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Three time-saving extensions for Google Chrome

This is a collection of three extensions that can save you precious time.

Whether you're checking your email, looking through bookmarks or trying to find things on the Web, these extensions are built to save your precious time. Check out the list below and give them a spin.

Checker Plus for Gmail

Check your Gmail without leaving the tab.

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If you like to close your Gmail tab when using Chrome, this extension is a great way to see if you have messages waiting to be read. With tons of options, from the icon style and the alert types, to how you advance through messages, you're sure to have things working just the way you desire with this extension. Clicking on the extension's icon will allow you to check for, look at and compose new email messages.

Neater Bookmarks

Neater Bookmarks keeps your saved pages nice and tidy.

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Although this spot was originally given to Neat Bookmarks, that extension was uninstalled by many when the developer changed its software to include ad injection. This extension looks and works nearly identically to the original, but with none of the bad stuff.

This extension makes it easy to navigate through favorites in your folders and subfolders with the directory tree structure. Plus, it lets you search your bookmarks by clicking one button. What's not to like?

Google Quick Scroll

QuickScroll demonstrated on's Waffle history.

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Recall those times when you've searched for something on Google and saw exactly what you wanted in a search result's excerpt, but had trouble finding it once you went to the website. You could press Ctrl+F and search for it again, but this extension eliminates that step. Simply click on the search string -- one of the choices inside the pop-up in the lower right corner -- that matches what you saw on Google, and then the extension will scroll to that point on the page automatically. Whee!

Editors' note, February 27, 2015: This How To post was originally published on June 6, 2011, and has been updated to include new information.