Chrome & PlugIns

Learn how to get more from your Chrome browser. During this session we will reveal the latest plug-ins and apps for professional and personal use.

1-About Google Chrome Browser
The Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.

Step One: Download Google Chrome

Step Two: Watch the Video Overviews
Title:The Chrome Story
Video Length: 2:17
Source: Google 

Title: Chrome Features
Video Length: 4:31 
Source: Google Chrome UK

1-Speed: Chrome is designed to be fast in every possible way. It's quick to start up from your desktop, loads web pages in a snap, and runs complex web applications lightning fast.
2-Privacy: We built Chrome not only to be faster, but also to put you in control of your private information while helping protect the information you share when you're online.
3-Simplicity: Chrome's browser window is streamlined, clean and simple. For example, you can search and navigate from the same box and arrange tabs however you wish -- quickly and easily.
4-Personalization: There are tons of ways to customize Chrome and make it yours. It's easy to tweak your settings and add apps, extensions, and themes from the Chrome Web Store.
5-Security: Chrome is designed to keep you safer and more secure on the web with built-in malware and phishing protection, auto-updates to make sure you have all the latest security fixes, and more.
6-Account: Signing in to Chrome brings your bookmarks, history, and other settings to all your computers. It also automatically signs you in to all your favorite Google services.

2-Tips and Tricks Using Chrome:
1-Pin Tab
3-Bookmark All Tabs
4-Incredible Start Page - productive start page for chrome (extension)
5-Search in the browser
6-Shift+Command/Control+Tab = to open up a tab you just closed
7-Command (MAC)/Ctrl (PC) + number of the tab. Ex. Command4 to get to tab #4
8-To split the tabs from a window, you drag the tab down

3-Google Chrome WebStore
The Google Chrome Webstore offers many apps and extensions that users can add to the Chrome browser. 


Access the Google Chrome Webstore

Title: Chrome Web Store - What's a Web App?
Video Length: 1:41
Source: Google

Title: Introduction to Chrome Webstore
Video Length: 4:58
Source: TCEA

Chrome Extensions are small programs that add new features to your browser and personalize your browsing experience. Unlike apps, they’re always available, no matter what website you’re on. By using extensions, you can customize Google Chrome with features you like, while keeping your browser free of things that you don't use.

My Favorite Extensions:

App/Extension: Turn Off the Lights
Category: Extensions

App/Extension: YouTube Options
Category: Extensions

App/Extension: Quietube (
Category: Extension

Category: Extensions

App/Extension: Black Menu
Category: Extensions
Use this plug in to access your Google Apps from any tab. This extension is meant to be a replacement for both, iGoogle and the quickly removed google menu. This extension contains an extensive menu of google services. You can access them by browsing through the black menu entries. By clicking the menu entry of your choice, you'll go to the corresponding google service in a new tab.

Tool Type: Chrome Plug-In

App/Extension: Email This Page
Category: Extensions

Category: Extensions

App/Extension: Incredible Start Page
Category: Extensions
Incredible StartPage is a productive start page replacement for Chrome. Put all your favorite bookmarks in a beautiful frame, and enjoy our handy features! We are a featured extension by Google!

App/Extension: Panic Button
Category: Extensions
PanicButton makes it easier for you to hide all of your tabs at once just by clicking on a button. They are then saved as bookmarks in a separate folder. Afterwards, the PanicButton turns green and shows you how many tabs are currently hidden. Another click on the PanicButton restores all of the tabs you have hidden earlier.

App/Extension: ScreenLeap for GMail
Category: Extensions

App/Extension: Tab Jump
Category: Extensions
When working with many tabs at the same time, it's hard to remember which one you want to go next. TabJump highlights frequently used tabs and related tabs so you can easily jump between them. And never worry again about closing tabs by accident, for TabJump can protect them, or even restore closed tabs!
- Jump to frequently used tabs
- Jump to related tabs (tabs from the same site, etc)
- Restore recently closed tabs
- Lock a tab to prevent accidental closing (only work for tabs loaded after TabJump is installed)

Screencastify Chrome app to record video even on your Chromebook 

My Favorite Extensions for GMail:
Tracks your email

Allows you to see profile information from your email compose mail address

Allows you to set a schedule for when your emails are sent

Uninstall or Disable Extensions:
Settings > Extensions > Go to the Extension you wish to delete > 
1-Uncheck Enable to disable the lab but not delete it
2-Click the 'Trash' icon to delete the extensions

App/Extension: Themes
Category: Themes

Google Chrome Apps are advanced websites that are similar to other types of programs that you install on your computer. The main difference is that apps are accessed and used entirely within the browser. 

Apps have the following advantages over desktop applications:

  • Apps install in seconds, with one click of a button. You don’t even have to restart your browser or computer.
  • Your apps are always available. No matter what computer you’re using, you can always access your apps. Learn about syncing apps across multiple computers.
  • Apps are always up-to-date. Because apps are hosted on the web where they can be instantly updated, you can be sure you're always using the latest version of the app that's available.
  • Apps won’t crash your computer. If one app misbehaves, just close its tab in the browser. Your browser and computer won’t be affected.
Check out this list of Google Chrome Apps for Educational Use
To Access your Apps list: chrome://apps/

Here are some apps to try out:

Time Maps:
The World History TimeMap contains over 660 history maps and 1,000 pages of high-quality supporting narrative, wrapped up in a unique interface that creates a framework for world history.

Sky Maps allows you to view astronomical objects, stars, constellations, galaxies and planets using Google Earth plugin. Zoom to distant galaxies, view constellations and learn about celestial research from the experts. You can navigate in Sky exactly as you do in the Earth view, except that you cannot tilt the view.
The Google Earth Plugin is able to display objects in the sky, such as stars, constellations, planets, the Earth's moon, and galaxies. When the application switches to Sky mode, the viewport transitions to show the sky at a point above the camera's current position, as measured from the center of the Earth (the zenith). The celestial data is mapped onto the inside of a virtual sphere that surrounds the Earth.

Biologypop is a popular and fully interactive biology website. You have the chance to access all the details of living creatures in this journey into the depths of the science of biology. 

CanvasDraw is a HTML5 rich drawing application supported by the online drawing community at RateMyDrawings connects your artwork with one of the most active drawing communities online by showcasing your drawings to the community of members who provide you with feedback and help you grow as an artist.

JAM with Chrome
Play music live with your friends online. 

Create stereoscopic 3D objects from any image. You only need red/cyan glasses and the 3Dnator Chrome extension.

Until AM
Until AM transforms your web browser into a full-fledged DJ setup. Possibilities include vinyl scratching with two turntables, playback speed adjustment, sound modification through effects and more. 

Hold the mouse cursor down, pressed on the canvas to draw and explore your creativity, relax or plan. Save your favorites and send them to family and friends.

Make GIF animations online using your webcam and images. Draw, paint, type and add effects. Download to your computer or save online and share in the gallery.

With Magisto for Google Drive, you can automatically turn all the videos on your Google Drive into beautifully edited movies, complete with music and effects, in minutes.

FabCam is an application that allows the user to apply fun effects, frames, objects, and textures to photos. Afer you edit, you can save the photo to your PC or share with your friends on Facebook or FabCam's gallery. You can combine mutliple effects.

Free picture editor! No registration required.

Tips and Tricks for Chrome Apps:
Find Your Apps at: chrome://apps/

Uninstall apps
Uninstall an app to remove it completely from the New Tab page and from the browser:
  1. Click the New Tab page button at the top of your browser window to open the New Tab page.
  2. Go to the Apps section.
  3. Drag the app into the Remove from Chrome button at the lower right corner. You can also right-click on the app icon itself and select Remove from Chrome.
  4. The app’s icon is removed from the New Tab page.

More Plugins and Apps:

  • Pocket - Way to save articles to read later
  • Sound Gecko - send web page text as an audio file in an email
  • Save to Drive Chrome Extension
  • WatchDoc - Notifies you of changes in a Doc
  • TabCloud - Save and restore window sessions over time and across multiple computers.
  • Send with Gmail
  • Screencast Directions from Aaron Slutsky
  • Picasa Extension- Quick access to Picasa Pictures
  • Gmail Attachments to Docs- Save those pesky Gmail attachments directly to Google Docs from the attachment list itself with a newly added Save To Docs link.
  • Docs Quickly
  • Tasks
  • Chrome Speak
  • Google Dictionary-  View definitions easily as you browse the web
  • Google Docs Viewer-  List, view, search, rename, delete, and create new documents in Google Docs
  • Screen Capture Capture visible content of a tab, a region of a web page, or the whole page as a PNG image. 
  • Awesome Screenshot
  • Eyedropper
  • Clearly
  • Scratch PadScratchpad lets you take notes while you browse, and syncs notes to Google Docs
  • Google Docs
  • Google Calendar
  • Picasa
  • Offline Google Mail
  • Pilxr-o-matic-  Turn your photos into cool looking retro snaps! This darkroom let you apply effects and borders as easy as one two three!
  • Tweetdeck
  • BrainPop Featured Movie
  • Graphing Calculator by Desmos
  • Timer
  • Audiotool free online music production studio!
  • PopChrom
  • image editor: picozu
  • comic creator: pixton (also has a pixton for schools!)
  • photo collage: loupe
  • webcam toy
  • Chrome Speak
  • Ck-12 an app to help students, teachers and parents improve K-12 learning globally (videos, images, interactive objects, etc)
  • Amazon Wish List-  Add products from any website to your Amazon Wish List
  • PopChrom- Create shortcuts to type phrases or sentences
  • Pastey A simple copy & paste board which allows you to easily access multiple text clips.

  • Resources:
    -Chrome Plugin Twitter:
    -Chrome Extensions:
    -More on Features:
    -Chrome for Mobile:
    -7 Chrome Extensions to Make You More Effecient
    -8 Google Chrome Extensions to Boost Your Productivity
    -Top 10 Google Chrome PlugIns for Business
    -Google Chrome Extensions for Creative People
    -The 11 best Chrome apps and extensions for web designers
    -15 Remarkable Chrome Extensions for Photographers
    -Getting Started: Building a Chrome Extension
    -45 Best Google Chrome Extensions for Designers and Developers
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    What to collaborate with us? Share your findings!
    -Purge through the Chrome Web Store and select your top three apps or extensions
    -Share with the group in Google Moderator (one entry per app/extension)