Chrome is now the most popular way to view and use the Internet. One of the reasons it has become so popular is because it has the most amount of people building “add-ons.” The following are all of the ones I use and why…

Work in 25-minute spurts

The Pomodoro Technique has become very popular. Basically, you work for 25-minute spurts of interrupted work followed by a 5-minute break. Do 4 of these sets in a row and you take a 15-minute break. These Chrome extensions will put the time in your browser window:

Marinara: Pomodoro® Assistant – Free

FocusMe – Free

Remind yourself to blink

As a variation of the above Chrome Extensions, I like Blinkk because one of the ways to combat eye strain is to blink. My doctor recommended every 20 minutes to stare 20 feet away for 20 seconds (20/20/20).

Blinkk – Free

Create a beautiful home screen

Since we use our Internet browser every day, why not make it beautiful. With Momentum, you can get random backgrounds and a clock. Super helpful!

Momentum – Free

Remove YouTube ads and distractions

Ads are EVERYWHERE. With a quick extension, you can remove all of that distraction and get back to loving YouTube again.

DF Tube – Free

Download videos from the web

Just because you bookmark or like a video doesn’t mean it will be there forever. If you find a video that you love and want to make sure you can have a copy of it, why not download it?

Video DownloadHelper – Free

Downie – Paid

Schedule tabs to open at a specific time

I sometimes need to open up a browser window at a specific time (like when a webinar starts). This extension will let you schedule when to launch a website:

CronTabs – Free

Stop people from tracking the websites you visit or emails you send

Companies make A LOT of money off your movements online, the following will allow you to block just about all those tracking pixels:

Browser

PixelBlock – Free

TrackMeNot – Free

Google Analytics Opt-out Add-on (by Google) – Free

TrackMeNot – Free

uBlock Origin – Free

Cache Clear Shortcut – Free

Cookie AutoDelete – Free

Email

Ugly Email – Free

Find out who opens your email and when

Mail Track – Free

Find discount codes

Honey will scan all available coupon codes for a website and try them automatically. Say goodbye to Coupon Cabin’s codes that never work for me…

Honey

Create visual bookmarks

Toby creates bookmarks as “cards.” You can also create collections of bookmarks and share these with other people. This is great if you work in the marketing department.

Toby for Chrome – Free

Save website content

I never rely on a website to be around next year. When I find something that I really find useful, I make a quick copy with the following:

Evernote Web Clipper – Free

Web Scraper – Free

Take a screenshot of a website

Windows and Macs both all you to take a picture of a computer screen (“screenshot”). What they don’t allow you to do is take a picture of a “full page.”

Full Page Screen Capture

Step up your grammar

Grammarly is great because it will automatically scan what you write and offer you suggestions on where it believes you need that comma.

Grammarly – Free

Surf the Internet safely

These two extensions will allow you to feel a little safer about those sites that you search on the web:

HTTPs Everywhere – Free

Malwarebytes Browser Extension – Free

Make Gmail beautiful again

Simplify for Gmail is my favorite Gmail extension. It just helps me see what I need without all the distractions:

Simplify / Gmail – Free

Speed up Chrome

Chrome isn’t the fastest software. Safari and Firefox are much quicker programs but both don’t allow me to use my favorite extensions from this list. By using The Great Suspender, you can “pause” a tab until you need to wake it back up:

The Great Suspender – Free

Access another person’s computer

Every once in a while I need to help someone with their computer. With Google’s Chrome Remote Desktop, I can go into someone else’s computer and make tweaks to their system or teach them how to use a program:

Chrome Remote Desktop – Free