In today’s tech-inundated society, downloading a bunch of apps and tools to help make your life easier can actually take a lot of time and even disrupt your productivity.
We’ve rounded up 10 browser extensions that are quick and easy to install — everything from an extension that will remember all of your passwords for you, to a bookmark management tool that will keep you organized at work.
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If you frequently copy and paste information, Jumpcut is a tool that will save you a lot of time. Instead of copying one line of text, pasting it, then returning to copy more, you can copy multiple lines of text in a row, then paste everything as you need.
Jumpcut saves all of the text that you have copied and adds it to a “stack” of clippings, and you can then paste them by holding down Control+Option+V. Then, while holding Control+Option, you can scroll through the text clippings you copied by clicking V, or using the arrow keys. To paste the text, you just release V and your text will appear where you put your cursor. Copying and pasting has suddenly become way more efficient.
If you’re smart when setting passwords, you already know that you should never use the same password for any of your accounts. But how the heck are you supposed to remember a different password for everything?
LastPass is a free password manager that works on Mac, Windows and Linux — and it will securely store all of your passwords for you. All of the data is encrypted on your PC, and it automatically synchronizes your data so that you can access it from anywhere.
3. Adblock Plus
This extension is pretty self-explanatory: If your workflow keeps getting interrupted by pesky pop-up or video ads, you can block them all with Adblock Plus. In addition to blocking ads, you can disable domains that are known to spread malware to protect your computer against viruses, and you can even disable tracking from ad agencies so you can browse anonymously.
Adblock Plus is a quick and free download compatible with Chrome, Firefox, Android and Opera.
4. Tab Split
If you’re a chronic tab-opener, it can be overwhelming to see 25 tabs open on your browser at once. You may have good intentions, planning to read up on different topics when you have time, but having a cluttered browser isn’t good for productivity.
Tab Split allows you to move tabs over to a new window. You simply select a tab, click on the Tab Split button then all of the tabs to the right of the one you selected will be moved into a new window. Hello, clear workspace.
Pocket is another great extension for organizing your digital workspace. Instead of keeping a ton of tabs open and buckling under the pressure to read them all, simply save them for later.
You can add articles and videos to your Pocket, and then you can peruse them leisurely from your phone, tablet or computer when you’re not working anymore.
If you need to replace text within something you’re writing, but you don’t want to sift through the entire document, this Chrome extension will make all of the changes in one fell swoop.
Simply search for the text that you want to replace, then type in the word you want to replace it with and click “Go.” No more worrying about missing a word or wasting time scanning long documents.
Pinboard is the ultimate bookmark management tool. You can auto-sync bookmarks from outside sites such as Pocket, Delicious and Instapaper, and the clean interface helps you stay focused.
The privacy settings are extensive, so you can mark all of your bookmarks as private, and Pinboard doesn’t serve any third-party content such as analytics trackers or ads. You don’t have to enter any personal information to use Pinboard, you only need a working email address.
The organizational features are unrivaled, and you can take a tour of all Pinboard’s features here to see if it’s right for you. The only downside is that you have to pay a one-time fee of $10.15, but it is a great management tool that could help you hone your productivity.
This Chrome extension allows you to change the size of your browser’s window in order to show different resolutions. Window Resizer is particularly useful for web designers who want to see what their layouts would look like on different browser resolutions.
The three standard screen types available are desktop, laptop and mobile, and you can also add your own custom sizes.
SubToMe is an extension that allows you to subscribe to any website and link it to your RSS feed. Instead of plugging in the URL of the site you want to subscribe to in your RSS, you just click on the subscribe button and you’re done. SubToMe works with Feedly and other popular RSS feeds.
ClickToPlugin is a great extension for Safari that prevents the browser from launching plug-ins automatically — giving you faster browsing capabilities and increased battery life.
If you want to customize it, ClickToPlugin has several control lists where you can specify objects that shouldn’t be blocked or plug-ins that should always be blocked.