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10 Best Google Chrome Extensions You Should Have

10 Best Google Chrome Extensions You Should Have

If you use the Internet for work, school or even just entertainment, your life is probably more complicated than it needs to be. Google’s Chrome Browser has literally thousands of extensions that can streamline your web surfing experience. Here’s a list of Chrome extensions that you should definitely try out.

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    1. Earth View

    Earth View gives you random satellite images from Google Earth every time you open the new tab page. It also tells you the location, so you can take a virtual cruise around the world whenever you need a break from the daily grind. Of the many ‘New Tab’ page extensions, Earth View is definitely one of our favorites.

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      2. Lazarus

      You’ve been filling out that online scholarship application for hours, and by mistake you suddenly hit the back button on your browser! If you have Lazarus, you’ve got nothing to fear. Lazarus automatically saves your webform inputs, so no more accidentally losing all your work!

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        3. Save Text to Google Drive

        Save Text to Drive is one of the most popular Google Drive extensions. If you see a news article that you want to read later on, this extension allows you save the text to your Drive so you can read it at your leisure. Best of all, you won’t be bombarded by videos and banner ads when you read.

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          4. Pixlr

          For the budding graphic designer, Pixlr lets you edit just about any image you come across on the Internet. It’s a great tool for cropping your ex-es out of all your Facebook pics.

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            5. Black Menu

            Black Menu is a small pop-up window in the corner of your browser that gives you access to Gmail, Youtube, Google Maps and your Drive while viewing other web pages and performing other tasks. This extension let’s you keep an eye on your email while reading a news article or watching video while doing online data entry. You can also dig through your Drive files without having to maintain multiple open tabs.

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              6. AdBlock Plus

              Everyone loves AdBlock, except for the people trying to make money through online advertising. It prevents pop-ups and cuts out ads from Youtube videos. Some websites will not function with Ad Block enabled, but it can be turned off for specific pages with only a couple of mouse clicks.

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                7. Simple = Select + Search

                When you highlight any text and right click, you’ll be given the option to search for the text string on Google, IMDB, Wikipedia, Facebook and other websites. This feature makes researching unfamiliar topics easier than ever.

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                  8. Currently

                  For those of you who spend all day inside on your computers, Currently provides the two most important pieces of information you need to know: the time and the weather. Constantly being reminded of how sunny it is outside might encourage you to cut back on your Wikipedia binges and all those Facebook games you’re always playing.

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                    9. Hide YouTube Comments

                    When watching videos online, you probably don’t care all that much about what other people think of them. This extension is great for parents who let their kids play on their computer as it allows them to enjoy videos while being shielded from  the nastiness some people are apt to spew on the Internet.

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                      10. Hola Better Internet

                      This extension is particularly handy for people traveling to many different countries. Hola Better Internet allows you to bypass geographical firewalls, meaning you can watch Netflix even if you’re in a country that blocks it. It also has enormous potential to bypass government censorship in those parts of the world where certain internet activities are often suppressed, which is why it’s also know for making the internet a better place.

                      Featured photo credit: …not to intervene when it came to you… by liquene via imcreator.com

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                      Published on September 20, 2018

                      11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                      11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                      In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

                      Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

                      In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

                      Minimizing Tabs

                      Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

                      Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

                      Incognito Mode

                      Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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                      1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
                      2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
                      3. Download extension New Incognito Window

                      This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

                      Save Webpages as PDF Files

                      Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

                      Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

                      Open Recently-closed Tabs

                      Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

                      One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

                      The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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                      Solve Mathematical Problems

                      Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

                      For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

                      Play Media Files

                      Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

                      In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

                      Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

                      With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

                      Stay Focus(e)d

                      Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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                      Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

                      With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

                      This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

                      Grammarly for Editing

                      Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

                      You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

                      Loom

                      There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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                      There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

                      With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

                      Chrome Calendar Extension

                      No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

                      Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

                      Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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