5 Google Chrome Plugins You Should Be Using Now

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If you love Google Chrome, then hopefully you’re aware of the enormous lineup of Google Chrome plugins available. If not, you’re missing out.

The plugin community for Chrome is robust and varied, but to get you started we’ve found five of the best Google Chrome plugins that everyone should be using right now. Give these a try and let us know your favorites in the comments below.

Pocket

Pocket for Chrome plugin installation page

We’ve all been there before. You’re browsing the Internet looking for something specific, and you happen across an article or website that perfectly answers a question you had yesterday or just has some content that you really want to read.

You could stop your current quest and check it out, but that’s no way to stay productive, so you either email it to yourself or add it to a bookmarks list that you never review.

This is where Pocket comes into play. Pocket is an app for the browser, iPad, iPhone, Android, and other devices that allows you to save sites and articles for later reading. By adding the Pocket plugin for Chrome you can save articles from your browser with one click.

Evernote

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By now you should already know that Evernote is pretty amazing, but in case you don’t, check out our post on how to use Evernote to organize your life.

You can make Evernote even easier to use by installing the Chrome Web Clipper plugin. With the press of a single button you can save entire webpages to Evernote for later review. This is great for bookmarking, design inspiration, or just as a “read it later” option.

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1Password

1Password for Chrome plugin installation page

Having a strong password is extremely important, but the more complex you make a password, the more important a good password management tool becomes. The best approach is to set incredibly complex passwords for every site and manage them with a tool like 1Password.

1Password is one of the best password management tools out there. It has iOS and Android apps as well as a special version for iOS 8 that will allow you to use your fingerprint to enter passwords.

The 1Password plugin for Chrome allows you to automatically save and enter passwords into websites using your master password for 1Password. While the service and app aren’t free, the plugin for Chrome is, if you already have the service.

Gmail Offline

Gmail Offline for Chrome extension overview page
Gmail has one of the best Web interfaces of any email service. But there’s a downside to using the website for your email: What happens when your Internet goes out? Without Internet access you can’t see archived emails, which can be a big pain.

We’ve covered ways to access Gmail when the service is down, but it’s worth mentioning again, since it’s done with a Google Chrome plugin. The Offline Access plugin stores old emails locally so you can see them, with or without Internet access.

Tabs to the Front

Tabs to the Front for Chrome extension overview page
This is not only the simplest plugin in the list, but possibly the most useful, too. When you open a new tab in Google Chrome, it opens behind the current tab, which can be a real pain.

Most people want to see their new tab immediately, but there’s no setting in Chrome to do this. Thankfully, the Tabs to the Front plugin allows you to set new tabs to come to the front automatically. While this is not a complex plugin, you’ll be sure to use it all the time.

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