Best Chrome Extensions for Productivity

Best Chrome Extensions for Productivity

With about 56.1% market share, Google Chrome is the most widely used browser globally and many people are not aware that, just like you can download apps on your mobile devices, you can also install tiny pieces of software known as extensions in your browser to add more functionality as well as to customize your browsing experience. If you are using google chrome on your desktop or laptop, then you have access to more than 190,000 extensions that you can integrate with your chrome browser to make your browsing experience more productive and convenient.

What are Google Chrome Extensions?

Google chrome extensions are tiny pieces of software programs that can be installed into chrome browser to enhance the browser’s functionality. Extensions can add extra functionality to your browser so you can perform a certain task or even get the most out of the websites you visit. These extensions can be accessed via the Chrome Webstore. With thousands of really awesome chrome extensions out there, it is not possible to list them all here. However, I have examined and tested the best and the most talked-about chrome extensions out there, and if you are a small business owner in Nigeria, or someone who wants to get the most out of his/her browsing experience, then here are my recommendations of the best chrome extensions for productivity.

Natural Reader Text to Speech

You have a bunch of interesting articles to read but don’t have the time or the patience to read them? Natural Reader Text to Speech is here for you. This is one of the very few extensions that I didn’t just come across by accident, I intentionally search for a text-to-speech app because I was in dare need of it. I tested several of them but this one stands. For one, it is free to use, though it comes with a premium version which gives you access to more voices, the free version is pretty much good. Most of the text-to-speech extensions have limited features and those that have great features are expensive. But this particular extension has greats features that you can use for free. With this extension, you can listen to web pages, emails, Google Docs and almost anything on the web. You can set the extension to read from the beginning of a text to the end or just start anywhere and read selected text only. What more? If you want to read text from Microsoft Word or pdf files, you just need to simply copy and paste or drag and drop your files to the online reader and have a smooth listening experience.

AdBlock Plus – Remove all ads from any website

This extension needs no introduction because its name already tells you what it does. If you hate ads while surfing the net (just like me), then this extension is for you. Adblock Plus is a free extension that blocks all ads (including video ads) and malicious domains that are known to spread malware. This extension can also disable any website that attempts to track you online. There are numerous ads blocking extensions on the chrome store but this one stands out. Not only does it help you get rid of ads, but it also speeds up your browser, reduces page loading time, decrease memory usage and also reduces your bandwidth consumption.

Mailtrack – Email Tracking for Gmail

Want to know when your emails are opened? Then Mailtrack is exactly what you need. This extension lets you know if the emails you sent has been read or not. It does that by adding a double checkmark to your Gmail so you can easily track your emails and get a read receipt. If you’ve been using WhatsApp for a while now, I’m sure you may already be familiar with the read receipt feature, where you get a double check mark if the recipient has read your message. This is almost exactly how Mailtrack works. A single checkmark indicates that the message has been sent but not opened, while a double checkmark means that the message has been opened. The app has a free and a paid version but the free version is more than enough to meet your needs.

Grammarly – Check and correct grammar and spellings

Grammarly is one of the most popular extensions in the chrome web store. It helps you eliminate grammatical and spelling errors as you write on Gmail, Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter and almost anywhere you find yourself writing online. It automatically underlines grammar, spellings and word choices as you type and offer appropriate suggestions. It has a free and a premium version. The free version offers critical grammar and sp