Themes, Plugins & Tutorials for Google Chrome

Top 10 most wanted Google Chrome plugins

Before the Chrome plugins will actually appear the community og Google Chrome users is actively discussing what plugins we need most. Yes, we need them badly and we need them now! So, that is why we listened on various forums and blogs to what the public has to say, prioritized things and came up with the list of top 10 most wanted plugins for Google Chrome.


1. Social networking plugins: Number one is with no doubt the daily use plugins of various social networks. Users would like to see plugins for:, Digg, StumbleUpon and other favorite social networks.

2. GMail plugin: Some thought it supposed to be integrated into Chrome by default, but let’s not forget that Google Chrome is for everyone and company’s policy is don’t be evil. Nether less as one can imagine the early adopters of Chrome are familiar with Google products and want them integrated.

3. Block the ads plugin: Advertising can get annoying, and we want to get rid of it! The question is how will Chrome react to that, after all AdSense by Google is their main revenue.

4. Mouse gestures: Apparently many fellows are addicted to this Firefox plugin that allows you to execute common commands (like page forward/backward, close tab, new tab) by mouse gestures drawn over the current webpage, without reaching for the toolbar or the keyboard…

5. Firebug analog: Developers are unanimously asking for a Firebug analog for Google Chrome, a plugin that lets you edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any web page.

6. Noscript: security is an issue and many expressed the desire to get this plugin that allows you to run active content only from sites you trust, and protect yourself against XSS attacks.

7. Bookmarks manager: Chrome bookmarks are just not good enough when you’re used to something better like Foxmarks. Many think a decent bookmarks manager is a must.

8. Media rippers: That will allow you to extract media from web-pages. One of the primary targets for others are various video download managers for embedded content like flash, video and music files.

9. Download manager: Not quite happy with Chrome’s integrated Downloads are the ones used to more powerful solutions and they think it should get looked into.

10. Spell checkers & dictionaries: These tools are a mandatory and developers should get into this firsthand, that is the opinion expressed by some.

Default Google Chrome plugins

Contrary to what most of you probably think, Google Chrome already have pre-installed plugins. Plugins that are there by default and you don’t need to download or install them. Sure, these are not the plugins you’re used to with Firefox and not the ones everybody is talking about and expects. People already created lists of most-needed plugins for Google Chrome, but we’ll talk later about that, now let’s see what do we have pre-installed.

Currently, Google Chrome supports the most popular plugins that are needed to display web-pages correctly, that includes: Flash, Acrobat Reader, Java, Windows Media Player, Real Player, QuickTime, and Silverlight. If a certain web-page needs a particular plugin – Google Chrome will assist you in installing that plugin by displaying a yellow bar at the top stating: “an additional plugin is required to display some elements on this page”.

List of Google Chrome Plugins displayed by default:

  • ActiveX Plug-in: ActiveX Plug-in provides a shim to support ActiveX controls
  • Google Gears These are the Gears that power the tubes in about:internets
  • Shockwave for Director: Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 11.0
  • 2007 Microsoft Office system: Office Plugin for Netscape Navigator
  • QuickTime Plug-in 7.4.1: The QuickTime Plugin allows you to view a wide variety of multimedia content in Web pages.
  • Google Update: The plugin to update the Chrome browser.
  • Windows Presentation Foundation: Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) plug-in for Mozilla Firefox browsers
  • Lively Plugin: Lively plugin for Mozilla for the virtual experience application by Google
  • Shockwave Flash: Plugin to enable shockwave flash applications by Adobe
  • Adobe Acrobat: Adobe Acrobat Plug-In Version 5.00 for Netscape for .PDF files
  • Microsoft DRM: DRM Netscape Network
  • Default Plugin: Provides functionality for installing third-party plug-ins