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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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                                        7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                        7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                        Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                                        Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                                        Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                                        So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                                        Joe’s Goals

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                                          Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                                          Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                                          Daytum

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                                            is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                                            Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                                            Excel or Numbers

                                              If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                                              What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                                              Evernote

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                                                I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                                                Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                                                Access or Bento

                                                  If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                                  Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                                  You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                                  Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                                  All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                                  Conclusion

                                                  I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                                  What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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