In a previous blog post, I showed off some of the apps I found useful on my computer. Today, I’ll be writing about the Chrome extensions that help me browse the web more productively.
First up is an ad blocker, which is pretty self-explanatory. Of all the options, uBlock Origin is generally regarded as one of the best, which is why I chose them.
An extension I installed in high school when I was taking AP Spanish, Google Translate still has its uses here and there. When you see text in another language, you can simply highlight it, and the extension will translate it into your default language. Alternatively, you can click on the extension icon and manually type/paste text. And finally, if you stumble across a page that’s written in another language, it can translate the entire page for you.
I used to have the same password for all my accounts, but I finally gathered my senses and switched to a password manager; specifically, LastPass. The useful thing about LastPass is that it can generate passwords for you and autofill your account details on every login page, thanks to the Chrome extension. Similarly, there’s a mobile app that allows you to autofill passwords on your phone, so you rarely ever have to manually copy/paste anything.
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WhatRuns is an extension that tells you what technologies a website runs on. It’s useful if you’re just curious about how websites are built, and it might help you get an idea of which technologies are popular.
The Great Suspender
If you’re like me, you have a ton of tabs open in your browser, which unfortunately uses up a lot of battery. Luckily, the Great Suspender is an extension that automatically suspends the tabs you haven’t used in a while. This saves battery while still maintaining your tabs, so when you actually need to use a tab, you can simply click on it to “unsuspend” and use it as normal.
Toby allows you to save collections of tabs. You can do things like save all your current tabs into a new collection, open all tabs in a collection, and more. It’s a useful extension especially if you have several workspaces of tabs for different projects you’re working on.
Auto Replay for YouTube
Auto Replay for YouTube is another simple extension. It does exactly as you’d expect; it allows you to play YouTube videos on repeat, as well as customize the start and end times of the video loop.
Grammarly is definitely a must-have extension; any time you’re writing an email, completing an online form, or otherwise writing something, Grammarly checks to make sure you’re not making any English mistakes. It’s free and can save you from making embarrassing typos in important emails or documents.
Docs PDF/PowerPoint Viewer
Lastly, Docs PDF/PowerPoint Viewer is an extension by Google that allows you to open and view various documents in a new tab rather than downloading them. Lots of times, a website will have a download link for a PDF or Word document when all I want is to just briefly look at it. This extension allows me to do just that and keep my Downloads folder clean.
As of writing this, these are all the extensions I have in Chrome. However, I’m always looking for new and useful extensions, so shoot me an email if you have something you want to share!