Google Chrome is a superb browser that offers a suite of excellent features. Its extension modules (small programs that add new features to your browser) further boost its capabilities. At the Chrome store you’ll find a host of extensions which will help you manage your tabs, save images, multimedia and documents to Google Drive, improve your computer memory and much more. Here are some productivity boosting ones; all are available free of charge. Once you start using them, you’ll be amazed by how much more you get done.
Google Dictionary: Find a Definition With a Double Click
Although Google Chrome has its own built-in dictionary, it can take a number of clicks to get there. The Google Dictionary extension enables you to find the definition you need with a double click. Simply go to the Options page and enable “Display pop-up when I double-click a word.”
LastPass: Forget Your Passwords No More
For the umpteenth time, unbelievably, you’ve forgotten your password. Sound familiar? Then you need LastPass.
LastPass is a must-have, award winning password manager which saves all your passwords into a digital vault. You only need to remember one password – your LastPass master password. Save everything from usernames and passwords to credit card information. Attach documents, PDFs, images, audio and more. In short, save any piece of information you need to keep secure and accessible.
OneTab: Save Your Tabs to a List
Before discovering OneTab, I would typically work with a ridiculous number of open tabs, with the result that my computer, my lilfeline, would virtually die as a result of the overload. OneTab allows you to close all your open tabs and will save then to a handy list with just a single click. This dramatically reduces computer memory, simply because you’ve reduced all that tab clutter. To use it, simply click on the OneTab icon to convert all your tabs into a list. And should you need to access the tabs again, you can restore them individually or all at once.
Save to Google Drive: Save Images, Multimedia and Documents
If you’re a Google Drive user, you’ll need this extension. Save to Google Drive lets you save Web images, documents and HTML5 audio and video files directly onto Google Drive by right-clicking on them and selecting “Save to Google Drive”.
Awesome Screenshot: Capture and Annotate
If you would benefit from having a way to capture screenshots of your browser, then the Awesome Screenshot: Capture and Annotate is for you. Capture the entire page or just a portion of it, annotate your screenshot, blur sensitive information and with one click upload to share. You can also save files to Google Drive.
Sexy Undo Close Tab: See Every Tab You Accidentally Closed
The realisation of a looming work deadline can often result in panic and the accidental shut down of tabs you need. This can mean you’re trawling through your computer’s history to try and locate the URLs you need – often a fruitless exercise. The Sexy Undo Close Tab will get your tabs back for you in a one-click mechanism. The extension presents all previously closed tabs on the Google Chrome index, based on how long ago you closed them. The list is searchable too, and you can delete the history list whenever you wish.
Described as the “poor man’s dual monitor solution”, Dualless is a handy extension that splits your browser into two with just two clicks. You can adjust the ratios according to your preferences. Dualless’s design is very simple and intuitive, and it works very well.
Google’s Chrome browser is packed with a myriad of highly useful extensions that adds a whole host of valuable functionality. However, it can take time to sift through the Chrome store to find the most useful ones. This small collection is my pick of the best, free extensions available to enhance your productivity.