Are you still using that old browser? Many Internet users have switched to Chrome. Since being launched in 2008, Google Chrome has become the most popular web browser. It has a clean design, is fast and simple-to-use. But have you done everything you can with Chrome? A variety of extensions from third-party developers add features that can improve your efficiency and even save you money.
Extensions are small software programs that can modify and enhance the functionality of the Chrome browser. You can see them in the icons displaying on the top right to the left of the three vertical dot menu item.
There are extension plugins for just about everything. I’ve outlined some you may find useful and why.
Grammarly: This plugin goes beyond spell check and helps with grammar and punctuation. Errors are divided into critical issues and not so critical (like alerting to the use of past tense). There is a free version and a paid version. The next plugin helped me get a discount on the paid version.
Honey: Honey saves you money. It searches the web for discounts and coupons, applies them automatically, and helps make sure you save as much as you can.
LastPass: LastPass saves all of your passwords so you only have one to remember. You can use a master password for secure access from any computer and mobile device. This is a free tool.
Dictionary Bubble: You may become ebullient about this one. This plugin shows the definition of a word by double-clicking.
Web Timer: If you are spending a lot of time shopping or using Facebook at work you may want to skip this one. It keeps track of how you are spending your time on the web. You may also want to look to the next plugin for help.
StayFocusd: If you find social media and shopping irresistible, this app will block non-productive sites during work hours and keep you on task.
Lazarus: If you have ever filled out a web form only to lose the information just before hitting SEND, Lazarus can help prevent that. This plugin saves the information you type into web forms. Luckily Chrome is not known to be prone to crashing.
Unroll.me: If you’re like me, you sign up to receive emails on an ongoing basis. Eventually, they become overwhelming. Unroll.me helps declutter your inbox by unsubscribing to everything you ever signed up for.
Boomerang: This one is to use with your Gmail account. You can schedule emails to send later, receive reminders if you haven’t gotten a response and track messages. It also rates emails for your chances of getting a response. Available upgrades rate your message for positivity and politeness. There’s also a Boomerang for use with Google calendar.
How to download extensions to your Chrome web browser: You can find and insert extensions by searching in the Google Chrome Web Store. Search for the extension and download or explore for others.
Here’s an article from LifeHacker outlining some other extensions you may find useful.