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Your entire browsing experience revolves around manipulating links. So when you browse so much every day, it’s only logical to use a set of helper tools to deal with links.

Today, we’ll show you which link-related tasks you can make easier with Chrome extensions. It’s sure to speed up your browsing 32 Keyboard Shortcuts to Speed up Your Workflow in Any Browser 32 Keyboard Shortcuts to Speed up Your Workflow in Any Browser Browsing faster is not an elusive goal, nor does it need drastic changes to your workflow. Adopting a few simple new habits like keyboard shortcuts should do the trick. Here's how. Read More .

1. Shorten Links With Bit.ly

For several years now, Bitly has been everybody’s go-to service for shortening URLs. Bitly does have an official Chrome extension to go with the service, but that’s not the one that we’re recommending today. Our pick is an unofficial Bitly extension called Bit.ly. Notice the period in the extension name; it’s missing from the name of the official extension.

There’s not much work required to use the Bit.ly extension. Click on its toolbar icon when you’re on any webpage to reveal a tiny pop-up box. This is where the extension shortens the URL of the current page for you and copies it to the clipboard. A couple of seconds is all it takes and then you’re free to hit Ctrl + V (or Cmd + V if you’re on macOS) to paste the link elsewhere.

Chrome Extension Bit.ly

Look for the share buttons below the short URL in the box. You can use these to share the link to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or any other AddToAny service.

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If you’d like to keep shortened links backed up to your Google account, go with goo.gl URL Shortener. Of course, you could also set up your own URL shortener The Advantages of Setting Up Your Own URL Shortener & How To Do It The Advantages of Setting Up Your Own URL Shortener & How To Do It In a world of 140 characters, and short attention spans, you need to get as much text as possible in your Twitter status, if you are going to effectively get your message across. Read More instead of using one provided by a third party.

2. Expand Shortened Links With LongURL

It’s important to expand URLs before you click on them, because you never know what could be lurking behind them. This goes for all links that you have received or those that you have stumbled upon online. It’s one way to dodge viruses, scams, and malicious websites and scripts when you’re browsing.

Your top two choices for expanding shortened URLs are LongURL and Unshorten.link.

LongURL doesn’t look great, but it does the job. For most people anyway — it didn’t work for me. Unshorten.link did work, but it opened a new tab to display the expanded URL, which I would consider a negative. On the plus side, it removes tracking cookies from the link.

Unshorten.link URL Expander in Action

3. Scan Links for Viruses With ipty.de/av

Scanning links for viruses is a step that you can’t afford to skip, especially if you’re opening a link from a source you don’t know or trust Pegasus Vulnerability Means It's Time to Patch Your Apple Device Pegasus Vulnerability Means It's Time to Patch Your Apple Device Just received an unexpected iOS update? It's a response to the Pegasus spyware: actual iPhone malware. We explain what it's all about, whether you're a target, and why you should update. Read More .

ipty.de/av is far from a great name for a Chrome extension. At least the extension itself does a decent job. To use it, click on its toolbar icon, paste in the link that you want to scan before browsing, and click on the Check button. The extension will tell you if the link is clean (i.e. okay to visit) or not. If you need to check links (or files) only once in a while, you can do that from ipty.de/av’s website instead of installing the extension.

Chrome Extension Link Scanner

VTchromizer from Virus Total is another good link scanner. Its developer hasn’t updated it in quite a while though, so that’s a strike against the extension. You might have also heard of Dr. Web Anti-virus Link Checker — after all, it is pretty popular in this category. But Dr. Web does not seem to be reliable all the time.

Are these browser extensions foolproof? It’s best to think otherwise. Keep your computer’s primary antivirus software up to date and primed to fight back when required. Also, check out Mark’s article on free antivirus tools for your browser 7 Free Anti-Virus Tools For Your Browser: Scan Links Before You Click 7 Free Anti-Virus Tools For Your Browser: Scan Links Before You Click Viruses, malware, phished websites. Online mousetraps are lying in wait for some poor sucker to click on, so their computer can be added to the collection of zombie computers spewing out spam. Read More  to get more details on the above scanner extensions and a few others.

4. Preview Links With HoverCards

Install HoverCards now if your browser is reeling under too many open tabs. It’s a great way to cut down on tab clutter, and it’s one of those extensions that you probably don’t know you need 8 Lesser-Known Chrome Extensions You Probably Didn't Know You Needed 8 Lesser-Known Chrome Extensions You Probably Didn't Know You Needed You just don't know you need certain extensions until someone recommends them to you. Then you wonder how you got by without them and ask why someone didn't come up with them sooner. Read More .

HoverCards gives you pop-up previews of link content for sites like Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. That comes in super handy to decide if the links are worth opening in separate tabs!

The extension also shows you where else on the web a link is making an impact. Let’s say that Redditors have been discussing the Instagram image you’re previewing. You’ll then find a mention of the relevant Reddit updates under a separate tab in the preview.

Chrome Extension HoverCards Extra Info

Don’t want to see hover cards for certain types of content, say, YouTube user profiles or SoundCloud tracks? Disable them from the extension’s Options dialog. You can bring up the dialog via the context (right-click) menu of the extension’s toolbar icon.

5. Share Links With Point

Shareaholic is the first name that comes to mind when you’re speaking of an all-in-one sharing extension. It allows you to share links with anyone, on any platform or social networking site. The bad news is that it hasn’t worked all that great in quite some time. You’re welcome to give it a shot, but we can’t guarantee positive results, like we can do with Point.

After you install Point, you’ll get a quick intro about the extension via its toolbar icon. You’ll need to sign up with your Gmail or Facebook account to start using the extension. Any links that you share or receive appear in your Point inbox.

Chrome Extension Point Introduction

If you end up loving this extension and happen to be an iPhone user, head to Point’s official website to get Point for your iPhone.

6. Organize Links With Papaly

There’s nothing as boring or as satisfying as saving and organizing bookmarks. It doesn’t feel like so much of a chore though if you use an extension like Papaly.

The makers of Papaly seem to have thought of everything, right from speed dials to private boards to sharing and syncing options. To be honest, the first time you fire up Papaly, it comes across as “just too much”. It’s a vision board, and a discovery engine, and a personalized start page, and a…

Chrome Extension Papaly Organization

I prefer minimal apps and extensions. If an app or extension is bursting with features, I’m quick to assume that it’s trying to please everybody and things are bound to go wrong. But everything seems to have gone right for Papaly, if the stream of mostly five-star ratings it gets everywhere online is anything to go by.

Papaly is not the only excellent extension in this category. Besides, you might want to explore more bookmarking options. That’s why we’re suggesting a few alternatives to Papaly. Try Raindrop.io next. It not only takes your bookmarks to the cloud Raindrop.io Takes Bookmarks Into The Cloud And Makes Them Beautiful Raindrop.io Takes Bookmarks Into The Cloud And Makes Them Beautiful Meet Raindrop.io, a new service that takes your bookmarks into the cloud and makes them beautiful as well as easy to search. Read More , but keeps them beautiful as well as easy to search.

Next on our recommendation list is Refind. It doubles up as a content discovery service as well.

If you’re looking for something simpler than Papaly, Raindrop.io, and Refind, check out View Later. It’s the option I would go with if I had more than a handful of bookmarks to manage, which I don’t.

To bookmark the current URL, click on the green plus (“+”) button in the pop-up panel hidden behind View Later’s toolbar icon.

Chrome Extension View Later

Bookmarking a link places it in a stack in the panel and closes the corresponding tab. Don’t want the bookmarked tab to disappear? Go to the Options page from View Later’s bookmark stack panel and uncheck the close tab automatically option.

7. Batch Process Links With Linkclump

Linkclump is so good it made it to our list of the most popular Chrome extensions of 2015 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 . It saves you time and effort by allowing you to open, copy, and save multiple links at once. After you install the extension, a pop-up window gives you instructions for opening multiple links and a test area to try doing that. Look for the Options button in this window to set up custom batch actions and to read the FAQ section.

8. Extract and Export Links With Link Klipper

If you want to grab a bunch of links from a webpage and store them in an organized format, Link Klipper is the right extension for the job. It adds a context menu option that you can use to extract all links from a webpage and have them saved to a CSV file (the default option) or to a text file. All it takes is a couple of clicks.

Here’s a snapshot of the CSV file I ended up with when I grabbed links from our homepage:

Chrome Extension Link Klipper CSV

If you want to extract the link addresses of all the tabs that are currently open, go with Copy All URLs. It saves those addresses to your clipboard. You can then paste them into a text file or elsewhere. If you use the Paste option hidden behind the extension’s toolbar icon, all the copied links open up in individual tabs at once.

Chrome Extension Copy All URLs

9. Fix Search Result URLs With Google Link Fixer

Google Link Fixer gives you the actual URL when you copy a link address and not the unintelligible one that Google displays to track your clicks. Okay, this is one of those extensions that you’ll find at the bottom of the pile in the Chrome Web Store because it doesn’t have many users yet. We had to include it because there don’t seem to be any good extensions that do what this one does.

Install Google Link Fixer, hover over any link in Google search results, and take a look at the status bar. There’s your pure URL.

Link Love

When you spend so much time within your browser, it’s practical to ensure that your browser is a comfortable and enjoyable place to be. Begin that mission by making link management effortless!

Which Chrome extensions would you recommend for dealing with link-related tasks? Share your favorites with us in the comments.

  1. A41202813GMAIL
    September 19, 2016 at 5:29 am

    "Right Click Opens Link In New Tab"

    Extension Code ID AFALKCAGOIDKDJDLFOAICBANBFGOAMOO

    Cheers.

  2. Felipe
    September 16, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Anyone knows if there is an extension that sends the link to my email with just one click?

  3. Davide De Guz
    September 16, 2016 at 8:50 am

    You should also add tools to rebrand your links. URL Shorteners that let you create links using one of more of your domains.

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      September 21, 2016 at 4:54 am

      Thanks for bringing that up, Davide. Those personalized URL shorteners are great. We already have an article about them, so I just added a link to that in this article instead of going into the details.

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