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The best Google Chrome extensions you should know about

Google Chrome is the most popular Web browser, with more than 50 percent of the market. Here’s my list of personal favourite free Chrome extensions you might be interested for potential Internet browsing.

Note: Browser extensions are useful but using too many extensions may slow down your browser. So, use only esstential extensions you need most.

1. Data Saver

If you’re using Internet on a monthly basis data plan, then Google’s Data Saver extension helps you to save some amount of bandwidth. By enabling this extension, Chrome will use Google servers to compress pages you visit before downloading them. But, due to privacy pages accessed using private connections (HTTPS) or in incognito tabs will not be optimised or seen by Google.

You can also enable Data Saver on Mobile Chrome on Android from the Settings menu.

2. Google Dictionary (by Google)

On a webpage, if you double click on any word this extension will help you to see its complete definition displayed in a bubble. This extension supports multiple languages and also can translate a foreign word to your default language.

3. Google Input Tools

By installing this extension, you can switch to typing in a different language with the click of the mouse, and switch back just as easily.

4. Google Translate

This extension will help you to translate to your language by highlighting or right-clicking on a section of text and clicking on Translate icon next to it. Or, you can also translate the entire page you’re visiting, by clicking the translate icon on the browser toolbar.

5. HTTPS Everywhere

It automatically makes websites use the more secure HTTPS connection instead of HTTP, if they support it. It will protect you against many forms of surveillance and account hijacking, and some forms of censorship.

6. OneTab

Whenever you find yourself with too many tabs, click the OneTab icon to convert all of your tabs into a list. When you need to access the tabs again, you can either restore them individually or all at once.

This extension will help you to save up to 95% of RAM.

7. StayFocusd

Stay focused with StayFocusd to increase your productivity by limiting the amount of time that you can spend on time-wasting websites and say goodbye to distractions.

8. Stylish

This will help you to customise any website to your need. There are thousands of user styles in Stylish wesite with beautiful themes, skins, and free backgrounds for pupular site like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube which can be installed in one click.

9. Tampermonkey

Tampermonkey is the most popular userscript manager for Chrome. It can be used for customising page appearance, adding new functions to web pages (for example, adding a download button to the YouTube page), fixing rendering bugs, combining data from multiple web pages, and numerous other purposes.

You can find many user scripts in Greasy Fork, OpenUserJS, and Userscripts.org (mirror).

10. The Great Suspender

The Great Suspender is a lightweight Chrome extension which helps to pause unused tabs after a user-specified amount of time, saving precious RAM.

11. uBlock Origin

uBO is a lightweight best content-filtering (including ad-blocking) for Chrome out there. Check out FilterLists for a comprehensive list of filter lists from all over the web (click the Add link of a filter list to import that list into uBO).