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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Must Have Chrome Extensions
Google’s Chrome browser is already pretty great. But there are plenty of ways to make it better — like downloading extensions.
Extensions are essentially small apps that add extra features to a Web browser. Google has dozens of extensions available in the Chrome Web Store.
You can manage Chrome extensions by pressing the menu icon in the upper right-hand corner of the browser, selecting the “More tools” option, and choosing “Extensions.” After installing an extension in Chrome, you’ll typically see a tiny icon for them appear next to the URL field.
Here are a few Google Chrome extensions I have recently discovered that I like the most.
LastPass: Free Password Manager: Remembering your password for multiple websites can be a hassle. Plus, it can be difficult to brainstorm passwords that are both unique and easy to remember for each new online account you create. LastPass wants to make this process simpler by generating new secure passwords each time you log into a website. After installing the Chrome extension, you can enter account credentials for websites you’d like LastPass to remember. The service will also ask you if you’d like it to remember certain login information whenever you sign in to a website in Chrome.
StayFocused: When you are sitting in front of a computer with a task at hand, it can be easy to get distracted by Facebook, Twitter, and the countless news articles flooding the Web each day. StayFocusd is designed to help you avoid those distractions — or just enjoy them in moderation. The extension allows you to set a specific time restriction on certain websites, with 10 minutes being the default option.
Sidenotes:Sidenotes is an excellent tool for jotting things down quickly as you peruse the Web. As its name implies, the extension launches a blank notepad in a sidebar alongside a website so that you can take notes without having to switch between apps or windows. Those notes are then saved to Dropbox so you can access them later.
FlashTabs:If you’ve ever struggled with studying for a test or learning a new language while keeping up with your other responsibilities, the FlashTabs extension for Google Chrome might be helpful. The extension will show you a new flash card each time you launch a new tab in Chrome, providing an opportunity to study as you go about your other daily tasks.
Tab Wrangler:Leaving too many tabs open in your browser can get disorienting and distracting, especially when you’re trying to get work done. Tab Wrangler takes care of that dilemma by automatically closing tabs after they’ve been inactive for a designated period of time. It only closes tabs that aren’t pinned, and you can choose to lock tabs that you want to keep open even when you’re not browsing in them. Closed tabs are easy to recover, too; just click the Tab Wrangler icon to see a list of closed sites.