Google Chrome is the most popular web browser in the world, but despite its great in-built features, the best things about the application are the third-party extensions that you can add to tailor its functionality to your specific needs. In case you're someone who uses Chrome a lot, you should know that there are several add-ons that can help you save a lot of time. If I've managed to pique your interest, here are the top five time-saving extensions for Chrome.
Google Mail Checker
As you can probably guess from its name, Google Mail Checker will give you a very easy way to check how many mails you have in your Inbox, as well as a one-click solution for accessing your Gmail account. This extension is extremely helpful if you don't like or if you can't use mail notifications on your smartphone. Additionally, the add-on also comes with sound alerts, so that you can hear when a new email arrives even if you're not looking at your screen or if you're completely focused on what you're doing.
Google's search engine is the most used tool on the Internet, but sadly it's not always very effective. There are many cases when certain websites will appear in the results page even though they don't have anything to do with the thing that you were actually looking for. In case this is something that you have to deal with on a regular basis, Personal Blocklist can really help you out. This extension allows you to block specific websites from Google's result pages, so that you only see the pages that are relevant to you. Don't worry though, you can also unblock any website from the list anytime you want to.
Save to Google Drive
If you do a lot of research on the Internet, you probably also save a lot of files on your computer. However, if you want to be able to access those files from your other devices you need to find them on your disk, select them and then upload them to the cloud, which is frankly a huge waste of time. Save to Google Drive is an extension that gives you a quick way to upload content directly to your Google Drive cloud storage from your right-click menu. Of course, this add-on will only be useful to those who have Google Drive accounts.
Copying texts from Internet pages can be quite difficult at times because you're never sure where your cursor actually is. Caret Browsing is a Chrome extension that will solve this problem by making the cursor visible and helping you control it through the web page with the help of your arrow keys. Simply click once to place the cursor, then you can navigate everywhere you want with the help of the keys. Furthermore, if you reach a link that you're interested in, you can press Enter to open it in the same tab or Ctrl+Enter to launch it in a new tab.
Copy Link Name
I think we can all agree that hyperlinks are incredibly useful. However, they have one major drawback: whenever you want to copy their actual text, you need to highlight it with your mouse the press Ctrl+C, which can make you lose a few seconds. Copy Link Name offers a far better solution by adding the option to copy the visible text from the hyperlink directly into your right click menu. It may sound like a minor improvement, but it will really make a difference in the long run.
If you prefer using Google's web browser, you should also read some of our older articles such as: "Top 7 Chrome extensions to make the Internet easier to use", "How to Keep Google Chrome From Hogging All Your Resources" or "Must-have Free Chrome Extensions for Bloggers".