7 Chrome Extensions That Will Change Your (Internet) Life

Chrome extensions are like internet unicorn glitter: one little button can make your entire web experience magical. Whether you’ve got terrible grammar or have a tab hoarding problem (you know exactly what we’re talking about) or just want an excuse to have more GIFs randomly pop up in your life, you’ll find something on the list below for you. Enjoy. 🙂

1. OneTab

Manage your tab hoarding like a boss.

If you’re like 99.9% of people who use the internet regularly, we’re going to guess you have a tab hoarding problem. Have you ever had so many tabs open at once that your computer got all sassy on you and started hissing? Or completely froze altogether? Well, OneTab is about to change that. This Chrome extension will help you save up to 95% memory, speed up your computer by reducing CPU load, and completely eliminate tab clutter in one click. Just tap the icon, and it’ll convert all of your tabs into a list of links on a single tab. Can we get an “Amen”?

2. Marker 2.0

Send screenshots to Slack, Trello, Github, and more.

Marker 2.0 is an extremely useful extension if you find yourself frequently taking screenshots and sending them to your team on Slack, Github, Trello, and more. Click one button and you’ll be given the option to take a screenshot of an entire webpage or a specific portion of it. You can annotate your screenshot with text, arrows, shapes, and emojis. Once you’re ready to share it, select the tool you want to use and input the relevant information. For instance, if you want to upload a screenshot to Trello, you’ll be given the option to add it to a specific board and give the card a name directly from your browser window. You can also save all of your screenshots so you’ve always got a spare copy. Woot!

3. Smart Tab Mute

Ensures that only one tab is playing sound at any given time.

Isn’t it annoying when you’ve got multiple tabs open with videos that play automatically, but you haven’t downloaded OneTab yet and there are too many windows open to figure out which ones are playing sound…so you keep trying to find it but the broken-record-like noise coming out of your computer is driving you insane…and all you can think to do is mute your computer altogether? Yup, we’ve all been there. You’ll no longer have that problem with Smart Tab Mute, which only allows one tab to play sound at any given time. Let’s say your listening to a song on SoundCloud when your friend sends you a YouTube link; as soon as you start playing the video, the SoundCloud tab will automatically mute until you pause YouTube or close the tab entirely. This is one of those extensions that will make you wonder how you ever lived without it.

4. Giphy Tab

Ridiculous GIFs whenever you open a new tab in Chrome.

Some extensions have a functional purpose; others were created specifically to make you smile. Giphy Tab is the latter, and we don’t hate it one bit. Every time you open a new Chrome tab, a completely random GIF will pop up on your welcome screen. It’s really fun, but we’d recommend using this on your personal computer (because you never know what weird thing might pop up when you open a new tab in front of your boss).

5. Grammarly for Chrome

Protects you from spelling, grammar, and punctuation mistakes.

Whether you’re a seasoned editor or the worst speller in the world, Grammarly for Chrome is a must-have extension. Install it for free, and it’ll help you improve your writing on nearly every site on the web. You can also copy and paste (or upload) any text into your personal editor once you’ve created an account and automatically begin correcting mistakes. They are the self-described “world’s most accurate grammar and spelling checker,” and it’s easy to believe once you start using it. As you type, Grammarly will check your text against over 250 advanced grammar rules, as well as look for spelling mistakes, usage and wordiness issues, punctuation, and even plagiarism flags. This is a fantastic way to improve your writing immediately and learn how to be a better writer as you go.

6. Marmoset

Create gorgeous code snapshots.

Marmoset is a really cool extension for coders. You can take beautiful snapshots in seconds with this tool, which gives you the option to change the color scheme and style of a selected body of code. Just save it and share it! The only potential downside to this tool is that you might waste a little bit of time playing around with your code snapshots. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. 🙂

7. PanicButton

Hide all your tabs at once and restore them later.

At some point, everyone has been in a panic trying to hide their tabs when a colleague unexpectedly shows up at your desk to ask you a question. (Do you really want anyone to know you’re browsing Reddit or buying something on Amazon? Probably not.) Enter: PanicButton. This extension makes is super easy to hide all of your tabs at once with a click of a button. Just press F4, and all of your open tabs will be saved as bookmarks in a separate folder. The PanicButton will turn green and show you how many tabs are currently hidden. Click on it one more time, and all of your tabs will be restored. 🙂

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