The internet is rife with annoyances. Pop-over adverts while you go to a web page that you need to dismiss, websites that auto-play audio even in background tabs, pages that reload and take all of the textual content you entered with it, all of them suck. Here are some browser add-ons that make the net a greater place for everybody.
10. Behind the Overlay (Chrome/Firefox)
You know these internet sites the place you go to, begin studying an article, after which instantly you get a pop over asking you to signup for a publication or one thing, and the one solution to dismiss is to click on “no thanks, [insert demeaning thing here]?” Yeah, I hate these too, and Behind the Overlay for Chrome and for Firefox banishes them for good.
We covered it a while ago, and it nonetheless works like a allure, whether or not that pop-over show is a kind of annoying “sure, that’s nice/no, I hate good issues” adverts, or some other pop-over, like the type begging you to enroll or check in.
9. Page One (Chrome/Safari) and Re-Pagination (Firefox)
Thankfully, multi-page slideshows are far much less widespread as of late across the internet than they was, however many websites nonetheless depend on them to stretch one article right into a dozen or extra precise clicks and web page views. It’s annoying and gradual studying, however you don’t have to suffer through it. Chrome and Safari customers can set up Page One, which pulls all of these slideshow items collectively and shows them on the identical web page, and Firefox customers can use Re-Pagination, which does the identical factor with a right-click.
If you don’t need to set up something in any respect although, you possibly can at all times use the “printer pleasant” model of a web page or your browser’s “studying mode” to get the whole lot with out having to click on a dozen occasions, or ship it to Pocket or one other read-it-later service, which normally strips out the cruft anyway.
eight. Lazarus (Chrome/Firefox)
Lazarus has been round for a long, long time, however the sheer quantity of data it’s saved for me warrants a spot on this checklist, and should you’ve been utilizing it for almost as lengthy, you understand it’s in all probability saved you a ton of headache too, perhaps due to types you stuffed out, tried to submit, and web page timed out on, or emptied all your textual content bins since you didn’t format a required discipline a sure means.
Those sorts of annoyances are Lazarus’ prime goal, and ending them perpetually is a fast set up from the Chrome Web Store or, should you’re a Firefox consumer, from Mozilla Add-Ons. It’s saved my butt greater than as soon as, and since I’ve seen some complaints that the add-on doesn’t work effectively in Chrome anymore, contemplate TIRE (Text Input Recover Extension) should you want another.
7. Magic Actions (Chrome/Firefox/Opera)
YouTube is stuffed with entertaining movies, but it surely’s actually probably the most annoying internet sites. From abysmal commenters to annoying (however simply disabled) overlays and random resolutions, it may be a ache to get the whole lot the best way you need it—after which one change could undo your preferences on one other system. Magic Actions fixes all of that.
In addition to creating positive any movies that may play in HD (or higher but, 4K) achieve this, Magic Actions additionally suppresses adverts (which you may or may not want to do), kills YouTube remark sections, permits you to management the amount together with your mousewheel, and provides a cinema mode that cuts the cruft and allows you to concentrate on the video you’re watching. All in all, it provides you a YouTube expertise that’s extra like a media participant than a video portal. Plus, it’s one of our favorite Chrome extensions in general, although it’s additionally obtainable for Firefox and Opera.
6. WikiWand (Chrome/Firefox/Safari)
Wikipedia might be one of many internet’s most helpful websites generally, but it surely additionally comes with its share of annoyances. The pages load rapidly, however they are often typically tough to navigate, have tons of sections, and will use a brisker, cleaner look. Wikipedia has performed with redesigns prior to now, however WikiWand, an add-on for Chrome, for Firefox, and for Safari (and likewise obtainable for cellular units,) completely transforms each Wikipedia page right into a extra nice studying expertise.
The add-on strikes the desk of contents to a sidebar the place you will get to it rapidly whilst you learn, makes the font simpler to learn, provides hover-to-preview on hyperlinks and pictures, and extra. If you just like the look however need one thing rather less drastic, check out beforehand talked about WikiTweaks, which provides you a little more control.
5. Silent Site Sound Blocker (Chrome)
We just mentioned this Chrome add-on, however Silent Site Sound Blocker handles one in every of my largest pet peeves about many internet sites—as quickly as you load them, they attempt to puff up video views and attain by auto-playing a random video someplace in a tiny nook of their website. It’s irritating, particularly when you’ve gotten a number of tabs open and no concept the place on the web page the video is definitely enjoying.
Silent Site Sound Blocker mechanically mutes tabs that aren’t your focus tab, and even then, makes use of a whitelisting system to ensure the one tabs that play audio in any respect are those you approve. You even have the power to approve a website to play audio as soon as, however then ask once more, or block it as soon as after which ask once more subsequent time you go to. Of course, you possibly can blacklist websites as effectively, so that they by no means play audio ever. If you need another, take a look at previously mentioned Smart Tab Mute, obtainable for Chrome and Firefox.
four. Imagus (Chrome/Firefox)
Tiny thumbnails that don’t open to giant photographs—or worse, solely open to giant photographs in the identical web page or open hyperlinks as an alternative of bigger views—are annoying, and previously mentioned Imagus (obtainable for Chrome and Firefox) fixes them. Instead, simply hover your mouse over a picture you need to see in a bigger view, and it’ll pop up, good and massive so you possibly can examine it.
We used to advocate Hover Zoom for issues like this, however ever since a ton of useful Chrome extensions went to the dark side, we will’t anymore, and Imagus is an acceptable alternative.
three. Pocket (Chrome/Firefox/Safari/Opera/Edge)
Pocket is helpful for lots of issues, and whereas it’s strictly a “read it later” service that lets you save articles for offline studying each time you’ve gotten time to get round to them. It’s nice, and there are tons of pro tips to get the most from it, but it surely’s additionally an effective way to get rid of nearly all the annoyances of the normal internet expertise. Plus, it’s obtainable for virtually any web browser.
For instance, you in all probability already know that by saving an article to pocket, you possibly can pull paginated, slideshow articles into one long, easily readable page. You additionally strip out adverts and different bloat that’ll decelerate your machine, or make it tough to learn round them. With the best Pocket instruments, you possibly can even get estimates for the way lengthy it’ll take to learn an article, a tl;dr abstract of your articles with bullet factors so you possibly can skim first and dive deeper later, and extra. All that with out having to undergo via auto-play movies, feedback, adverts, or different annoyances.
2. Social Fixer (Chrome/Firefox/Opera/Safari)
If you put in one browser extension that’ll make your Facebook experience leaps and bounds better, it must be Social Fixer. We’ve highlighted it several times, proven you how you can use it to clean political posts from Facebook, re-order your information feed with it, at all times see latest posts and simply discover posts you’ve interacted with, cover sponsored posts and pages, filter your information feed so that you don’t miss vital information, and extra. If there’s one thing about Facebook that annoys you, odds are Social Fixer can deal with it.
1. uBlock Origin (Chrome/Firefox)
The undeniable fact that this website retains the engine operating because of adverts doesn’t imply that we don’t know that adverts are a few of the most annoying elements of the net. Maybe they take over whole pages, or they bump your browser round while you’re making an attempt to learn or click on. Maybe they auto-play or block the web page you’re studying till you possibly can dismiss them. Maybe they only decelerate your browser. We really feel that ache, and uBlock Origin is our favourite advert blocker for Chrome and Firefox and Opera—not simply because it will get the job completed simply sufficient, however because it’s incredibly powerful and customizable.
uBlock Origin permits you to management what parts load, which don’t, what adverts you see, and what you suppress. You can customise it to your coronary heart’s content material, and it’s faster and more lightweight than Adblock Plus or Ghostery, every of which have their very own issues with selling ads or partnering with ad companies. If you’d like another, contemplate Disconnect, a browser extension that doesn’t block adverts, however does protect your privateness by blocking monitoring—and the one adverts it actively blocks are malvertising, which you want to block anyway.
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