According to w3schools browser statistics and trends, Google Chrome is the most used browser today. Google Chrome is a terrific browser on its own. I mean, who doesn’t use Google Chrome?
And it’s gets better with Chrome Extensions from Google.
For those of you who don’t know (I hardly doubt so), Google chrome extensions are small programs that boost your web experience. It increases and adds functionality based on your needs. If you’re not using them – you’re missing out on a lot personally and professionally.
There are thousands of extensions – from enhancing your Gmail experience to delivering SEO analytics. Searching for extensions can be overwhelming, thus, we’ve already done that for you and we give you 16 best Google Chrome extensions ever for work we personally handpicked.
It gets better:
Whether you’re new to Chrome, these extensions can make your time on the Internet a better place.
If you find yourself constantly distracted at work or simply addicted to certain sites that simply f***ed up your productivity, this extension is all you need. How many times have you find yourself surfing the net aimlessly for non-work related issues? Feeling guilty yet?
Well, you don’t have to anymore. If you’re looking to step up your productivity game at work and are looking to fully concentrate on your tasks, all you have to do is determine which sites are the culprits for your procrastination. Every time you try to go to that site, you get motivational messages to tell you to get straight back to work.
Does that mean you’ll never get access to those sites anymore? No. You can pause to take a break whenever you like. This also requires discipline. If you were to pause too many times – it defeats the purpose.
This extension is great for people who have a tendency/habit to lose track of their goal and keeps you focus and prevent you from spending hours on sites that kill your productivity.
Do you find yourself writing down your To-Do-List on your notebook every day? Because that’s what my co-workers and I used to do… until we started using Momentum!
What if you can have an amazing interface to keep you motivated and inspired every time you open your browser? Whether it’s for work or school purposes, you can have your personal dashboard every time you open up your browser or a new tab.
It shows you the weather, a new inspirational photo and quote each day (we’re a fan of quotes). You even get to customise the dashboard using widgets. With Momentum, you get to create your own to-do-list, set a main focus each day and conveniently add links for quick and easy accessibility!
It’s a flawless way to start anyone’s day with a smile.
The whole team uses it, and personally it has helped me keep track of my daily tasks and enhanced my work efficiency. I get to focused on one thing at a time and move on to my next task quickly. I love it when I check off my to-dos!
3) Color Tab
Are you someone who loves aesthetically pleasing interface? What if we told you you can have a new colour palette with every new tab opened? This not only gives you a more beautiful interface but brightens up your browsing experience.
For specific uses, colour tab is ideal for designers, developers, artists and anyone who’s obsessed with creating visually appealing designs. Browse through colour palettes for daily inspiration. We can definitely say it’s a stimulating way to incite inspiration and creative juices and you may even explore or stumble upon colours you’ve been ignoring and give your design a huge boost.
This simple and intuitive extension solves the issue of memory usage and we highly recommend it to any other chrome user.
It frees up storage space and improved the performance of my computer. The Great Suspender suspends unused tabs to free up system resources when too many tabs are open at the same time. I’ve had multiple taps opened across my browser and sometimes a few of these tabs are untouched for a few hours.
You can set when a tab gets suspended and add tabs you never want to suspend to your whitelist (such as Gmail, Google Drive, or anything you find yourself constantly using). Once a tab gets suspended, all you have to do is click on the site again to reload the page. This ensures no memory leaks or excessive java scripts are running.
If you’re a content marketer or social media manager, AddThis takes your job on a whole new level. If your work requires you to effectively communicate and engage with people on a daily basis, you can speed up this process without any fuss. Came across a piece of content that’ll bring value to your audience? AddThis allows you to share, bookmark, print and even translate pages.
We can say that it has become a daily habit for us to use AddThis, since it’s intuitive and saves us time from copying and pasting around multiple platforms. All you have to do is click on AddThis Google Chrome extension and share it to your desired social platform.
Once you go AddThis, you can’t SubtractThis (pun intended).
This is one of my favourite extension on the list. As we’re a team whose always on the lookout on the latest trends and industry news, this is gold.
Before adding Pocket to my Google Chrome extension, I would’ve so many open tabs on my browser. This makes me unproductive and disorganised and I end up consuming less information than I thought I would’ve.
Thus, with Pocket it improved my situation tremendously. It helped me got rid of the clutter and messiness on my browser. Whenever I find something useful, I put it in Pocket to look at it later without worrying I may missed out on something important. It’s really good for referencing as you never know when you might need something in the future.
When you save something to Pocket, you can save it under a tag. This makes it exceptionally convenient to access information you need. This makes your Pocket more organised and everything else in place for your accessibility.
Furthermore, it syncs across all devices so you can view it any time. Did I mention you can view everything in Pocket via offline mode?
Point is a brilliant extension. If you ask us what’s one extension we can’t live without – it’s Point (ok, and Pocket).
Point is an easy and efficient way to share anything (web pages, links) and discuss what you find in real-time with your team. It’s a remarkable way for everyone to stay on the same page and have meaningful discussions.
It’s unbelievable but Point is changing the way we share and consume information in our team. Emailing a link or posting it on social media networks becomes superfluous. Point makes it so much more convenient and worthwhile. Everyone gets informed immediately about something useful.
When you find a page you want to share with others, all you have to do is enter ‘@’ and a chat box appears at the bottom of the page.
This ensures your teammates are involve in the discussion and are sharing their insights. We believe it’s the best way for teams to take communication and understanding to the next level. You can also highlight certain aspects, point to it and look at it gets shared.
Everything that’s talk about whether months ago are accessible again via an inbox when you click on the Point Google Chrome extension. It’s a user-friendly inbox whereby you can scroll through and find web pages shared even months ago. This eliminates the hassle of digging through long chat box and email threads to find that piece of information.
8) Email Hunter
We only wish we’d find this Google Chrome extension sooner when we first saw Email Hunter. If your job requires you to reach out to potential clients and build relationships, Email Hunter saves you time and is useful for building an email list of contacts (whether for PR or editorial purposes).
It’s also valuable to entrepreneurs who’re looking for potential business ventures with others alike and want to connect via email. It’s particularly helpful in aiding you to find contact information on a web page or an individual’s profile in LinkedIn. When you’re on a website, you’ll get every email address related to the website after clicking on Email Hunter Google Chrome extension. No more spending hours tracing for that particular email when Email Hunter does it all or you.
It’s free to use and you get access to 150 free searches per month. You can upgrade your account anytime to get more emails.
If you’re satisfied with what Gmail can do, wait till you install Mixmax for Gmail or Google Inbox.
Since we (the team) use Gmail, Mixmax has revolutionise the way we use Gmail. It’s no surprise that email takes up a huge amount of our time everyday, and we want to make the best out of it, whether it’s auto scheduling of emails or readily available email templates.
It enhances and boost functionality in our email communications. Some of its useful features are being able to track emails, creating appealing HTML emails (no coding required!), send personalise bulk emails with mail merge, polling and survey services, and more many amazing features!
Mixmax is ideal for those who require a follow-up email from the other party. This includes PR specialists, sales people, and account managers. On a general scale, Mixmax also caters to those who want to change the way they use email for the better.
Now you can know who and when someone opens your email (even in group messages), including downloaded attachments. This makes less following up and more on progressing forward as a team.
Calling all recruiters, job hunters, journalists, public relations personnel, entrepreneurs and anyone who’s networking – Discoverly is for you.
Discoverly provides you with your contacts’ recent activity on social media, including their work information and mutual connection. This is a huge time-saver and saves you a headache when searching for useful information and discovering connections via social networks.
For instance, LinkedIn tells you if you have mutual Facebook friends with this contact. And on Facebook, you can see their LinkedIn work information, mutual connections and recent tweets. Talk about integration, right?
“If you can point at it, you can share it.”
On the outside, Crowdfire works like any social media management tool in the market. But it’s much more appealing on the inside. Plus, it’s what on the inside that counts.
On social media, it’s about having engagement with your audience. And Crowdfire does exactly that by sharing your content for you when your followers are active. All you have to do is select Best Time. This ensures your content reaches majority of your followers. Alternatively, you can also schedule for a specific time.
Similarly to AddThis, Crowdfire makes sharing content on the web intuitive and easy. See an article, image or selected paragraphs you want to share? Crowdfire does the job right away.
Postcron is another social media management tool we’d like to share. We’re sort of obsessed with management tools (don’t mind us) because of how much easier it has made our lives, and we’d be selfish if we kept it all to ourselves!
How does Postcron differ from AddThis or Crowdfire? Some exciting features of Prostcron is the ability to schedule your posts in bulk and add watermarks to your images automatically. Postcron also lets you schedule posts by default timings and search for content of interest that’s relevant to your business.
It makes it simple for anyone, especially social media marketers and agencies to create any type of content and get the job done efficiently. It consists of dynamic features that help increase exposure to leads and sustain audience engagement.
You’re making a terrible mistake if you’re using Twitter without followr. This is an exciting feature for any marketer.
Followr helps you gain followers through tasteful automation. You saw that right. Gain followers that’re actually interested in your content.
To begin, you should use the Twitter website. Followr helps you gain followers once you specify your interests. It starts to search for tweets every 30 minutes and favourite them. You’ll find yourself gaining more followers relevant to your profile.
Simply view tweets liked by followr to gain insights and knowledge about your topic of interest. followr limits itself from spamming and will never access or send your personal information to anyone.
We use it together with TweetDeck to enhance our Twitter experience. TweetDeck provides you a dashboard view (in columns) of your twitter account. From what’s happening on your home page, notifications, scheduled posts, messages. You also get to add and customise your own columns. This way, you’ll meet new connections and have interactions to make Twitter more work-friendly and interesting for you.
Never go through the repetitive process of downloading and uploading a picture when you can create and edit beautiful images anytime you want! Now you can add text to images you see on any website in a matter of seconds. You can also customise your image size or choose from a range of pre-set sizes. All you have to do is right click and use Stencil!
The only downside is the free version allows you to download up to only five images per month. But that doesn’t stop us from using it. Stencil comes with over 740,000 new royalty-free background photos (with search), over 200,000 royalty-free icons (with search), 50+ templates and many more exciting features to create beautiful, effortless images.
Rawwwr! How does putting a bear in your browser and gaining access to blocked websites, connecting to a private network with connections to 20 countries and free data every month sounds?
TunnelBear is a simple browser extension that helps you avoid censorship and browse the Internet privately. It comes with great speed and is useful in reducing websites and advertisers to track your online activity. This is great if you need to work outdoors, requiring you to use a public WiFi network without worrying if your data might be leaked or exposed.
How many times were we annoyed at the fact that we couldn’t access certain content, websites from other countries? “This content is not available in your country”, doesn’t make us any happier.
Now there’s a solution for that. Hola allows you to access websites that’re blocked in your country. It’s free and secure VPN bypass geographical firewalls. for a faster and more open Internet browsing experience. Now you can stream media and even government censorship with Hola. This extension provides a faster and effective Internet experience for people travelling or need access to other parts of the world.
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