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Chrome extensions

Essential chrome extensions to increase business productivity

Working life seems to get busier and busier. If you feel like there simply aren’t enough hours in the day then it might be time to set some time aside to look at what you could be using to save you time and make your working life easier and more productive.

Google’s Chrome web store offers a huge range of extensions that can save time, help you create work that impresses your boss or make life just that little bit easier. The problem is there are so many you could waste hours trying to choose the ones that might work for you. Here’s a quick round up of essential Chrome extensions, we think you might start to wonder how you lived without them!

Here are some of our favourites to get you started and save you trawling through the Chrome web store for hours.

Essential Chrome extensions for business

Chrome to mobile

Perfect if you are looking at something online on your computer but are running out of time. Quickly send web pages from Chrome on your computer to Chrome on your phone or tablet to look at on the move.

Lucidchart

No more struggling with flowcharts in word.  With lucidchart you can create diagrams, flowcharts, mind maps and UML diagrams. You can also work on them collaboratively with your colleagues.

Mighty text

This one is so simple. Mac users who have iPhones have been doing this for ages, it allows you to send texts to mobiles straight from your computer. This might not sound like it would make a huge difference to you productivity but sometimes it is the little things that add up to make a difference.

StayFocusd

If you are one of those people who gets easily distracted online then this is definitely one for you. We’ve all lost time in the day on social media or found ourselves engrossed in a blog before realising your to do list just isn’t getting done. StayFocusd will block those time frittering sites freeing you up to be more productive and efficient.

Lightshot

Lightshot allows you to take quick screenshots and customise them. For example you could draw arrows to highlight a specific point on a page. This can be great for making your own notes or for working collaboratively with others. It is easy to use and will save you time explaining things.

Search by image

Google images in reverse. This is brilliant, depending on your line of work this might be one that is more useful for creative types but the possibilities are endless. This might be an app that you find useful outside of work too. (We can certainly see it revolutionising our approach to online shopping!)

Adblock

One of the most popular extensions Adblock does exactly what it says on the tin. If you are fed up of seeing advertising everywhere you go online then this is definitely worth installing.

Lazarus

If you’ve ever spent ages filling in a form online only for it crash just before you click the submit button then you’ll understand how valuable this app could be. Lazarus saves what you’re doing so if your browser crashes it really doesn’t matter. All is not lost, you have a back up.

Evernote

Perfect if you are one of those people who collects ideas and inspiration and then forgets where you saw something. Every computer, phone and mobile device you use can become an extension of your brain.

HTTPS Everywhere

Download this app and it will automatically switch website from insecure “http” to secure “https”. Perfect if you are concerned about online security,  surveillance or account hijacking.

SecureGmail

Another one for you if you are concerned about privacy and security. If you ever have to send sensitive information by email then SecureGmail could be the answer. Click on a button, and your email will be sent through Gmail in an encrypted format. The recipient will need a password from you to decrypt it.

Do you have your own essential Chrome extensions that you couldn’t live without? Recommendations are often the best way to find new useful tools and apps. Share them with us on Twitter @PescadoGroup