10 Best Google Chrome Extensions for Productivity

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Chances are the most productive people you know aren’t just naturally organized and efficient. Instead, they can use a full suite of tools to help them stay on track. Google Chrome extensions are an example of tools that can help with productivity issues. These miniature software programs work in your browser to add useful new features.

We take a look at the best Google Chrome extensions for productivity. Added bonus: all of these are completely free. You probably don’t need every one of them, but enable a few carefully selected ones, and people might start wondering how. you manages to be just as productive…


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Anyone who thinks they’re wasting too much time with email should consider this handy tool. It lets you get fully customized Gmail notification pop-ups to keep you up to date with what’s happening in your inbox and save you from having your email open in a separate tab. You can also click on the icon of this extension to get an inbox preview window to briefly check the first messages in your inbox, as well as read, listen or delete emails without opening – and be distracted by – full Gmail.

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This add-on is an absolute boon for anyone who could really use a dual-monitor setup, but can’t afford it or don’t have the space to install one. Dualless is described as “the poor man’s dual-monitor solution”. It can double your productivity by splitting your browser window in half on your single screen in proportions to suit your needs, like 3:7, 4:6, 5:5, 6:4, or 7:3. It is an impressive free tool.

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This extension increases your productivity by teaching you how to better manage your time at work. It’s a timer that helps you divide your day into half-hour chunks, based on the theories behind Francesco Cirillo’s “Pomodoro technique”: you set a timer for 25 minutes of hard work; when the stopwatch rings, you take a five-minute break; then you start the process again.

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Google Tone is pure technological wizardry. It lets you send URLs with a single click, rather than copying and pasting and then sending them. This extension creates a special sound signature for microphones from other computers to identify as a URL. It uses your computer’s speaker to broadcast this unique beep code. Any computer that can “hear” this code (and is in the same physical location as you or on a video or audio call) that also has the extension will receive the audio and translate it to the URL you want to share.

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As Grammarly states, misspellings and grammatical errors can affect your credibility. Going back and checking the spelling takes up valuable time. Consider installing this extension to automatically correct your text as you type in Gmail, Google Docs, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, WordPress, and millions of other sites. It will underline misspelled words in red and flag grammatical errors and misuse of punctuation. It will even analyze the conciseness of your writing.

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What you hear while you work can seriously hinder or improve your work process. The Noisli extension helps you create a soundscape to block out distracting ambient sounds and help you focus better. A variety of nature sounds, such as rain, waves, forest, flickering flames, etc., create a bland sound to increase your concentration. Alternatively, there are train noises, and even a noisy coffeeshop if that suits you better.

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This smart little tool is ideal for anyone who has embraced the Google Drive lifestyle. It saves you time by letting you view and edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, without having to install Office on your computer. When you’re done viewing and/or editing, you can save each file in its original Office format or convert it to Docs, Sheets, or Slides.

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StayFocusd saves you from wasting time on websites that ruin your time management efforts. You can add the URLs of sites you know to use for procrastination when you should be focusing on production. You can then set time limits on how much time you will allow yourself to spend on each site daily. Once you reach this time limit, StayFocusd will block the site for the rest of the day.

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The Zoom Chrome extension allows any user to schedule Zoom cloud meetings directly from Google Calendar. With the click of a mouse, you can start an instant meeting right away or schedule a future one. Once you set up a meeting, the URL is sent via a Google Calendar invitation. Anyone invited can join with just one click.

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Dagbladet Norwegian outlet, translated into English, with dozens of other options available through the Google Translate extension.
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Instead of copying and pasting and navigating to Google Translate on the web to translate text, Google Translate saves you time by allowing you to translate in one click. Using the extension, simply highlight or right-click on the text you want to translate and voila!

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