In addition to being simple, light and fast (in my opinion, bordering on perfection), Google Chrome also allows users to add extensions that make their daily lives easier.
Today, having 4,057 extensions, the official repository of the browser impresses. There are extensions for every taste. From the most useful to the most useless.
In the middle of this sea of ??extensions, there are 14 developed by Google itself to interact with the company?s services. As I am cautious about security, I always prefer to use Google?s official extensions rather than those developed by third parties.
So, I decided to bring you a summary of each of the company?s official extensions, as well as a link for you to install them in your browsers.
The extension allows, by simply clicking on an icon, to create a draft on Blogger with all the text content that you have selected on a given page. In addition, a link to the original page is automatically included. Then, just edit the post and publish it.
An icon, added to the Chrome Omnibox, displays in real time how many unread messages you have in your Gmail inbox. When you click on the icon, a new tab will open so that you can read your messages. The extension also allows verification of accounts that use Google Apps.
As with Google?s Message Checker, an icon is displayed next to Omnibox, showing how many unread scraps you have. When you click on the icon, a window is displayed, containing shortcuts for you to quickly get to your profile, scrapbook and photos, a friend?s profile and much more.
The extension makes Gmail your default email program. When you click on any email address, Gmail is automatically opened, allowing you to make and send messages to that address. In addition, when clicking on the extension icon, next to the Omnibox, a window is opened allowing the sending of the URL or any selected text on the page by email.
It allows that, when clicking on a link of any type of file supported by Google Docs (text documents, spreadsheets, presentations, PDFs ?), they can be opened directly in Docs, without the need to have the respective programs installed on the computer. In addition, after viewing the document you will have the option to download it if you wish to do so.
Like the extension for Gmail and Orkut, it displays how much time is left before the next scheduled appointment. When you click on the extension icon, Google Calendar loads and you can get all the information about your appointments.
It allows users, with a simple double-click, to know the meaning of any word on a website. In addition, by clicking on the extension icon, you can search for the meaning of any word you want. For the time being, the following languages ??are available: English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Dutch, Russian, Czech, Chinese and Korean.
When detecting that the page visited is in a language other than the browser, a horizontal bar is displayed, allowing that, with a simple click on the displayed button, it is instantly translated into the browser language. This extension can translate texts and pages in more than 50 languages!
When doing a search on Google Search, the extension helps you find the information searched for on the page you accessed. A message box may appear at the bottom of the page, showing which parts of the text are most relevant to your search. By clicking on the excerpt, you will be taken directly to that part of the page.
As with the Gmail extension, the icon next to Omnibox displays how many unread feeds you have. By clicking on the icon, the latest feeds will be listed, giving you the option to directly access the news in question, open Google Reader, or view more news from the feeds.
This extension adds an icon next to the Omnibox that you can click at any time to find other web pages that are similar to the page you are currently viewing. This can be useful if you are trying to find more pages on a topic you are researching, for example.
When accessing a website that has an RSS feed, when accessing it, the extension will display, in Omnibox, an icon so that you can subscribe to it. You can add your subscription to any feed reader, such as Google Reader, iGoogle, Bloglines and My Yahoo.
This extension automatically converts the addresses you select on any webpage into a link to that address directly on Google Maps. A message box appears next to the selected address with links useful to you, such as directions to that location.
When visiting a photo website, such as Picasa, Flickr or Google Images, a ?slide show? icon is displayed on Omnibox, turning the page in question into a full-screen photo presentation.
From the extensions above, I use the Google Message Checker, Google Calendar Checker, Google Quick Scroll, Google Reader Notifier and Slideshow.
And you, what official extensions do you use?