The 10 Best Google Chrome Extensions to Make Your Life Easier

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One of the best and worst things about Google Chrome is the amount of browser extensions you can find in the Chrome store. It’s the best because it gives users almost limitless ways to improve their Chrome experience, but it’s also the worst because you might not know how many extensions you’re missing if you never look for them.

Chrome extensions can do everything from completely revamping your inbox to filtering out websites with adult content. Here’s a small sampling of the most useful Chrome extensions available today (listed in no particular order).

1. Save to Google Drive

Instantly send screenshots to Google Drive with this extension.
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This one is pretty self-explanatory and basic, but it’s good at what it does. Save to Google Drive places a small icon in the top right corner of the browser that will send everything you watch to your Google Drive account for later viewing. There is also an option in the context menu for greater specificity.

It works for taking screenshots as well as recording images, audio or video. Again, there’s not much to this extension, but it’s a quick and easy way to send something to cloud storage for anyone who might need to transfer things between devices.

2. Sorted

Sorted Chrome extension

Sortd makes it easy to organize emails into different categories.
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People were discouraged when Google announced the closure of its Inbox by Gmail app, and it was understandable. The productivity-focused Gmail alternative gave its users ways to organize their inboxes and prioritize the things that really mattered to them.

The Sorted The Chrome extension may not be a perfect replacement, but it works well enough. It seamlessly integrates with Gmail after installation and allows users to drag and drop messages into custom columns. Sortd also lets you take notes and keep a to-do list in a sidebar.

The best part is that it’s easy to jump straight back to the regular Gmail view for any reason with just the click of a button.

3. Honey

Honey Chrome Extension

Easily find and sort coupons using Honey.
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Honey is one of the most popular and beloved Chrome extensions, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a quick and easy way to find coupons when shopping online, either through an icon next to the URL or on a centralized website.

The internet has made shopping more convenient in many ways, but it can still be difficult to know if you’re getting the best price on something or not. Honey does the work for you and is a useful money-saving tool.

4. Chrono Download Manager

Chrono Download Manager

Much better than the default downloads view.
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For as much progress as Chrome has made over the years, downloading stuff still isn’t the best part of the experience. Trying to browse images, apps, or other things you might have downloaded requires opening a separate tab that isn’t particularly well-organized. Also, that download bar at the bottom of the screen is just plain ugly.

Chrono Download Manager is a nice alternative offered by the extension market. Click the extension icon in the upper right corner to get a neatly sorted window with all your downloads. You can group them by date or type and even preview each download as soon as it’s finished.

5. HTTPS Everywhere

Lock laptop keyboard

Keep your data under lock and key.
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Browsing the internet can be a risky proposition in 2019. Your data can be collected seemingly anywhere at any time, and it can be difficult to know which websites are secure or not.

It’s there that HTTPS Everywhere The simple Chrome plug-in lets you switch any website from the default “http” to “https”, which in simple terms means it’s encrypted and more secure. It’s impossible for one browser extension to fix all the Internet’s problems, but HTTPS Everywhere has a job and does it well.

6. I don’t care about cookies

Cookies

These types of cookies are worth your attention.
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Many websites use tracking “cookies” to store user information of anyone who visits them. EU data regulations now require these websites to tell you and ask for your permission. While that might be a good thing, having to do it on a regular basis can get a bit annoying.

This Chrome extension isn’t flashy or complicated, because all it does is press the “I accept” button for you on cookie pop-ups. It’s a little more than a time saver, but it works.

7. Dalton Color Blindness Extension

Dalton's test of color blindness

The Dalton Color Blindness extension is a handy tool for color blind people.
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Some people don’t have perfect color vision, but the world isn’t made for those people. When objects or images on a website are not easily distinguishable for the deficient color, the Dalton Chrome extension is a neat solution.

Located in the upper right corner of the browser, Dalton displays a simple menu with options for three different types of color blindness. Users can choose one and adjust two color sliders to hopefully make the website they are viewing more readable. There is no cure for color blindness, but Dalton might help.

8. Speed ​​test

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Get a quick overview of your internet connection with Speedtest.
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The internet is faster than ever, but it’s still not perfect. Sometimes you may need to check your connection speed before trying to stream a video or download a large attachment. Fortunately, speed test makes this quite easy.

Simply click the “Go” button and Speedtest will perform a quick connection test on the network you are using. There’s not much beyond that, but if you have questions about your network speed, Speedtest can give you answers.

9. Garter belt

Configuring Tab Pause

Tab Suspender will lighten the load on your browser.
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The main problem with tabbed browsing is that it’s easy to fly too close to the sun. It can be tempting to keep dozens of tabs open, which inevitably slows down Chrome.

Hanging tab is a viable solution to this problem. It will automatically suspend all open tabs after some time to keep everything working properly. Just go to the tab and click or refresh to bring it back.

10. Grammar

Grammar

The grammar will correct the errors for you.
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Grammar isn’t a new or obscure Chrome extension, but it’s useful. Anyone who writes anything knows the terror of unintentional typos or grammatical errors. Grammarly will find and correct them for you.

Obviously, spell-checking systems already exist, but it can never hurt to have a more detailed and in-depth one.

Editor’s Note: Mashable and Speedtest are both owned by Ziff Davis.

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