Terry’s top 9 Browser Extensions!
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 browser extensions you can add to make it super easy to do things on the fly.
There are also lots and lots of browser extensions you can add to Chrome (and other browsers) that simplify things and add additional features and functions to enhance your browsing experience.
Here are the 9 specific browser extensions/add-ons I use on a continuing, if not daily basis. They are …
Roboform: This is one of the browser 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 browser 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. 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.
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 looked at the stats, and it showed the extension blocked 23508 ads just a few months after I installed it. 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 browser 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 browser 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.
Evernote Clipper: This is one of the browser extensions I use all the time … it saves information directly to your Evernote account and syncs with all of your platforms to give you the options to clip the entire 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.What browser extensions do you use to increase your productivity?Click To Tweet
The Great Suspender: This one is really cool if you are like me and have a LOT of tabs open at the same time. The Great Suspender automatically “suspends” unused tabs after a specified amount of time to free up system resources. You can mark specific programs to never suspend, and set others to suspend at times YOU specify.
Start-A-Fire: Start-A-Fire is an app/extension that gives you the ability to promote your own content while promoting the content of others. It’s a win-win solutions to sharing content. If you want the skinny on the app, you can read my blog post about it here.
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 $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.
Do you use browser extensions? What are your favorites and why?
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