviation & Acronym Definitions In Tooltips [Chrome]

ABBREX is a Google Chrome extension that allows you to find the meanings of abbreviations and acronyms on any website. You no longer need to navigate away from your current webpage to find the meanings of different abbreviations. Whenever you mouse over abbreviations, the full form is displayed in tooltips, including a definition for the term. ABBREX is community-based, and any one can contribute to it by adding abbreviations or meanings to its database. By default, ABBREX is on blacklist mode, meaning it will expand abbreviations on all web pages unless you put a domain in the blacklist, and if you switch to whitelist mode, it won't retrieve the meaning on any site unless you add that particular website to the whitelist. Read More

Enable Functional Table Of Contents For Any Website [Chrome]

Websites today aren’t all text; the content we see online is a good mixture of both images and words. Both elements are inseparable when it comes to good content and to be perfectly honest, the internet would be less interesting without pictures. The only slight problem is that sometimes these elements tend to clutter pages or make them very long. Just going through the home page of a popular website can be a trail on your reading and comprehension skills. When browsing through blogs and content-rich websites, how many times have you actually read everything?  People generally skim through items until they find the right thing to read. TableOfContents is a Google Chrome extension that makes navigation of webpages easier by allowing you to toggle the Table-of-Contents (ToC) for the said page. It creates an expandable Table-of-Contents list, which conveniently allows you to access the headings of lengthy articles. Clicking on a particular heading highlights it, and the webpage content is navigated accordingly. TableOfContents gives users a overall view of what a webpage consists of, rather then displaying selected parts. Read More