9 Browser Extensions to Help You Search the Web Better

(Chrome, Edge)

Google is fine, up to a point, but Wolfram|Alpha beats it in all kinds of areas—from mathematical equations and algebra to cultural history and entertainment. It does conversions and calculations, physics queries, and data about engineering, and can also dig into information on transportation, the economy, and health. There’s plenty more to explore besides everything we’ve already mentioned, and with this extension set up, you can get at the vast array of features offered by Wolfram|Alpha with a single click.

Simple Search

(Chrome, Edge, Firefox)

The Simple Search extension offers a reminder of what web searches used to look like: If you run a search using Bing or Google with Simple Search enabled, you’ll get a plain and uncluttered list of results, without any of the distractions of ads, info boxes, and sponsored links. The simplified search results appear on top of the standard results, so if you want to see the original page, it’s only a click away—otherwise enjoy searching the web the old-fashioned way.

TinEye Reverse Image Search

Photograph: David Nield

(Chrome, Edge, Firefox)

TinEye is one of those essential resources that should be in the toolkit of every serious web searcher. It scours the internet for pictures, or rather one specific picture that you provide—it can help you spot scams and fakes, work out the origin of an image, direct you towards different sizes of a certain picture, and more. This official TinEye extension makes it easier for you to launch image searches, via a new entry that gets added to the right-click context menu in your browser. Sure, in Chrome you can search for images by right-clicking on them as well, but this gives you another—and sometimes more useful—option.

Search All

(Chrome, Edge)

Sometimes just one search engine isn’t enough—Search All enables you to query Google, Bing, Amazon, Wikipedia, eBay, Twitter, YouTube, and any other search engine or searchable portal you want to add. It’s easy to switch between the search options you’ve configured, and the extension makes it straightforward to focus your searches on shopping sites, image databases, video and movie sites, recipe portals, or whatever else you’re particularly interested in. The add-on comes with some useful customizations too.

Multiple Tabs Search

Photograph: David Nield

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