The Best Chrome Extensions of 2019

Make life easier with these easy-to-install extensions

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If you use Chrome, you know how helpful it is. But did you know there’s a whole world of additional functionality you can get with it? It’s called the Chrome Web Store, and it’s full of extensions (also known as addons) that can make your life better.

Whether you’re looking for productivity help for work, great deals on shopping sites, or just a little fun or inspiration, you can find it there. Below is a list of what we think are the best Chrome addons, and we hope they add a little something extra to your Chrome experience too. 

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Computer Break Reminder: eyeCare

The eyeCare Chrome extension interface.

What We Like

  • It offers suggestions on eye exercises and other productive break activities.

What We Don't Like

  • The sound alert can be annoying when you’re trying to concentrate.

When you work at your computer for long periods of time, you need to give your eyes a break! This extension allows you to set how much time you want between reminders (the default is 20 second breaks every 20 minutes). Use it as a prompt to do some stretching as well.

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Content Clipper: Evernote Web Clipper

The Evernote web clipper Chrome extension in use.

What We Like

  • You can sync your account to use it across all your devices.

What We Don't Like

  • As with bookmarks, you can still end up collecting a lot of items you never use.

This handy tool allows you to save entire web pages, or parts of them. It’s better than bookmarks because you can highlight key information with text or visual callouts. Use separate notebooks to gather research for different projects; then send share with others via email, or create a URL.

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URL Saver: Save to Pocket

Save to Pocket Chrome extension in use.

What We Like

  • Anything you save in Pocket can be viewed when you’re commuting or waiting in line.

What We Don't Like

  • Thinking about what we ever did before Pocket.

Another great way to capture web pages you want to refer to again later is to use Save to Pocket. Then view your articles, videos, and other media any time across all your devices. You can quickly add tags and see recommendations to similar content. Use for free, or upgrade to Premium.

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World Clock: FoxClocks

Foxclocks world clock Chrome extension in use.

What We Like

  • Always knowing when colleagues in distant places are likely to be available.

What We Don't Like

  • The status bar can cause issues with the display of some web pages.

Perfect for anyone who works with people in time zones across the globe, FoxClocks shows times around the world at the bottom of your browser. You can use one of the included formats, or create one that works best for you. Need to be timeless for a few minutes? Just disable it temporarily. 

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Tab Manager: Tab Wrangler

Tab Wrangler tab manager Chrome extension in use.

What We Like

  • Tab management without having to take time away from what we’re doing.

What We Don't Like

  • Once you delete tabs in the closed tab list, they’re gone for good.

Thanks to Tab Wrangler, there’s no longer such a thing as “too many tabs.” This clever app closes tabs you’ve had open for 20 minutes, or whatever interval you choose. But it’s flexible enough to let you “lock” any tabs you want to remain open or easily get back to those that have closed.

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Ad Blocker: Adblock Plus

Adblocker Plus online ad blocker Chrome extension in use.

What We Like

  • You can “set it and forget it.”

What We Don't Like

  • You may be blocking the only means some independent organizations have for generating revenue online.

Once you get used to Adblock Plus, you’ll forget it’s there. That is, until you see another computer without it, with tons of ads. It blocks video and social media advertising and viruses, and stops tracking. Click on the icon any time to see how many ads you’ve blocked or change your settings.

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Coupon Code Finder: Honey

Honey coupon code finder Chrome extension in use

What We Like

  • Getting better deals without having to do a lot of research.

What We Don't Like

  • The savings aren’t always substantial.

Love online shopping? Love saving money? Then you’ll love Honey. It shows you coupons for products you’re looking at on any website. On Amazon, you get even more perks: Honey finds the cheapest seller for a particular product, and tracks price drops so you know the best time to buy.

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Grammar Checker: Grammarly

Grammarly grammar checker Chrome extension in use.

What We Like

  • It also offers suggestions for making your writing clearer.

What We Don't Like

  • The free version continuously advertises the paid version.

If grammar wasn’t your best subject in school, try Grammarly. It’s like an English teacher standing over your shoulder, correcting your grammar, spelling, and punctuation mistakes as you write. It works whether you’re writing an essay for class, composing an email for work, or just creating a Facebook post.

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Password Manager: LastPass

Lastpass password manager Chrome extension in use.

What We Like

  • The convenience of not having to remember or look up passwords.

What We Don't Like

  • The sign-on process doesn’t work for some websites.

With so many website breaches, you can’t be too careful about password use. LastPass helps you create strong passwords and store them along with your user names, then sync them across all your devices. With this extension, you only need to remember one strong password to access your LastPass vault.

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Browser Customization: Live Start Page

Live start page Chrome extension in use.

What We Like

  • Taking a mindful meditation break in the middle of the day.

What We Don't Like

  • Some of the features repeat functions we already have.

Enjoy an entirely new browser experience with living wallpapers, weather reports, a to-do list, clocks, and (for when you need a break) a meditation mode. The living wallpapers are especially soothing, with beautiful nature scenes. Use the free version or pay for premium.

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Scheduler: Zoom Scheduler

Zoom Scheduler Chrome extension in use.

What We Like

  • The interface is very familiar to those who already use Google Calendar.

What We Don't Like

  • Something that makes it easier to schedule meetings? Hm.

If you use Zoom for video conferences, try this extension to schedule meetings directly from Google Calendar, or start an instant meeting. Invitation recipients will see the meeting URL and information in their invite message. Note that, while the addon is free, Zoom itself is a paid service.

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Calendar: Google Calendar

Google Calendar Chrome extension in use.

What We Like

  • Use it in conjunction with the mobile app to stay on top of your schedule no matter where you are.

What We Don't Like

  • Lack of customization options.

This extension helps you stay organized by allowing you to add new events from websites that you visit. You can also see appointments and events without leaving the page. It’s easy to change, delete, or repeat calendar entries, and you can sync it with other calendar apps.

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Task List: Todoist

Todoist task list Chrome extension in use.

What We Like

  • The simple interface makes it easy to check off completed items and see what still needs to be done.

What We Don't Like

  • Some users may want a variety of view types (the only one available is list).

This straightforward task list helps you stay on track with all your goals. Use tags to indicate priorities and separate work from home. Didn’t get everything done? No worries, you can easily move uncompleted tasks to another day. Use the free version or upgrade for additional features.

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Quote Creator: Pablo

Pablo quote generator Chrome extension in use.

What We Like

  • No design experience needed.

What We Don't Like

  • Some users may find formatting and customization limited.

Ever have a quote for which you wish you could find one of those nicely designed quote/background images, perfect for social media posting? Now you don’t have to look; you can create it yourself with Pablo. Just paste the quote and choose the perfect background photo and other design elements.

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Dictionary: Instant Dictionary

Instant Dictionary Chrome extension in use.

What We Like

  • Getting word definitions while reading online without a lot of fuss.

What We Don't Like

  • Some users report timeout issues.

When you come across a word you don’t know online, you can haul out your old paper dictionary, hunt down an online one and wait while it looks up the word, or use Instant Dictionary. This essential extension allows you to find word definitions just by double-clicking a word.

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Goal Tracker: Hey Habit

Hey Habit goal tracker Chrome extension in use.

What We Like

  • Having a visual representation of how we’re doing on our goals.

What We Don't Like

  • There is no corresponding mobile app.

Looking to drink more water? Increase reading time with your kids? Complete a certain number of sales calls per week? Hey Habit can help you get into a new habit, whatever it may be, by allowing you to track when you perform the tasks you’ve assigned yourself.

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Productivity Minder: Strict Workflow

Strict Workflow productivity minder Chrome extension in use.

What We Like

  • You can select the blocked websites that distract you the most.

What We Don't Like

  • Once you start a work session, you can’t stop it without disabling the extension.

If you have a tendency to “find yourself” on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube, and end up staying there instead of completing your work, you need Strict Workflow. It blocks sites that distract you for 25 minutes, then gives you a 5 minute break to look at adorable kittens.

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Online Time Tracker: Mindful Browsing

Mindful browsing app Chrome extension in use.

What We Like

  • If you do choose to visit a “distracting” site, you get a reminder to stop 10 minutes later.

What We Don't Like

  • The 10-minute reminder may be too long for some.

This extension helps you decrease your use of nonproductive websites by asking if you really want to spend time there. If you browse to Facebook, for example, but then choose not to proceed, it gives you alternative options like taking five deep breaths or going for a short walk.

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Inspiration: My Quotes

My quotes quote generator Chrome extension in use.

What We Like

  • It’s customizable to suit your preferences.

What We Don't Like

  • Some users report technical difficulties.

With My Quotes, each time you open a new tab, you get a new quote like, “The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” Stay motivated with these inspiring words and the lovely accompanying graphics and music. New entries are added regularly.