These 4 free Chrome extensions each do one thing incredibly well

By Doug Aamoth

If you’re running Google’s Chrome web browser—or a Chrome-infused browser such as Microsoft Edge—there’s a nearly endless supply of helpful add-ins to bolster your browsing experience.


Some are bad, some are good; some are simple, some are complex. And then there’s a handful of extensions that are a Goldilocks-style just-right mix of utility and simplicity.

Here are four of my favorites, each of which does one thing and does it really well.

Dark Reader: dark mode that actually works

After staring at computer screens for the last 30 years, my poor eyes have been through the ringer, so I’ll take any advantage I can get when it comes to giving them a little break.


This whole dark-mode movement over the past few years has really helped, but I don’t want to spend all day looking at dark-mode-only sites. That’s where the Dark Reader extension comes in really handy.

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With a single click, the site you’re on will have its blinding-white background flipped to an easy-on-the-eyes dark. It does a great job of handling most sites, and if a particular site’s dark mode doesn’t look good to you, just click the extension again to return to normal mode.


GoFullPage: effortless screen captures

When I entered the workforce around the turn of the century, I was wholly unprepared for the sheer volume of full-page screen captures I’d be tasked with grabbing. The procedure has gotten easier over the years but it’s still a bit cumbersome.

The GoFullPage extension makes short work of full-page screen grabs. Navigate to the page you want to grab, click the extension, and watch as a Pac Man-inspired progress bar chomps its way down the page.

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If, like me, you do a lot of project-based work and are constantly grabbing screenshots, this is the extension for you.

Papier: new tab, new note

I hate taking notes. I have no system. I don’t own a Moleskine notebook. My penmanship gets more abysmal with each passing year. But I’m almost always working in a web browser, and each time I open a new tab: voilà. My notes.

That’s all made possible thanks to the Papier extension, which turns your new-tab page in Chrome into a simple but powerful notebook.

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Write notes directly in the browser, where they’re saved and surfaced the next time you open a new tab. There’s a built-in character counter, keyboard shortcuts for text formatting, and even fancy features like checkboxes for your to-do list.

Super Simple Auto Refresh: hands-off page reloading

You’re waiting for concert tickets to go on sale. You’re keeping an eye on traffic. You still can’t find a PlayStation 5 for sale!


Whatever the reason, there’s no need to sit there and refresh websites manually when the aptly named Super Simple Auto Refresh extension can do it for you.

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Click it, and choose an interval between three seconds and an hour. Then sit back, relax, and let the extension do the heavy lifting.


There’s also a very handy feature that lets you enter a search term that you’re expecting to appear on a site eventually but that hasn’t shown up yet. If the extension reloads the page and finds the term, it’ll notify you.


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