Improve your productivity with these plug-ins for Google's popular web browser.
Chrome is currently riding high as the most popular web browser after claiming the title from Internet Explorer last May. It took seven years to make its mark, and today holds 59% of the market, according to Netmarket.
One of its major selling points is the huge range of Chrome extensions designed to make browsing easier, more fun or educational. Here’s our round-up of the best plug-ins you need to download.
Extensions for writing:
- Grammarly: This plug-in is an instant spell and grammar check on everything you type, such as important work emails or Facebook posts. You have to create an account on Grammarly.com, but it’s completely free and the process is very straightforward. With an account, you’ll get personalised emails every week tracking how many words you typed, how your proficiency compares to other users and what mistakes you make the most often.
- Google Dictionary: This dictionary is as simple as it gets. You can stay on whatever page or document you are reading, double-click any word and the definition will pop up in a bubble immediately.
Extensions for planning:
- Planyway (Trellius): calendar for Trello: Trello is a great tool to monitor tasks for big teams and projects. Trello’s cards usually detail a task to be completed, and the cards can be assigned to specific team members and categorised so you can track who’s doing what and what’s complete so far. Planyway can help you organise your Trello cards by the date and time they need to be completed, alongside personal tasks.
- Leaf: If you’ve got flyaway thoughts that you want to store all in one place, Leaf is the plug-in for you. It appears as a tiny pink leaf in your toolbar, and when you click on it, all of your notes appear. You can separate and title lists, and it has search functionality so you can find long-forgotten ideas.
Extensions for better browsing:
- Click&Clean: This plug-in gives you a centralised place to monitor your browser’s backend. It can clean out your computer with one click by deleting your search history, download history, erasing temporary files and clearing cookies.
- LastPass: Any multitasker probably has to remember loads of log-ins to get all of their tasks done during the day. It can be hard to keep track of all those passwords when you have so much on your plate, but that is where LastPass comes in. This plug-in stores all of your passwords in one space so you only have to remember one — the password for LastPass, of course.
Extensions for motivation:
- StayFocusd: This is probably one of the best free Chrome plug-in options available. It’s a productivity extension that lets you block sites, pages and even in-page content, such as videos or games. You put sites that you use for work on your “Allowed Sites” feed. Then, you can use the extension’s “nuclear option” to block all other sites for a specific amount of time determined by you. You can also allot yourself a maximum amount of time for recreational use before the extension blocks certain sites.
- Momentum: This is the most feel-good plug-in you’ll find. Once you add it to Chrome, every time you open a new tab, a page will pop up with the time, a greeting — such as “Good afternoon, classy” – and a daily goal to achieve. You can also opt to see the weather, an inspirational quote and more.
All of these options are free, and you can find thousands more on Chrome’s web store. Most of these revolve around how you work or what you work on, but if they don’t fit the bill, there are plenty more to explore. There are also recreational options — such as Tabby Cat and a Pinterest Save Button — if you’ve embraced your inner procrastinator.