10 Google Chrome Hacks to Improve Productivity

Google Chrome is the most popular web browser across all platforms. According to statistics, it has more than a half of the market share. You can customize the browsing experience with extensions. There are some extensions that really improve your productivity depending on the way you surf the internet. Also, the Google Chrome itself has a number of options that you can use to improve the productivity. Try the following 10 productivity tips to see whether they work for you.

1. Avoid mistakes in your writing with Grammarly Extension

Grammarly is a productivity tool that automatically detects grammar, spelling, punctuation, word choice, and style mistakes in writing. It is available via free browser extension for Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Edge as well as apps for both IOS and Android.

Grammarly will make sure your messages, documents, and social media posts are clear, mistake-free, and impactful. Adding Grammarly to browser means that your spelling and grammar will be vetted on Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Tumblr, and nearly everywhere else you write on the web. Once you register your new account, you will start to receive weekly emails with personalized insights and performance stats.

Download Grammarly Extension for Chrome from this link

2. Google Dictionary Extension (by Google)

With this extension, you can:

  1. Double-click any word to view its definition in a small pop-up bubble.
  2. View the complete definition of any word or phrase using the toolbar dictionary.
  3. Store a history of words you’ve looked up, so you can practice them later.

3. Discover webpages similar to the page you’re currently browsing

With Google Similar Pages extension you can discover web pages similar to the page you’re currently browsing.

Have you already found a correct page about a topic you were looking for and trying to find more pages? You do not need to waste your time any further on finding the right query, the Google Similar Pages extension can help discover the similar pages.

4. Re-Open Accidentally Closed Tabs (Ctrl + Shift + T)

Did you close a tab accidentally? The Ctrl+Shift+T keyboard shortcut reopens the last tab you closed. If you apply this shortcut multiple times continuously, it opens all the tabs closed during the current browsing session. If you are a person who uses chrome browser often, you know how useful this shortcut is. So, it is really worth to memorize it. This keyboard shortcut also works on many other browsers too.

Ctrl+Shift+T

5. Paste as plain text (Ctrl+Shift+V)

Sometimes you may need to copy some content from a website and paste it into a rich text editor like email, Google Docs, Blog Post, Office 365 documents, etc… However, if you use Ctrl+V, all the styles from the source website will be pasted. You can use Ctrl+Shift+V to get rid of styles from the source website and paste as plain unformatted text. You can also right-click on the editor and use the “Paste as plain text” option.

Ctrl+Shift+V

6. You can do math and conversion in the search bar

Sometimes you may need to do quick math or conversions while you browsing the internet. You can do the calculations by simply typing the formula in the search field/ address bar of the Chrome browser even without pressing the enter. The result is displayed just below the address bar.

Do Math and Conversion in search bar

7. Search for word or phrase on the current page without copy and pasting into the search bar

To perform another search for a word or a phrase on the current page; select the word or phrase, right click on it and select Search Google for “your word or phrase from the right-click menu. Then Google chrome will open another tab next to the current tab and display the search results.

select right click and google search

8. Know the popularity of the blog/ website you are visiting with Alexa Traffic Rank Extension

Alexa Ranking quantify the popularity of a blog or website. It ranks the website based on the site’s traffic compare to other sites on the Web. With the Alexa Traffic Rank extension, you can view;

  • Alexa Traffic Rank of the site you are visiting
  • Sites linking in
  • How site looked in the past
  • Similar sites
  • Average Load Time

With this information, you can take a decision on the site you are visiting.

Alexa Traffic Rank

9. Keep track of time while you are browsing with Voice Clock Extension

Voice Clock is a great app helping you to keep track of time and help you organize yourself better!

Add it to Chrome browser and it works immediately. You can set the interval to 1 hour or 30 minutes and you will hear a calming female voice telling you what time it is.

Voice Clock

10. Instantly select the Omnibox (Address Bar) at any time (Ctrl+L)

Whenever you want to perform a new search from the Omnibox in Chrome, use the Ctrl+L keyboard shortcut and it will automatically select the Omnibox/ address bar. So, you can instantly start typing the search term without moving your hands away from the keyboard.

Ctrl+L

You may also want to see our article on 10 Tricks That Will Change the Way You Search on Google.

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