10 MUSTHAVE CHROME

Pro­duc­tiv­ity Ex­ten­sions

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Chrome is more than just a browser--it’s an ecosys­tem that can help make your day a bit more pro­duc­tive. And with the help of th­ese ex­ten­sions, it can de­liver an ex­tra boost of ef­fi­ciency to your daily grind. If you’re a Chrome user, you know well how the ex­ten­sion ar­chi­tec­ture can ex­pand func­tion­al­ity and make

Chrome more than just a browser. In fact, with the right col­lec­tion of ex­ten­sions, Chrome can be­come a means to a very pro­duc­tive end. Don’t be­lieve me? Just take a gan­der at the pro­duc­tiv­ity cat­e­gory on the Chrome web store. But which of the plethora of ex­ten­sions are best suited for get­ting your life in or­der and your work done? Of course, this will de­pend upon what ex­actly you need to ac­com­plish, but cer­tain ex­ten­sions can help just about any­one. Let’s take a look at 10 of them and see if they ap­peal to your needs.

BUF­FER

Buf­fer is one of those tools you don’t re­al­ize you need un­til you try it. Buf­fer is all about sched­uled tweets, retweets, and Face­book posts. If you (or your com­pany) works with ei­ther Twit­ter or Face­book to mar­ket a prod­uct or ser­vice, you owe it to your­self to give this a try. Not only can you sched­ule your tweets (or retweets), you can also get in­sight into what tweets are get­ting the most trac­tion and even re­buffer those to keep them bub­bling up to the top. You can sign up for a free ac­count (which al­lows you 10 tweets in your buf­fer)

QUICKDROP

QuickDrop is one of the best tools for in­ter­act­ing with Drop­box from within Chrome.

With this ex­ten­sion you can nav­i­gate through your Drop­box ac­count (with a sin­gle click on the ex­ten­sion but­ton), up­load images di­rectly to your Drop­box ac­count (through a right-click con­text menu), and much more.

You can also cre­ate a spe­cial up­load folder from within the QuickDrop set­tings so all up­loaded files can be found there.

STAYFOCUSED

StayFocused is the ex­ten­sion you need if you tend to waste too much time on web­sites (Face­book, Twit­ter, etc.) and want a third party to con­trol your us­age. If you re­strict your Face­book us­age to one hour a day, that’s all you’ll get. StayFocused can block spe­cific pages, en­tire do­mains, and even apps and games. With the help of this ex­ten­sion, you’ll stay more fo­cused and get more work done.

DAYBOARD

Dayboard re­places your new tab page with a daily to-do list. You can view th­ese tasks in what’s called Fo­cus Mode, which dis­plays the tasks in your to-do list one at a time. Dayboard will also give you a his­tory of your com­pleted tasks, al­lows you to con­nect teams to your lists, and keep your tasks in sync with all your de­vices. The de­vel­op­ers are al­ways work­ing on new fea­tures (such as the com­ing-soon abil­ity to ar­chive tasks and turn off re­minders when the work­day is over).

AUTO TEXT EXPANDER

Auto Text Expander is an ex­ten­sion fo­cused on sav­ing you time on phrases you repet­i­tively type. You sim­ply add short­cuts for text snip­pets. Ev­ery time you type the short­cut, Auto Text Expander will au­to­mat­i­cally in­sert the text as­so­ci­ated with it. Not only will you save time, but you’ll save the ex­tra work as­so­ci­ated with ty­pos. Auto Text Expander al­lows you to im­port and ex­port your short­cuts (which you should al­ways do, to be safe).

SAVE TO POCKET

Save to Pocket of­fers an ef­fi­cient way to save ar­ti­cles or book­marks for later view­ing. In­stead of cre­at­ing a Temp folder on your Book­mark bar, just add this ex­ten­sion and be done with it. Save to Pocket of­fers one-click sav­ing from the tool­bar, from a con­text menu, and from a keyboard short­cut. Ev­ery­thing you save will ap­pear in your Pocket ac­count and be synced across all of your de­vices.

ONETAB

OneTab is the ex­ten­sion for any­one who keeps too many tabs open at one time. When this hap­pens, those tabs can be­come so small, you have no idea which tab is as­so­ci­ated with what page. OneTab pro­vides a sin­gle tab that lists all your cur­rently open pages. This will also help save mem­ory on your PC (as all of those tabs have been re­duced to a sin­gle in­stance). When you need ac­cess to a tab, you can ei­ther re­store them in­di­vid­u­ally or all at once.

AUTHY

Authy is an ex­ten­sion for set­ting up two-fac­tor au­then­ti­ca­tion (which every­one should be us­ing).

With Authy, you won’t have to con­stantly grab for your mobile device to re­trieve a six-digit PIN (to gain en­trance to those sites you have pro­tected with two-fac­tor au­then­ti­ca­tion).

This ex­ten­sion func­tions in the same way as the mobile app—which means it’s very easy to use.

LASTPASS

LastPass is a free pass­word man­ager that should be con­sid­ered a must-have for any­one who needs to re­mem­ber pass­words across de­vices.

If you are con­cerned about se­cu­rity (and you should be), those pass­words shouldn’t be easy to mem­o­rize. So you want a good pass­word man­ager to take on the task. You can’t go wrong with LastPass.

NOTEBOARD

Note Board is a cork­board for your com­puter screen.

Yes, it’s a bit cheesy. But if you pre­fer to work by vi­su­als (as op­posed to lists), this tool will help you keep your clut­tered mind a bit less clut­tered. With Note Board you can drag and drop con­tent from other tabs or images from your lo­cal file man­ager onto a board.

You can also cre­ate pop­ups with notes and even have pub­lic boards.

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