At a Glance
- Gets Wikipedia information fast; Improves Google searching
- The extension’s features don’t always work
Speed up browsing when using Chrome with this free add-on.
FastestChrome is a useful extension for Google’s Chrome Web
browser. When it works properly, it offers several useful tools
that can make your time on the Web more productive. That’s the good
news. The bad news is that it doesn’t always work properly, so you
may find it useful at some times, and not so useful during
The FastestChrome extension offers a grab-bag of enhancements.
In one of the most useful, when you highlight text on a Web page in
Chrome, a bubble pops up that lets you get a summary of the text
from Wikipedia, and also lets you click on icons to go to the
Wikipedia entry, search on Google for the text, or search using the
Surf Canyon and Duckduckgo search engines. The Wikipedia feature is
certainly useful, as is the ability to search Google. I’ve found
the Surf Canyon and Duckduckgo search engines to be less than
FastestChrome plenty of other Chrome enhancements as well. When
you perform a Google search, for example, at the top of the search
results, you’ll see links to related searches. Text URLs you come
across on the Web are also automatically turned into links.
However, several other features promised by FastestChrome work
only fitfully, or not at all. I wasn’t able to get the Endless
Pages feature to work, for example, which is supposed to
automatically load the next page in an article, so you don’t have
to click “Next.” (On the extension’s page on Google, some people
have reported that they can’t get the feature to work, while others
say they can get it to work.) The extension also adds a “Related
articles” link to Wikipedia, although it never actually delivered
those related articles.
Fans of the Firefox add-in FastestFox
will be familiar immediately with FastestChrome, because it offers
essentially the same features, such as Endless Pages and the
popups. Unfortunately, FastestChrome doesn’t work quite as well as
FastestFox because it’s not quite as finished. Some FastestFox
devotees will be disappointed if Endless Pages doesn’t work for
The FastestChrome extension is still worth a try, because its
capabilities are quite useful. But keep in mind it may or may not
perform properly on your system.
Note: This link takes you to this extension’s
page at Google, where you can automatically install the file into
your Chrome browser.