12 Google Chrome Extensions That Can Streamline Your Life
We’re going to go out on a limb here and guess that you spend at least part of your day on the Internet…and at least half of that time is spent looking at cute cat videos. So it’s high time you upgraded your browsing experience. These 12 Google Chrome extensions are about to make your (online) life easier, faster and more fun—to keep you efficient and entertained.
Need a little encouragement to get through the day? This simple, customizable dashboard, which pops up with every new tab, shows your priorities and to-do list, along with beautiful, daily-changing backgrounds and inspirational quotes.
We don’t know about you, but we’re sick of getting locked out of sites because we can’t remember the right combo of username and password. With this password manager, you can keep all of your info in one secure place. Bonus: It helps you generate stronger passwords, autofills your login info when you need it and lets you access it all from any device.
Don’t let YouTube videos, social networks and memes prevent you from being productive. This extension sets up 25-minute countdowns and temporarily blocks you from time sucks like Facebook and Twitter. When the time is up, you get a five-minute break and free rein of the Interwebs before the next block cycle starts.
Turn every new Chrome tab you open into productivity central. Taco pulls in tasks and notifications from more than 40 Web tools and services you’re already using—like Asana, Todoist, iCloud and Google Tasks—and organizes it all on one convenient page. Users can drag and drop to reorganize, mark tasks as finished and even hide notifications.
Even the grammar queens among us occasionally mistype something. We’re only human, after all. This add-on automatically catches any errors—from commonly confused words to misplaced modifiers—and even offers suggestions for better word choices. Because you’ve got a smarty-pants image to maintain, right?
When you’re constantly devouring new books and poring over brainy articles, you’re bound to come across an unfamiliar word every so often. But opening a new tab, going to Merriam-Webster and typing in the word basically takes an eternity in Internet time. This extension lets you get a definition with exactly zero effort: Just double-click and voilà.
The right ambient noise can do wonders for keeping you calm and focused. Once downloaded, this Chrome extension exists as a feature right in your browser and lets you choose from preset sound lists or create your own soundscape. You can even set a timer and control the volume from the extension.
Save to Google Drive
With so many offices sharing files via Google Drive these days, it’s about time they came up with an easy way to save and download more than just documents. With this extension, you can save images, Webpages, audio files and video files straight to Google Drive’s online storage with a right-click menu or browser action—kind of like Pinterest’s save button.
How many times have you wished that you could schedule an email ahead of time in Gmail (so you can hit the slopes in Tahoe but look like you’re still working)? This addition enables you to schedule emails and even set up recurring ones. Subscribers get unlimited access, while free users get ten messages a month.
Big online shoppers will thank us for this one. Honey finds and tests coupon codes for more than a hundred stores so you don’t have to waste time trolling for discounts. You shop as usual, and when you’re ready to check out, just hit the “Find Savings” button. Honey will apply any relevant discount codes for you. Savings just the way we like them.
The Great Suspender
Chronic tab hoarders, rejoice! The Great Suspender temporarily disables unused tabs you’ve been keeping open to free up memory so the pages you are using can run that much faster. Just click anywhere on the “frozen” page to reload. (Never feel bad about your Command+T addiction again.)
Are you constantly bookmarking links to read later? Well, there’s an easier, much less grandma way to do this: Candy, which works as a sort of digital bulletin board. Articles, snippets and videos can be saved as cards, which can easily be combined into collections (akin to songs in a playlist) and shared in other apps or saved for offline access.