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Chrome’s minimalist and user-friendly interface is a big reason for its popularity. To add to that, there are many developers working to make it even friendlier than it already is. Look at the sheer number of excellent extensions available in the Web store. Give them a spin and you’re sure to find some indispensable ones. Here are three that will make browsing easier for you.

Auto Text Expander

Text expanders are not just for lazy people. They’re a great way to reduce unnecessary typing and protect your hands from RSI Be Lazy: 3 Tips To Reduce The Risk Of RSI By Resting Your Hands Be Lazy: 3 Tips To Reduce The Risk Of RSI By Resting Your Hands Here are three tips that can ease the burden on your hands and make computer or mobile usage slightly more comfortable. Read More . Auto Text Expander allows you to set up keyword shortcuts for your most frequently used text snippets. Of course, it’s not the first software of its kind, and if you have a desktop app for text expansion 7 Awesome Uses For PhraseExpress Text Expander 7 Awesome Uses For PhraseExpress Text Expander In my never-ending quest to find new ways to automate my activities in front of the keyboard, and to shave precious seconds off of my work schedule, I always appreciate new and creative technologies that... Read More , this one is redundant. But it’s among the few decent options available as a Chrome extension (and is therefore perfect for Chromebook users). If the browser is your primary workspace Turn Your Browser Into A Supercharged Workspace With These Simple Steps Turn Your Browser Into A Supercharged Workspace With These Simple Steps Wouldn't it be great if you could manage all your digital work from a single dashboard without having to jump from one app to another? Optimize your Web browser to make a centralized workspace. Read More , Auto Text Expander is a handy tool to have. It’s also easy to use and ad-free. auto-text-expander-chrome-extension

Set up all your shortcuts? Good. Now navigate to the Import/Export section of the extension and look for the shortcut details listed as a plain text snippet. Copy that snippet, paste it into a text file, and upload the file to your favorite cloud storage. That way if something goes awry—with technology it always can—you won’t have to go through the hassle of recreating a long list of shortcuts. You can simply copy-paste the shortcut details on file back into Auto Text Expander.

PasswordBox

PasswordBox is not just a password manager. It’s more of a data vault, and it’s earning praise for its user-friendly workflow.

KeepassX has been my go-to password manager for quite some time now. I never did get around to integrating it with Chrome because of the long procedure involved, and I was tired of copy-pasting data from it every time I wanted to log in to some new account. I wanted to switch to a hassle-free alternative. I’m happy that I skipped popular mainstream options like LastPass, Roboform, and 1Password in favor of this new entrant called PasswordBox.

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With PasswordBox, passwords are saved automatically as you browse. If you have multiple accounts associated with a single service, you can choose between them while logging in. You can also create safe notes and store information like addresses, credit card details, etc. There are many more interesting options such as secure password sharing, 1-click login, and a legacy locker feature. Despite the extensive feature set, PasswordBox does not come across as overwhelming. It’s anything but. It’s also available as a desktop app for Windows and Mac, and also as mobile apps.

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The free version has a limit of 25 passwords. If you have too many online accounts and passwords to keep track of, you’ll need the premium version, which provides unlimited storage. By inviting a handful of people to PasswordBox, you get unlimited storage for free—of course, that’s only if those people sign up as well. But if it’s a great app that you recommend wholeheartedly after using it, why wouldn’t they?

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Working on a new device temporarily? You can log in with your master password at passwordbox.com to gain instant access to all your passwords.

One missing feature, conspicuous by its absence, is two-factor authentication. The good news is that its addition is on the cards.

SimpleExtManager

Chrome is notorious for hogging too much RAM, and each extension you add does its bit in slowing things down further.

How about keeping only your most frequently used extensions enabled all the time and disabling the rest till you need them? Unfortunately, enabling/disabling extensions is cumbersome if you do it the usual way i.e. navigating to Chrome’s default extension manager and clicking on individual check-boxes. That’s where SimpleExtManager makes things super simple. It gives you one-click access to a list of all your extensions (and apps and themes!) to enable or disable them without leaving the page you’re on. You can also delete extensions, tweak their settings, and create groups to simultaneously enable/disable multiple extensions.

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Give Them A Chance…

Eliminate digital clutter, install the right extensions, and learn browsing tricks Browse Faster And Better With These 5 Simple Solutions Browse Faster And Better With These 5 Simple Solutions I have found various easy ways that give me the opportunity to rest my hands. These methods allow me to browse super fast, which is crucial for a web worker, and are efficient overall. Read More  to pave the way for a faster workflow, which in turn makes for a smooth and seamless browsing experience. With a smart browser like Chrome you’re already halfway there!

Which Chrome extensions do you find indispensable because they make browsing simpler for you?

  1. emily
    September 15, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    the extension manager sounds useful!

  2. Rick
    September 4, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    I have been using Extensity ( https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/extensity/jjmflmamggggndanpgfnpelongoepncg?utm_source=chrome-ntp-icon ) happily for quite some time now to do the same thing as SimpleExtManager - but I may have to give that one a try to see if I like it better. Extensity doesn't have that "Groups" feature, nor the ability to delete or access options. Not sure if SimpleExtManager uses more RAM though - Extensity doesn't appear to use any, or at least it isn't showing up in the Chrome Task Manager.

    • Akshata
      September 12, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      I haven't looked into Simple Ext 's RAM usage. Didn't bother to, since it has been running smoothly so far. Thanks for pointing out Extensity, Rick. It's good to have a few options to chose from.

    • Rick S
      September 12, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      Just like Extensity, if it is using any RAM it isn't showing up. Extensity works fine, and I agree it's nice to have options to fall back on - but I am finding that I like Simple ExtManager even better. This is mainly because of the Groups feature and I actually uninstalled Extensity.

    • Aaron C
      September 13, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      Ugh! Biggest pet peeve with Chrome extensions -- I keep them down to the basics that I need... problem is I really need so many. Checking out both Extensity and Simple ExtManager

    • Akshata
      September 14, 2014 at 4:56 am

      @Rick: You won't be disappointed :)

      @Aaron: I know. There are just so many useful extensions, you can't give up any. SimpleExtManager is turning out to be a pretty good solution for extension overload.

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