13 Super Handy Google Chrome Extensions to Help You Work Smarter
Think you’re getting the most out of your browser? Think again!
As far as the web browsing game goes, it’s go Chrome or go home. Google truly has outdone itself with what is now decidedly the best web browser on the internet (it’s the most downloaded, most feature-packed and most forward-thinking, too). Perhaps a chunk of Google Chrome’s success lies in its #dontbeabrowser mentality: Don’t just use it to surf the web; use it to get a leg up on life. On the office work front, where these days, tasks are never without a good couple of hours on a laptop, maximizing Chrome is the way to go.
Enter: Chrome extensions.
If you find that you haven’t tinkered with the Chrome web store long enough or have been completely ignoring it all this time, you’re seriously missing out. Ahead, we list down some of the best extensions we've tried out ourselves to make daily tasks a breeze. The best part is: they’re free.
“Only remember one password—your LastPass master password. Save all your usernames and passwords to LastPass and it will autologin to your sites and sync your passwords everywhere you need them.” —lastpass.com
“Make your computer run smoothly by suspending the tabs you aren’t using.” —suspensionlabs
“Grammarly will make sure your messages, documents and social media posts are clear, mistake-free and impactful. Adding Grammarly to Chrome means that your spelling and grammar will be vetted on Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Tumblr and nearly everywhere else you write on the web. Once you register your new account, you will start to receive weekly emails with personalized insights and performance stats (one of our most popular new features). Working on a large project, an essay, or a blog post? No sweat. You can create and store all of your documents in your new online editor.”—grammarly.com
News & Weather
“Get a simple overview of your RSS and Atom feeds in the toolbar. It’s the easiest way to follow news from your favorite websites and blogs.”—feeder.co
“Replace new tab page with a personal dashboard featuring to-do, weather and inspiration.”—momentumdash.com
“Downloading stuff like video and photo from Insta is just a matter of seconds at Instagram Downloader. Save your favorite videos from Instagram without wasting your time! Extension help users to download photos and videos from Instagram for free.”—borisovanton715
“This eye-care extension enables night mode creating dark themes for websites on the fly. Dark Reader inverts bright colors making them high contrast and easy to read at night.”—darkreader.org
“Capture a screenshot of your current page entirety and reliably—without requesting any extra permissions! Full Page Screen Capture simplest way to take a full-page screenshot of your current browser window. Click on the extension icon (or press Alt+Shift+P), watch the extension capture each part of the page and be transported to a new tab of your screenshot where you can download it as an image or PDF or even just drag it to your desktop.”—mrcoles.com
“Todoist is the beautifully simple to-do list designed to help you do more and stress less.”—todoist.com
Productivity and Communication
“The QuillBot extension allows users to easily utilize QuillBot's smart thesaurus. The smart thesaurus allows users to enter in a sentence that they want creative suggestions. It will then reword and restructure the sentence while maintaining the original meaning. The user can then edit the output by clicking on words to have a thesaurus pop up to offer additional suggestions in order to perfect it to however the user would like.”—quillbot.com
“Right Inbox integrates seamlessly with Gmail and lets you schedule your emails to be delivered at a future time. You may set reminders to the conversations and create recurring emails. More than 250,000 professionals use Right Inbox everyday to increase their email productivity.”—rightinbox.com
Social & Communication
“This extension injects your friends’ Instagram Stories into your feed on the Instagram.com desktop website. To download stories, right click the icon of the Instagram user to download their story. The user won’t know you’ve seen or downloaded their story. You won’t show up in their seen list.”—Alec Garcia
“Toggl puts a timer into any web tool and allows quick real time productivity tracking with all the data stored on your account. Whether you use Trello, Asana, Todoist, Jira or one of the 100+ integrated tools, start tracking time without opening a new tab. Toggl timer also fits into your Pomodoro workflow with automated reminders.”—toggl.com
Supercharge your web browsing experience with these extensions for starters. Still, there’s more on the web store to explore and add. Tinker away the next time you have the chance.