Google Chrome Extensions That Will Increase Your Productivity

Google Chrome Extensions That Will Increase Your Productivity

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  Google Chrome has become the most user-friendly and most popular internet browser in the world. It consistently beats out Firefox and Internet Explorer because of its reliability, speed and easy-to-use interface. But it doesn't just stop there. There are so many amazing plugins and extensions that third-party developers have created to make your internet browsing experience with Google Chrome even more fantastic. Check out our compilation list below of some of our favorite Google Chrome "hacks" that will change your productivity and how you use the internet on a daily basis.

1. Chrome Remote Desktop

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Helping someone with a PC issue via remote desktop is a common issue and need, especially for the customer support sector. There are many tools out on the market today that are used specifically for this task. But Chrome Remote Desktop is probably one of the most user-friendly and cost-affordable tool extensions out there. Once installed, it will allow you to access your home computer — including your desktop and other non-Chrome applications — from any device that runs Chrome, even Android or iOS devices.

2. Chrome to Mobile

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This one is great for productivity for anyone who is constantly on the go. Chrome to Mobile works exactly as it name states: its an easy way to take whatever it is you're working on with you when you leave the office. You can send web pages from Chrome on your computer to Chrome on your Android phone or tablet, or your iPhone or iPad. It works with both live pages and offline as well.

3. Grammarly

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Those pesky grammar and spelling typos are the worst, wouldn't you agree? They're even more annoying when you notice one right after you sent the email or published a social media post live for the world to see. That's where Grammarly comes in. Its a plugin that helps you write freely and confidently on Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and nearly anywhere else on the web. Grammarly checks your spelling and grammar directly in whatever browser or page you are writing in.

4. Simple Blocker

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Are you the type of person who gets easily distracted by your Twitter or Facebook? Then Simple Blocker is just what you need. It's an easy to use Chrome extension which allows you to block websites. You can block specific subdomains or entire websites at the click of a button. You can also have certain websites blocked for specific times of the day to increase your productivity at work. Simple Blocker was originally designed for students but is the perfect tool for any would-be procrastinator.

5. Search By Image

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Think of this hack as Google Images, but in the opposite direction. This extension allows you to initiate a Google search using any image on the web. It helps you to easily identify the things you see in unnamed photos. This tool is great for identifying an unfamiliar landmark or location in an image.

6. PanicButton

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Ever have that awkward moment where you are looking at a website that you don't want other people to see and then they slowly walk up to your desk. You quickly fumble to get the webpage off your computer and away from prying eyes, all the while trying to act as if there was nothing going on to begin with. We've all been there. That's why the Panic Button extension is so great. Panic Button makes it easier for you to hide all of your tabs at once just by clicking a button.  You can also use Panic Button's keyboard shortcut. Just press F4 to hide and restore all your tabs. When the coast is clear—another click will restore all your hidden tabs.

7. OneTab

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If you tend to have too many tabs open at once, than OneTab is the perfect app for you. Whenever you find yourself with too many tabs, click the OneTab icon to convert all of your tabs into a list. When you need to access the tabs again, you can either restore them individually or all at once. OneTab is also great for memory saving on your computer. Consolidating all those tabs frees up more memory space for your computer and keeps it running better.

8. MightyText

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Think of MightyText as the iMessage of the Google world. With MightyText, you can send text messages to other people's phones right from your computer. Before this extension, there wasn't an easy way to communicate from your computer to Android phones. Now with MightyText, you will get a notification (like on iMessage) when someone is trying to reach you.

9. Pocket

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Pocket was the winner of the Webby Award for Productivity in 2014. This hack lets you save any article to your computer, phone, or tablet to read later. Pocket currently has a user-base of over 15 million and is growing every day. All your content goes to one place, so you can view it anytime, on any device. You don’t even need an Internet connection. When you don't have time to read something, just hit the Pocket extension and the article will end up in your Pocket queue.

10. AdBlock Plus

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AdBlock Plus is considered one of the best ad-blocking services/extensions on the market today. Used by over 50 million people, AdBlock Plus is free for Chrome and blocks ALL annoying ads, malware and tracking. A unique thing about this hack, is that you can also choose to "whitelist" some websites that you don't think have an intrusive ad experience. Generally, these can be smaller sites or large sites that make some money on advertising revenue. Ultimately, AdBlock Plus leaves the choice up to you as to how much advertising to block.

11. Google Mail Checker

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This one is self-explanatory and something I'm sure we all want. Google Mail Checker is a extension that puts a little icon in our web browser that shows you exactly how many unread messages you have in your inbox. You don't have to constantly click or tab over to check your inbox; this hack will keep you updated while you continue to do your work. And clicking on the icon brings you directly to your inbox. It's simple and perfect.

12. StumbleUpon

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You know how you can curate your Facebook to your tastes and interests? Don't you wish you could do that all across the internet? Then, you need StumbleUpon. This extension is the easiest way to discover the best photos, videos and websites in the world based on your interests. All you have to do is tell it what you like and click a button. StumbleUpon will then recommend page after page of amazing stuff you’d never expect to see.


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