The ability to add functionality and customize your Chrome browser experience is incredibly helpful for fulfilling everyday tasks and using your online tools more efficiently.
It’s probably why Chrome extensions are so popular.
Of the 4.5 billion people who use the internet, ~2.9 billion prefer Chrome for their browser experience. And despite the heavy RAM use, Google Chrome extensions have more than 10 million users worldwide.
Of course, even though there are ~188,620 extensions in the Chrome Web Store — it doesn’t mean they’re all worth an investment. In fact, 87% of all extensions have fewer than 1,000 installs.
So with those staggering stats in mind — it pays to cut through the noise and have a cheat sheet for finding the most useful extensions for your individual needs (which is what we’re sharing with you today.)
Whether it’s to help you focus, save time, avoid decisions, or organize your life — using software as a shortcut to get more done (with less effort) is a powerful move to have in your productivity playbook.
So, for your benefit, we’ve taken the liberty of sorting through thousands of chrome extensions to help you discover the golden nuggets that can help you:
Here are the best tools to help you operate your business (and life) online.
Focus To-Do combines a Pomodoro Timer with task management to help you stay focused and get things done.
You can capture and organize tasks into your to-do lists, start a focus timer, set reminders for important jobs and errands, as well as check the time spent on work and study.
How it works: Pick a task you need to accomplish and set a timer for 25 minutes (or whatever time you prefer). Start the timer and begin work — using the countdown to keep you focused. You can take a break when the Pomodoro timer rings (also customizable).
Everyday.app is a habit tracker that replaces your default tab to remind you of your intentions and help you form new habits.
How it works: Create and edit habits in the app, and install as your default “new tab” page to record and track your daily progress.
Zapier helps you save time by creating shortcuts for your daily tasks. You can design instant workflow automation that supports thousands of the most popular apps.
How it works: In just a few minutes, you can create shortcuts, aka Zaps, to change your Slack status, save URLs to Google Sheets, share articles with colleagues, and much more. Then run those shortcuts right from the Chrome extension.
Asana allows you to quickly add, search and assign tasks in your Asana workspace from any web page.
How it works: No matter where you are on the internet, you can access the core functions of your Asana task-management system with a few clicks.
Forest helps you stay focused on essential tasks with a fun (and environmentally conscious) twist.
How it works: Click the extension to start your focus session. As you work, a tree grows in your “forest.” If you stay on task, your tree stays alive. If you get distracted, it dies.
Momentum promotes focus, productivity, and calm on any “new tab” page.
How it works: Replaces a new tab page with a personal dashboard featuring to-do, weather, and inspiration.
The Office extension provides easy access to the Microsoft suite of products, as well as a list of your recent documents.
How it works: With one click, you can view, edit, and create Office documents in your browser. Note: It’s most useful for those with an Office 365 account.
Noisli lets you create and listen to your personalized sound environment to help you focus on your tasks, reduce stress, and help you relax (or simply wind down after a stressful day).
How it works: The extension gives you quick and easy access to the main functionalities and features of Noisli.com.
RescueTime helps you keep track of the time you spend in Chrome and get a clear picture of what you were doing all day.
How it works: It tracks the time you spend in an active tab or window and gives you a clear picture of what you were actually doing all day.
Timewarp reminds you not to procrastinate when you need to get things done by diverting your attention to your original task.
How it works: You can create “wormholes” for the websites that cause you the most distraction. Anytime you visit a specific site, you can set up wormholes that:
OneTab reduces tab clutter and memory usage when you’re browsing.
How it works: 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 reaccess the tabs, you can either restore them individually or simultaneously.
OSlash transforms your most-used links & snippets into simple shortcuts.
How it works: Do you open the same URL frequently or type the same text over & over at work? Use the OSlash extension to create a shortcut for the link or snippet. You can then access the web page or summon the snippet instantly by typing the shortcut out, without searching for or copy-pasting anything.
Toby helps you organize your browser tabs and access them quickly anywhere.
How it works: Toby is a visual workspace that lives on every new tab. You can add new tabs by dragging and dropping your browser tabs into collections or save a whole session in just one click.
Note Board enables you to insert notes on any website and display them every time you visit.
How it works: Click on the extension to create a new sticky note for the webpage you’re on. When you open that page again — the note will appear in the same position you left it.
PocketTube is an easy way to manage your YouTube subscriptions.
How it works: The PocketTube extension enables you to group your YouTube subscriptions into folders, mark watched videos, filter videos, and more.
Paint Tool allows you to create (and save) quick drawings while using Chrome.
How it works: Draw anything (shapes, lines, or add text) right on websites in real-time.
+Roam enables you to save snippets from the web to the RoamResearch app.
How it works: Simply highlight content, click +Roam, and copy the snippet to Roam.
Roam-highlighter lets you highlight multiple text sections on-page to copy to RoamResearch.
How it works: Use it to highlight all the areas of content you want to save and then quickly copy/paste into Roam (in a Roam-friendly format.)
Roam Highlighter is another web highlighter built for RoamResearch (plus a few more apps.)
How it works: Highlight text, add tags, customize the format of your text clippings with placeholders, and jump to the next open Roam tab to quickly insert your highlights.
Notion Boost makes Notion more productive and less distractive.
How it works: Visit any Notion page. Click on the extension icon (clickable only when on a Notion page). A popup menu will appear, and you can toggle features from there.
Notion Web Clipper saves any website into Notion.
How it works: If you come across something you want to keep, just hit the Notion button on the top right of your browser!
Evergreen Notes enhances Notion with tons of valuable features
How it works: Adds a table of contents to your Notion pages to help see your related notes, references, backlinks, and mentions right in the sidebar.
Instapaper is a simple tool for clipping web pages to read later.
How it works: Save your current tab to your Instapaper account for reading later. You can also pick a folder to file it into.
Mailbrew lets you save links from around the web to read later in your brews.
How it works: Collect content from anywhere on the internet and save it to your Mailbrew account. Anything you save will show up in your personal email digest.
Grammarly is a writing assistant that offers you specific suggestions to help you improve your writing — and it goes way beyond grammar.
How it works: With the Grammarly extension, you’ll get real-time feedback to help you fix grammar, spelling, and punctuation issues, and it can also help you revise sentences that are grammatically correct but wordy and unclear. Work with Gmail, Google Docs, Twitter, LinkedIn, and nearly everywhere else you find yourself writing.
Readwise Highlighter creates highlights from any webpage and sync directly to your Readwise account.
How it works: Highlight any text on any webpage and right-click the highlighted area.
Then select one of the menu options to automatically send the highlighted text to your Readwise account as a highlight.
Voices allows you to "listen" to your favorite blogs on the go!
How it works: Converts any article to audio so you can listen to them.
SwiftRead increases your reading speed to help you absorb knowledge and learn faster.
How it works: Select text in your browser, then hit right-click, and click "SwiftRead selected text.”
Save images, bookmarks, notes, quotes, or text highlights without thinking twice.
How it works: Just click the button in your browser to save a web page, article, or product page. No need to file or catalog anything. It will do it for you.
SessionBox enables multi-login to any website.
How it works: Log in to multiple accounts on the same site simultaneously — no more need for secondary browsers or private sessions.
Lightshot is a simple and convenient screenshot tool.
How it works: Select an area, edit your screenshot and upload it to the server.
Colorzilla is an advanced-eyedropper, color picker, gradient generator, and other colorful goodies.
How it works: With ColorZilla, you can get a color reading from any point in your browser, quickly adjust the color and paste it into another program.
GoFullPage allows you to capture a screenshot of your current page in its entirety. An alternative that allows you to screenshot a full page, what's visible on your screen, or an element on the page is SwipeWell.
How it works: Click on the extension icon (or press Alt+Shift+P), watch the extension capture each part of the page, and be transported to a new tab of your screenshot where you can download it as an image or PDF or even just drag it to your desktop.
WhatFont is an easy way to identify fonts on web pages.
How it works: Click the extension and inspect web fonts by hovering on them.
Print-Friendly & PDF makes any webpage… (wait for it)...print and PDF-friendly!
How it works: Print Friendly removes ads, navigation, and junk before your print — optimizing your page for the ultimate print reading experience.
Multi-clock helps you keep track of different time zones with multiple clock-views — in a minimalistic new tab page.
How it works: Display up to six digital clocks and a beautiful image from Unsplash every time you open a new tab.
Wappalyzer is a technology profiler that shows you what websites are built with.
Launch a new ZipMessage conversation from anywhere.
How it works: Start an async video conversation in your ZipMessage account while browsing any other web page.
Loom is a fast and easy way to record screen content straight from your browser.
How it works: Record your screen and camera with one click. Share that content in an instant with a link.
Zoom Scheduler allows you to schedule Zoom meetings directly from Google Calendar.
How it works: With the click of a button, you can start an instant meeting or schedule a future meeting. The meeting URL and information are sent via a Google Calendar invitation so the attendee can join with a single click.
Mote helps you create voice notes and send audio feedback.
How it works: Create voice notes for any website or application directly from our Chrome extension menu — simply click on the browser icon to access our 'Motepad' recorder.
Room Steals shows you the best room rates available for the hotel you're already looking at.
How it works: Click on the extension (while you’re on any major booking site) to find offers of a cheaper rate, for the same hotel. A direct link to that offer is available.
Lustre provides instant recommendations for the best products when you’re shopping on Amazon (USA only.)
How it works: While browsing Amazon, click the extension button to check for recommendations and reviews from popular sites.
1Password helps you sign in to sites, generate passwords, and store secure information easily. (Note: This extension requires a 1Password membership.)
How it works: Login into the extension to autofill your login and password for any site you’re on. You can also create and edit logins. As well as pin the info on the screen.
Ghostery is a powerful privacy extension that enables you to block ads, stop trackers, and speed up websites.
How it works: The built-in ad blocker removes advertisements from a webpage to eliminate clutter so you can focus on the content you want.
Super Agent fills out cookie consent forms based on your preferences, saving you time and letting you take control of your privacy.
How it works: Choose your cookie preferences once and, for every supported website, the extension will automatically consent to your choices for you.
The Great Suspender helps your computer run smoothly by suspending the tabs you aren't using.
How it works: Tabs that have not been viewed after a configurable length of time will be automatically suspended in the background, freeing up the memory and CPU being consumed by that tab.
Toucan helps you learn a new language just by browsing the internet.
How it works: When you visit a website, Toucan automatically translates certain words and phrases on the page into the language you’re trying to learn.
Thyself helps you master your mental health with mood tracking, journal prompts, self-care, and intention setting all in one place.
How it works: Several times a day, the app will prompt you to ask yourself, "what do I feel?" You can choose an emoji that best reflects your current mood during these mindful moments. Over time, your mood diary will fill. From there, you'll be able to pick out insights into what brings you joy, satisfaction, and purpose.
Taking advantage of tools designed to help you do your job faster, make your life easier, and reduce decisions regarding everyday tasks is a no-brainer.
Especially given that, worldwide, the average person spends a total of 6 hours and 55 minutes looking at a screen each day!
We hope today’s roundup will help you make the most of that screen time.
And that by enhancing your browser experience with these customizations and additional functions — you increase your abilities to focus, free up your time, and follow-through.
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