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The Best Google Chrome Extensions for Web Development & Design

I'm a self-confessed internet junkie who spends way too many hours staring at my laptop screen (with love, of course).

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I recently started taking an interest in web development. It is an area that has always intrigued me. One fine day, I realized I should be doing something about my curiosity instead of putting it in the back seat. I impulsively signed up for a web development course. I jumped into the tutorial without bothering to look at the duration. It was 55 hours!

The course is still going on, but it helped me understand how web development works. I stumbled on many resources online because of my interest in HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Some of them were in the form of Chrome extensions.

The beauty of these Chrome extensions is that anyone can use them. The tools are not just for professionals. They can help you achieve the desired look and feel for your website, blog, page, or project.

Why and When Should You Use The Chrome Extensions?

Consider this scenario: you are browsing, and you suddenly see a website you love.

Everything looks well put together, and the colors and fonts complement each other. You want to recreate this for your page.

But how do you get the colors?

How do you find out which font type the web pages are using?

This kind of situation is where Chrome extensions can come to your rescue. In a matter of seconds, you can now figure out the styling done by the website developers.

Installing a Chrome extension is easy.

You can scroll down to the section named "How to Install a Chrome Extension" to learn the process.

Extension 1: ColorZilla

ColorZilla helps you to find out the colors a webpage is using.

When you download and enable this Chrome extension, you can pick a color from any webpage using the inbuilt page color picker. You can point and click on a color displayed on the page. It shows the hexadecimal color value as well as the RGB value.

ColorZilla displaying the color value of the first "O" of Google

ColorZilla displaying the color value of the first "O" of Google

Extension 2: WhatFont

WhatFont, as the name implies, can be used to identify the fonts on a webpage.

When the extension is enabled, you can point your cursor on any text on the page to view its font. The font name gets automatically displayed like a tooltip.

Additionally, WhatFont reveals the following details for the font:

  • font family
  • style
  • weight
  • size
  • line-height
  • color
WhatFont displaying  the font details of "Google"

WhatFont displaying the font details of "Google"

Extension 3: WindowResizer

WindowResizer is useful if you need to resize your browser screen to various resolutions to check your website/application compatibility.

Once enabled, you can view various resolutions (like the standard iPhone, iPad, laptop, desktop resolutions) on its options list. Choose the one per your requirement.

You can also create a custom screen size or preset and save the new values to your list by going to the "Settings" page.

WindowResizer showing the various screen size options

WindowResizer showing the various screen size options

Extension 4: CSS Viewer

CSS Viewer is for all design enthusiasts!

It is a nifty little extension that you can use to deep dive into the CSS styling of a webpage.

Once enabled, you can point at any UI element on the screen to get its property values.

You can see the following details for any UI element:

  • size
  • width
  • height
  • padding
  • font size
  • font family
  • text-decoration
  • position
  • transform/transition
  • outline effects

You can press the "C" key to copy-paste the CSS code.

CSS Viewer showing details of "Google" block

CSS Viewer showing details of "Google" block

Extension 5: GoFullPage

GoFullpage is an image tool that can help you in taking full-page screenshots of any webpage.

Many imaging tools are buggy when it comes to taking clear full-page screenshots. With GoFullPage, you can capture the entire page quickly and easily.

The free version allows you to download screenshots in PNG and PDF formats. With the paid version, you can crop, edit, annotate and export the pictures.

A GoFullPage capture. Download the PDF file to view in full size.

A GoFullPage capture. Download the PDF file to view in full size.

Extension 6: Grammarly

Webpages are incomplete without good content. The design might be top-notch, but if not backed with good content, all your effort can go in vain.

Grammarly is an excellent tool to use for content development.

It keeps an eye out for all grammatical errors and prompts you to change them. You can install the app on Microsoft Word as well.

The free version catches all the basic grammar mistakes. The paid version offers more – like suggestions to improve the clarity of a sentence.

Grammarly showing a write-up error

Grammarly showing a write-up error

How to Download, Install and Enable Chrome Extensions

  1. Go to the Chrome Web Store for extensions - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/extensions
  2. On the Search Bar, type the name of the Chrome extension—for example, GoFullPage.
  3. Click on the result.
  4. Click "Add to Chrome." Done!
  5. You can access your enabled or disabled Chrome extensions in one place by going to chrome://extensions/. Type it on the address bar of your Chrome browser and press the Enter key.
  6. You can disable or enable a Chrome extension from the Extensions page.
  7. Once enabled, an icon appears as follows on your browser. Click on it to see enabled extensions.
  8. Click on the desired extension to start using it (not applicable for Grammarly).
  9. The "Manage Extensions" option takes you directly to the Extensions page. However, when none of the extensions are enabled, you can use chrome://extensions/.
Click on the extensions icon to view all installed extensions

Click on the extensions icon to view all installed extensions

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Kalpana Iyer

Comments

Kalpana Iyer (author) from India on October 15, 2021:

Thank you so much, Maria! I am glad you found this helpful. I hope you get to try some of these Chrome extensions.

MariaMontgomery from Coastal Alabama, USA on October 14, 2021:

Wow! Great info. I'll be coming back here for future reference. Thanks so much.

Kalpana Iyer (author) from India on October 14, 2021:

Thank you, Brenda! Yes, Chrome extensions can make your work a lot easier. Hope you get to try them one day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 14, 2021:

Kalpana

This is a great article.

I don't use chrome extensions, but maybe I should.

One day when I'm not too busy, I will look into this.

Thanks for sharing.

Kalpana Iyer (author) from India on October 13, 2021:

Grammarly is indeed helpful. It is my most used Chrome extension. I would recommend using the Grammarly editor too from their website. Thank you for commenting, Peggy!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 13, 2021:

Thanks for this tutorial on how to use Chrome extensions. Of all the things you mentioned, the only one I currently use is Grammarly. I will pin this for future reference.

Kalpana Iyer (author) from India on October 13, 2021:

You are too kind, Chitrangada! Glad it was helpful for you. Thank you for commenting and sharing.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 12, 2021:

Hello Kalpana!

This is a very well explained and informative article. I will refer to this, again.

Sharing with others. Thank you and good day to you.

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