When it comes to working on the web there can be a plethora of distractions that pull you away from your task at hand.
You could be innocently scrolling through Facebook and end up sucked into a world of status updates not realising that an hour has passed.
According to Stat Counter and Computerworld, Google Chrome is the most-used web browser but its interface also allows the use of clever extensions from its store.
For those who don’t know what Chrome Extensions are: they’re are essentially plugins that add functionality to your browser and enhance your experience. They can do things like look over your spelling, track time on sites and create day planners.
Below are some of our favourite extensions:
Screencast and record screen the video. Screen capture for full page, annotate, blur sensitive info, and share with one-click uploads.
View definitions easily as you browse the web – simple and effective With this extension, you can:
- Double-click any word to view its definition in a small pop-up bubble.
- View the complete definition of any word or phrase using the toolbar dictionary.
- Store a history of words you’ve looked up, so you can practice them later.
Not sure of the source of an image? This is where this extension comes into play. Tin Eye lets you find out where an image came from, how it’s used, or find higher resolution versions.
This extension cleans up and customises Facebook, letting you filter out the junk you don’t want to see. Sick of the Kardashians or don’t want Game of Thrones spoilers? Sorted. It also hides all the ads, game spam, sponsored posts and other annoying stuff on Facebook.
Whenever you find yourself with too many tabs, click the OneTab icon to convert all of your tabs into a list. When you need to access the tabs again, you can either restore them individually or all at once.
When your tabs are in the OneTab list, you will save up to 95% of memory because you will have reduced the number of tabs open in Google Chrome.
RescueTime tracks the time you spend in the active tab or window of Chrome and gives you a clear picture of what you were actually doing all day. It does its best to auto-categorize the sites you visit and scores them on a scale from Very Productive to Very Distracting.
It’s also simple to pause RescueTime or delete any time you’d rather not have tracked.
Grammarly will make sure your messages, documents, and social media posts are clear, mistake-free, and impactful. Adding Grammarly to Chrome means that your spelling and grammar will be vetted on Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Tumblr, and nearly everywhere else you write on the web.
For those looking to have set rules in place, Strict Workflow enforces a 25min/5min timer. 25 minutes of distraction-free work, followed by 5 minutes of break. Repeat as necessary.
With over 200 million downloads, this extension blocks YouTube, Facebook and ads everywhere else on the web. Choose to continue seeing unobtrusive ads, whitelist your favourite sites, or block ads by default. Note: some websites like Forbes may see that you have an ad blocker in place and won’t let you continue unless you whitelist them.
Autosaves everything you type so you can easily recover from form-killing timeouts, crashes and network errors.
Ever had one of those moments when you’ve finally finished filling out a long form, and hit submit only to see an error message? And when you hit the back button, the form was blank… If so, you know you need Lazarus. Lazarus saves everything you type so if the worst happens you can recover the whole form by simply clicking a menu item. The data can be encrypted and is saved on your machine so you know it’s safe.
Note: Installing a lot of extensions can potentially slow down your computer so choose wisely!
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