It’s hard to escape ChatGPT now, with the conversational artificial intelligence bot taking over everything from internet searching to essay writing. More than 100 million people have tried ChatGPT since it was launched.
Whether you’re using ChatGPT for free or paying for ChatGPT Plus ($20 per month), the impressiveness of its text-generating capabilities isn’t really matched by its interface, which sticks mostly to the basics.
This is where third-party browsers come in: They can help you get easier access to ChatGPT from other sites, add missing features such as a chat exporter, and suggest better prompts to get better responses from the AI bot.
These extensions are all compatible with the latest versions of Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, except where stated.
Merlin sits in your browser and puts ChatGPT right at your fingertips, ready to go right away: Whether you need to write a response to a social media post or summarize a long block of text, Merlin can help you.
The keyboard command Ctrl+M (Windows) or Cmd+M (macOS) is how Merlin is activated after you have selected a block of text. You then have to tell Merlin what you want ChatGPT to do: summarize, reply, write or whatever it is.
For example, you can highlight all the text in an email and have Merlin/ChatGPT write a reply. Having the chat right inside your browser makes it really convenient to use, although you are limited to 31 requests per day.
ChatGPT for Google
You don’t have to wait for Google’s own version of ChatGPT to arrive, because ChatGPT for Google displays chat results alongside the standard Google results whenever you do a search.
Clearly this will work better for some questions than others: ChatGPT can’t tell you the latest sports scores, but it can explain what DNA is. Make sure you are currently logged into your ChatGPT account in your browser to load the responses.
The ChatGPT box is neatly integrated alongside the standard Google search results, and you can launch a separate ChatGPT conversation directly from it. You can also run the plugin manually instead of automatically if you don’t want it on every search.
Enhanced ChatGPT does exactly what its name suggests: It adds some handy new features to the basic ChatGPT interface, including an option to export your chats in Markdown format and a selection of tools to help you with your prompts.
Look for the new Export Chat option down in the bottom left corner when you’ve set up the plugin. You don’t get anything in terms of export options, but it can be helpful to have a copy of your chats for reference.
If you plan to write using ChatGPT on the web, from emails to social media posts, then WritingMate can help. You can launch it with a keyboard command Ctrl+M (Windows) or Cmd+M (macOS), or use the floating icon that appears on the right of the browser window.
You can use ChatGPT however you like, right on the web pages you’re viewing, and there are also some helpful instructions included with the extension. ChatGPT responses can also be quickly tweaked and refined.
If you need more than 10 messages per day or longer messages, you can sign up for a $15-a-month premium account. The access you get to the tool for free should tell you whether or not you’ll find it useful.
There is no doubt that ChatGPT is an incredible piece of technology, but it also has its limitations: It does not have access to the most up-to-date information, and cannot search the web as such.
WebChatGPT (for Chrome, Edge and Firefox) fixes this, dropping in traditional web search results alongside AI responses in the ChatGPT interface. It also tries to integrate both types of answers to give you something coherent and useful.
This approach works better for some questions than others: Try prompts like “Who’s the President?” and “give me the latest Headlines” to see the difference the extension makes to ChatGPT.
For some of us, it’s much easier to talk than to type, and Promptheus lets you talk to ChatGPT just like you would a real person. It can give you a whole new perspective on interacting with AI.
You use Promptheus from within the ChatGPT interface, and you simply press and hold the space bar when you’re ready to talk. There are a few extension settings you can play with as well, such as the option to automatically send invitations after you stop talking.
As an added bonus, the extension also gives you easy access to ChatGPT from any web page—just click the extension icon in your browser toolbar to start interacting with the AI bot.
ChatGPT Export and Share
One of the most important features that ChatGPT lacks is the ability to output content from the ChatGPT interface to other locations—you’re pretty much limited to the good old copy-paste method.
ChatGPT Export and Share (which works in Chrome, Edge and Firefox) is here to solve the problem. It takes a little more time to set it up in your browser, but full instructions are provided, and the end results are worth it.
Once the extension is installed, you will see new export buttons below the prompt. You can save your chats as images and PDFs, and there’s also the option to create shareable links to them.