There are thousands upon thousands of extensions for the Chrome browser. Out of that haystack, which of those needles can you use to make your everyday browsing more efficient? Here's a rundown of five timesaving extensions you can add to Google Chrome to make your browsing life faster and easier.
This might be the extension I use the most, day in and day out. With this handy extension, sharing a page on Twitter, Facebook, Digg, and so on, is just a button click away. And with Shareaholic, you don't have to worry about making use of a URL shortener, like tinyurl.com. You can select any of the services you want to associate with your Shareaholic installation by clicking the Options button and then selecting them the list.
2: Quick Note
Quick Note is a little extension that gives you a fast way to take notes when you need them, without having to worry about opening up another application. Just install this tool, open a new tab, click on the Quick Note icon, and take your notes. With Quick Note (and a Diigo.com account) you can sync all of your notes on line — for free — so you can access them through any Google Chrome browser.
3: Sexy Undo Close Tab
The name might make you chuckle, but what this little extension can do will make you sigh with relief. How many times have you accidentally closed a tab, only to find yourself having to dig around for that page you just lost? With Sexy, you can get that tab back with the click of a button. And Sexy doesn't just remember the last tab you closed. It keeps a history so you can reopen any tabs you've closed.
4: Webpage Screenshot
Webpage Screenshot lets you take incredibly fast screenshots of either a full Web page or only the visible portion of a Web page. You can then save the image to your computer, print it, or share it. Images are saved as .png files. There are also tools that allow you to create pointers, boxes, text, and more to make it easier to highlight specific spots on a Web page. These tools are helpful when you're trying to point out rendering errors or when you need to show end users exactly where to find that button or link they need to click on.
5: Proxy Switchy
If you're a mobile user and you need to be able to quickly switch from one proxy server to another (without having to go into your browser's configuration), this is the tool for you. With Proxy Switchy, you can set up numerous proxy servers so that all you have to do is click the Proxy Switchy button and select the proxy you want to connect to. You can even configure rule-based switching to set up auto proxy detection and switching. There is also proxy switch logging, so you can monitor what proxy servers have been used.
Obviously, there are plenty more extensions out there to ease the burden of time-consuming/time-wasting browsing tasks. But these five are the best I have found (to date). Have you found a Chrome extension that optimizes your browsing time? If so, share it with your fellow TechRepublic readers.
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