That little line of icons above? Some of my current Chrome extensions — integrated little extra features and functionalities that make online life better. (Other browsers offer extensions, too, but I’m focusing on Chrome as that’s my browser of choice.)
Following is a list of a few favorites (in no particular order) I shared recently at the Tennessee Bar Association’s Tech unConference. With one addition — OneTab, which I just discovered.
OneTab: click its icon and your current open tabs are converted to a list that you can click on individually to reopen, or reopen all at any time. Saves a lot of memory to collapse tabs if you’re a tab hoarder like me. 🙂
Evernote Web Clipper: instantly clip content from any webpage into a designated Evernote notebook, including notes and tags. I click this little elephant icon dozens of times daily, easy.
Feedly: feedly is an RSS aggregator — you can “save” the feeds of all your favorite online information sources (e.g. blogs) and the posts appear instantly in your feedly account, which can be accessed via the extension.
Pocket: Pocket’s extension is another web clipper that saves anything (articles, images, video clips) from the web into your Pocket account for reading later (accessible online and syncs with desktop and smart device apps).
Clearly: by Evernote, Clearly simplifies the look of any webpage to improve readability — a great tool when you land on a webpage full of banner ads and popups, as it eliminates all of these focusing only on the content you want to consume.
AdBlock Plus: blocks ads on most websites.
After the Deadline: adds a spell, style and grammar checker to any webpage — crucial if you draft emails, social media posts, or other content online.
Boomerang for Gmail: use this extension to schedule messages to be sent or returned to at a later date.
Disconnect: blocks otherwise invisible websites that track your search and browsing history – improves site load time, stops tracking of 1,000s of sites, and encrypts data you share with major sites.
Enlocked: encrypts outgoing email messages (with Gmail and Google Apps).
Google Voice: make calls, send SMS and more via your browser.
iDoc: an internet in-page editor, allowing you to edit any webpage and save it.
If you’re not using extensions already, hopefully something on this list will inspire you to investigate. You can find (lots) more in the Google Chrome Store. Or look for these in the Firefox or Safari extension stores if you’re not a Chrome user.
Have a favorite extension that I didn’t mention? I’m an extension hoarder, too. So I’d love to know about it. Comments always welcome.