The context menu is the box that pops up whenever you highlight a piece of text (or an image) on a webpage and “right-click” (Windows) or “control-click” (Mac) it, giving you various options such as “Save as” or “Copy“.
If you’re a Google Chrome user, you can do a lot more with your context menu besides just copying text or inspecting elements. All you need are the right extensions. In this article, I’m going to show you 3 you should definitely get.
The first extension I’d like to show you is called Search by Image for Google. It works similar to Tineye Image Reverse Search, which we’ve covered in the past.
With this extension, you can initiate a search on Google using pictures on the web. Just right-click on any image and select “Search Google with this image.” When you do that, you’ll see results that show you where that image (and similar images) appear on the web. This can be helpful if you want to see what webpages have posted a specific image or if you simply want to find the same image in different sizes or resolutions.
You can also add a clickable Search by Image icon that appears when you point to an image with this extension. If you want to learn more about a photo, Search by Image for Google is for you.
Next up on our list is ToCal, which lets you send selected text to your Google Calendar via context menu.
This can be really useful if you rely on your Google Calendar to remind you of events and upcoming appointments and such. Even if you’re not particularly busy it always helps to have a reminder!
With ToCal installed, you can highlight dates, times, or even event names while searching the web. Just right click the text, and quickly add entries to your Google calendar. You are presented with a dialog box that allows you to add additional information right then and there, so there is no need to visit your calendar before adding an event.
MapMe works very similarly to ToCal, except instead of sending highlighted text to your Google Calendar, it will take you to Google Maps instead.
If you’re browsing the Internet and you come across an address for something you might be interested in (like a restaurant, perhaps), just select the text, right-click it to bring up the context menu, and select Find in Google Maps. You will be taken directly to a map where you can hopefully view the location you were looking for and get directions to it.
It doesn’t need to be an exact address either, as Google Maps is smart enough to get you near to where you want to be.
With the extensions I’ve covered here, I hope you will save a little time when performing these types of tasks from now on. Do you know of any useful extensions to improve context menu functionality?