On its own, Google Chrome is an incredible internet browser, and one that you should definitely consider using
if you don't already. Once you have Chrome (it's free to download and use), there are thousands
of different “extensions” you can add. These are little tools, mostly free, that give you added superpowers when using the web. Best of all, you don’t need any sort of expertise to install them or
Personally, I use these extensions for all sorts of things; better shopping, productivity, bookmarking, email. If you’re poking along in an old browser, don’t settle for good enough. Add these
extensions to your version of Chrome and supercharge your experience online.
How to install a Google Chrome extension
“Install” makes it sounds way more complicated than it is. Basically all you have to do is find the extension you want in the Chrome Webstore
, click on the blue button (free extensions will say “+Free”) and follow the instructions. Some extensions will work behind the scenes, while others will be available as
little icons to the right of your toolbar.
Seriously, though...update that browser!
If you don't have Chrome or another modern browser like Firefox yet, consider some of my reasons for
: security, speed, better features, and a better overall experience surfing the web.
Additionally, web applications like Jimdo use advanced technologies that require modern browsers to work correctly. By having an updated browser, you’ll ensure that you’re able to edit your
website, recover your password if you forget it, and have a great experience as you build the website of your dreams.
Once you download Chrome
, remember to use it by making it your default browser:
- Open Chrome and click the menu on the far right of the toolbar (it looks like three vertical lines)
- Select Settings
- Scroll down to the Default Browser section and click "Make Google Chrome the default browser."
Free Chrome extensions for productivity
All the little
icons for my Chrome extensions are ready to go in my toolbar.
nowadays is just as important as locking your home upon leaving for the day.
On the other hand, remembering a different password with weird characters for each of your online accounts is also nearly impossible. No more! LastPass
helps you come up with randomly generated, military-grade
passwords that will keep you safe as you navigate the internet. And the best part is that LastPass saves these passwords so that you don’t have to. Next time you visit your Jimdo site to log in,
simply enter your LastPass master password, and LastPass will take care of logging in for you.
Read more: Everything You Need to Know About Password Security
I love reading blogs! And I hope you’re enjoying the Jimdo Blog as well. Next time you see an article that you like, but don’t have time to read it immediately, use Pocket
to save it for later. Try it now: follow the link to download the extension, log
in to your account (or sign up), and then click on the Pocket icon while you are on this page to save this article for later. Because Pocket is an online service, you can simply log in to your
account from any other device to keep reading saved articles. My favorite feature, though, is their mobile app, which can save a local copy of any article, and it strips out everything but the text
so that you can read it in a clean interface.
single click, Pocket helps me save articles to read later on.
Advertisements on the web can sometimes be intrusive and can potentially ruin your experience online. AdBlock Plus
is the perfect solution for those websites that have an overwhelming
number of ads by removing them automatically upon visiting those sites. However, with great power comes great responsibility
. Keep in mind that some websites’ revenue comes solely from
selling ad space, and if you choose to block those ads, that website will not be compensated. If you frequent a list of websites, consider enabling the ads on those sites to show your support and
help pay for their services.
Free Chrome extensions for email
Aside from having a remarkable web browser, Google also has the best email service around. However, constantly navigating away from your task at hand to check email can put a dent in your
productivity. Enter Checker Plus for Gmail
. Jason Savard has
created one of the most flexible extensions around, allowing you to choose how you’d like incoming emails to be displayed. Whenever a new message comes, Checker Plus for Gmail will flash a box with a
notification of what just arrived. From there, you can choose to read the email, archive it, or to simply trash it. There are a myriad options to explore in this extension.
While on the topic of Gmail, here’s another extension that will make you more productive when it comes to the ever increasing task that is email. Did you know that there are a ton of keyboard
shortcuts that can help you fly through your email? They exist, but sometimes it’s hard to remember them. KeyRocket for Gmail
turns you into a keyboard ninja by giving you a hint
whenever you don’t use keyboard shortcuts. For example, if you click on the Inbox label to see your inbox, KeyRocket for Gmail reminds you that you can use g + i to go to your inbox instead.
lets you choose exactly when to send an email, even if you won't be there to do it. Just set it and forget it.
The last Chrome extension for Gmail in this list is Boomerang for
. Just as a real-life boomerang leaves and returns, Boomerang for Gmail can make it so that you’re reminded about a certain email at a later time. But my favorite feature is the ability to
schedule emails to be sent out at a later date. For example, you can go on vacation and schedule an email to be sent out to your boss Monday morning, explaining that you’ve caught a cold and need
some time to rest. Not that we would ever do that, of course...
Free Chrome extensions for shopping
Last year, Amazon began a new initiative to give back to charities through its AmazonSmile Program
. In essence, whenever a purchase is made
through AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the entire order to charity. I may be forgetful, so Smile Always
makes sure that I’m redirected to the "smile.amazon.com" link whenever
I visit the regular site. This way, the charity of my choice can benefit whenever I shop on Amazon.
Forget waiting for coupons to arrive in the Sunday edition of the newspaper. Honey
expedites the process of finding coupon codes for online services by doing it all on its own. Simply visit a site that is supported by Honey, click on the “Apply coupons” button
that appears on the site, and then sit back as Honey goes to work finding awesome online deals. As of press time, Honey has saved me more than $150 from various online stores, and it continues to be
one of my favorite free Chrome extensions. Just last month, I saved $50 when I booked a hotel!
Free Chrome extensions for design
Love the look
of a certain font on your favorite website? Font Face Ninja will tell you what it is and what size and spacing they're using.
Helvetica, Lobster, Comic Sans—these are just three fonts that are easily recognizable at a glance. Font Face Ninja
is a godsend for those times when you see a stylish font, but
don’t quite know what it’s called. Simply click the extension’s icon and then hover over any text on any website to see some properties of that font. See what font that text is using, how big it is,
and how much vertical and horizontal space it’s using.
Jimdo users: Did you know that the entire Google web fonts directory is available for your Jimdo website? So if you see a Google font you like using Font Face Ninja, you can use
it on your own site. We even have a guide to choosing the right one.
Color is powerful. Truth be told, I’m not an artist, a designer, nor do I have an eye for which colors complement other colors. Just like Font Face Ninja, ColorZilla
helps bring out the designer in you by helping you identify colors on the
web. Simply click the extension icon, click on anything on a website, and voilá—ColorZilla will give you insights about that color. Not only that, if you see a website that you think has a color
scheme that’s pleasing to the eyes, you can have ColorZilla analyze the colors so that you can see which specific ones are being used.
Read More: The Psychology of Color in Web
Changed your mind? How to remove a Google Chrome extension
Even though Chrome extensions are tiny little programs, they are also extremely powerful, If you find that any of these extensions don’t work for you, you can remove them from your browser right
away. To do so, click the menu icon to the right of the extension icons, choose “More tools,” and then click on “Extensions.” When this new page opens up, remove the extension by clicking on the
trash can icon.
These extensions have made me much more productive at work and with my personal projects, but I’m always looking for new extensions that can help further. What recommendations can you offer me and
other Jimdo Blog readers?