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Extensions can turn Google Chrome from a simple browser into a productivity powerhouse 15 Can't-Miss Chrome Extensions for Productivity 15 Can't-Miss Chrome Extensions for Productivity Today we bring you a few more essential extensions geared toward helping you work better online. Read More . Sure, you have to be careful to make sure they don’t slow down your experience or compromise your security, but if used correctly they can save you time, energy, and clicks.

There are tens of thousands of extensions available in the Chrome Web Store. We’ve all heard of some of the most popular (such as Google Drive 15 Essential Chrome Extensions For Google Drive 15 Essential Chrome Extensions For Google Drive You've probably got a bunch of files on Google Drive -- and you're going to love these extensions and apps to make better use of your Drive space and the files you keep there. Read More , Google Translate 10 Top Browser Tools To Translate Web Pages 10 Top Browser Tools To Translate Web Pages Almost half of all the Internet is inaccessible unless you're fluent in multiple languages. So what are the best tools for translation? These ones. Read More , the Evernote Web Clipper Evernote Web Clipper 6 for Chrome Brings Markup, Reminders, New Design & More Evernote Web Clipper 6 for Chrome Brings Markup, Reminders, New Design & More Evernote has updated its Web Clipper extension for Google Chrome browsers. It adds markup tools from Skitch and a reader-friendly view from Clearly. And yeah, it's got a whole design refresh too. Read More , and Save to Pocket How To Save Twitter Links To Pocket Or Other Bookmarking Services How To Save Twitter Links To Pocket Or Other Bookmarking Services Twitter is a fantastic social-powered list of must-read items. How do you track and save them them? Don't worry, there's always technology to make things easier. Read More ) but what about some of the lesser-known ones? How do you find them? Which are the best 12 New Chrome Extensions You'll Want in 2016 12 New Chrome Extensions You'll Want in 2016 Here are 12 new extensions that prove Chrome is the browser to stick with. You will definitely want to try these out. Read More ?

We have the answers; here are ten Chrome extensions Most Popular Chrome Extensions and Posts of 2015 Most Popular Chrome Extensions and Posts of 2015 It is time to take a look back at some of the new features, notable MakeUseOf posts, and standout extensions surrounding one of the most popular browsers, Chrome. Read More you need to try right now.

1. Clipboard History 2

If you do a lot of copying and pasting, this is a great extension.

We all know how frustrating it can be when you think you’ve got something saved on your clipboard, only to find you overwrote it with something else.

This solves the problem; it keeps all of your clipboard’s history for a pre-set number of days, allowing you to rollback to any item on the list.

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2. StayFocusd

The problem with the Internet is that it’s too distracting How to Get a Distraction-Free Computer in 10 Easy Steps How to Get a Distraction-Free Computer in 10 Easy Steps Your attention is consumed by distractions. Remove them to increase your focus and productivity. We show you the most common computer-related time suckers and how to disable or block them. Read More . Just as you’re building up some momentum to your productivity 25 Chrome Extensions to Make You More Productive 25 Chrome Extensions to Make You More Productive We hear so much about productivity. How do we become more productive? What can help us be extra productive? Which tools make us the most productive? Read More , you get a Facebook notification and another hour disappears down the drain.

The StayFocusd extension tries to eliminate these distractions by limiting the amount of time that you can spend on the thousands of time-sucking websites. You set yourself a predetermined amount of time that you can spend on Facebook, Twitter, and any of site of your choosing, and once it’s been used up, the extension will prevent access.

Supposedly, there is no way to circumnavigate the block once it’s activated. Most people wouldn’t find it easy, anyway.

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3. Checker Plus for Gmail

Whether you love it or hate it, Gmail has now offered the ability to manage multiple email accounts How to Import & Manage Multiple Email Accounts in Gmail How to Import & Manage Multiple Email Accounts in Gmail It is not uncommon to have several email accounts, but checking multiple accounts in different places is tedious. Hence, many people revert to a desktop email client like Thunderbird or Outlook to manage all their... Read More through one inbox for a long time.

The truth is, it could be a lot better.

Checker Plus introduces some of the features you probably wish Gmail had natively. It can provide desktop notifications, lets you read and delete emails without opening Gmail, and provides a slicker way to easily manage multiple accounts. It even works with Google Inbox.

4. GIF Delayer

GIFs are a common occurrence GIFs, The Language Of The Web: Their History, Culture, and Future GIFs, The Language Of The Web: Their History, Culture, and Future Read More on the Internet (though how a file-type that’s one year away from its 30th birthday has not been replaced with something more modern is a discussion for another day!).

You can lose hours of time watching GIFs on sites like Reddit, but they’re not without problems. For example, one of the most common issues is GIFs that failed to load promptly.

GIF Delayer will stop any site from playing GIFs until they are fully buffered; it’s a sure-fire frustration-reliever.

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5. Honey

Everyone loves a bargain Where to Find the Best Amazon Deals Outside the U.S. Where to Find the Best Amazon Deals Outside the U.S. There are lots of sites that help you save money on Amazon in the US, but what about the rest of the world? Read More , and this is an extension that excels in bargain-finding.

Honey works by automatically applying money-saving coupons to your cart whenever you’re in the checkout of an online store.

At the moment, it’s only available in the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, and India.

6. timeStats

Ever wonder where all those hours in front of your computer are spent? Try out timeStats.

It monitors the amount of time you spend on each site and presents it all in a variety of different graphs and charts. You can view results by day, week, or month, as well as by category, and you can delete certain days or exclude particular sites from your results.

Use it in conjunction with StayFocusd and you’ll be onto a productivity winner.

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7. Cite This For Me

If you’re currently a student or at high-school, this extension is a dream come true; it will automatically create either a PA, MLA, Chicago, or Harvard style reference for any site you’re visiting.

It also lets your build up a bibliography Cool Websites & Tools - Make a Bibliography, Interactive Games Ads, & US Job Vacancies Cool Websites & Tools - Make a Bibliography, Interactive Games Ads, & US Job Vacancies Read More and syncs beautifully with their website, citethisforme.com.

You can generate your reference by clicking the button, then copy and paste it into your desired document.

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8. Social Fixer for Facebook

Instead of using extensions to limit your time on social media, perhaps you feel like you want to spend even more time on sites like Facebook? If that describes you, install Social Fixer for Facebook.

The extension’s premise is to “fix annoyances, adds features, and enhance existing functionality to make Facebook more fun and efficient”. It does a good job – for example, it offers tabbed news feeds, advanced feed filters, comment trackers, and better “quick links”.

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9. Instagram for Chrome

It’s important to understand this isn’t an official Instagram product, but it certainly fills a gap in the market.

As any seasoned Instagram users will know, the desktop support Apply Instagram-Like Effects To Your Photos On Your Desktop With Perfect Effects 3 [Windows & Mac] Apply Instagram-Like Effects To Your Photos On Your Desktop With Perfect Effects 3 [Windows & Mac] Ever since Instagram was introduced on iOS, people have been easily adding filters to their images to make them look better, or cooler, or any other adjective you can think of. The only downside to... Read More for the popular photo-sharing service is, frankly, awful. This extension gives you the full mobile offering from the comfort of your browser; nothing is blocked, locked, or unavailable.

It already has more than a million users, making it somewhat surprising that Instagram themselves haven’t provided an official offering.

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10. Refresh Monkey

How many times do you visit a site and find yourself constantly clicking refresh? Perhaps it’s because you’re waiting for tickets for an in-demand concert, maybe your monitoring an online auction, or you’re trying to follow the score of your favorite sports team.

This extension will enable you to sit back and relax by automatically refreshing the screen at set intervals. It includes a countdown timer in the toolbar and will alert you of any changes on the page after each refresh. The latter of those two features is great, it means you can carry on working in another tab and not miss anything important.

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What Are Your Favorite Little-Known Extensions?

These ten Chrome extensions are enough to get you started, but with a bit of exploring you’ll be able to find loads more cool extensions.

Naturally, we’d love to hear about the extensions you really love. Whether they improve your productivity, save you time, or make your Internet usage more fun, we are certain some of your fellow readers would benefit from knowing about them.

You can leave all your tips and opinions in the comments section below.

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  1. Mickey
    September 29, 2016 at 1:31 am

    I use PoziTone, Print Waste Minimizer, and Scroll To Top Button.

    Lifesavers!

  2. Brittany Tamarkin
    July 13, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    1) Ad block plus - if i could only install one extension, then this would be it.
    2) Lucid charts - Particularly useful if you only use chromebook.
    3) Never Give Up by Clever Nuance - Just installed. This little thing makes me happy.
    4) Gmail offline
    5) Oh N0 - Just installed. Simple and addictive game with a clean interface.

  3. Prathyusha Sandilya
    June 16, 2016 at 6:16 am

    Momentum is a good and fun extension. For people who love travelling.

  4. Kelsey Tidwell
    May 19, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    I'm still waiting for an extension to automatically edit comments that are made by people who think it is either grammatically correct, cute, or so so trollishly funny to capitalize Every Single Word.

    • A41202813GMAIL ..
      May 19, 2016 at 9:31 pm

      You Are Displaying Several Types Of Pain:

      A - You Could Spare Some Of Your Own Trolling Time To Find An Extension To Solve Whatever Problems You Have,

      B - You Could Support Your Local Pharmacy - They Have All Sorts Of Ointments For Your **Other** Pain.

      Whatever Problems You Have Displayed Here - There Is An APP For That.

    • Dan Price
      May 19, 2016 at 10:13 pm

      You've been spending too much time in the MUO comments section ;)

      • Kelsey Tidwell
        May 19, 2016 at 10:17 pm

        You, sir, are absolutely correct. :)

  5. Megan Keane
    May 18, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Agreed, the Instagram was is gold. I like the time stats one too, though I'm a little afraid of what my results would be some days...

    I also like Diigo for easy bookmarking/annotation and LastPass (a must for keeping track of 8 million passwords). Thanks for the great post!

  6. A41202813GMAIL ..
    May 18, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    No FEBE For CHROME, Yet ?

    Developers Are Killing Me.

    Cheers.

  7. Caroline West
    May 18, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    I have just discovered a fab extension called 'Save to Google'. It lets you save web pages, sort of like bookmarks but better.

    This is a little description from the pc mag where I found out about it:

    "Unlike regular browser bookmarks, the sites you save are stored, organized and displayed on a simple Google website that's accessible from any browser"

    To view Saves there are 3 ways:

    1. From the extension itself
    2. From the right click menu
    3. From the website http://www.google.com/save

    I wanted something simple. Pocket and Evernote are essential but sometimes a whole article isn't needed and that's where Save to Google comes in. It's perfect! Adding tags help with organizing and its layout is really nice.

    I only learnt about this ext yesterday and, for me, it's now a must-have!

  8. Lyndal Cairns
    May 18, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Instagram for desktop! You've just changed my working life.

    I also enjoy: Invisible Hand (if it can find a better deal on the product currently on screen, it will popup) and Alexa (check the popularity of any one website).

  9. Jessica
    May 18, 2016 at 4:55 am

    Unfortunately you can easily disable stayfocusd. Make sure you hide it from the taskbar and disabled access 2 Chrome apps. That'll make it more difficult.

  10. Mark O'Neill
    May 17, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    The Instagram one is pure gold! Thanks!

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