Most people use Google multiple times a day; likely a few of those searches are looking for some kind of help or solution to a problem. When jumping through search results you can identify links that you’ve already visited by their purple color, but sometimes you want to know exactly when you clicked the link so you can remember what you were doing at that time.
If you have this problem a lot, the Chrome extension Google When? is for you. By installing it, you’ll see a small button next to any Google results that you’ve clicked on, letting you know about how long ago you visited that page. By mousing over it, you’ll see an exact timestamp.
Thus, if you’re searching madly for help with a programming question, looking for solutions when Windows update keeps failing, or any number of other problems (especially recurring ones), you’ll know when you tried a page.
If you’re searching to fix a problem that’s popping up after you fixed it last week, for example, it will help to know if you just visited a page ten minutes ago (and you left because it didn’t help), or if you visited the page last week when you had the same problem (and it fixed your issue then).
Because the extension reads from your browser history, it will work retroactively for as long as your history goes back. To start anew, just clear your history.
when did i google "HAND OF SHADOWS" in all caps and why does it appear every time i click into the url bar
— aliza layne (@alizabees) July 21, 2014
As a bonus, this extension also works on reddit, so if you click a link and later see that someone reposted it, you’ll know how much time passed between the original and the repost. Frequent reddit users should appreciate this way of keeping track of where they’ve visited.
Depending on your needs, Google When? could join the list of essential Chrome extensions.
Do you like having a log of when you clicked Google and reddit results? Let us know if you’ll try this extension below!
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