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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Google Chrome - Recommended Extensions and Settings

In my previous post I briefed about the developer version of Chrome Ver4. In this post I have listed some extensions which I find it very useful. Please remember these extensions may work only in the developer version.

Important Note: If you are not able to use any of the extensions, please enable the extensions module by following the below steps:

In Chrome properties, change the "Target" add "-show-extensions" at end of it.

Eg: "C:\Users\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" -show-extensions

Now the list of extensions:

Google PR and Alexa Web Rank:

Google PR

Extension Name: Kuber PageRank Checker
Download URL:
It adds a small icon next to the address bar which refreshes for each page you load
Update: Now the updated version of this extension includes Alexa web rank too.

Alexa Rank

Extension Name: Alexa Rank Display
Download URL:
Adds alexa web rank to your status bar

Social Media:


Extension Name: Chromed Bird
Download URL:
Adds icon next to the address bar which immediately alerts you about any new updates posted by your friends and direct replies too


Extension Name: Facebook Notifications
Download URL:
A Facebook icon next to address bar indicates if there any new "updates" added to your Facebook profile


Gmail Alert:

Extension Name: Gmail Checker
Download URL:
Get email alerts next to the address bar and a preview too without opening a new tab

Google Waves Alert:

Extension Name: Google Wave Notifier
Download URL:
Check for new wave alert very next to your address bar

Google Feed Reader Alert:

Extension Name: TP Google Reader
Download URL:
One more icon next to address bar it changes its color to orange when it identifies the chromed page has a feed and you can easily subscribe/preview without opening a new tab

Google Task:

Extension Name: Google Tasks
Download URL:
Add a toggle button to your icon list and the task pane will be floating to your right-bottom of your browser

Google Calendar:

Extension Name: Go Calendar
Download URL:
Displays you next calendar appointment in your status bar, you can easily navigate between your appointments and reminders


These are not extensions but few recommendations to use Chrome effectively:


Under basic tab, select the option “reopen the pages that were open last” to save the session whenever you close your browser

Pin Tab:

Pin the frequently used tab so that you can save a lot of space in your tabs bar. Right-click the tab and say “pin tab”

Bookmark/Status Bar on Top:

Bring your status bar on top so that it is easy to access few extensions very easily with little mouse movement. Do the following,

In Chrome properties, change the "Target" add "-show-extensions" at end of it.

Eg: "C:\Users\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" -show-extensions-on-top

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At 1:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 5:45 PM, Blogger Kuber said...

hey Matt, this is kuber, the developer of PageRank extension. Thank you for mentioning my extension.
This tool has ver 0.9.3 now and supports Alexa Rank and WHOIS too.

At 8:50 AM, Blogger Matt said...

Hi Kuber,

Thank you so much. I have updated my post.

But I am not able to upgrade your extension directly, to install the new version, I un-installed the old version and installed the new version 0.9.3

When I tried upgrading it, i got a message saying "Attempting to down-grade".

Also, why I am not getting the automated upgrade message like i get for the other extensions?

Can you please take care of this issue. But your extension is simply amazing.


At 2:49 AM, Blogger charming day said...

I am also browsing chrome from a quite long days.It's working good,but when i tried to install the new version,faced so many problems for this.I also need some suggestion.


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