Written by: Jay H.
Google Chrome is a powerful browser on its own, but extensions allow you to further improve your browsing experience. With plenty of options out there, you may not know what the best plugins for efficiency, productivity, and overall enjoyment are. Here are the 7 best Google Chrome extensions you can install right now.
Are you tired of being bombarded by advertisements everywhere you go? Luckily, you can eliminate these incessant advertisements simply by installing AdBlock. AdBlock enables you to block ads and popups on websites and videos, improving your browsing experience by reducing load time and protecting your privacy. You can get AdBlock by clicking here.
2. Your Favourite Password Manager
Password security is an important concept. You leave yourself vulnerable to cyber attacks by reusing the same credentials across multiple sites. However, instead of remembering strong, unique passwords for every account you have (a nearly impossible task!), you can use a password manager to do that for you. Some of the top options include LastPass, Bitwarden, 1Password, Dashlane, and NordPass. I personally use Bitwarden since it’s accessible across multiple devices and free for basic plans, but research your options to find the best fit for you.
Reading over your own writing to spot typos and mistakes can be difficult and time-consuming. Grammarly automatically checks your text for spelling mistakes, grammar errors, style, tone, and more. When sending emails or writing reports, you can feel confident that you’ll have something else proofreading it for you. The free version of Grammarly checks for some spelling and grammar mistakes, and you can upgrade if you’d like the full experience. You can download Grammarly here.
If you shop online, you may try coupon codes when checking out to save some money. But finding and trying different coupon codes can be time-consuming. Honey makes couponing easy by automatically testing known coupon codes for a better chance of finding a valid code. Honey works on just about every eCommerce site, so if you want to save some money and time while shopping, you can download Honey here.
5. Print Friendly & PDF
If you’ve ever printed a webpage, you know that it’s annoying when advertisements, navigation, and other junk also prints. Print Friendly & PDF allows you to remove unwanted content before printing, cleaning up the print job, and saving you ink. You can download Print Friendly & PDF from here.
Staying focused on your tasks at hand can be especially difficult with so many distractions available online. StayFocusd ensures that you get your important work done by blocking access to distracting websites for a specified amount of time. You can even block the Google Extensions page to prevent you from disabling StayFocusd until you finish your work! You can download StayFocusd from this link.
7. The Great Suspender
Chrome can hog up your resources, and if you’re someone who keeps multiple tabs open, you may notice your browser slowing down. If you don’t want to close your tab collection, you can keep the unused tabs open while freeing up your hardware resources. The Great Suspender automatically unloads unused tabs while keeping the title and favicon showing in your tab. So, if you want to view the content on that tab, simply click on the screen and it’ll reload the page. This extension is perfect for tab hoarders who want to keep their tabs open while freeing up memory for other tasks. You can download The Great Suspender from here.
Improve Your Google Chrome Experience
Using these Google Chrome extensions can significantly improve your web browsing experience. There is a multitude of extensions available, so if you want one with specific functionality, it likely exists.
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