Every year or so I’ve done a post about my favorite browser extensions. In looking over my previous blog posts, I realized I haven’t done one in a couple years!
I guess it’s time for an update!
Several of the extensions I’ve loved over the past few years ago are still favorites I use today. Jing was always a favorite, but sadly, Jing is a thing of the past and has been replaced by TechSmith Capture. There isn’t a Chrome extension for it right now, but maybe someday. I also no longer use Buffer, so that one is a no-go now. However, if you remember my last post, you’ll see many of the ones I loved then … are still on the list.
As I’ve mentioned before, there are several web browsers you can choose to use, but my web browser of choice is still Chrome. I’ve tried the others, but Chrome is by far the best I’ve found. It’s easy to use, and also has some great add-ons and extensions you can add to make it super easy to do things on the fly.
Here is an updated list of browser extensions that continue to make my life easier!
Roboform: This is still my most used, “Can’t live without it” extension. I use it daily … probably hourly! I’ve tried several, but they simply can’t compare to Roboform. It continues to be my all-time favorite app for saving and keeping track of the hundreds … yes hundreds, user names and passwords I access for me personally, my team members and my clients. It also keeps confidential information on hand to easily and quickly fill in forms. With apps that will sync across all of my platforms (PC, laptop, 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. It does NOT, however, integrate with Edge, Window’s newest browser.
Todoist for Gmail: Surprise, surprise! After my many years of trying to find the best way to keep up with a to-do list, Todoist made the cut and is still my favorite. Always on the hunt for the best to-do list app or platform, I found it in Todoist. Check out the blog post I wrote about it. This lovely little extension easily integrates Todoist with my Gmail accounts and on my phone so I have it wherever and whenever I need it.
Send to Kindle: Still the easiest way I know of to get content from any web page to my Kindle. This little extension lets you to send the content of any webpage to your Kindle. Awesome for articles you may want to save, or simply read later. You might also consider adding the Send to Kindle plugin to your WordPress blog. It makes it super easy for others to save your content to read at their leisure.
Send This Link with Gmail: Another 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. It automatically includes a link to the website you’re viewing in the body of the email.
Print Friendly and PDF: I don’t use this one as much anymore, but it still comes in handy on occasion. Enough that I’m not likely to remove it. It’s a little bit different than a couple of 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 hit 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.What's in your browser? Does it float your boat?
Evernote Clipper: Since I use Evernote on a daily basis to track and store just about everything these days, I use the Evernote Clipper almost daily to save information directly to my Evernote account and sync with all of my platforms. This browser extension gives you the option to clip the full 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.
Web for Instagram: This one is one of my newest favorites. Instagram has always been primarily a phone app. While some people do almost everything on their phones, I don’t. I love phone aps, but really prefer to use my computer as it accommodates my fat fingers better. Yes you can access Instagram on your PC, but it’s always lacked the ability to post to Instagram from your desktop. Not so now! This little beauty opens a window on your desktop that allows you to finally be able to do everything you can do on your phone.
Google Keep: Last but not least is Google Keep. Keep was added as an extra in Gmail a year or so ago. Its name is appropriate, because if you put something in Google Keep, it keeps the information (vaguely similar to Evernote) in the app. Free with your Google account, it allows you to create notes and access them from your computer, phone or tablet. I have Keep in Gmail, I have it in my browser, I have it on my phone, or I can access it on the web. It use to be a pain in the rear to get things from my phone to my desktop or vice versa. Now I put something in Keep on my desktop (photo, link, whatever), and it will be there when I open Keep on my phone. Desktop to phone. Phone to desktop. No matter … there it is.
All of the above browser extensions may or may not be available for use with other browsers. I believe they are all available for Firefox (which is my go to when Chrome decides to act wonky from time to time – as it does). 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 $19.95 for the first year … not sure about the renewal, but it’s very reasonable, and worth every penny. Most of the extensions I’ve shared are available from within the settings of Chrome.
I’ve learned everyone has their own favorite browser extensions for a variety of reasons, so I’d love for you to share what yours are in the comments. You never know … you might just turn me on to my next “I can’t live without it” browser extension!
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