While you may be aware of the Adblock extension for Chrome, there are several other extension tools that are just as good. For every complicated task, there is an extension that provides an easy solution. But the best extensions are the ones you use most often. Here is our list of the top 10 productivity Google Chrome extensions you should use right now.
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Ever wanted to quickly respond to a text but then found yourself stuck in a scrolling loop on your smartphone? While you can respond to your WhatsApp messages using the app’s web portal, there is no such alternative to regular text messaging. MightyText solves this issue by syncing your texts with your PC and letting you respond from the Chrome tab itself. You will save a lot of time that would otherwise be spent browsing social media feeds. You can also choose to sync the pictures on your phone and access app notifications on your PC.
Notion Web Clipper
If your Chrome bookmarks are full of clutter and hard to sort through, you should give Notion Web Clipper a try. This extension lets you create different projects where you can save the relevant web pages. Now you don’t need to go sort through hundreds of bookmarks to find what you’re looking for. You can easily create different folders for your reading list, academic journals, movie review, or recipes you come across on the Internet. In a workplace setting, you can collaborate with your team members by giving them access to a project and leaving notes and comments wherever required. Notion Web Clipper deserves its spot in the top 10 productivity Google Chrome extensions.
Ever come across a fascinating font while reading an article but don’t know what it’s called? All you need to do is hover the cursor over the text and WhatFont will identify it for you. This is a great tool for graphic designers and students working in design. Apart from identifying the text, WhatFont also detects the services used for serving the web fonts.
If your Chrome browser is always full of inactive tabs, this handy extension will neatly store them in a list. Using OneTab you can save up to 95% of memory and make your web browser run faster. On top of that, it gets rid of all the clutter! You can choose to access individual tabs from the list or open them all at once.
Reading an article online can be nothing short of annoying with all the unnecessary popups, invasive ads, and additional clutter. Postlight Reader gets rid of all the distractions and provides a clean reading experience with just the text and the images. All you need to do is open the article on Chrome and click on the Postlight Reader extension. You can even send the article directly to your Kindle using Postlight.
Loom: Screen Recorder and Screen Capture
Loom is the most comprehensive screen recording tool that we have come across. Not only can you record your screen using Loom, but you can also use your PC’s camera and microphone to record yourself at the same time. Once the video has been recorded, it automatically gets saved to the cloud and can be shared with a quick link. Loom is a great tool for the workplace. If you want to explain a particular task to an employee or coworker, you can easily record your screen and talk them through it. Loom also gives you the option to turn off your camera and only use the microphone while you’re recording the screen.
Clockify Time Tracker
Clockify Time Tracker is a great tool to optimise your work day. You can use Clockify to time your tasks throughout the day and gain a deeper insight into how you go about your day. You can set a timer for individual tasks and even mark them as ‘billable’. This is a nifty feature for freelancers who take on several projects at once. The extension integrates with 50+ web apps. It even has an idle detection tool for the times you drift off and lose time on a project. If you want to make the most of your time, this is the extension for you. Clockify is easily one of the top 10 productivity Google Chrome extensions that we’ve used.
You may be familiar with Todoist’s smartphone app, but its Chrome extension is just as good. Todoist is one of the better smartphone task managers we’ve used, and it delivers a similar performance on Chrome as well. With the Todoist Chrome extension, you can easily save a website on your reading list, create a checklist of tasks and mark them off as you complete them, collaborate with other people on a common project, and more. You can also easily jot down a note or set a quick reminder using this accessible Chrome extension. What we really like about Todoist is how seamlessly it integrates into your work routine.
This one is for all the serial procrastinators out there. If you find yourself wandering off to attention-grabbing sites like Reddit, Twitter, or YouTube, Timewarp reminds you to get back to the task at hand. For Timewarp to work, you need to create a list of websites that you frequent in order to kill time. The extension offers three features to cut down on wasted time – Redirect, Quote, and Timer. ‘Redirect’ takes you to a specified productive website every time you switch to a website on your list. For example, you can program Timewarp to redirect you to Google Docs every time you enter Reddit in the address bar. The ‘Quote’ feature springs a motivational quote your way when you open a website from the list. Lastly, ‘Timer’ displays the time you’ve spent on a particular website today.
Email Tracker for Gmail – Mailtrack
You may not have heard of Mailtrack before, but once you start using it, it will become one of the essential extensions on your browser. To put it simply, Mailtrack monitors your sent emails and lets you know which ones were opened by the recipient. It also tells you how many times the receiver opened your emails. The only downside is that it only works for Gmail.
These are the top 10 productivity Google Chrome extensions that you should use right now. All of these extensions are free to use but some may come with a premium subscription for additional features. Which extensions do you love to use? Let us know in the comments!
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