Seven Great Extensions for Google Chrome

Chrome comes with free apps that run in its browser. They can be added to your browser by going to the Apps Webstore.
Chrome comes with free apps that run in its browser. They can be added to your browser by going to the Apps Webstore.

One of the great benefits of using Google Chrome are the time saving extensions that you can add to the browser.

Here are some of my favourites.

 

1) Pocket

Pocket

If you aren’t using Pocket, I would definitely reccommend that you sign up today.  I’ve been using it for a couple years now.  I use it often if I’m reading the news or scrolling through Twitter and I see an article that really interests me, but I just don’t have the time to read it.  Just put it in your ‘pocket’ and read it later.  This extension in chrome allows you to just click the pocket logo and the webpage that you’re on will automatically be saved to the pocket app on your phone or iPad.

2) Google Mail Checker

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Google Mail Checker is an easy way to receive a reminder or notification when you have email to read.  Simply click on the extension button, and a new tab opens up directly into your GMail.

3) URL Shorteners bit.ly and/or Goo.gl

This is how to get a shortened URL from goo.gl
This is how to get a shortened URL from goo.gl

If you want to quickly create a shortened URL to give to a class or to tweet, bit.ly or goo.gl are two great places to go.  Simply go to the webpage you would like to create a shortened URL for and click the extension, and you will be given a shortend URL with six characters to type in afterward to access it easily.

4) Google Docs Quick Create

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Instead of going into Google Drive;  then selecting ‘New’ and then either Doc or Sheet, this extension allows you to click onto the Drive logo and select from a menu from Chrome.

 

 

5) Google Calendar Check

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Need to quickly check your calendar for the day?  Click the icon and voila…

6) Clearly

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If you’re reading an article online that is cluttered by ads and links to other news articles – click the ‘Clearly’ light and you can have just the article to view.

Article on the left is view after initializing Clearly.
Article on the left is view after initializing Clearly.

7) Extensity

Save the best for last?

Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 11.53.38 PMI must give credit where credit is do…I got this tip from Silvia Duckworth at the GAFE Summit in Toronto last month.  The more extensions you have running, the slower your browser will be, since these are all working in the background.  Extensify allows you to easily turn some extensions off while keeping some turned on, depending on your current needs. This is a must have.

 

 

 

There are definitely a lot of other extensions to look at in the Chrome app store.  I do plan to talk about others in the future.  There are always new ones being introduced too.  If you have any recommendations, please post them in the comments section.

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