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qr code generatorThe Internet has become a large treasure-trove of tools and information. It’s hard to imagine doing many common tasks without the Internet, especially when it comes to looking something up such as the opening time of the local restaurant or items for your big research project. But sometimes it’s a hassle whenever you find a certain page with information that you need and want to share it, either to other devices that you own or to your friends and family.

There are a few solutions which allow you to share to other devices, such as Chrome‘s Send to Mobile. You can also share pages to friends and family by emailing them a link. But what if you’re not using Chrome’s Send to Mobile, or if you have family and friends right next to you? You’ll have to find a different solution to share to your other devices, and emailing links to your friends and family may be a bit impractical. Instead, QR codes Four Reasons QR Codes Are Unquestionably Awesome! Four Reasons QR Codes Are Unquestionably Awesome! There's only one universal truth in the world of technology today: people can't get enough of scanning QR codes. Whether they're driving to work, reading a magazine or just taking a walk, people love the... Read More may be the solution.

About QR Code Generator

QR Code Generator is an extension for Chrome which allows you to generate QR codes from pages and links that you encounter during your normal browsing. Once you create a QR code using the extension, you can grab your other device, friend, or family member, and have them use a barcode scanner to read in the QR code and head over to the page you wanted to share. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it should work with all modern devices.

Installation and Use

Installation of the extension is extremely simple, just like any of the other Chrome extensions. You can search through the Chrome Web Store for “qr code generator”, or simply follow this link and then click on Install. Once the extension has installed itself (which should only take a second or two), you can open any page or reload any open page to start using the extension.

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From there, you can right click on the background of any webpage and choose “Generate QR Code” to do just that for the current webpage. You can also right-click on a link or highlight an unlinked URL and right-click on the selection, and then choose “Generate QR Code” to create one of whatever you right-clicked on.

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You can also right-click on the generated QR code, and either save it as an image file in case that is in any way beneficial, as well as open the image itself in a brand new tab.



For such an extremely simple task, QR Code Generator can be surprisingly helpful for those who can benefit from what it offers. It may not be everyone’s preferred method of sharing URLs, but, depending on the situation, it can help simplify the process of sharing URLs or make it faster. Plus, QR codes tend to become more helpful whenever you’re dealing with lengthy URLs that are otherwise difficult to type in. QR Code Generator also finds a place on our Best Chrome Extensions page.

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  1. Yasaman Mj
    December 18, 2012 at 6:43 am

    its one of the best way to share thing such as links. but i think it must be simplified

    • Danny Stieben
      December 31, 2012 at 4:42 am

      How would you suggest it be simplified, or rather, what do you think makes it complicated?

  2. Gerald Huber
    December 17, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    good to know this is available

  3. Mac Witty
    December 17, 2012 at 8:57 am

    QR Code are great, esp when you have long URL

  4. Ahamed Yaseen
    December 17, 2012 at 1:49 am

    good idea....

  5. Ted Wolf
    December 16, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    I use QR codes frequently, whether it's creating for my clients or using them myself. Most people miss the ultimate goal and think it's just a web address. It's too bad. Perhaps in a few years more companies will get the hang of using them (and don't use them on TV ads please!).

  6. Rob Hindle
    December 16, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    BUT there are risks. You have no idea where the QR code is going to send you. To a malware site for example. The same problem applies to address shorteners like this:

    A new scam is hackers placing QR codes printed on sticky labels onto posters for reputable companies, sometimes replacing the original QR code. The fake QR code might take you to a cloned copy of the real website where you might get a virus infection or have your log-in details captured.

    To help with this problem I found a QR code translator here

    • Muo TechGuy
      December 17, 2012 at 10:07 am

      Exactly. I can't believe some of us are still encouraging people to use such a dangerous technology.

    • Danny Stieben
      December 31, 2012 at 4:41 am

      Thanks for the feedback, Rob. You definitely bring up some valid points! My belief is that a technology can safely be used whenever you know the source, and whenever you're the source, you should feel safe enough to use them to share URLs and whatnot to your friends.

      Maybe there will be a better replacement for QR codes in the future?

      • Rob Hindle
        December 31, 2012 at 12:21 pm

        Yes but when do you truly know the source? As I said people are already exploiting posters by adding/replacing malicious QR code stickers. In an email or on a web-page they are unnecessary as a word or image can conceal a hypertext link (and decent security software will alert to dangerous links). In printed books or magazines they are (probably) fairly safe but cell-phone QR reader apps need to incorporate a malware link check rather than follow the link directly (maybe some do??)

        Sharing a link with your friends by email? what benefit does QR code give compared with a normal hypertext link? It just seems like an additional task when creating the email. And do you trust email? I've helped a few people recover "stolen" email accounts recently and I personally know 3 who had the account compromised and used to send emails like: "I'm on holiday in Spain and have been robbed, please can you send 3000 euros by Western Union urgently so I can pay my bills, get new tickets and passport. I'll refund you as soon as I get back home." That scam works. OK that problem isn't using QR codes but illustrates that emails from friends are not to be automatically trusted.

  7. Junil Maharjan
    December 16, 2012 at 5:04 am

    Great help when you need to download from a mobile.

  8. Alex Perkins
    December 16, 2012 at 1:47 am

    Neat, pretty soon instead of URLs there will be QR codes on posters and the like.

    • Danny Stieben
      December 31, 2012 at 4:37 am

      It's already a pretty noticeable trend in my area, especially at the university I'm attending.

  9. Raman Bathina
    December 15, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    It seems to be nice but this takes some more time to popular .