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19 Best Chrome Browser Extensions You Need To Have

19 Best Chrome Browser Extensions You Need To Have

Google Chrome is a popular browser choice for many individuals looking for a quick, innovative, and cross-platform browser for their mobile phones and computers. However, despite all of these amazing features and additions being added to Chrome, there’s nothing like the perfect extension to make sure that you are able to get the job that you want to get done completed. Browser extensions are a great way to personalize the browser experience and today we will take a look at 20 best Chrome browser extensions for Chrome users. Let us know in the comments below if there are any browser extensions you’ve found to be spectacular.

1. Awesome Snapshot Capture & Annotate

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    Awesome Snapshot Capture & Annotate allows you to take a screenshot of just your web browser, allowing you to not have to crop out the other aspects of your desktop when employing the Command+Shift+”3″ command on your Mac. Instead, Awesome Snapshot captures only the area you want, allowing you to take a screenshot of simply the whole browser or just a portion. In addition, you can add annotations to spice up your captures. When done, you can save onto your computer, Google Drive, or on the Awesome Snapshot website.

    2. Clearly

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      Clearly for Google Chrome allows you to focus on the piece that you are reading online, regardless of if it is a news article, blog post, or other online literature. What sets Clearly apart from its competitors and counterparts, like Reader on Safari, is the ability for individuals to save their articles and other materials they find online to Evernote for later retrieval. This is ideal for students and writers who need to collect more than just hyperlinks for further research. You can also organize by tags, annotate, and even have Clearly read the literature back to you digitally.

      3. Boomerang for Gmail

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        Emailing can be time consuming for many individuals who find that they have their head buried in their inbox for hours on end. From sending emails to ensuring their response in a timely manner, it can be too much to handle. Boomerang for Gmail hopes to alleviate a little bit of stress for their power Gmail users by allowing you to schedule an email to be sent. You can also have emails stay in a special folder for a certain period of time before being poured into your inbox, allowing you to handle them all at one time instead of sporadically.

        4. Google Translate and Dictionary

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          This extension is a bit self explanatory if you are used to Google Translate, however instead of allowing you to add words you need translated to a certain language, Google Translate for Chrome translates full webpages. Simply click the extension button to the right of the address bar and Google Translate for Chrome will translate it either to English or any other language you choose that is supported by Google Translate. Google Dictionary allows you to either define terms you’ve highlighted on the webpage or those you enter by clicking the book icon to the right of the address bar.

          5. EXIF Viewer

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            Have you ever seen an image online and instead of gawking at how beautiful it was, you wondered the exposure levels or the type of camera the photographer used. If so, EXIF Viewer is the application for Google Chrome that you have been looking for. This application allows individuals to find intricate information about any photo they come across online, down to the camera used, along with geolocation information if available. This is a great application for writers and individuals looking to improve their photography.

            6. Ginger

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              Ginger is the proofreader that follows you throughout the web. From typing out an email to updating your Facebook status, Ginger is your grammar assistant there to double check your spelling and grammar. Along with correcting mistakes, Ginger improves your writing by proving clarity and condenser recommendations. Ginger is constantly updating and to add the icing on the cake, Ginger is multi-lingual, translating text in over 40 languages.

              7. Evernote Web Clipper

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                While Clearly focused on changing the reading experience for individuals online, the same company hopes to revolutionize the research process for individuals online as well. Through Evernote Web Clipper, individuals are able to do similar things that you can with Clearly, including recording links and text found throughout the web. However, Web Clipper excels in the ability to pick parts of an article or page to save. For example, with one click, you can save a paragraph or a photo to your Evernote account. You can also save PDF documents you come across online directly to your Evernote account as well.

                8. LastPass

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                  Security and IT experts always stress that it is important to have separate passwords for the websites and services you used, in case of the possibility that one is compromised. However, it can frankly be difficult to remember every password, and I always find myself playing a guessing game every time I go on a website and forget the password. LastPass allows you to have separate passwords for the websites you used, but a master password to access them. This is requiring you to only need to remember one password to manage your passwords. You can also use this master password to hold payment options, documents, and more.

                  9. Buffer for Chrome

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                    If you are a social media maven, this is the app for you. Buffer for Chrome allows you to share content across the various websites that you are on in one click. From there, you are able to analyze the reach of your shared post, allowing you to better know your audience and what they want to see and hear. Similar to other services, like Hootsuite, Buffer allows you to schedule posts as well across various platforms. This is truly a power user app that is approachable for the everyday user as well.

                    10. Bit.ly

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                      Bit.ly is the service that shortens links to allow them to become sharable online. This is preferable on websites that have a character limit, like Twitter. However, it can be useful in the case of long URLs. Bit.ly on Chrome allows individuals to grab shortened links for the websites they are on, save websites they come across online, and even share them from the extension to Facebook and Twitter to track its click performance.

                      11. TinEye Reverse Image Search

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                        As a writer, it is handy to know the original source of a photo. However, with the way web searches are organized, this isn’t always an easy feat. TinEye allows this to be an approachable process by simply requiring people to right-click any photo they come across, and allowing TinEye to perform a “reverse image search” across the web for images that are like the one you came across. TinEye gives you the number of results, variations of the image, various sizes of it found on the web, and more.

                        12. TooMany Tabs for Chrome

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                          Passing the time on the web not only occupies your day, it can also occupy your tab space on your browser. Before you know it, you’ll find yourself with 10 open tabs, all with their own excuse as to why they shouldn’t be executed. However, you don’t have to necessarily quit your tabs. TooMany Tabs for Chrome is an extension that allows you to see all at once the tabs you have open, search through them, restore closed tabs, sort through various ways, and much more.

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                          13. Lookup Companion

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                            Lookup Companion for Wikipedia is a small tab extension that allows you to search anything on Wikipedia with a small popup window. Using cache, you can instantly get information on a topic of your choosing that is available on the web encyclopedia. You can look at your search history, create a separate full view tab to see the page in its natural habitat, and even view Wiki pages in various languages in Lookup Companion.

                            14. Feedly

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                              If you are a regular Feedly user, this is the application for you. It doesn’t have a bunch of bells and whistles outside of what the website offers, however it allows regular users to have quicker access. There are a couple of UI adjustments that make it a worthy extension to add to your collection to stay on top of what’s happening around the web.

                              15. Readability

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                                Another great reader extension that I find popular for those who aren’t Evernote users. In addition, Readability has an online companion website, allowing to ensure that your “reading list”, or saved webpages go with you wherever you go. Kindle capability is also a feature that sets this extension apart from the rest. Finally, Readability allows you to print pages, share them online, and make font and colour changes for an enjoyable read.

                                16. PrintPDF

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                                  If you find yourself having to print webpages regularly, or simply need them in a presentable PDF format, this is the extension for you. All you have to do is click the icon, press the “Convert to PDF” button, and your webpage is saved and ready for download.

                                  17. Remember the Milk

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                                    Remember the Milk is the to-do list that we all know and love. On Chrome, you are able to organize your tasks and their due dates and categories. In addition, RTM for Chrome has sharing options for your tasks, add reminders, take advantage of keyboard shortcuts for extensive productivity, and more. Remember the Milk for Chrome is a sure-fire way to ensure that you’re on top of your to-do list.

                                    18. Chrome Remote Desktop

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                                      Securely through an access code, this extension allows you to remotely access your computer through Chrome. You can set for it to be a short or long allowance for access. Chrome Remote Desktop is compatible on various systems, including Linux, Windows, and Mac.

                                      19. Extensions

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                                        Now that you have all of these extensions to enjoy, here’s an extension to manage your extensions. With Extension Manager for Chrome, you are able to control which extensions are active, inactive, and are simply ready to be gotten rid of. In addition, you can sort the list to be viewed based on name, download time, and more. Extension Manager is the best way to gather control over your new found love of extensions for your Chrome browser.

                                        Let us know in the comments below which Chrome browser extension is your favourite. If you have a recommendation for us, let us know in the comments below.

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                                        Published on November 9, 2018

                                        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.

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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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