No matter how you search Google, you always get to the same place. And if the standard search results page isn’t doing it for you, you’re out of luck. Unless you’re using these extensions designed for improving your search.
The following Chrome extensions make Google’s search capabilities more powerful in a variety of ways. Some give you better results. Others let you navigate more quickly to what you’re looking for.
1. Multiple Tabs Search
As the name suggests, Multiple Tabs Search allows you to open several search tabs automatically. Just enter all the words or phrases you want to search on Google (or any other search engine) in a new line and press Search.
Similarly, if you paste URLs, the extension opens those webpages in a new tab. Using Google’s advanced search operators, the tool can remove certain websites from search results and search verbatim.
By default, the search engine is Google. But Premium users can change the search engine and other settings.
The free plan is quite limiting as it opens only two tabs at a time. So to get access to more features, you’ll need to get a Premium license. The good news is, the lifetime license costs only $8.
Download: Multiple Tabs Search for Google Chrome (Free, Paid)
2. Google Search Filter
Everyone has preferred sites that they like to see results from—and probably a few they don’t, too. With this extension, you can highlight the former and hide the latter.
For example, if you add makeuseof.com to the “highlight” section, you’ll see search results like those above. And if you add another site to the “hide” list, you won’t see search results from that site at all.
This can save you a lot of time if you know which sites you trust and which you don’t.
Download: Google Search Filter for Google Chrome (Free)
3. View Image
Google annoyed many people by removing the View Image button from its image search results. The easiest way to get around this problem is to use this extension, which simply reinserts the button back into the search results. Simple enough.
Download: View Image for Google Chrome (Free)
4. Web Search Navigator
Hate using the mouse to navigate search results? Try Web Search Navigator. The extension allows you to navigate search results and select them using keyboard shortcuts.
You can open webpages in a background tab or a new window, go to the previous/next page, filter results by time, and navigate to specific sections (like Images), all using the keyboard.
Besides Google, the extension works on other websites, like YouTube, Brave Search, Amazon, Startpage, and GitHub. Web Search Navigator syncs the settings across devices and lets you set your own shortcuts.
Download: Web Search Navigator for Google Chrome (Free)
If you often find yourself searching for a phrase that you read on a page, Context Menu Search can help you save a bit of time. Although Chrome has a built-in option in the context menu for searching Google, the extension adds support for other search engines too.
Just highlight a piece of text, right-click, and select the search engine you’d like to search with. You can add your own search engines too—so you could search Wolfram Alpha, DuckDuckGo, or any other search engine that you prefer.
It might not seem like this will save you much time, but if you come across a longer phrase that you don’t want to retype, it’s very convenient.
Download: Context Menu Search for Google Chrome (Free)
6. Google Scholar Button
Google Scholar is one of Google’s most useful tools, especially for students. And with this extension, you can search for the full text of an article with a click. Just highlight the name of the article, then click the Google Scholar button.
If the article is available online or at your university library, you’ll be able to download it.
You can even use the app to generate citations in your preferred format, so they can be copied and pasted directly into your document.
Download: Google Scholar Button for Google Chrome (Free)
7. Google Similar Pages
If you find something you really like, it can be hard to figure out how to search for similar pages. There are services that can help you, but it’s nice if you can just click a button to get recommendations. That’s what this extension does.
When you’re on a page that you like, just click the Google Similar Pages button, and you’ll see a list of the pages Google thinks are similar. Click one to head there.
Download: Google Similar Pages for Google Chrome (Free)
Google’s instant preview was a cool feature that let you get a quick peek at a page before you opened it from the search results page. That functionality is gone, but a few extensions have taken its place.
SearchPreview is one of the more popular ones because of its simplicity: you’ll see thumbnails next to entries in the search results. It also shows popularity ranks in the form of a bar.
Download: SearchPreview for Google Chrome (Free)
9. Search the Current Site
While the name of this extension isn’t very exciting, it’s extremely useful if you have a tendency to run single-site searches on Google using the “site:” operator.
Instead of doing that, just click the icon and enter your search term. Google will search every page on that site for your term. Alternatively, you can set up a custom search engine in Google Chrome for frequently-searched websites.
Download: Search the Current Site for Google Chrome (Free)
10. Search Results Previewer
Like SearchPreview, Search Results Previewer is another extension that gives you a sneak peek of a webpage before you open it.
After downloading the extension, make a Google search as you usually do. You’ll notice a blue eye icon beside the search result. Hovering your cursor over it will open a preview of the webpage.
You can expand the preview and go to another page on the site. A quite useful extension, Search Results Previewer, can speed up your work, especially if you visit multiple pages for each search.
Download: Search Results Previewer for Google Chrome (Free)
If you tend to go through several pages of search results, this extension can help you save time on every search. Instead of paginated results, you’ll see each result on a single page that scrolls forever.
And because the extension doesn’t load the next set of results until you scroll to the bottom of the page, it won’t significantly increase the load time of your first search.
Download: Infinite Scroll for Google for Google Chrome (Free)
12. Google Search-Geolocation & Language Change
It’s no secret that Google delivers search results based on the collected information, including your location. So if you, for any reason, want to view the search results for another country, you can change the location from Search Settings.
But for those who find themselves doing this too often, perhaps it’s worth installing Google Search-Geolocation & Language Change. The extension adds an option below the search bar (beside Tools) for changing the location or language.
Although it lets you view results for almost all countries, only a few of these are enabled by default. You can turn on more locations or languages from the extension options. This is certainly a good extension if you want to get unfiltered search results from Google.
Download: Google Search-Geolocation & Language Change for Google Chrome (Free)
Get Better Results From Google
Google is the dominant search engine in the marketplace. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be improved.
With these extensions, you can get better results from every Google search you run. Whether it’s more accurate results, faster load times, or more convenient navigation, you can get it with a few clicks.
While these extensions make searching the web easier, there are Chrome extensions that can overhaul your entire browsing experience.
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