While Google Chrome is a pretty nifty browser on its own with its minimalist design and quick operations, the best thing it is its ability to be customized. As you know, Google Chrome gives users the ability to add extensions to their browsers turning an otherwise normal browser into one that is super functional. With new Chrome extensions being released every day, it’s hard to discover the ones you may find interesting or helpful. So if you’re in the market for new extensions that could help make your life easier, here’s a list of the new offerings you should look out for in 2016.
Facebook is a great way for us to stay in touch with our friends and family. However, sometimes, the Facebook page can feel cluttered and incredibly distracting. While many do get used to the clutter, others aren’t so lucky. Facebook Flat tweaks your Facebook page, simplifying it and making it look a little more “flat”. This version of Facebook is less jumbled and a lot easier on the eyes.
The internet, while an incredibly helpful tool, is known for being incredibly distracting. With Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and a host of other sites, it has become way too easy to become distracted from the work that should really command our attention. Enter StayFocusd. While more tech-savvy users can set limits on their social media use by adjusting their router settings, StayFocusd makes it a lot easier to set limits for the time we spend scrolling through never-ending pages of social media content.
Have you ever wanted to jot down a note about the content you were viewing on the screen? With Sidenotes you can do just that. Rather than switching back and forth between the web page and your word processor, Sidenotes gives you the ability to perform these tasks on the same page. After installing Sidenotes, the extension allows you to open a notepad at the side of your screen on any page that you are currently viewing. Your notes are then saved to Dropbox from which you can access them later.
Boomerang Calendar gives users a simpler way to manage their calendars, eliminating double booking and helping you ease that overflowing schedule. After installation, you allow Boomerang Calendar to take over the responsibilities from Google Calendar. The extension allows you to set up meetings with the help of your clients. You suggest available meeting times and the client chooses the one that is most convenient for him. Following this, the meeting time is inserted into both your calendar and theirs.
If you are a bargain hunter, you know that finding that perfect deal can exact a heavy toll on your email inbox. Signing up with individual merchants can lead to a flood of newsletters among other kinds of unwanted email that can fill your inbox and add stress to your life. Honey promises to make bargain hunting easier on both you and your email inbox by allowing you to search for and apply discount codes when checking out. It also works with major retailers such as Amazon, Target and Macy’s just to name a few.
FlashTabs is a cool Chrome extension that makes it easier to study and memorize hard-to-remember information. Whether it’s an important Algebra exam or whether you are trying to learn a new language, FlashTabs works by opening a flash card every time you open a new tab. You can create your own flashcards with questions and answers. Opening a new tab presents a new flash card to be answered. When you think you have the answer figured out, clicking “Show” will reveal the correct answer. The only issue with FlashTabs is that there is no way to randomize your flash cards. They are always shown in the order in which they were created.
This extension is a must-have for anyone who uses a lot of Google’s products. Once installed, Black Menu for Google places a button on your toolbar which when clicked, opens a dropdown menu with links to a variety of Google services. In order to gain access to each service, you will need to grant permission on a one-by-one basis. However, the extension allows you go access services such as YouTube, Google News and Google Drive just to name a few.
We’ve all faced had this problem before. Having too many tabs open can lead to a jumbled, frustrating mess. It becomes an even bigger problem when trying to get work done. Sometimes just making the decision to close the tabs can be difficult. What are our options then? Tab Wrangler is just the extension we need. The extension automatically closes unused tabs after they’ve been open for a stipulated time. However, it does not affect pinned tabs, allowing you to still save the tabs you need. Yet even when it closes excess tabs, all is not lost. You can still click on the Tab Wrangler icon to view a list of your closed tabs.
Surely it’s happened to all of us multiple times. We are reading an article on the internet when suddenly we’re confronted with a word that is completely foreign to us. We could either choose to ignore it and move on or we can stop and search for the definition on the internet or in a physical dictionary. Neither method is particularly pleasing as each causes us a break in our concentration. Google Dictionary helps to solve this problem by placing a dictionary at our fingertips. After installation, highlight the unknown word and click the dictionary icon next to the address bar to discover its meaning. Alternately, click on the same icon and type in a word to perform a search.
There are tons of new extensions being revealed every day. While not everyone will meet our fancy we are bound to find a few that we will find useful. All it takes is a little searching.