Top 10 Google Chrome
Extensions for Productivity,
Design & Email

Jun 6, 2016

Top 10 Google Chrome Extensions for…

If you’re a human, you are probably a fan of saving time. If you’re a human who has chosen an Internet-dependent profession, you most likely a fan of increasing your productivity all the more. Google Chrome offers a number of benefits for the average Internet user and designer alike.

The ability to sign in and sync your bookmarks and preferences across all of your devices is a lovely step 1. Once you do that, you might be hungry for more goodness. Allow me to present your next step: Chrome Extensions. Below are my top 10 favorite extensions with some categorization:

Productivity

1) Last Pass
Stop wasting time writing, remembering, and resetting passwords. Only remember one master password, and keep the rest locked up and easy-to-find in the LastPass password manager. I also appreciate LastPass’ ability to create long, complex passwords for the umpteen million services I join.

2) StayFocusd
Stop wasting time mindlessly Interneting. StayFocusd is a productivity extension for Google Chrome that helps you stay focused on work by restricting the amount of time you can spend on time-wasting websites. Once your allotted time has been used up, the sites you have blocked will be inaccessible for the rest of the day.

3) Adblock Plus
Not all Ad blockers are created equal. I’ve found Adblock to be the bee’s knees. Adblock can block tracking, malware domains, banners, pop-ups and video ads – even on Facebook and YouTube (Hallelu!). Unobtrusive ads aren’t being blocked in order to support websites.

4) Awesome Screenshot
Yes, there are keyboard shortcuts to take screenshots without an extension, but if you’re a frequent “screen shotter” you oughter give yourself some additional tools for the trade. Awesome Screenshot allows you to capture all or part of any web page. Add annotations, comments, blur sensitive info and share with one-click uploads.

screenshot

Design

5) ColorZilla
I am forever sampling colors from web pages for design projects. Forget screenshotting and eye-dropping in PS. ColorZilla allows you to auto copy to clipboard the color of any pixel on the page, view your picked color history and use a nifty CSS Gradient Generator.

6) WhatFont
What is the easiest way to find out the fonts used in a webpage? With this extension, you can inspect web fonts by just hovering on them. It is that simple and elegant. Highlight some text for even more gritty details, you little detective, you.

Behold, the details. No more source coding or playing the guess what font game.

Behold, the details. No more source coding or playing the “Name That Font” guessing game.

Email

7) Grammarly
Chrome’s built-in spell check is nice, but let Grammarly take you to the next level. Grammarly is a contextual spell checker which means it checks for correctly spelled words used in the wrong context (e.g. lose/loose, affect/effect, lie/lay). It also ensures proper use of more than 250 advanced grammar rules and can increase your vocabulary. Unfortunately, it won’t make recommendations on when you should or shouldn’t comment on that YouTube video.

8) Sidekick by Hubspot
Sidekick allows you to be all sorts of creepy with email by seeing who opens and clicks on your email. You can find out when, where and how many times they clicked/opened. You can also see a person’s title, company, social profiles, and recent tweets right next to your email. It’s wonderful context for whom you are writing to.

Best part? You choose which emails are tracked. So you don't have to creep on the regular.

Best part? You choose which emails are tracked, so you don’t have to creep on the regular.

9) Whisker for Gmail
Inbox zero is attainable and Whisker is here to be your purrfect companion. It allows you to quickly delete unwanted messages, block junk & spam in mass. It helped me bring a client’s inbox email total from 4,500 emails to under 50 about as painlessly as possible.

10) Boomerang for Gmail
My inbox is sacred groundsI dare not muck it up with emails I need to address later on. Enter Boomerang. Boomerang allows you to schedule messages to be sent or returned at a later date. Write a message now, send it whenever, even if you’re not online. Track messages to make sure you hear back, and schedule reminders right inside Gmail. Hooray for an inbox with actionable messages at all times.

Do you have any others you think should be included in this list? Or, perhaps a better version of one I have listed? Let your voice be heard in the comments.

Featured image credit to the man, Isaac Bowen, Flikr.

Comments (2)

  • Anya
    Apr 6, 2017

    I’m using a free alternative to Boomerang, it’s called Deskun. There are also such features as scheduling and email snooze.

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    • Istoria
      Apr 6, 2017

      Cool. Boomerang is free to use for up to 10 boomerangs per month. Deskun looks pretty extensive, though. Much more robust. Thanks for the recommendation.

      Reply

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