Google Chrome is one of the most reliable and widely used web browsers across the internet. According to Stat Counter, Google Chrome has a 58% worldwide usage share of web browsers as a desktop browser. The reasons which make google chrome a huge success are its swift performance, user interface, easy syncing with mobile devices and extensions.
Before we talk about best google chrome extensions, let’s describe what basically is a google chrome extension and what is the use of extension? Google Chrome extensions are the browser extensions that modify the web browser so as to increase the performance of the browser, keep the things you like and get rid of things that are of no use.
As the year has come to an end, here I’ll discuss 10 must-have google chrome extensions for everyone out there.
Grammarly Spell Checker & Grammar Checker
Grammarly Spell Checker & Grammar Checker is a free spell checker which helps you to write clearly and confidently on the web. It carries out 250 grammar checks, spellchecks, proofreads and provides users with a list of possible errors for correction. It is also available in the premium version which provides some extra features such as checks for 150 additional grammar points, vocabulary enhancement suggestions, detect plagiarism, comes with Microsoft Office Add-In, and specialty checking for different types of documents such as academic, creative, technical etc.
Pushbullet does the work of bringing together all your devices, messages, photos, lists and links which live in different places. It is an android/iOS app and browser extension which allows users to share files, texts, photos, lists and all that is needed between their phone and PC. It can also send your phone notifications and calls directly to your PC. The latest addition in Pushbullet is a “Channels” feature that sends you notifications from a variety of sources such as online deals, magazines, and news feed.
Taco brings all your existing tasks to one place. This chrome extension turns your new tab page into an elegant productivity center that pulls your incoming tasks and notifications from more than 30 web tools and services such as Asana, Trello, Google Tasks and iCloud. Users can decide the priority of tasks and notifications and can set them accordingly using drag and drop. Once you have chosen the task you’re performing right now, Taco will hide everything else. When you’re done you can mark tasks as complete. Taco is available as an extension, on website and mobile. In short, Taco is fast, private and productive.
Momentum turns your new tab page into your personalized dashboard. It has a clean user interface which shows inspirational photography and motivating quotes. Momentum offers features such as its weather for your area, a to-do list, your customized widgets, a goal for the day. You can also search the web within momentum. The latest features included in momentum are user accounts that can be added and you can sync with different devices.
Strict workflow is a chrome extension that blocks viral social websites like Facebook, twitter so that you don’t waste time. It enforces a 25/5 minutes workflow. It starts a countdown timer of 25 minutes in which you can’t access any viral websites and then gives you a 5-minute break to access any content you want and again repeats this cycle. It is easy to use as it is pre-configured to block popular distracting websites. It is easy to personalize and you can either blacklist or whitelist a website i.e. choose which website to block during work time and which website to provide access.
Hola Better Internet
Hola Better Internet is an ad-free VPN proxy service that bypasses region locks and allows you to access any content that might be restricted or blocked in your country, company or school. It bypasses region locks by routing traffic from your computer to a proxy server in a different country. The best deal is Hola Better Internet is free as long as you allow Hola to use your computer as a proxy for other users. If you do not want Hola to use your computer as a proxy then you can buy its paid version priced at $5.
Turn Off The Lights
Using this google chrome extension you can turn off lights to automatically dim your window background. With one click on the lamp, the page will fade to dark, the focus will be on video and you will get atmospheric lightning for online video viewing. To get more in-depth viewing, you can set custom colors, fade effects and toggle a night mode to your screen while playing the video so as to get home theater-like experience. It works on many video viewing websites such as YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, Hulu, etc. Some other advanced features include flash detection, auto wide mode, camera motion and speech recognition.
Honey helps you to automatically find and apply discount coupons while shopping online. It supports websites in the US, Canada, UK, and India. Shop normally and while checking out click on Find Savings button and Honey will automatically apply coupon code on your shopping cart. This chrome extension will help users to save time and money.
Adblock Plus is one of the most popular ad blockers available online. It is used by over 50 million people. Basically, Adblock Plus is an ad-blocker that blocks all annoying ads, malware, and tracking. Some of the blocking features of Adblock Plus are it blocks annoying ads, YouTube ads, Facebook ads, Third-party tracking, and malware. Other additional features that make Adblock Plus a great deal are it saves bandwidth, data, and time. Adblock Plus allows some small and static ads from user support websites that rely on advertising but choose to do it in a non-intrusive way. Adblock Plus calls this feature “non-intrusive advertising”.
Evernote Web Clipper
Evernote is one of the best note-taking tools available for chrome and android. Evernote Web Clipper allows users to quickly save content from the web straight into their Evernote notebooks. It saves all your notes, research, and projects in one place. You can make to-do lists, clip interesting web pages, attach audio and video files, PDF’s, organize notes, and other content using tags, search notes using keywords. The biggest advantage of using Evernote Web Clipper is you can access all your files anywhere on the go as your files are synchronized among the different Evernote versions you use such as Evernote for Chrome, Evernote for Android, Macbook, Windows, iPad, iPod.
This was our list of 10 must-have Google Chrome extensions. Feel free to share your views in the comments section.
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I’m a big fan of extensions that increase my emailing efficiency. If you use Gmail, you should try out RocketBolt’s email tracking.
Thanks for this list, Kamlesh! Definitely going to start using Honey.