On the fifth birthday of Google’s Chrome browser, the company has announced big plans for their flagship web browser. Chrome Apps, a new-generation of applications that build on top of Chrome that work cross platform and offline, just like any other desktop application.
Over the past few weeks, the writers here at Windows.AppStorm have been sharing the apps that they have found to be essential while writing. It’s been very interesting to see how my fellow writers work as well as the diverse range of apps that they use. Now it’s time for me to share my list of apps that I couldn’t write without.
Chrome, the popular web browser from search and advertising giant Google, did not invent tabs or add-ons. Both of these were the creation of Mozilla and its Firefox browser. However, Chrome has become the web browser of choice among the tech crowd, and even, perhaps, the more mainstream crowd.
Of course, I can not tell you what extensions you will necessarily like best, or what will fit your needs. However, I can attempt to steer you towards some extensions that you may not be aware of and that you may just find very useful in your day-to-day life on the web. This is a personal list, of course, as all of these sorts of things are. But, it is what has been useful to me and, hopefully, you will find one or two, or even more, that you will find useful as well.
So, with all of that in mind, then let us get on with the list.
When Google released Chrome the web browser quickly became a popular choice, first among tech people, and then spreading to average users. Much of it’s appeal is it’s ability to be customized and it’s minimalistic appearance. Tweaking the web browser to your personal liking and tastes can make your user experience even better.
There are a number of ways to go about this, but the first, and easiest, place to start is in the basic Chrome settings. From there you can move on to more customized areas and even to user scripts, which can get a bit more complicated, but should not scare off an experienced computer user.
Explorer may not be the most advanced file management tool that’s available, but it does get the job done. If you’ve been a Windows user for any length of time, you’ve probably grown used to hitting the Windows key and E to fire up Explorer.
This is the reason that it can be difficult to move to an Explorer replacement – your memory muscle will almost invariably default to using the known shortcut and you may well find that you end up defaulting back to Explorer. Clover is an Explorer add-on that enables you to stick with Windows’ built in file browser while gaining some extra features.
The very fact that you are reading these words means that you make use of the internet. You probably use it for all sorts of things from downloading software and checking the news to keeping in touch with friends and using social networks.
You’re undoubtedly aware that using the internet can mean compromising your privacy, and this is particularly true if you are a social networker. Privacyfix is an interesting add-on for Chrome and Firefox that enables you to check your privacy settings on Facebook, Google and other sites and change those that might reveal too much information about you.
Most people spend the majority of their time on their computer on the internet – you’re either checking your email, reading blog posts, shopping for products, watching videos, editing documents, or a million other things.
Naturally, it’s quite important what web browser you’re going to use – it’s the window through which you can view anything on the internet. You want your web browser to be fast, simple to use, have all the features you want, and work as it’s supposed to. Google’s browser Chrome does all this and more.