While Chrome is great all on its own, adding extensions to it can make it even better. These additions can make it more powerful, as well as give you the ability to customize your experience to suit your specific needs.
Of course, not every extension available is worthwhile. There are tens of thousands of extensions available in the Chrome Web Store and some of them can slow down your computer, and others might compromise your security. That’s why carefully choosing which extensions you add is important.
With the right extensions, your ability to accomplish tasks and be productive is enhanced greatly. They’ll save you energy, time, and effort while using Google Chrome. Here are ten great extensions for you to consider.
Awesome Screenshot allows you to capture a whole web page or only a part of it and then gives you the ability to edit the image with ease. It allows you to annotate it with shapes or arrows, blur sensitive or irrelevant information and add comments. After you’re done with editing, you can share it or export it as a PNG to your computer or on the web.
Evernote is a popular note-taking and bookmarking tool. It’s a great way to organize your thoughts and projects. The web clipper allows you to save text and images to Evernote for later using its built-in screenshot tool. These notes or images can then be tagged and filed in specific Evernote notebooks to make sure things stay organized.
It also has custom modules for popular sites such as Facebook and YouTube, giving you more functionality on the sites you’re likely to use more often.
Unfortunately, some web pages are a poorly formatted which can make them hard to read. Poor font choices, awkward layouts, and excess ads can all contribute to this problem.
Thankfully, there’s an easy solution. Readability declutters news articles and blog posts, putting the key images and text into an easy-to-read format. It can also send all of it to your Kindle to be read there, or save pages for you to read later. It syncs automatically across your devices, making it easy for you to read the page with ease whenever you want.
With Feedly, it’s easy to keep up with your RSS feeds and there are many reasons this is an incredibly popular RSS reader. It’s packed with features and easy to use and customize. It allows you to sync across devices. You can put it in the traditional list style view to get through a huge amount of content, or use the magazine mode to see content presented stylishly.
Grammarly is a free extension which will check both your spelling and grammar as you type. It works with your email, social media accounts, and nearly everywhere you write online. This helps to keep your writing mistake-free and easy to read.
The app doesn’t just detect misspelled words. It lets you know when you’ve used a correctly-spelled word in the wrong context. It also corrects issues such as subject-verb agreement, article use, and modifier placement, as well as hundreds of other grammatical complexities. The spell checker isn’t perfect, but it does a very good job.
If you’re like most people, then your computer’s copy-paste function is one which you use regularly. It’s an incredibly useful tool which keeps you from needing to re-type information every time you need to move it from one place to another.
But there have probably been times where you’ve accidentally lost the information copied to your clipboard. Because only one thing is saved at a time, it’s easy to make a mistake and overwrite information–sometimes losing it forever.
With this extension, your clipboard’s history won’t simply disappear. Instead, it’ll be saved for a pre-set length of time, letting you find and go back to anything you’ve copied recently.
The 3D printing technology offers numerous advantages and has many applications across different industries. If you own a 3D printer, you will love Tinkercad. It is an awesome 3D tool which allows you to design and print shapes with ease. It’s completely free and easy to learn.
The models you make in Tinkercad are stored in the cloud, so they can be accessed from anywhere. Any 3D printer that accepts standard STL file formats should be able to work with Tinkercad files, and you can also download VRML files for color printing.
If you need an easy way to create and manage your to-do list, Any.do will be perfect for you. It allows you to seamlessly sync your tasks and checklists across all your devices.
With an easy-to-learn drag and drop interface, organization is very simple. Creating new lists and reminders, adding notes, sharing tasks, and more is made easy with this extension, and it’s a great way to stay organized without a ton of effort.
It’s super easy to get distracted online. Social media and other fun sites can drain away your time, cutting down on your productivity. This app helps you avoid losing time by forcing you to get back to work. It allows you to block out specific sites, or even block out all but a few sites.
If you want to allow yourself some limited leisure time, you can allot a certain amount of time to specific sites. As soon as that time is up, you’ll be blocked from the site for the rest of the day with no way to get around the activated block.
While Gmail is awesome all by itself, Checker Plus adds some features to make it even better. It gives you handy desktop notifications and allows you to read and delete emails outside of Gmail. You can easily mark your emails as read and archive or delete them without even opening Gmail. If you’ve got multiple accounts, it also provides a slicker, less clunky way to manage them all.
If you love using Google Chrome, you will find these apps are a great addition to your browser. If you’re not using Chrome yet, they’re the perfect reason to start. This list is by no means exhaustive, so don’t stop here! Try out the extensions that appeal to you, and keep exploring to find more awesome productivity-boosting tools.
About the Author
Lisa Michaels is a freelance writer, editor and a striving content marketing consultant from Portland. Being self-employed, she does her best to stay on top of the current trends in the business world. She spends her free time trying out new recipes or reading Scandinavian crime novels. Feel free to connect with her on Twitter @LisaBMichaels.
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