2011 was a big year for Google Chrome and all of its users. There are more Chrome users out there than ever before, and tons of great Chrome extensions to add functionality, privacy, and other services to your browser. Here are the most popular Google Chrome-related posts, extensions, and add-ons at Lifehacker during 2011.
Chrome OS is still in the works, and even when it launches, you might not need one of the specialty netbooks that run it. Make the Chrome browser you already have productive enough to do whatever you need instead—and hit Full Screen if you need less distraction. More »
Chrome: Adding extra features to Gmail isn’t a new idea, but Minimalist Gmail for Chrome is the best tweaker yet: You can hide items, add row highlights, and even change the five Google links at the top of the page. More »
The battle for best browser on Windows is especially close, but we have to pick Google Chrome for its speed, extensibility, and awesome syncing features. More »
Everyone bickers about which browser is faster, but in my experience all of them eventually slow down after I’ve opened a few tabs and used them for a while. More »
The web is filled with opportunities to humiliate yourself. You reply all with a scathing takedown of your boss; you post pictures on Facebook of a drunken night out and your mom starts to worry; you accidentally tweet a picture of your downstairs business to the internet at large. This simple tool helps you protect the privacy of your Weiner whenever possible. More »
Unless you’ve got the willpower of a monk, you’ve experienced this situation: You sit down at your computer to write a report, finish a presentation, or compose an important email for tomorrow. More »
Android/Chrome: No one likes texting on small, autocorrect-prone phone keyboards. Texty connects your phone to Google Chrome, letting you send and receive SMS messages right from the extension bar. More »
The browser debate is pretty heated on all platforms, but we love Chrome on the Mac. It’s fast, easy to use, has a great developer community, and even handles failure with grace. More »
Chrome: Reeder for Chrome is inspired by Reeder for Mac OS and iOS, but it’s not from the same developers. Nevertheless, it retains the clean and easy-to-use look and feel of the original, and completely re-skins Google Reader into a clean and attractive three-paned feed reader that looks just like the desktop and mobile app. More »
Chrome: Music Plus is an extension for Google Music that adds popup controls, HTML5 notifications, Last.fm scrobbling and bios, song downloading, global keyboard shortcuts, and lyrics to Google’s nascent cloud-based music player. More »
Google Chrome is the best web browser around right now, and part of Chrome’s appeal is owed to its excellent extensions. The good news: It’s not that hard to get started making your own Chrome extensions. More »
Dear Lifehacker,I’m a big Chrome user and saw that there’s yet another “channel” (Canary) out for us Mac users to try. I’ve always been a little bit unsure about which one of these I should be running; could you give me some advice? More »
If you’re sick of manually opening links in private browsing mode, Firefox and Chrome extensions will get you in with some quick shortcuts.
Private browsing mode is great for all sorts of things, but it isn’t exactly the easiest to use-you have to open it manually, manually paste in any links you were viewing, and so on. More »
Chrome only: If you dug the Chrome-based Pandora extension recently featured here, you might have noticed it was recently yanked from the official extension market. More »
Chrome: The Wikipedia Beautifier extension cleans the cruft from Wikipedia to offer an easy-on-the-eyes reading experience on the popular online encyclopedia. More »
Chrome: If you need to hide one of your Chrome tabs in a hurry, the Disguised Tabs extension will move it to the background and change its tab name to the unassuming “Google”. More »
Certain extensions—like Gmail notifiers, for example—are great when your browser is running, but can’t run when it’s closed. Chrome’s added a new feature that will let extensions stay open, even if you don’t have any open browser windows. More »
A new Google-funded study of browser security by security research firm Accuvant Labs crowned Chrome the champion of security features, and ranked Firefox below Internet Explorer in terms of protection available from web-borne threats. More »
Chrome: Like the name suggests, the Awesome New Tab Page extension adds a new New Tab page to Google Chrome. The result is a Windows 8 Metro UI-inspired new tab page that’s fully customizable with apps, widgets, bookmarks, and so on. More »
And there you have it! 2011 brought us a wealth of great tools and add-ons for Google Chrome, and tons of updates and features that make an already great browser even better. So good, in fact, that we crowned it the best for Windows and Mac OS. If your favorite Chrome-related post of the year didn’t make the list, let us know about it in the comments below—and if you know a killer Chrome extension or under-hyped feature, let us know that too!
If you’re looking for more Chrome goodness, check out last year’s most popular chrome extensions and posts of 2010.