Top 10 must-have browser extensions
Some of my favorite picks for browser extensions that’ll make your browsing experience better.
Today, I'd like to showcase some of my top favorite must-have browser extensions with you. This list consists of my top picks that I currently use on a daily basis that I believe everyone should have installed in their browser.
I'm primarily a Chrome and Edge guy, so this list consists of Chrome extensions, but the extensions included in this list may be available for other browsers as well.
(Please note that the browser extensions in this list are in no particular order.)
1. Eye Dropper
I've been using this eye dropper tool for a few years now and it was actually one of the first browser extensions I've ever installed. This extension makes it extremely easy to grab colors off a page with a simple color picker and will even save every color you've selected, if you ever need it again in the future.
Eye Dropper is a no-frills extension and just works out of the box. It's nothing fancy, but gets the job done and includes a handful of useful features that make this extension a must-have for your browser.
I'm sure you already know what ad blockers are, so I don't need to go into too much explanation with this one, but AdGuard is one of my favorite adblockers for the browser. I hate browsing the web with ads, so AdGuard just sits in the background and blocks any ads that a site may contain. It has some nice features and statistics built in and an easy toggle switch to enable and disable adblocking protection.
3. Adblock Plus
Although I already use AdGuard as my primary adblocker in my browser, I still like having a backup to do the adblocking for me and I've gone with Adblock Plus as my pick. At times, one of my adblockers won't pick up on a few ads, so having two installed in my browser will usually do the trick. Adblock Plus has a really nice interface that shows you your options upfront and adjusting settings and turning on and off protection on sites or pages is plain simple.
This is a really good companion to have installed alongside AdGuard and they both do their job equally as well.
This is by far one of my favorite browser extensions. Awesome Screenshot & Screen Recorder is a powerful screenshot tool that lets you easily screenshot a webpage and annotate it to share. This extension offers a ton of nice features such as screenshotting an entire page or recording your desktop. You can save screenshots and screen recordings to a selection of cloud storage providers and even save to Awesome Screenshot and share with a link.
There's so much to this extension that I won't be able to cover it all, but I'd highly suggest checking this one out and exploring all the features you get.
5. Smile Always
There's not much to this extension, besides the fact that it'll redirect all Amazon.com links to smile.amazon.com, where 0.5% of all your purchases will go to the charity of your choice. It feels good to donate a portion of your orders and this extension just makes the process a lot simpler.
If you've yet to hear about WakaTime, it's a time management service that lets you view your metrics, insights, and usage across a huge selection of applications. Although the primary focus of WakaTime is to track usage inside IDE editors, they also provide extensions for web browsers to track your browsing usage.
I use the browser extension, alongside the extensions for Atom, VS Code, and PhpStorm and it helps me get some really good statistics about how much time I'm spending inside an application and how exactly I'm spending that time. All of your statistics are viewable from your dashboard and it gives you a nice breakdown, based on a specified range. Definitely check this one out!
This is a somewhat new extension and was just released within the last year, but it's a really powerful utility already. I really enjoy using this one and it definitely helps you be more productive in your work.
gSweets adds slash commands to Google Docs, allowing you to insert headings, lists, tables, images, emojis, etc into a document with little effort. It's a nice utility to take advantage of since it really speeds things up when creating and editing documents.
EditThisCookie is a really great cookie manager, allowing you to add, edit, and delete cookies, along with a ton of other features that allow you to adjust cookies on a site.
I don't use this extension often, but it's always nice to have around in case I need to play around with some cookie settings.
This extension is really a lifesaver when it comes to spelling mistakes. Webpage Spell-Check turns any page editable and shows you where there may be any typos on the page. It's really fast and efficient and lets me check if I have any spelling errors that my code editor may not have caught.
I'm sure you've already heard of Mailtrack due to its popularity, but Mailtrack is an email tracker for Gmail that allows you to see when someone opens your emails. It's completely free with a nice set of features and they also offer paid plans if you're looking for more. Check this out if you're wanting to measure your email opens.
That concludes my list of top 10 favorite browser extensions. I hope this list was able to familiarize yourself with some new extensions worth checking out and maybe you already know or use some of them already!
If you have any favorite browser extensions worth sharing, feel free to leave them in the comments and maybe I'll include a few of them in a future post.