Around the same time last year, I did a similar tip about my favorite browser extensions. They’ve changed a bit since then (for many reasons), so I thought it was time to share the browser extensions that float my boat in the here and now.
As I mentioned before, there are several web browsers you can choose to use, but my web browser of choice is still Chrome. 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 are the 8 specific browser extensions/add-ons I use on a continuing, if not daily basis. They are …
Roboform: This is still my most used, “I would die without” it extension. I use it daily! I’ve tried several, and 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, 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. It does NOT, however, integrate with Edge, Window’s newest browser.
Todoist: Be still my heart! Always on the hunt for a to-do list app or platform that fits what I need, I found it in Todoist. Check out the blog post I wrote about it. While it’s integrated with my Gmail accounts and on my phone, the Chrome extension lets me access it no matter where I am or what I’m doing.
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 it as much as I use too, but it still comes in handy on occasion. 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?Click To Tweet
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 extention 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.
Buffer: I finally made the switch from Hootsuite to Buffer. Since I use CoSchedule to pre-schedule all of my blog posts and social media posts, it eliminated my need for Hootsuite. And … CoSchedule works with Buffer, so that made it an easy switch for me. As browser extentions tend to go, the Buffer extension is an awesome little tool that makes it super easy to fill up my buffer queue with curated content. Find a blog post or article, click on the little Buffer icon, click add to Buffer and into my Buffer queue it goes to send out according to the schedule I set.
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.
One last little goody I use is Jing. While the extension is not native to any specific browser, I still include it in my list of favorite extensions. It’s great for grabbing easy screen shots and videos. The video option is perfect for recording quickie how-to videos for clients. 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, the developers are adding more and more, and it offers several different options for screen shots and videos.
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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