Ever wondered about chrome extensions and which are the best ones? Read on to learn about my personal five favorite chrome extensions – and you’ll want to install them too!
What in the heck is a Chrome extension? From the Chrome Developer website: “They are small software programs that customize the browsing experience. They enable users to tailor Chrome functionality and behavior to individual needs and preferences.” Cool, huh?
Chrome extensions simply make life easier. Not a Chrome user? That’s ok! Many if not all of the extensions listed below may be available on the Firefox browser as well. However, I do feel inclined to start off this post by quickly sharing with you the top three reasons I use the Chrome browser over all others: 1) It’s secure! It doesn’t allow ransomware, trojans, or viruses to automatically download to your computer. 2) It blocks popups (thank goodness – we all know how annoying those are) and 3) If you’re a Google/Gmail user, it syncs up with all the other Google apps like Gmail, Drive, Maps, YouTube, etc. I love how my bookmarks and passwords translate effortlessly between my iMac, MacBook Pro, and my iPhone (yes, I have clearly drunk the Mac Koolaid) 🙂
Below are my top five favorite Chrome extensions, and how I use each one. My hope is that this information will inspire you to seek out your own extensions that will make your life easier!
1) Full Page Screen Capture
Many of us know how to take screenshots on our computer. What makes this Chrome extension unique is that it actually captures the entire length of a webpage – not just what’s visible at any given time. Even if a page requires a lot of scrolling, this extension takes a screenshot of the page, top to bottom. For more info on easily taking various types of screenshots on your computer, check out this tutorial for Macs or PCs. Add to Chrome HERE.
You’re going to love this one. When you are making a purchase on virtually any website on the Internet, Cently will automatically let you know if its found coupon codes may work for your purchase. This (free) Chrome extension has saved me some serious money over the years. Highly recommended! Add to Chrome HERE.
There are a lot of password managers out there, and Dashlane is the one I love. Whichever computer I’m on, if I have the Dashlane extension installed, I have immediate access to the hundreds of passwords I’ve saved to my Dashlane account. I honestly can’t imagine life without it (paid Dashlane account required). Add to Chrome HERE.
Loom allows you to record quick videos straight from your web browser, either of just that window or of your entire screen. Whether it’s documenting an issue or creating a mini tutorial, I use Loom on almost a daily basis. Add to Chrome HERE.
Most browsers these days have spell check, and Grammarly takes it to the next level. In addition to underlining in red the words that are spelled wrong, Grammarly also underlines phrases in which the Grammar could be improved. And if that weren’t helpful enough, if you then hover over the word or phrase, it suggests how to correct it. You simply click on the suggestion, and it replaces your words. I’ll tell you a secret: I use Grammarly all the time (multiple times since beginning this blog post!) If you’re someone who does a lot of writing throughout your day, this is a big time saver. Add to Chrome HERE.
All right. Go henceforth and begin extension-ing! Once you find the ones that truly align with your work and lifestyle, then you will know the beauty of Chrome extensions.
Wondering how to get started? Head on over to the Chrome Web Store to get started.
Find one you really love? Please let me know in the comments below!
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