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100 Chrome Extensions That You Should Install

100 Chrome Extensions That You Should Install

We have collected 100 awesome and useful Google Chrome extensions into this one big list that is easy to digest because they’re all categorized! By tweaking you Google Chrome, it can make your browser much more productive and interesting. Enjoy!

Business Tools

1. Gmail Offline

Gmail Offline is one of the most useful tools I have downloaded. Many times emails come in faster than I can reply to them, but disconnecting from the internet while I reply to what is currently in my inbox can be a big help. Additionally, when you are not connected, you will use less battery power.

gmail offline

    2. Google Calendar

    Google Calendar is an app that gives you fast access to your Google Calendar. Aside from the direct link to your main calendar, there is also the option to see and manage your calendar while offline. This is very useful for the same same reasons as the above Gmail Offline app.

    google calendar

      3. Smartr Inbox for Gmail

      Smartr Inbox for Gmail is a great extension for your Google Chrome browser. You will be able to see the social accounts for your contacts, which is a great way to better understand clients and/or keep up with family and friends, all from your Gmail inbox.

      Smartr Inbox for Gmail

        4. Google Tasks (by Google)

        If you weren’t aware, Google has a Tasks app, and it’s already part of your Gmail and Google Calendar. While it is pretty bare-bones, it can still be useful. Using the Google Tasks (by Google) extension will make Google Tasks more accessible and therefore more effective.

        my to do list

          5. Always Clear Downloads

          Always Clear Downloads is a Google Chrome extension made to solve the problem of that ugly download bar that appears at the bottom of your Chrome browser window after you download any type of file. This will save you task of clicking on the close “X” button every time you download something.

          always clear download

            6. Grammarly Lite

            Grammarly Lite is a great spell-checker for your browser window. It is different from most others because it will check your grammar as well as your spelling. If you dislike  people who incorrectly place the wrong type of word in the wrong part of a sentence, Grammarly will help you avoid becoming one of them.

            spellchecker

              7. KeyRocket for Gmail

              KeyRocket for Gmail is a somewhat educational tool: while you are using Gmail, KeyRocket helps you learn the keyboard shortcuts. Knowing what will Archive an email vs. Deleting it will help you get through your inbox a lot more quickly, and the faster you get through all of your emails, the more likely you are to keep your message count low—maybe even zero.

              keyrocket

                8. PanicButton

                PanicButton lets you hide all of your windows and tabs at once and opens a preset window—some people refer to this as a “boss” button. You can even password-protect the button so they can’t restore the tabs without it. If the button is too obvious, a keyboard shortcut can be used instead.

                click to hide your tabs

                  9. Awesome New Tab Page

                  The Awesome New Tab Page is a great way to create a useful start page for your Google Chrome browser: when you create a new page or tab, this window will open up. There are a lot of default tiles to add as well as other extensions to install, adding to the awesomeness of the new tab page.

                  awesome new tab page

                    10. Powerbot for Gmail

                    Powerbot for Gmail ties your two most used apps—Gmail and Evernote—together for one big productivity party. What is really cool here is not needing to toggle between two apps just to create a new note. Everything can be added to the note just as if you were in Evernote; even the email attachments.

                    send to evernote

                      Search Tools

                      11. Search by Image (by Google)

                      Search by Image (by Google) is a brilliant little extension that lets you search the web using an image instead of words as the search term. This is handy if you are looking for the original version of an image, or even a modified version thereof. You can right-click on an image on a webpage and then search Google for similar images.

                      Search by Image (by Google)

                        12. Google Analytics Opt-out Add-on

                        When you are browsing the web, you are hard-pressed to come across a site not using Google Analyitcs. These sites are tracking what you are doing: when you are clicking around the site, Google Analyitcs is watching what you are doing, but Google Analytics Opt-out Add-on helps you to avoid being tracked.

                        Google Analytics Opt-out Add-on

                          13. Highlight to Search

                          When you are on the web a lot, you are sure to come across something you want to search for more information about, and Highlight to Search makes this easier. Simply highlight the words you’d like to search for, and click the magnifying glass for a new tab with a search in it.

                          Highlight to Search

                            14. Google Quick Scroll

                            Google Quick Scroll is another great way to make your searches faster. When you click on a link in the search results, you are taken directly to the spot on the page where the search term is mentioned, which saves you from scanning the page as you look for the information you want.

                            Google Quick Scroll

                              15. Centered Google Results

                              Centered Google Results is a must-have for users with large monitors. Normally the Google search results are off to the left side, but this Google Chrome extension is a simple fix to place the search results in the center of your screen.

                              Centered Google Results

                                16. Google Search 360

                                Google used to have a feature called Wonder Wheel in their search options to help you find similar search terms. This was great for people like bloggers or internet marketers, and Google Search 360 is a lot like Wonder Wheel. Add a search term and see similar terms, or keep narrowing down the terms to get more niche results.

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                                Google Search 360

                                  17. Personal Blocklist (by Google)

                                  Personal Blocklist (by Google) is a pretty cool extension that lets you block certain URLs from your searches. This is really helpful if you are doing a lot of searching and want to eliminate certain sites like Wikipedia from your search.

                                  Personal Blocklist (by Google)

                                    18. Speak to Search

                                    Speak to Search lets you use your voice to search Google. If you have an Android phone and use Google Now or other voice commands, you know how useful this is.

                                    Speak to Search

                                      19. DuckDuckGo for Chrome

                                      DuckDuckGo for Chrome lets you search without being tracked. Instead of going to a completely different site to search, you can add this extension and use the DuckDuckGo icon. You will see the results at the top of the normal Google Search page.

                                      DuckDuckGo for Chrome

                                        20. Incognito Search

                                        When you are reading something on a page, you can highlight the term and select Incognito Search to look for the query in a non-tracked window. This will keep it out of your search history too.

                                        Incognito Search

                                          Entertainment

                                          21. Magic Actions for YouTube

                                          Magic Actions for YouTube is a must-have for avid YouTube video watchers. It adds essential features like Cinema view and easier sharing options, and you will wonder how you ever lived without them.

                                          Magic Actions for YouTube

                                            22. Auto HD For YouTube

                                            When watching videos, the usual default is to judge the connection and play it back at the best possible quality. Auto HD For YouTube will automatically play the video back in HD every time and in wide screen mode. If you have a slower connection, this might not work well for you.

                                            Auto HD For YouTube

                                              23. Last.fm Scrobbler

                                              Last.fm is a super popular web app for music lovers. When you listen to something you can scrobble it which means the song is logged and shared with followers. Last.fm Scrobbler is an extension to help this process when you are listening songs on sites like YouTube.

                                              Last.fm Scrobbler

                                                24. CanIStreamIt Search

                                                When you think of a show or movie you’d like to watch, an easy way to find out if you can stream it and from where is using the CanIStreamIt Search Google Chrome extension. Find out if you need to watch it on Amazon or if Netflix is streaming it or somewhere you didn’t think to check.

                                                CanIStreamIt Search

                                                  25. Grooveshark Mediakeys Reloaded

                                                  Grooveshark is a web app letting you listen to a lot of new music. With Grooveshark Mediakeys Reloaded, you can control the track as you listen to it using keyboard shortcuts making it easier to pause, advance to the next track and so on.

                                                  Grooveshark Mediakeys Reloaded

                                                    26. XKCD Alt Text

                                                    Sometimes, when reading the comic strip XKCD, it can be a little hard to read the text. XKCD Alt Text makes it easier to read by adding the text outside the strip.

                                                    XKCD Alt Text

                                                      27. My Watch Later Link for Youtube

                                                      Have you added videos to your YouTube Quick list and then forgotten about them? Well, My Watch Later Link for Youtube puts a link right next to the search bar so you can easily click it to watch saved videos.

                                                      My Watch Later Link for Youtube

                                                        28. Cloud Downloader

                                                        SoundCloud is a great app for finding new music, and Cloud Downloader is an extension that helps you download the new music you find so you can listen to it later. This is all done right from your browser instead of through the site.

                                                        Cloud Downloader

                                                          29. Best Games,Just For You

                                                          Do you like to play games? Best Games,Just For You will help you find one to keep you busy. You will have access to about 3500 different games you can play right from your browser—just filter through the game categories to find the perfect time-waster.

                                                          Best Games,Just For You

                                                            30. Classic Games

                                                            When you are in the mood to play a classic arcade game, the Classic Games gives access to a lot of the popular flash-style games you might like. One I like to play is the Apple Shooter—some of the mishaps are hilarious.

                                                            Classic Games

                                                               

                                                              Accessibility

                                                              31. Speed Dial

                                                              Some of the browsers out there like Opera have a great New Tab Page with Speed Dials. Essentially, this is a page with the logos for a lot of your most-accessed bookmarks. Speed Dial brings this feature to Google Chrome.

                                                              Speed Dial

                                                                32. Stealthy

                                                                Do you live in a country where certain sites are blocked, like some YouTube videos in Germany? Stealthy will help those of you who have content blocked be able to view those sites without the restrictions. This is very useful for international travelers who might not be used to the restrictions.

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                                                                Stealthy

                                                                  33. Tree Style Tabs (Beta)

                                                                  When you have a lot of tabs open, finding the one with the right page can be a challenge. To solve this, Tree Style Tabs list all of the title information for each tab in a drop-down tree-style menu, making it a lot easier to find the right page quickly.

                                                                  Tree Style Tabs

                                                                    34. FVD Speed Dial

                                                                    FVD Speed Dial is similar to the other Speed Dial extension in this list with more of a 3D wall Safari browser look to it. See a cached view of the page as the icon for a really good-looking new tab page.

                                                                    FVD Speed Dial

                                                                      35. Hacker Vision

                                                                      Hacker Vision will invert the most of whats on your screen to a black background, which is easier on the eyes than having a white background. I wasn’t a believer of this until I tried it for an afternoon, and was really surprised at how much it helped.

                                                                      Hacker Vision

                                                                        36. Turn Off the Lights

                                                                        Watching a video on your screen is tricky; some videos are all grainy if you expand them to fit the screen, while if you watch them in a smaller mode, you can see all the other stuff on your desktop. Turn Off the Lights will dim the other things in the background so you can focus on the video.

                                                                        Turn Off the Lights

                                                                          37. Read&Write for Google Docs

                                                                          Read&Write for Google Docs is a great tool for anyone trying to learn the English language. If you are struggling to read or understand a word, you can use the built-in dictionaries or have Google Docs read you the sentence.

                                                                          Read&Write for Google Docs

                                                                            38. Categorizer

                                                                            Your browser history is not all that easy to manage, so Categorizer aims to help solve this problem by helping you categorize the sites you visit often. From the right-click menu, you can add a site to a category for later. It’s like bookmarking—just a little different.

                                                                            Categorizer

                                                                              39. ViewMyBrowser

                                                                              ViewMyBrowser is a really simple way for you to share your screen with someone else. This is ideal for helping out someone who might be having computer troubles or if you are teaching someone something from a remote location.

                                                                              ViewMyBrowser screensharing

                                                                                40. Fine Link Selector

                                                                                If you have ever tried to copy a portion of a link, you know you will usually click on the link instead. Fine Link Selector will let you copy just the portion of the link you want instead of copying the whole thing and deleting what you don’t need.

                                                                                Fine Link Selector

                                                                                  Lifestyle

                                                                                  41. Add to Amazon Wish List

                                                                                  When you are browsing around the web, the Add to Amazon Wish List button makes it easy to save an item to your Wish List for later purchase. No need to head over to Amazon, find the item, and save it anymore.

                                                                                  Add to Amazon Wish List

                                                                                    42. Eat24

                                                                                    Eat24 helps you feed your craving without leaving your browser. With restaurants in over 750 cities, you can order food and have it delivered right to your door. You can also keep track of your favorites so you can order “the usual” in future.

                                                                                    Eat24

                                                                                      43. Mini Maps

                                                                                      When you are on the web and need to find a location and don’t want to fire up Google Maps, you can use Mini Maps. It offers almost all of the basic mapping options you will need.

                                                                                      Mini Maps

                                                                                        44. Refresh Monkey

                                                                                        There are some cases where you need the page to refresh at set intervals, like when you are watching an auction. This is where Refresh Monkey comes in handy: you can set the intervals and choose whether you want one page pr all of the pages to refresh.

                                                                                        Refresh Monkey

                                                                                          45. Kicktraq

                                                                                          Have you supported a startup on KickStart? If so, you know it isn’t always too easy to track the progress. Kicktraq makes the process less painful. See how many backers the project has, the amount raised, and other useful information.

                                                                                          Kicktraq

                                                                                            46. Honey

                                                                                            Shopping online is always better when you find a deal. Honey will help you find discount codes for the sites you are shopping on. Not only will it find the codes, but it will try them for you to get the ones that work and give you the best deal.

                                                                                            Honey

                                                                                              47. Stipple

                                                                                              If you run a website or like to guide people into purchasing certain items, Stipple will let you annotate an image with links to more information about the parts of the image. You can link to any URL, not just consumer sites.

                                                                                              Stipple

                                                                                                48. Cryptagram

                                                                                                There are some cases where you might want to post Cryptagram will let you decode images encrypted using the Cryptagram web app. It’s great for hiding things in plain sight.

                                                                                                Cryptagram

                                                                                                  49. Explain and Send Screenshots

                                                                                                  When you need a quick way to take a screen shot and annotate it to show someone how something works, Explain and Send Screenshots will be just what you’re looking for. Add text, arrows and other annotations to your screen captures and copy and paste them into other apps like Google Docs.

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                                                                                                  Explain and Send Screenshots

                                                                                                    50. BBC Good Food

                                                                                                    BBC Good Food is a great way to find new recipes right from your browser. There are over 260 different recipes that people have actually cooked and deemed worthy of putting on the site.

                                                                                                    BBC Good Food

                                                                                                      News & Weather

                                                                                                      51. The Onion

                                                                                                      For those of you who have never read or watched anything The Onion has put out, it is a really funny satirical news site and publication about current events. This extension for Chrome lets you see all of the newest hilarity right in your icon bar.

                                                                                                      The Onion

                                                                                                        52. RSS Feed Reader

                                                                                                        With Google’s decision to eliminate Google Reader, RSS Feed Reader might be a good option for you to have easy access to your RSS Feeds. When you click the icon, you will see the different feeds in a drop-down and how many unread posts on each site. This is a very easy solution if you only read your RSS feeds on one computer.

                                                                                                        RSS Feed Reader

                                                                                                          53. Awesome Weather Widget [ANTP]

                                                                                                          Earlier we mentioned Awesome New Tab Page. Awesome Weather Widget [ANTP] is an add-on for Awesome New Tab Page giving you a great looking weather widget. There are other great add-ons like like this in the Chrome Web Store, and usually they will have [ANTP] in the title.

                                                                                                          Awesome Weather Widget [ANTP]

                                                                                                            54. Feedly Plus

                                                                                                            Feedly is another great option for a Google Reader replacement. In fact they are working on a seamless transition when Google Reader is done. The layout is more appealing for reading new articles.

                                                                                                            Feedly Plus

                                                                                                              55. Email this page (by Google)

                                                                                                              There are times when you are looking at a webpage and think “Jimmy would really like this.” The Email this page (by Google) extension lets you email the contents of the page or what you highlight on the page to someone using Gmail.

                                                                                                              Email this page (by Google)

                                                                                                                56. Finance Toolbar

                                                                                                                If you follow the stock market closely and like to have a ticker on your screen, Finance Toolbar gives you a spot to see all of the current happenings in an easy-to-see toolbar, which is right above your bookmark bar so it isn’t in your way.

                                                                                                                Finance Toolbar

                                                                                                                  57. TLDR

                                                                                                                  With all of the information out there, it takes a long time to sift through it all to find something interesting to read, and sometimes you are just lured in by a crafty headline. TLDR gives you a condensed version of the article so you can see if it is indeed something you’d like to spend some time reading more of.

                                                                                                                  TLDR

                                                                                                                    58. Amazon Mini

                                                                                                                    For the Amazon obsessed, Amazon Mini will let you quickly see what the deals of the day are by clicking on the icon. If you like what you see, click on the deal—otherwise, you didn’t waste too much of your time or get too distracted on the site.

                                                                                                                    Amazon Mini

                                                                                                                      59. Knew Tab – New Tab Page

                                                                                                                      Knew Tab is a really clean and useful New Tab Page for your browser. You can see things like how many unread emails are in your Gmail inbox, what the word of the day is, or other simple things to increase the use of the page.

                                                                                                                      Knew Tab - New Tab Page

                                                                                                                        60. Rain Alarm Extension

                                                                                                                        The Rain Alarm Extension can be a good thing to have if you work in an area with no windows and you like to leave your car windows open. This will give you some warning so you can run out and shut them, or you can prepare to take a nap while listening to the spring rain.

                                                                                                                        Rain Alarm Extension

                                                                                                                          Productivity

                                                                                                                          61. New Tab Redirect!

                                                                                                                          New-Tab-Redirect-1

                                                                                                                            62. Evernote Web Clipper

                                                                                                                            Evernote Web Clipper

                                                                                                                              63. Clearly

                                                                                                                              Clearly

                                                                                                                                64. Dr. Web Anti-Virus Link Checker

                                                                                                                                Dr. Web Anti-Virus Link Checker

                                                                                                                                  65. Session Buddy

                                                                                                                                  SessionBuddy

                                                                                                                                    66. IE Tab

                                                                                                                                    IE Tab

                                                                                                                                      67. PowerInbox

                                                                                                                                      PowerInbox

                                                                                                                                        68. Easy disposable email address

                                                                                                                                        Easy disposable email address

                                                                                                                                          69. Gmail Mouse Gestures

                                                                                                                                          Gmail Mouse Gestures

                                                                                                                                            Social & Communication

                                                                                                                                            70. Shareaholic for Google Chrome

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                                                                                                                                            Shareaholic for Google Chrome

                                                                                                                                              71. goo.gl URL Shortener

                                                                                                                                              goo.gl URL Shortener

                                                                                                                                                72. Photo Zoom for Facebook

                                                                                                                                                Photo Zoom for Facebook

                                                                                                                                                  73. Google Mail Checker

                                                                                                                                                  Google Mail Checker

                                                                                                                                                    74. Rapportive

                                                                                                                                                    Rapportive

                                                                                                                                                      75. ActiveMail

                                                                                                                                                      ActiveMail

                                                                                                                                                        76. Facebook Disconnect

                                                                                                                                                        Facebook Disconnect

                                                                                                                                                          77. HTTPS Everywhere

                                                                                                                                                          HTTPS Everywhere

                                                                                                                                                            78. Save to Pulse

                                                                                                                                                            Save to Pulse

                                                                                                                                                              79. InboxQ

                                                                                                                                                              InboxQ

                                                                                                                                                                Utilities

                                                                                                                                                                80. Diigo Web Collector and Bookmarks

                                                                                                                                                                Diigo Web Collector

                                                                                                                                                                  81. Ghostery

                                                                                                                                                                  Ghostery

                                                                                                                                                                    82. View Thru

                                                                                                                                                                    View Thru

                                                                                                                                                                      83. Click&Clean

                                                                                                                                                                      Click&Clean

                                                                                                                                                                        84. Attachments.me

                                                                                                                                                                        Attachments.me

                                                                                                                                                                          85. TabJump

                                                                                                                                                                          TabJump

                                                                                                                                                                            86. Google Translate

                                                                                                                                                                            Google Translate

                                                                                                                                                                              87. Tampermonkey

                                                                                                                                                                              Tampermonkey

                                                                                                                                                                                88. Better History

                                                                                                                                                                                Better History

                                                                                                                                                                                  89. FastestChrome

                                                                                                                                                                                  FastestChrome

                                                                                                                                                                                    Photography

                                                                                                                                                                                    90. Pinto

                                                                                                                                                                                    Pinto

                                                                                                                                                                                      91. Screenshot to Facebook

                                                                                                                                                                                      Screenshot to Facebook

                                                                                                                                                                                        92. iSlide

                                                                                                                                                                                        iSlide

                                                                                                                                                                                          93. Download images

                                                                                                                                                                                          Download images

                                                                                                                                                                                            94. TinEye Reverse Image Search

                                                                                                                                                                                            TinEye Reverse Image Search

                                                                                                                                                                                              95. Ambient Aurea

                                                                                                                                                                                              Ambient Aurea

                                                                                                                                                                                                96. Bing wallpaper for Google homepage

                                                                                                                                                                                                Bing wallpaper for Google homepage

                                                                                                                                                                                                  97. Image collector extension

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Image collector extension

                                                                                                                                                                                                    98. Instatabs

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Instagram for Chrome Tabs

                                                                                                                                                                                                      99. Insta-save

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Save Images From Instagram

                                                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                        100. cats

                                                                                                                                                                                                        cats

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          20 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                          20 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Whether you use your Mac for work or just for your personal projects, you’ve likely found yourself wondering how to improve your productivity. There are only so many hours in a day, and so much mental stamina you can muster before you run out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          There are dozens of tricks you can use to improve your own productivity and outlook, but if you’re looking for a more objective, comprehensive fix, the best thing to do is equip your Mac with productivity apps designed to help you do more in less time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          This Lifehack-exclusive list has some of the best productivity apps to help you feel less tired, improve your energy, and ultimately help you get more done every day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          What Makes For the Best Productivity Apps?

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Beyond productivity tips, there are dozens of productivity apps to choose from too. With that in mind, here are some of the core aspects of ideal productivity apps that have formed this list.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Non-intrusive – you want a productivity app to weave seamlessly into your workflow and not cause disruptions. From using the app to the overall display, it shouldn’t cause any interruptions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Good interface – Again, you want to be able to use these apps easily and have them benefit you. The easier you can navigate around these apps, the better.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Fair pricing – Many of these have free trials that allow you a good chance to test before you buy. If you do decide to pay for it, the monthly pricing plans should be reasonable for what you are getting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Todoist

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Available for all iOS devices, Todoist is a note-taking and organization app that can keep you on top of all your projects—both personal and professional.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Its best features are all free to use, including browser extensions, task creation, and interactive boards you can use to organize all your notes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            If you want to pay the optional $29 yearly fee, you can get even more advanced features like backups and automatic reminders. Even with the free version, you’ll stay far more organized.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Download: Todoist

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. 1Password

                                                                                                                                                                                                              You may not realize it, but you probably spend a ton of time recalling your passwords, especially if and when you forget one to an app you use on a regular basis.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1Password is an app for Mac that saves and remembers all your passwords for you in one place, so you can access all your favorite sites with a single click.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              You’ll save time and keep all your accounts secure simultaneously. A personal plan is $2.99 per month.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Download: 1Password

                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Bear

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bear is a unique kind of note-taking app designed to make it easier for Mac users to jot down notes on the go. With it, you can create to-do lists, give yourself reminders, and outline concepts for future brainstorming sessions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                It comes with many different inline styles so you can customize your notes to your personal preferences, and remember the context in which you wrote them. The core version is free, with a $14.99 per year version available as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Download: Bear

                                                                                                                                                                                                                4. Hazel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hazel by noodlesoft is an automated organization tool designed for Mac that will help you automatically organize your files based on any custom rules you want to create.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  For example, you can set it to move untouched items from one folder into another folder labeled “action items” if they haven’t been addressed within a week. It can save you hours of organization over the course of a few weeks. A single license is a flat $32.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Download: noodlesoft

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  5. Alfred

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Alfred is an all-in-one app designed to save you time with Mac shortcuts and convenient custom actions. You can use it in a variety of ways.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    For example, you can access Alfred’s clipboard memory so you don’t copy and paste the same material over and over, or set up custom workflows to automate some of your most repetitive tasks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It’s a paid app, with multiple price points based on the features you desire.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Download: Alfred

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    6. TextExpander

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      TextExpander does exactly what the name suggests; it allows you to type a short snippet of text, and expand that text automatically.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      For example, you can create a custom expansion that allows you to conjure a full paragraph you type repeatedly by simply typing a unique abbreviation. Once you get used to your custom combinations, you’ll spare your fingers from typing thousands of words.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      An individual account is $3.33 per month.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Download: TextExpander

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      7. Backblaze

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If you’ve ever experienced a crash, or theft of your Mac, you know how much time a system restore can cost you. You’ll spend hours replacing the files you lost, and lose thousands of files that are irreplaceable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Backblaze is an automated, inexpensive way to back up your entire Mac for just $5 a month.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Download: Backblaze

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        8. Keyboard Maestro

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Keyboard Maestro is an older app that still has the power to make your life easier. With it, you can automate any number of tasks based on a certain trigger (such as a hotkey combination, or an event like connecting to a wireless network). A single license only costs $36.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Download: Keyboard Maestro

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          9. Snagit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There are many applications for a good screen-capture app, whether you’re trying to illustrate a tech problem you have or just want to make an interesting meme. Snagit makes it easy, with built-in editing for both still images and video. A single license covers two machines, and costs $49.95.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Download: TechSmith/Snagit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            10. Bartender

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bartender is the cleverly-named app that helps you clean up and organize all your menu bar icons. You can also access them quickly with keyboard shortcuts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If you’re like most Mac users, those icons get cluttered quickly and stop you from working efficiently. It’s free to try for 4 weeks, after which you’ll need a $15 license.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Download: Bartender

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              11. Otter

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Otter is the Mac app for the note taker who hates typing. It’s an intelligent voice-recognition system and note-taking app that will help you transcribe your conversations, keep notes during meetings, and even take contextual notes to yourself in your own time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Best of all, it’s free to get started!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Download: Otter

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              12. Flux

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Do you often find yourself feeling tired throughout the day, or feeling unable to get to sleep after a day of staring at your computer? That could be because of the unnatural blue light that radiates from your Mac.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Flux naturally adapts your display to emit light that matches the time of day, so you can sleep better and feel less tired. It’s also free!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Download: Flux

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                13. PDFpen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you deal with PDFs on a regular basis, you probably find yourself wishing for some kind of tool that can let you mark up those PDFs however you want. Without a dedicated app like PDFpen, this can be difficult.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                PDFpen lets you edit PDFs in almost any conceivable way, giving you more power and saving you time. A single license is $74.95.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Download: Smile Software/PDFpen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                14. OmniFocus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  OmniFocus is all about task management. It has a clean interface that allows you to tag your tasks, schedule events, and even automate certain features.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It’s one of the most comprehensive solutions on the market, so there’s a bit of a learning curve to get the most out of it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A standard license is $39.99, while the pro version is $79.99.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Download: OmniFocus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  15. Franz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It’s tiring to switch between dozens of different chat programs like Facebook Messenger, Slack, and WhatsApp, whenever you want to have a conversation with a different contact.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Franz’s solution is simple; offer access to all these apps in one convenient package. And best of all, it’s completely open source.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Download: Franz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    16. MindNode

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If you’re the brainstorming type, you need an app like MindNode to help you efficiently organize your thoughts. There are dozens of tools you can use to connect ideas in a mind map, or simply jot down notes for future reference.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The core app is free, with in-app purchases available.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Download: MindNode

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      17. Focus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The internet is a wonderful thing, but it can be awfully distracting. And if you’re like the majority of us, you’ve interrupted work on a project because of some attention-grabbing site or bad online habit. That’s where Focus comes in.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This app allows you to block the worst offenders with custom time limits and other constraints, so you can focus on the task at hand. A single license is $19.99.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Download: Focus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        18. CleanMyMac

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chances are, your Mac isn’t working as fast as it could, thanks to gigabytes of clutter and unnecessary files on your system. CleanMyMac helps you scan your Mac, monitor its health, and ultimately clean it up—so you can handle all your tasks that extra bit faster. A single license is $39.95.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Download: CleanMyMac

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          19. Grammarly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A spelling error or grammatical mistake can cost you big time. It could be the source of a worse grade on a big paper, or compromise your credibility in the workplace. Thankfully, Grammarly can help you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This Mac-integrated writing assistant monitors all your writing and makes live corrections, so you’re alerted to your potential mistakes before they become permanent.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A free version exists, but the premium version will cost you between $11 and $30 a month, depending on how you pay.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Download: Grammarly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Focus To Do

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Focus to-do is one of the top productivity apps for your iPhone around. It even has a desktop client that you can connect to effortlessly. The app is built around two things: the Pomodoro technique and task management. It achieves these things with amazing balance. All that you have to do is create a task and then set the timer right within the app itself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There is also great flexibility with the Pomodoro technique as well. You can choose whether to take a 5 minute break, take a longer one, or even skip it. On the task management side, you can also create reoccurring tasks, reminders, and place a priority on tasks too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Download: Focus To Do

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Bottom Line

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              These productivity apps should help you squeeze more productive hours out of every day, but they aren’t the only tools you’ll have to help you find success.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Make the time to learn about and experiment with all the life hacks that can make you more productive. By improving your devices as well as your outlook and focus, you’ll be able to get far more done in a day, and feel better doing it.

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