4 must-have Chrome extensions

If you use Google’s Chrome web browser, or a Chrome infused browser like Microsoft Edge, there are an almost endless amount of useful add-ons to enhance your browsing experience.

Some are bad, some are good; some are simple, some are complex. And then there’s a handful of extensions that are just the right mix of Goldilocks-style usability and simplicity.

Here are four of my favorites, each doing one thing and doing it really well.

Dark Reader: dark mode that actually works

After staring at computer screens for the past 30 years, my bad eyesight has gone through the ringer, so I’ll use every advantage I can get when it comes to giving them a little break.

This whole dark mode move over the years has really helped, but I don’t want to spend all day looking at dark mode sites. That’s where the Dark Reader extension comes in very handy.

With a single click, the blinding white background of the site you’re on is flipped to an eye-friendly dark background. It can handle most sites excellently, and if a particular site’s dark mode doesn’t suit you, click the extension again to go back to normal mode.

GoFullPage: Effortless Screenshots

When I entered the workforce at the turn of the century, I was totally unprepared for the sheer amount of full-screen screenshots I’d have to grab. The procedure has gotten easier over the years, but it’s still a bit cumbersome.

The GoFullPage extension makes short work of full-screen pages. Navigate to the page you want to grab, click on the extension and watch a Pac Man inspired progress bar work its way through the page.

If, like me, you do a lot of project work and constantly grab screenshots, this is the extension for you.

Paper: New Tab, New Note

I hate taking notes. I don’t have a system. I don’t have a Moleskine notebook. My handwriting is getting worse every year. But I almost always work in a web browser and every time I open a new tab: voila. My notes.

It’s all made possible thanks to the Paper extension, which turns your new tab page in Chrome into a simple yet powerful notebook.

Write notes directly in the browser, where they are saved and displayed the next time you open a new tab. There’s a built-in character counter, text formatting keyboard shortcuts, and even fancy features like checkboxes for your to-do list.

Super Simple Auto Refresh: Hands-off page reload

You wait for the concert tickets to go on sale. You watch the traffic. You still can’t find a PlayStation 5 for sale!

Whatever the reason, there’s no need to sit there and manually refresh websites when the aptly named Super Simple Auto Refresh extension can do it for you.

Click on it and choose an interval between three seconds and one hour. Then sit back, relax and let the extension do the heavy lifting.

There’s also a really handy feature that lets you enter a search term that you expect to eventually show up on a site, but hasn’t been listed yet. If the extension reloads the page and finds the term, you will be notified.


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