There are several web browsers to choose from now-a-days, but my web browser of choice is Chrome … and has been for a while. It’s easy to use, but it also has some great extensions you can add to make it super easy to do things on the fly. Here are the 9 specific extensions/add-ons I use on a continuing, if not daily basis. They are …
Roboform: This is one of the extensions I use daily! Roboform is my all-time favorite app for saving and keeping track of the hundreds … yes hundreds, of user names and passwords I need to keep track of for me personally, my team members and my clients. It also keeps confidential information on hand to easily and quickly fill in forms. With extensions and apps that will sync across all of my platforms (PC, laptop, iPad and iPhone, all I have to do is go to the web page I want, click on the little Roboform icon in Chrome which will open up a box with all of my available options, click on the one I want and voila! I’m in. Roboform also works in Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer.
Send to Kindle: This is a very handy little extension that allows you to send the content of any webpage to your Kindle. Pretty handy for articles you may want to save, or simply read later. I did a previous tip about the Send to Kindle plugin for WordPress a while back. You can read about it here.
AdBlock: This lovely little gem blocks all of those irritating ads on Facebook which to me is a life save. But that’s not all; it also blocks ads in my browser. Yessire’ Bob … it does! I just looked, and it’s showing the extension has blocked 23508 ads since I added it just a few months ago. It’s a free extension, but you do have the option to donate if you really like it.
Screen Capture: Yes, you can purchase pro grams like SnagIt or download it’s free sister-application, Jing for easy screen shots and video (they are great, and I have both), but the Screen Capture extension is free, and so easy to use since the icon is always available on your browser bar. While there aren’t a lot of bells and whistles included, it does offer several different options for screen shots.
Send This Link with Gmail: A super easy way to share website links. Click on the little Gmail icon and it opens up a new email message from your Gmail account – right in your browser – and includes a link to the website you’re viewing in the body of the email.
Print Friendly and PDF: A little different than the other extensions, you right click on the Print Friendly/PDF icon and it opens up a new page where you enter the URL for any site or page you’d like, and h it enter. The program will generate a “print friendly” page, complete with active hyperlinks. You then have the option to print, PDF or email the page.
Clearly and Evernote Clipper: Last but not least, are two little goodies that save information directly to your Evernote account and sync with all of your platforms. Clearly makes blog posts, articles and web pages clean and easy to read. Save them to Evernote to read anywhere. It even allows you to browse multi-page articles in one view. You can use Clearly to organize, convert text to speech so Clearly can read the content to you, use the built-in highlighter … and more. Evernote Clipper, on the other hand, gives you the option to clip the article, a simplified article, the full page, a bookmark or screenshot. There are several formatting options including tagging so you can clip right into the Evernote notebook of your choice – save OR even share via Face book, Twitter, LinkedIn or email.
All of the above extensions may or may not be available for use with other browsers. They are also all free with the exception of Roboform. I use Roboform Everywhere so I can sync it for use with all of my devices. It’s a whopping $9.95 for the first year … not sure about the renewal, but it’s not much, and worth every penny. Most of the extensions I’ve shared are available from within the settings of Chrome. For all others, I’ve included a link to the extension’s website.