8 Chrome hacks & extensions that make you more productive

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Google Chrome is by far the web’s most popular browser and for good reason. It is not only fast and stable but offers a whole ecosystem of extensions and a whole bunch of hidden secrets. Today we are going to take a look at some of our favorites.

Grammarly

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We all make silly typos from time to time. Sometimes they’re inconsequential, like on a Facebook comment. Others not so much. Either way, Grammarly can help. It automatically alerts you to the most common mistakes, give suggestions to correct them.

 

Mute your tabs with this Chrome flag

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In recent versions of chrome, they helpfully introduced the speaker icons for tabs that had sounds playing.  Out of the box, the fastest way to mute it is to right click the tab and click on mute. But there is a better way. By typing “chrome://flags/#enable-tab-audio-muting” in the Omnibox, you can mouse over the speaker icon and click it to put a tab on mute.

 

Todoist

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Todoist is one of the most popular task management apps and comes with an excellent Chrome extension that makes it easy to manage from any page you are surfing instead of having to open the web app.

 

StayFocusd

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StayFocusd is a great extension that allows you to block sites for a set amount of time so you can stay on task. Perfect for people who are easily distracted

 

Chrome Calculator

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If you need to do quick calculations, instead of opening your calculator app, you can do that in the Omnibox too. I find it really quick to press control(command on a Mac)-L to select the Omnibox and put in whatever I’m trying to calculate immediately.

 

Reopen closed tabs

I’m not sure about you, but I like having as few concurrent tabs open as possible. Because of this, I tend to prematurely close some tabs and this trick has saved me tons of time. By pressing Control(Command)-Shift-T, you open the last tab you closed and it works multiple times!

 

Momentum

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Momentum is a minimal dashboard that opens each time you start a new browser tab. It gives you a beautiful image background, the weather and a reminder of what you are supposed to be doing instead of going to randomly surf around.

 

Hover Zoom

Often, when images are posted on websites, they are resized to fit the layout. This makes for a much better user experience, but haven’t you wanted to see the images in their full sized glory? Hover Zoom allows you to do that just by hovering over the image as its name suggests.

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