This is Google's own Web browser, so it works best with Google products. But it also has some amazing features (both "extensions" and apps you can find in the Chrome store) that make it a very useful, dynamic Internet browser.
First of all, some basics. How is an extension different from an app?
An extension tells a Web site to do something for you. When you install an extension, you will get a button or tab directly on a Web page (or in some cases, a button that appears at the top right, next to the URL no matter what Web page you are on) for you to accomplish something.
An app will be installed on your Chrome homepage, and you'll have to go to that home page in order to open the app and run the program.
Here's some more detailed information about extensions and apps:
- Extensions are buttons you ask Chrome to install to do certain tasks for you. They appear to the right of the address bar allowing you to access certain tools or carry out certain activities with just one click no matter what Web page you currently happen to be looking at. To search for extensions, go to the Chrome store. Then on the left, scroll down until you see "extensions" and click on it.
The red arrow in the picture below is pointing to two extensions that are installed on my Chrome Browser. The first one (the “plus” sign in the orange background) allows one to easily share and bookmark. The red box with the “@” symbol is a one-click "Send to Evernote" extension. It is discussed below.
- When you find an extension you like, install it in Chrome on whatever computer you are using (be sure you're also signed in to Chrome). Later, when you're at a different computer that also has Chrome installed (work vs. home computers for example), sign into chrome, and after a few minutes, the extension you installed will automatically also be part of your extensions bar on that computer. For example, I added the red “@” extension above that allows me to send any Web page I’m viewing to Evernote just by clicking on it.
- For fun, go to the Chrome store and explore. Download a couple of apps on whatever computer you're using. When you open a new tab, all of those apps appear, ready for you to click and use. When you sign in to another computer with Chrome, the apps will automatically install on that computer as well. For example, I played in the Chrome store just so I could see how this worked. I tried an online typing test from the Chrome store and I also put my WordPress account on my Chrome home page. When I logged into to my computer at work, everything was there for me– both of the new apps and the extensions!