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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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                                                                                                                                                                                                          How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                                                                                                                                                                                                          How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Technology has taken the business world by storm. People and businesses are progressively reliant on technology world these days. As a result, the people with impressive knowledge and experience with a computer are in demand.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Considering this growing market trend, if you too wish to bag a profitable job, this article is apt for you. Here, we will dig deeper into the business and technology world to look into what are the best computer skills one should invest in and what resources to get help from.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          So, are you ready? Here we begin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          6 Most-In Demand Computer Skills This Year (and Beyond)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          When talking about computer skills, following are the 6 computer skills that can fill your mailbox with endless job opportunities (besides, having an English and Hindi typing speed of 40+ WPM):-

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Spreadsheets and Databases

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Considering the treasure trove of data companies are handling these days, Spreadsheet and Database management skill tops the list. It is considered the most wanted job skill in the market, with a salary of around $53,129/yr for an entry-level position. However, the spreadsheet skill does not confine to auditing data from cells.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          To get hired based on this computer skill, you need to become a Spreadsheet ninja. From storing data to organizing them, applying complex mathematics formulas, and creating complex macros, you need to be an expert at all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          In other words, you need to have an expertise at working with:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Microsoft Excel
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Microsoft Access
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Statistics
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Data Analytics
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Adobe Campaign
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Quickbooks
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • XML Database management system
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Filemaker Pro
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • MATLAB
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Hive
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • FORTRAN
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • RDBMS (Relational Database Management System)
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • SAS

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Social Media, Email, and Blogging

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Though people are socially active, not everyone knows how to use the social media tools on the professional front. In such a scenario, having an expertise at writing engaging yet professional emails, writing blogs, and managing social media activities is a ticket to entry in reputed organizations.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Some of the skills related to social media, email and blogging that will have a leg up in the hiring process are:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Content Management System (CMS)
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Google Analytics
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Email Marketing
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Web Page Design
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • WordPress
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Digital Media
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Campaign Management Software

                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. Graphic Design and Word Processing

                                                                                                                                                                                                          A solid grasp of skills to present the gained information in the much readable form is another market need. When considering this computer skill category, you need to enhance your skills at:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Adobe Photoshop
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Adobe InDesign
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Adobe Illustrator
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • AutoCAD
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • CorelDRAW
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Microsoft Visual Studio
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Maya
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Microsoft Word
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Microsoft Publisher
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Operating Digital Cameras

                                                                                                                                                                                                          4. Software and Hardware Design and Development

                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Software and Hardware development, in simpler language, means designing, implementing, and testing the computer software/hardware applications. It is the most profitable computer skill, with a different job opening, including Software Architect, Software Analyst, Software programmer, Hardware configuration, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          To be capable of developing and testing the software and hardware, you need to peruse your users’ needs and build an application that hits their pain points. You need to work with different web and mobile app coding languages for gaining the attention of your audience, some of which are:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • HTML
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • C/C++
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Java
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Python
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • XML
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UI/UX
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • LINUX
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • CISC and RISC architecture
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Embedded Processor Hardware Design
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Memory Management
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • PCB Layout
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • SQL

                                                                                                                                                                                                          5. IT Troubleshooting

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Working on computers is one thing and having a knack of looking into the associated issues and resolving them in real-time is another. There are various employees and graduates who work with computer systems in their daily lives, but get confused when it comes to dealing with frozen programs and performing routine maintenance.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          So, if you are familiar with the basic anatomy of computers and machines and know the tricks to perform such tasks to streamline the working process, enter the IT support arena. The prime IT troubleshooting skills one needs to work upon are:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Backup management
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Diagnostics
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • End User support
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Client-Server management
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Installation and configuration
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Issue tracking system (ITS)
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • System administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Tech support

                                                                                                                                                                                                          6. Enterprise Systems

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Many Enterprises have their own enterprise solutions like PeopleSoft for managing their data and operations.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Becoming a master at using the enterprise solutions mentioned in their ‘Requirements’ area can also lessen the barrier to get a job.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Roadmap to Excel Your Computer Skills

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Now that you know the 6 most popular computer skills in the market, the first decision, you need to take is which computer skill you want to work upon. All the skills are equally considerable for making a career ahead. So, choose one as per your interest.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Once done, look forward to the following resources for boosting your computer skills and getting a reputed, handsome job.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Depending on the computer skill you opt, here are the online courses you can turn to for elevating your career opportunities:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Become a Spreadsheet and Database Ninja

                                                                                                                                                                                                          a. Microsoft Excel Training Online Course – Basic & Advanced

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or expert at working with spreadsheets, this online course has something new for everyone to become excel efficient users.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Divided into 48 interesting lessons, the course empowers you to learn the technique of using mathematical, statistical, logical and text functions, sorting and filtering the data, creating Pivot Tables, building macros, finding a value with VLOOKUp, and much more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          b. Excel- Online Courses, Classes, Training, Tutorials on Lynda

                                                                                                                                                                                                          This is another impressive course to unlock the power of Excel. Designed for people from all walks of life and familiarity with Excel tools. This course helps you gain in-depth knowledge from the experts about this data-analyzing tool and make the magic in spreadsheet creation and management process.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          c. SQL & Database Design A-Z™: Learn MS SQL Server + PostgreSQL

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Build a successful career in the data analytics world with this online course.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Revolving around the two top databases, MS SQL and PostgreSQL, this course will give you a comprehensive knowledge of the working of the databases and understanding of all the related elements, including how to create, update, organize, and safeguard the data.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Rule the Social Media World

                                                                                                                                                                                                          a. Free Social Media Course by HubSpot

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Introduced by the top experienced inbound professors from Hubspot, here you will get a comprehensive knowledge of Social media marketing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          From understanding how to build relationships on different social media platforms to creating a perfect strategy to engage them, leveraging the benefits of social advertising, and analyzing your social media ROI, this course will bring out the best out of you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          b. Write Professional Emails in English by Coursera

                                                                                                                                                                                                          This online course will be the right weapon to look into the differences and similarities between different email styles, improve your English writing skills, write effective subject lines, maintain the formality tone in emails, and more to make a powerful impact on the receivers with your email.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          c. Ninja Writing: The Four Levels of Writing Mastery

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Founded by Udemy, this online course will excel your skills to build a masterpiece everytime you write.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Here, you will get the guidance from the editors of the top newspapers and websites, and understand what kind of words and tone to use for leaving a spellbinding impact on the readers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. Launch Your Own Software or Hardware Equipment

                                                                                                                                                                                                          a. Hardware and Software Courses by Coursera

                                                                                                                                                                                                          From Big Data to IoT, Sensor Circuit Design, Embedded Software and Hardware Architecture, and Motor Control Circuit, this course will give you a glimpse of all the hardware devices, equipment, and programming languages to build wonders.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          b. Free Software and Web Development Certifications Online by Alison

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Become the software developer market demands with Alison’s Java, C#, Python, R, PHP, or MySQL database course. From backend to frontend development and software testing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          The course helps you to learn how to design, develop and test software and working in a team while contributing to the team success.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          c. Free Online Software Development and MOOCs Course by Class Central

                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Class Central online course will make you a master of software development. Here, you will learn the basic concepts of development like Agile, Design Patterns, and Version Control with Git, along with gaining experience of working with the top programming languages.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          4. Live and Breathe Creativity

                                                                                                                                                                                                          a. Udemy: Introduction to Graphic Design

                                                                                                                                                                                                          It is a top-rated program for the new learners and designers to explore the Graphic Design world.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          From the history of communication to the design principles, the course will help the students to learn everything specifically and implement in the real world.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          b. Canva Design School

                                                                                                                                                                                                          From a beginner to advanced level, this course will provide you with an elaborated and comprehensive knowledge of graphic design. In the form of 4 modules, this course will help the interested graphic designers to try out their skills at Graphics, ranging from fonts to colors, backgrounds, images, shapes, and layouts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          c. Microsoft Word – Basic & Advanced

                                                                                                                                                                                                          62 personalized lessons, premium video tutorials, and unlimited tests and quizzes – this certified course has everything that will make your entry to the business world easier.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          d. Microsoft Office: Word, Excel and Access Productivity Bundle

                                                                                                                                                                                                          The course will make you productive in Word, Excel, and Access through video lectures, articles, and various other supplemental resources.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Besides, it will offer you exclusive tips and tricks to enhance your skills at using Microsoft office.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          5. Raise Your Reflexes to IT Troubleshooting

                                                                                                                                                                                                          a. IT Troubleshooting Skill Training by Udemy

                                                                                                                                                                                                          IT Troubleshooting Skill Training will upgrade your logical concepts over technical components to find and repair faults.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          It will provide you with a methodological approach to learn the basics of troubleshooting, practice them via exercises and drills, and enhance your IT troubleshooting intelligence.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          b. IT Help Desk Online Course on Lynda

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Lynda’s IT troubleshooting online course will train you how to respond to the issues related to Windows 10, Office 365, JIRA software, and more, from a local as well as a remote location.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mobile Apps and Websites to Enhance Computer Skills

                                                                                                                                                                                                          The aforementioned online courses will undoubtedly train you for a successful career ahead. But, in case you want a long-term support, turn towards the following websites and mobile apps:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Duolingo – Duolingo app will improve your spoken and written communication skills in different languages. With the magic of gamification added to the study, the app will make learning a fun and addictive task.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Hemingway – Hemingway app defines the length, complexity, and common errors associated with the sentences. In this way, it helps you to write effectively and go ahead in the career.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Udemy – The Udemy, with its 2000+ courses, is a great platform to master new skills, advance your career and explore the newer technologies and programming languages. Enrol a course as per your budget and make a brighter future.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • eDX – eDX is yet another commendable platform you can look forward to. The platform offers you the best of the tutorials prepared by the business professionals and technology experts, ensuring a great boost in your computer skills.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Excel Easy – Excel Easy, as the name depicts, will make working with Excel easier for you via their detailed tutorials and 300+ real-life examples.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • GCF LearnFree.org – It is a one-stop platform for accelerating your future in the computer world. From graphic design to Microsoft Office, resume writing, enhancing adaptability, and much more, the top experts will guide you with everything on this platform.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • QuarkXPress – The QuarkXPress will aid you to add soul to your design with its unparalleled collection of font style, size, and typography. The best part is that it is avails all the options in different languages, including English, Spanish, German, French, and Italian to name a few.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bonus: Tips to Accelerate Your Approach For a Better Career Ahead

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Though these resources will make you stand out from the crowd and get hired at once, you need to focus on various other things, such as:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Practice, Practice, Practice

                                                                                                                                                                                                          It is common to forget what we learn. To ensure that you do not miss any opportunity just because you forgot, keep practising.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Make it your routine. Polish your computer skills and you will surely end up getting an offer letter from a recognized firm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Work on Your Efficiency

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Remembering what you learned is not enough; practice to enhance those skills to do better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          For example, if you take around 50 minutes to create a design, target for 40 minutes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. Look for Shortcuts

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Smart work rules over hard work more often. So, look forward to learning shortcuts to do any task. This will increase your chances to crack an interview and get selected.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          4. Apply for an Internship

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Last but not the least, apply for an internship to see what’s trending in the market and how much you are ready for it. While doing an internship, pay attention to your weak points and work on them. This will ensure a success when you apply for your dream job.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          By the late, it’s never too late to be an intern or grab whatever opportunity to learn something new! Here’s how:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Bottom Line

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Seeing the current market scenario, it is evident that having computer skills is a boon for a better career ahead.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          So, rather than struggling with thousands of other things and trying to crack interviews, focus on the computer skills mentioned in this article. Utilize the resources and experts’ tips shared and look forward to having a successful and prosperous future.

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