As the coronavirus forced more and more companies to experiment and eventually move to telecommuting assays last year, we have grown to rely on technology more than ever. These tools have helped us better manage our resources and coordinate with our classmates, teammates, or employees over the past year, from productivity tools to video conferencing applications and writing improvement software.
While you can always install multiple tools and software on your computer, there’s a considerable amount of work going on inside the browser thanks to web-based applications and tools. Adding cloud-based services such as mail, word processing, and presentation software makes it easier to install browser-based plug-ins that can be integrated into a regular workflow.
We’ve put together a list of five very useful Chrome extensions to help you organize your work, help you get things done faster, and save battery and CPU power to make your computer run more smoothly after a pending presentation.
If you use Gmail, you’ve certainly hoped you could organize your inbox better, especially if you get a lot of emails a day. With simple Gmail notes, you can quickly add two or two notes to your inbox email chains that stay permanent even if you reopen and close your browser. The extension is open source and does not require Gmail access when taking notes in Google Drive.
Network time monitoring
While productivity is very important when we work from home, managing digital well-being and ensuring a healthy work-life balance are equally important. Webtime Tracker works like the Digital Wellness feature on state-of-the-art smartphones and keeps track of all the websites you visit and the time you spend. You can see detailed statistics based on the domain you’ve visited and visualize usage with graphs – the entire extension works offline.
The email doesn’t have to be stressful, but sometimes senders use certain tools, such as pixel tracking, to embed a small invisible image inside the email, which can act as a “read receipt”. This will tell them when you have read their message. This is not ideal because you should be able to read emails on your own terms. Ugly Email takes you quickly through your email and finds those nasty pixels and blocks the tracking pixel. It even throws a small eye icon on every message in your inbox so you know who’s trying to check to see if they’ve looked at their emails!
Have you ever suffered from tab fatigue? Have you opened too many tabs and wanted a way to manage them? This extension gives you a single button to make a quick list of them. When you need to check them, you can use them with the plugin. According to the developer of the OneTab plug-in, pushing tabs you open into an easily re-openable list can save up to 95 percent of memory – a bold statement. According to the developer, you can also load your computer faster from sleep, presumably due to a smaller list of open, active tabs that need to be reloaded.
Save to Google Drive
If Google Drive is the cloud provider of your choice, or if your employer uses Google Workspace, the Save to Google Drive plug-in is very handy for transferring web content as you browse the web. This includes a wide range of content such as images, hyperlinks, documents – even HTML5 audio and video. Once you’ve installed the plug-in, you can right-click to add a link or image to your personal Google Drive or Workspace. The plug-in also lets you export a PDF of the page you’re browsing in the Chrome print menu.