Inside the brain of a Geek: Customizing your web experience in Chrome


We covered Firefox add-ons last time; in Chrome they are called extensions.    What are extensions?  They are aftermarket additions that allow you to customize Chrome to fit your needs and preferences.  Here are a few things extensions can do for you:  Customize appearance; translate content; block ads; display the weather; easy word definition; and increase security. 

Our top Chrome Extensions:

1.       AdBlock. AdBlock is our favorite and the most popular Chrome extension.    With over 3 million users it is the number one add-on for blocking video ads, banner ads, Flash ads, Facebook ads, test ads….  See the before and after screenshots in the attachment pdf.

2.       ScriptNo. A simple extension that blocks scripts while emphasizing simplicity and intuitiveness.  “We don’t need no stinkin’ site garbage!” is their motto. ScriptNo only allows executable content to run from websites that you choice.

3.       Turn Off the Lights. Great extension for video viewing. Fades the background website so you can watch the video as if you were in a cinema.  With on click, the page will be fading to dark and automatic focus to the video.  Click again, the page will return back to normal.


The PDF attachment  (2.88MB) contains detailed instructions for finding and installed extensions in Chrome.