Google Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers available today. It’s clean, it’s elegant and it’s quite powerful. You might like using Incognito Mode to stay anonymous online or you might like the handy extensions that users have created for Read It Later and Chrome. Whatever the case, there’s a lot you can do with this web browser.
Yes, you could use the browser “out of the box” in its default form, but there’s so much more you can accomplish with the right Chrome extensions. Available via the Chrome Web Store, these extensions literally extend the functionality of the browser and provide you with all sorts of ways to be more productive. This is great for business and for personal use, especially since all of these Chrome extensions also happen to be free.
Remind Me by Astrid
As far as to-do lists are concerned, Astrid has always been one of the leaders. It’s no surprise that Astrid has also invaded the Chrome browser to provide a suitable extension. You can use this for reminders, tasks, and to-do lists, easily accessing all of this information with a click of a mouse. It also syncs automatically with the Astrid mobile app you may already have on your iPHone, Kindle Fire, or Android phone. The latest version also boasts Gmail integration, turning emails into to-do list items quickly and easily.
Yes, there’s already the Snipping Tool that’s built into Windows and you may already use other screen capture programs, but the Screen Capture Chrome extension by Google is another great way to do that. You can snap all the visible content within a single tab, you can highlight a specific region of the page, or you save the entire contents of the currently active tab as a standard PNG image. And, yes, the “region” option can include regions that are bigger than the visible part of the page.
Google Chrome to Phone Extension
You start reading an article or browsing a particular website on your computer when you realize that you’ve got to hit the road. While it’s possible to jot down the URL and then enter it manually on your smartphone, it’s way easier to use this possibly most useful of Chrome extensions instead. It’ll push links and other information to Chrome on your Android device, making it easy for you to continue with that Google Map, webpage, or whatever else. It’ll even push phone numbers and selected text.
What does “binary” mean again? Even though I take pride in being a writer, I, too, struggle with the meaning of words from time to time. Just as you may encounter in certain e-readers, this extension will allow you to highlight a word in any given text and provide you with a definition inside of a pop-up bubble. That’s far faster and more efficient than copying and pasting that word into an online dictionary. Multiple languages are supported, including Chinese, Dutch, French, Korean, Russian, Spanish and, of course, English.
Even though you are already using Chrome for whatever reason, there may be a situation where you need to switch to Internet Explorer. You could actually open IE in a separate window or you could use this extension to simulate IE from right within Chrome. The emulator works with multiple versions of IE, too, enabling you to view webpages as if you were using IE6, IE7, IE8, or IE9.
YouSendIt for Webmail
You have a fairly massive file that you’d like to attach to your email message, but your provider is limiting the size of your attachments. Services like Rapidshare have been around for a while for this purpose, but the YouSendIt Chrome extension makes the process even easier by embedding a button directly into your Gmail, Hotmail, and AOL user interface. You’ll need to upgrade to YouSendIt Pro to send files up to 2GB, though.
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