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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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                                        40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

                                        40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

                                        Over the years here at Lifehack, we’ve discussed plenty of apps that you can use to improve your overall productivity.

                                        There are certain ones that many of our contributors and editors (past and present) have adopted over the long-term — there are always the stalwarts that stick around. But there are also new apps that crop up every day, adding more and more depth to the app category.

                                        Some of the apps are incredibly plain and simple, while others are more robust and offer more features than you can shake a stick at. And everyone has the one they prefer.

                                        It’s been our job (and still is our job) to keep abreast of all of the productivity-type apps out there. As a result — and as a bit of a refresher — we’ve put together a list of 40 best productivity apps for iPhone to provide you with an all-in-one resource for you.

                                        Productivity apps to help you get things done

                                        1. OmniFocus

                                        This app is, while pricey, considered to be one of the (if not the) most robust and full-featured productivity apps on the market.

                                        Download it here.

                                          2. Forest

                                          Train yourself to put your phone down and stay focused on the task at hand by playing with this planting game. It’s fun and will help you achieve more.

                                          Download it here.

                                            3. Things

                                            Another robust choice, this app is a favorite amongst “productivityists”.[1]

                                            Download it here.

                                              4. 30/30

                                              Recently covered here at Lifehack

                                              , 30/30 is a newcomer to the game that incorporates lists and timing of tasks into an elegant and easy-to-use interface.

                                              Download it here.

                                                5. Any.Do

                                                A beautiful-looking app that is both easy on the eyes and your wallet.

                                                Download it here.

                                                  6. PocketLife Calendar

                                                  This calendar app is specifically designed to be stylish and super easy-to-use. You can organize your life easily with different modern features.

                                                  Download it here.

                                                    7. Asana

                                                    We’ve covered Asana here at Lifehack

                                                    , and it is being actively developed by a strong team committed to making collaborative task management a more efficient and effective experience.

                                                    Download it here.

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                                                      8. ToDoist

                                                      This app keeps track of everything – from simple errands to your most important projects – so you can get it all done and enjoy more peace of mind along the way.

                                                      Download it here.

                                                        9. FlowTasks

                                                        From the folks at MetaLab, Flow is a gorgeous collaborative task management app that is easy-to-use and incredibly functional.

                                                        Download it here.

                                                          10. Calendars 5

                                                          This calendar app focuses on events that help you to keep track of upcoming events and tasks easily. It has everything you need to organize, track and complete your to-dos.

                                                          Download it here.

                                                            11. Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists

                                                            A fun and innovative list-making app that relies on swiping and pinching to make things happen. Clear created a lot of buzz when it launched, and might be the perfect to-do list gateway app for many.

                                                            Download it here.

                                                              12. Due

                                                              A robust reminders app that lets you store and maintain reminders of all types. It’s replaced Reminders for me when it comes to the basics, and it’s worth a look if you want to keep the mundane stuff out of your head and cluttering your mind.

                                                              Download it here.

                                                                13. Checkmark 2

                                                                I use this app

                                                                for location-based reminders (such as groceries I need to get or single items I need to pick up from various locations). Checkmark is simple to use and a valuable addition to my productivity arsenal.

                                                                Download it here.

                                                                  14. TeuxDeux

                                                                  Created by Tina Roth Eisenberg and Fictive Kin — Teux Deux is simple and incredibly stellar in terms of design. If you like lists (including the popular “Someday Bucket”) and want to associate dates with tasks, then Teux Deux will be right up your alley.

                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                    15. Wunderlist 

                                                                    Another incredibly popular choice is Wunderlist. Part of 6Wunderkinder’s software family, it sports a gorgeous design and is incredibly functional. We’ve talked about the app a couple of times here at Lifehack, so check those posts out here.

                                                                    Download it here.

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                                                                      16. Nirvana

                                                                      For the GTD enthusiasts, there’s Nirvana. Straight from the source: “Nirvana frees your mind to focus on actually getting things done. If you’ve had enough of generic to-do lists, it’s time for Nirvana.”

                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                        17. Priorities

                                                                        An elegant-looking task management app that has received decent reviews,[2] this could be the one for you if you’re not a fan of OmniFocus or Things — especially if you need (or want) to share tasks with others.

                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                          Productivity apps that help you build habits

                                                                          18. Productive

                                                                          With this app, you can plan your habits with an easy-to-use interface, schedule habits for any time of the day, set smart reminders for each time of the day and stay on track with useful feedback. This app is perfect for anyone who wants to build a habit that sticks.

                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                            19. Habitica: Gamified Taskmanager

                                                                            You can complete tasks and build habits in a more fun way with this app. Input your Habits, your Daily goals, and your To-Do list, and then create a custom avatar. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and even quests.

                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                              20. Streaks

                                                                              This app follows the model of the popular “don’t break the chain method” in that you use the app to track how you are donig in the pursuit of your goal. Great for goal-setting — and an easy and elegant interface to boot.

                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                21. Remember The Milk

                                                                                Another popular to-do list app, Remember The Milk has a huge following. It has plenty to offer, including the ability to share tasks with others.

                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                  22. Day One Journal

                                                                                  When it comes to journaling, nothing really beats Day One. Its latest update added a slew of features that will make you want to start making journaling a habit.

                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                    Productivity apps that makes organization easy

                                                                                    23. Evernote

                                                                                    Touted as the world’s most widely-used productivity app, Evernote an be used simply as a notetaking app or can be customized to be your GTD app of choice — among other things.

                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                      24. Pocket

                                                                                      You can save an article, video or link you want to read or watch later to Pocket from anywhere including your computer, Safari, email, and your favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, and Feedly.

                                                                                      Download it here.

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                                                                                        25. Sync.Me

                                                                                        This app identifies unknown phone calls, warns you from annoying spam calls, and adds a caller picture to your contacts from Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                          26. Droplr

                                                                                          One of the most popular file-sharing apps out there today. Straight from the source: “Stay productive on the go. Droplr for iPhone keeps you in sync and makes sharing on the iPhone natural.”

                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                            27. Dropbox

                                                                                            Before iCloud, there was Dropbox. And there still is Dropbox, which is still widely used by both Mac and PC users all over the globe. It’s like having a flash drive in your iPhone. A must-have.

                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                              28. iDolly 

                                                                                              In conjunction with Dolly Drive and DollySync, iDolly allows you to edit and share your documents from your iPhone.

                                                                                              Since all your changes sync automatically to all your devices, the current version of a document will always be accessible because Dolly Sync keeps everything in sync. Very handy.

                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                29. Soulver

                                                                                                It may seem odd that a calculator app shows up on this list, but this is no ordinary calendar app. Ben Brooks over at The Brooks review describes Soulver as follows: “It is what calculators would have been if they were invented at the same time computers were, instead of what we have with most calculator apps.” [3]

                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                  Productivity apps that help you work smart

                                                                                                  30. Captio

                                                                                                  A simple capture tool. Straight from the developers: “It’s simple. Open Captio and start typing. When you’re done, hit Send. The note is immediately delivered to your email inbox.”

                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                    31. Drafts

                                                                                                    A tremendous capture tool that allows for simple capture, followed by sending items to various applications such as OmniFocus, Things and more.

                                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                                      32. NoteShelf 2

                                                                                                      This is a perfect note-taking app for you. You can take beautiful handwritten notes, type, annotate PDFs, record audio & create lists. You can organize them into categories or groups.

                                                                                                      Download it here.

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                                                                                                        33. Doodle

                                                                                                        This app links directly with the Doodle service, which is one that allows you to plan and organize meetings far more efficiently and effectively. Lifehack contributor Steve Dotto has written about Doodle more in-depth here.

                                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                                          34. TextExpander (Legacy)

                                                                                                          I have saved countless hours of time with TextExpander, and despite its inability to be as robust on iOS as it is on the Mac, it is still a worthy app to have in your arsenal.

                                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                                            35. Launch Center Pro

                                                                                                            A quick launcher for the iPhone that doesn’t just launch an app…with some of them it can do much more. This app saves you time by launching complex actions in a single tap.

                                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                                              36. GoodReader

                                                                                                              This may seem to be an odd one to make this list, but here are plenty of reasons why it is here with this article.

                                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                                37. LogMeIn

                                                                                                                Want to be able to control your Mac from wherever you are? Then get this app.

                                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                                  Productivity apps that improve security

                                                                                                                  38. 1Password

                                                                                                                  There is simply no better password manager out there. I’ve even put together a 1Password Emergency Kit worth looking at here.

                                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                                    39. LastPass Password Manager

                                                                                                                    You can store passwords and logins, create online shopping profiles, generate strong passwords, track personal information in photo and audio notes.

                                                                                                                    All you have to do is remember your LastPass master password, and LastPass autofills web browser and app logins for you.

                                                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                                                      40. Truecallers

                                                                                                                      Identify and block spammers, search for unknown numbers and call friends easily with this app. With a community-based spam list from over 250 million users, you’ll need this app.

                                                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                                                        There are plenty of other options out there (and we’ve heard from readers in the past as to what they enjoyed using), but these 40 are among the best.

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