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Most Popular Chrome Extensions and Posts of 2013

Alan Henry , Gawker Media

Most Popular Chrome Extensions and Posts of 2013

It was a big year for Google Chrome-both browsers and products-in 2013, with tons of useful apps and add-ons to protect your privacy, help you be more productive, and customize the web so it works for you. Here's a look back at the biggest Chrome-related posts of 2013.

Google Chrome, your favorite web browser, came a long way this year. We previewed some of its most experimental features , downloaded some great privacy-protecting extensions , played with Chrome's new desktop apps , got introduced to the Google Chromecast , and more.

8 Extensions That Make Google Drive More Powerful Than Dropbox

Most Popular Chrome Extensions and Posts of 2013

A little over a year ago, Google officially changed the name of its Docs app to Drive and gave users cloud storage to compete with Dropbox. While so far the search giant has yet to dethrone the incumbent, the service does have one distinct advantage over the competition: a wide array of extensions and apps that integrate directly into the service.

Lifehacker Pack for Chrome 2013: Our List of the Best Extensions

Most Popular Chrome Extensions and Posts of 2013

Google's Chrome browser is packed full of an incredible amount of extensions that add all sorts of functionality. It's tough to sift through the store to find what's useful though, so let us save you some time with this collection of the best Chrome extensions.

The Best Chrome Apps You're (Probably) Not Using

Most Popular Chrome Extensions and Posts of 2013

The Chrome app store has seen a lot of improvements lately, but a lot of the apps that work inside Google Chrome still go under the radar. With that in mind, here are a few of our favorites you might not have seen yet.

How to Track the Emails You Send (and Avoid Being Tracked Yourself)

Ever wish you could find out whether someone actually opened that email you sent, or whether they just ignored and trashed it? A service called Bananatag can tell you-but if you find that a little creepy, we've got the lowdown on how to protect yourself too.

Five Custom Searches You Should Enable In Your Browser Right Now

Most Popular Chrome Extensions and Posts of 2013

Custom search engines are one of the coolest features of any modern browser. With just a few keystrokes, you can search Wikipedia right from your address bar, do a custom Google search for Lifehacker articles, or even get driving directions to a specific location. Here are five searches you should enable right now.

The Best Apps and Extensions to Supercharge Chrome's New Tab Page

Most Popular Chrome Extensions and Posts of 2013

Chrome's new tab page doesn't have much going on for it by default. A few commonly visited sites, shortcuts to your apps, and that's about it. You don't have to be stuck with it though, there are a lot of great Chrome apps and extensions that make each new tab page much more useful. Let's take a look at a few of them.

Clean Up Your Messy Gmail with These Extensions and Services

Most Popular Chrome Extensions and Posts of 2013

Gmail is one of the best email clients out there, but even though it's packed with features out of the box, it's still not perfect. With that in mind, here are some of our favorite browser extensions and plugins for taking complete control over Gmail.

Honey Automatically Searches For And Applies Coupon Codes When You Shop Online

Chrome: Many of you probably search for coupons on sites like RetailMeNot when you shop online, but free extension Honey takes it to the next level: With one click, it will search for coupon codes for you, and automatically apply any that work to your checkout cart.

Google Chromecast: Does It Deserve a Place In Your Living Room?

Most Popular Chrome Extensions and Posts of 2013

Last week, Google unveiled the Chromecast: a $35 HDMI stick that can stream content directly to your TV. It sold out nearly immediately due to the low price, but can it replace other streaming devices like the Roku or Apple TV?

Four More Custom Searches You Should Enable In Your Browser Right Now

Most Popular Chrome Extensions and Posts of 2013

We've talked about how amazing custom browser searches can be, but reader mdegat01 took it to the next level and submitted five even more advanced searches that make your life easier. Here's how they work.

New Chrome Apps Run on Your Desktop, Offline and Outside the Browser

Most Popular Chrome Extensions and Posts of 2013

Chrome/Windows/Chrome OS: Google today rolled out a new category of Chrome Apps, a.k.a. Chrome Packaged Apps, that run on the desktop and feel more like native apps than ones tied to the browser. Among these new apps are popular ones, such as Google Keep, Any.DO, and Pocket.

How to Fix Annoying Multi-Page Articles All Over the Web

Most Popular Chrome Extensions and Posts of 2013

We all know that feeling: You've found an interesting article online, only to discover it wants you to click through 10 pages of a slideshow just to read the darn thing. Here are a few tricks to banishing multi-page articles forever.

Adblock Plus Now Blocks Facebook's Biggest Annoyances

Most Popular Chrome Extensions and Posts of 2013

Adblock Plus has updated with a new set of features to hide a bunch of Facebook's biggest annoyances, including cleaning up your news feed and sidebar.

Google's Chrome App Launcher Runs Chrome Apps from the Windows Taskbar

Most Popular Chrome Extensions and Posts of 2013

Windows: Google has finished putting its final touches on the Chrome App Launcher, previously available as a developer preview. Now you can instantly launch your favorite webapps (Gmail, Google Drive, and Chrome apps) from your desktop, even if your browser isn't open.

Chrome's Experimental Search UI Ditches the Text Box, Adds An App Menu

Most Popular Chrome Extensions and Posts of 2013

Chrome: If you use Chrome, you probably haven't touched an actual search box in a while, instead using the Omnibox. With Chrome 29, you can try a new search interface that gets rid of it altogether.

Google's New Conversational Search Makes Star Trek-Style Search Real

Google's inched ever closer to the dream of Star Trek -style computing with its new Conversational Search, unveiled today at Google I/O. You start a search by saying "Okay, Google...," speak your query, whether it's "when does my flight leave" or trivia like "what's the population of my town." Google responds, both by voice and with text results.

Everywhere You Can Enable "Do Not Track"

Most Popular Chrome Extensions and Posts of 2013

Do Not Track, the feature in web browsers and web sites that asks advertisers and data miners not to track your browsing habits, is a relatively new service. It's also typically an opt-out feature. So, here's everywhere that you can enable Do Not Track so advertisers can't snoop in on your habits.

There you have it! 2013 was a big year for Chrome apps, extensions, utilities, and of course, the expansion of the Chrome brand into other products. Still, we covered more extensions and tricks than we could possibly mention here. As Google Chrome expands, we'll likely see a lot more users adopting it, and it's still our favorite on both Mac and Windows. Only time will tell whether or not Google will be able to balance the demands of users against the need to keep its browser safe, structured, and secure.

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