7 of the Best Chrome Extensions to Add to Your Toolbelt

Google Chrome is, by far, the most popular browser in the world, dominating over 60 percent of the market’s share. 

And because there are so many people using Chrome, developers have flocked to the browser to create extensions.

Even if you’re not a Chrome power user, you likely know some of the incredible extensions Chrome offers. Google itself has developed extensions, but many businesses and independent developers have created their own too.

In this article, we’ll go through seven of the best Chrome extensions out there now!

1. Ghostery

Hate ads and ad trackers? Of course.

That’s why Ghostery is the first extension on this list. Ghostery automatically blocks ads and ad trackers, giving you more privacy and faster speeds.

It’s easy to set up, and if you need an upgrade or want to see tracking analytics, the paid plan is only $4.99 a month.

2. Evernote Clipper

Remember the good old days when we’d cut out and save newspaper clips?

Evernote is bringing that back with Evernote Clipper. Using the tool, you can take snippets from web pages, save entire articles, and bookmark pages. It’s all easy to do, and it’s free.

3. Dark Reader

Dark mode users—unite!

Dark Reader helps you turn all the pages you visit into dark mode. All you have to do is turn it on, and voila, you’ve turned the lights off again.

You can also change a website’s contrast, brightness, and sepia. And, if you’re feeling vintage, grayscale is an option too.

Keep in mind, like many extensions that make heavy changes to a website, Dark Reader can slow your performance.

4. Loom

Imagine a coworker needs help with something online and isn’t available for a phone call or quick meeting. It can be challenging to explain something complicated over an email or video call.

Instead, you could make a quick training video. Unless you have video editing experience, it’s not always that simple.

Loom makes it easy to capture video, add audio, and include a video of yourself. The editing is intuitive, and when you’re ready to share, Loom integrates with tools like Slack and Gmail. 

5. WordTune

Sometimes sentences I write and sense I make not. Let’s try that again: Sometimes, I write a sentence, and it just doesn’t make sense.

If you have trouble coming up with the right words to say, you’re not alone. WordTune can help you rewrite sentences to make them sound better and wiser.

Using AI, the extension will read your text and look for ways to reword your writing. Then it will give you a list of all the different ways you could write something.

You won’t be surprised to know that the paraphrased sentences aren’t always great, but it can save you from brain fog the next time you’re writing an email.

6. SwiftReader

Ever wanted to read faster?

Maybe you want to read more books a year or have a verbose coworker who sends numerous emails a day. Perhaps you just want to catch up on the news faster.

No matter what it is, SwiftReader is here to help. We lose time reading when we have to move our eyes across a screen or page, so SwiftReader will rapidly display one word at a time. Keeping the words in the same spot makes reading a breeze. No eye movement = no time lost.

Many users find they can read 2 to 3 times faster using SwiftReader, and its sister app, Shift Reader, will help you practice speed reading for paper books as well.

7. Extensions Manager

This one is a little meta, but it’s great for the power users because digital disorganization can be as stressful as physical disorganization. Enter Extensions Manager.

Extension Manager can help you see all the extensions on your Chrome browser and quickly delete or deactivate those you don’t need. It’s not hard to do it manually, but this extension can make it much faster, especially when you’re testing multiple extensions at once.

Best Chrome Extension Wrapup

Whether you’re new to Chrome Extensions or already have all the ones we listed, there’s no doubt some of these tools can make your work faster and easier. 

The best Chrome extensions can only take you so far, though. If you’d like to learn more about making some serious upgrades to your business’s tech, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today!

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