Helpful Extensions to Get More Done with Chrome

By Chelsea Berler

I love my Google Chrome browser. I refer to it tons of times each day. I couldn’t image that it could get more useful. Chrome already lets you browse faster, search instantly, and type less. But, just drop by the Chrome Web Store to discover tens of thousands of very handy extensions (also called plugins or add-ons) that you can download (mostly for free) and install in virtually seconds.

These extensions are small software programs that can modify and enhance the usefulness of the Chrome browser. It’s easy to super-charge your browser by adding extensions and customize Google Chrome with more features, functionality, and versatility. That means Chrome extensions help you get more done fast.

Here are just seven of my personal favorites:

1. Grammarly

Embarrassing writing mistakes will be a thing of the past with this amazing extension that checks your spelling and grammar as your write. Whether crafting your resume, an important email for work, or a silly Facebook status for friends, Grammarly ( makes sure you get your thoughts across typo-free and as clearly as possible. It’s like having a 24/7 proofreader.

2. Google Hangouts

It’s like having a meeting with co-workers all over the country (or even the world!). Hangouts ( brings conversations to life with photos, emoji, and even group video calls (for up to 100 people) for free. Keep in touch with friends across Android, iOS, and the web, and sync chats across all devices. At Solamar, we use Hangouts day in and day out to bring together our team members.

3. Readability

A better way to read online, Reability ( zaps clutter and saves web articles in a comfortable reading view. It also saves content to your “Read Later” list.

4. Boomerang for Gmail and Exchange

Take control of when you send and receive emails with Boomerang ( Schedule an email to be sent later. You can also track messages to make sure you hear back and schedule reminders.

5. Momentum

Presents your to-do list in a cool, organized way. Momentum ( allows you to replace the “new tab” page with a personal dashboard, featuring to-do, weather and inspiration to be more productive.

6. Stay Focused

It’s so easy to sit down in front of your computer screen and get distracted by Facebook, Twitter, and countless news sites. Want to be more productive and limit the time you spend on time-wasting websites? StayFocused ( ) is designed to help you avoid these distraction (or limit the time you spend on them).

7. Speakit!

It’s easier to edit your work when you hear it spoken aloud through Speakit! ( This extension allows you to highlight text and hear it played back with text-to-speech technology.

Super-charge your Chrome Browser with these or thousands more add-ons. Stop by the Chrome Web Store to choose from a wide variety of interface, productivity, community and casual, and security extensions. Personalize Chrome to get more done and have more fun while you’re doing it.