Best productivity extensions for your browser

    Best productivity extensions for your browser

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    Which web browser do you use when you’re at work? I must admit, I’m a Google Chrome user and I’m a big fan of productivity extensions. For those of you who don’t know what a browser extension is,

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    those are those little icons that you can add to the URL bar in your browser. They are not bookmarks or favorites, but they’re short pieces of code with limited or no user interface enabling you to use them as shortcuts.

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    Because they’re shortcuts, their main goal is to make our work more productive. This is why I’ve put up a list of my favorite 15 productivity extensions that I use every day.

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    I focus mainly on Google Chrome (some extensions don’t run on all browsers), but I’ll mention Safari, Mozilla, and others as well. Note that those plugins are free and you can download them from the Chrome Web Store.

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    1. SimilarWeb – Chrome, Safari & Mozilla

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    For those of you that use SimilarWeb, this is a life-saver! No more opening the website every time you need to check traffic stats, it’s just all available in a window that is clickable.

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    You can keep on working whilst checking the stats simultaneously. One disadvantage – the window disappears when you click away and in order to come back to the stats, you need to click on the extension again.

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    2. Bitly – Chrome

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    Are you tracking your website links? Do you use any link shortener? I personally use Bit.ly for making the website links shorter and this bit.ly extension is wonderful!

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    If you want to shorten a specific website address, just make sure you’re your website window is open and then click the bitly icon and violla! The characteristic bitly window appears with the new bit.ly link as well as the option to customize it.

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    3. Google Analytics URL Builder – Chrome

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    Let’s stay in the same topic of tracking links. This is another time saver of mine – it’s great! If you’re using Google Analytics URL Builder online, this extension will let you save time by adding tracking code

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    immediately in the browser. For those of you who add utm codes manually, this saves you time from excessive writing. Just type in your parameters, and the finish link is ready to be copied.

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    Another benefit is the option to automatically generate the bit.ly link. I used it and I need to admit that it ended up creating bitlys from my original link,

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    with no tracking links. I ended up using this plugin and the one from Bitly (point 2) together. Let me know if it was successful for you!

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    4. Google Translate – Chrome, SafariMozilla

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    For the multilinguals this is a true gift. I always used to waste time on typing “translate.google.com” to find a translation quickly or just double-check if I wrote everything down correctly. The problem is, I used Google Translate this way up to 10 times in an hour!

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    This plugin literally saves me time – just type in any word or copy and paste the sentence or a paragraph and you’ll get the translation immediately (you might need to change the language configurations). This extension also translates pages!

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    5. Trello – Chrome

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    It’s not an official plugin from Trello, however it syncs with my Trello boards. I wrote a blog post on Trello here for those of you who don’t know what this is. It’s a simple extension that

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    let’s you search for information as well as get an overview of your current boards. The disadvantage of it is that once you click on any board, you land on Trello website. It’s not a very big time saver but saves you a click or two!

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    6. Awesome Screenshot – Chrome, Safari & Mozilla

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    If you don’t use the Grab function on a Mac or the Print Screen button if you’re a Windows user,

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    you might like this extension. It simply grabs the selection that you choose or the entire screen. Simple to use.

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    7. Responsive Web Design Tester – Chrome

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    This is handy if you want to test your website on different devices or popular browsers.

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    This is primarily for developers who want to test how a page responds to different devices.

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    8. RiteTag – Chrome, Mozilla

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    I think this is a great productivity extension saving you time and effort thinking which hashtags to use in your social posts. Instead of guessing and trying to come

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    up with something cool, use RiteTag to show you immediately from the browser to check for the strength of the hashtags that you used.

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    9. The Great Suspender – Chrome

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    I mentioned this useful tool here for all of you that have problems with having too many website tabs opened in one window. The Great Suspender also comes up with a Chrome extension

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    which basically lets you suspend or unsuspend a particular tab or all tabs in that window. Saves you CPU memory and time as too many tabs loading slow down the effectiveness of our computer.

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    10. Pinterest Pin It Button

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    This is an extension from Pinterest to help you pin things immediately to your Pinterest boards. In other words, this is a bookmark button for Pinterest – right after you’ve seen anything interesting or inspiring, you can pin it to your favourite boards.

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    If you click on the P button, a selection of photos will pop up that were recorded on this particular website. Just choose the one you want to pin, add a description, select the board and Pin it!

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    Too many cooks spoil the broth

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    One note about extensions – having too many installed in your browser significantly reduces the speed of your computer. Make sure you keep extensions that make your work more productive instead of slowing it down.


    Which one  is your favorite? Do you have a list of best productivity extensions? 

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