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What Are Chrome Extensions and How Can You Use Them to Improve Your Browsing?

Here's how you can use Chrome extensions for a more enjoyable online experience.

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LatinAmerican Post| Juan Manuel Londoño

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Google Chrome is the universal browser in the West, so much so that it has become synonymous with the Internet for many. However, there are people who are still unaware of some of the tools that can be used to get the most out of this service. One of these is extensions.

Extensions are small software programs that customize the user's browsing experience. They allow users to tailor the functionality and behavior of Chrome to individual needs or preferences. Some are purely aesthetic, while others add features that make browsing much more enjoyable. Let's look at some of the most popular.

Grammarly

When you install Grammarly in Chrome, you have a spelling and grammar checker that will check everything you write, whether it's in an email, a chat, or an app. This is a very useful tool since you can put it in the language you want to have an additional check-in in that language. Grammarly has a free version and a premium version that has several additional features. For example, it can help you write more clearly and concisely, or help clarify the tone of what you're writing.

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Ad-block

Advertisements on the Internet can be annoying and inconvenient, and even make browsing some sites annoying. Adblock is an extension specifically designed so that you don't have to see more ads than you need while browsing the Internet.

This extension is one of the most used Chrome extensions, with more than 350 million downloads and more than 60 million users. Adblock blocks pop-ups, annoying banner ads, and video ads on all popular sites. Best of all, it's completely free.

Adblock is not only a convenient application, but it can help protect your computer from malicious malware that is sometimes hidden in certain types of online advertising. It is thus an essential tool. There are other Chrome extensions that block ads, but Ad-block is the oldest and works the best.

Loom

Loom is an easy-to-use video messaging extension. It's not like Zoom, Google Meet, or FaceTime because it's one-way, meaning you can only record yourself and your screen, and then send the final video to others via a sharing link.

This extension differs from other video-sharing extensions like Snapchat in that it is primarily focused on professional work. Loom allows you to quickly share insights and tutorials with people while working remotely. It is an almost necessary extension in the time of teleworking and one of the most downloaded in the Google Play Store. At press time, it is estimated to be used by over 14 million users across 200,000 different companies. You can also use Loom on your cell phone.

In this way, enabling Chrome extensions can help you perform your tasks more effectively and quickly. In fact, some companies and universities have programs available to their students and employers that allow extensions to be enabled. If this is your case, do not miss the opportunity to use them.