Saturday, 12 March 2016

15 Best Chrome Extensions

These add-ons for Google's Chrome browser will help you work faster, get smarter, and maybe even save a little money.

1 1Password

1Password's Chrome extension is a vital companion to the password management software for Windows and Mac. Instead of making you memorize countless passwords, 1Password can generate a secure password for every site you use, and does the remembering for you. With the Chrome extension, you can log in, enter credit card details, and automatically fill out registration forms with just a couple of clicks. Install

2 Momentum

No disrespect to Chrome's new tab screen, but sometimes you need more motivation than just a handful of recent links. Momentum replaces the default screen with a beautiful photo, the time, an inspirational quote, and a "main focus" that you can set at the start of each day. You can also create a to-do list or return to the basic new tab screen with just a click.Install

3 Earth View from Google Maps

Earth View's new tab screen isn't packed with features, but it may take your breath away with curated satellite photos from around the world. Every time you open a new tab, you'll be whisked to a random location on our globe. The globe at the bottom-right of the screen will take you to the corresponding area in Google Earth, just in case you want to forget about what you were actually planning to do for a while. Install

4 Coupons at Checkout

Just as the name suggests, Coupons at Checkout detects when you're about to buy something online, then scours the web for any coupons you might be able to use. Even you come up empty, it'll save you the hassle of wading through countless spammy, ad-cluttered coupon websites—and that's almost as good as saving a few bucks. Install

5 Evernote Web Clipper

Doing a bit of Internet research? Evernote Web Clipper goes beyond basic copying and pasting of links. With the press of a button, you can annotate pages, save a simplified reading view, create summary links, or just grab an image of the entire page. And of course, everything's saved online through Evernote( so it's available from any computer, phone, or other device that can access the web. Download

6 FVD Downloader

Most video sites don't want you to download their content for personal, offline use — like for making GIFs. But that's not stopping FVD Downloader, which adds a convenient download button on any site where video is found. The only notable limitation is YouTube, as the Chrome Web Store explicitly forbids ripping from its own streaming video site, but the extension is still useful for any other sites where video is served. Install

7 Office Editing for Docs, Sheets, & Slides

Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides can be powerful productivity tools, they're not so great at dealing with Microsoft Office documents. With the Office Editing extension, you can view and modify Office documents straight from Google Drive, bypassing the hoopla of converting to Google's format and then saving back to .DOC, .XLS or .PPT again. Install

8 Search by Image (by Google)

If you've ever seen an image on the Internet and wondered where it came from, Google's Search by Image extension can help. With the extension installed, hovering over any image reveals a link to Google Image Search, which can recognize the photo and bring up similar images. From there, you'll have a much easier time finding more details and tracking down the source. Install

9 Strict Workflow

The problem with working in a web browser is that you can easily give in to distraction. Next time you feel tempted to sneak a peek at Facebook, install Strict Workflow, which forces you to spend at least 25 minutes on work before giving you a 5-minute break. You can either blacklist specific sites that are likely to distract you, or create a whitelist of sites to allow. Install

10 Xmarks Bookmark Sync

Chrome already does a great job of syncing bookmarks on its own — provided you're only using Chrome. Xmarks is a useful alternative if you bounce between browsers, especially across multiple devices. It supports Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Install

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