When it comes to web browsers, Google Chrome is my main browser of choice. It syncs all my Google Accounts and makes it easy to switch between them on any device. I also use G Suite for my business and everything integrates with each other.
For my line of work, Chrome is fast, simple, and flexible. Plus they have a wide variety of extensions and developer tools that make it even more efficient for the work I do. Here’s a look at some of my favorites. 😊
Whenever you open up a new tab, it’ll pull the time, weather, custom greeting, quote of the day, and more all on a gorgeous random background. It’s a nice little touch to add to your browsing experience! It’s also a great ice breaker when I’m about to present in a meeting and I have this tab open.
If I had to choose one extension, this one would be it! I’ve used Web Developer for a little over a decade now, and it’s so handy for my line of work! I find it enhances everything you’re able to do already in the browser inspector.
Spoiler alert: your emails are being tracked. If you fall into the “Do Not Track” camp then this browser extension is for you. It will put an eye 👁 next to the emails that are being tracked. If you hover over the eye you can see what tracking program they’re using. Most of the time its metrics tracking from various email marketing platforms. However, it can also come from tools designed to see if you’re opening emails and used for spam.
This is an elegant extension used to view colors, fonts, images, and more. I use it when I need to get specific assets from a site that I can’t easily get with the inspector.
Spelling and grammar checking is a must no matter what business you’re in. Grammarly is an extremely helpful spelling and grammar tool. They also have a plagiarism checker which is helpful for content population.
WhatFont allows you to see what font is being used on any website. It will also tell you where you can get the font if it’s from a CDN like Adobe or Google Fonts. Note: this won’t work on images and for that I recommend WhatTheFont.
I’ve tried a variety of screenshot apps over the years, and FireShot is one of my favorites. It’s also one of the most accurate. Nine times out of 10 it will generate the screenshot without any issue. I also like that it gives you the option of capturing the visible section in addition to the whole page.
I primarily use Pinterest to bookmark resources and inspiration. Sometimes the site I want to pin doesn’t have an adequate image or I need a screenshot of the whole site. This extension generates a screenshot of the site I’m on for quick pinning.
If you’re a Chrome user, what are some of your favorite extensions?
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