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Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - Favorite apps & extensions for chrome

This weekend I reinstalled my operating system. After I installed my Chrome browser I was glad to see that everything sync’d properly, especially some of my favorite browser apps and extensions.

I’ve come to depend on them as I use many online services to help me build elearning courses. I love them because they’re always at my fingertips and save me time.

Here are five of the extensions I use quite regularly.

IE Tabs

If you use PowerPoint, then this is a must-have app. There are some things you can do in Internet Explorer that you can’t in other browsers. The IE Tabs app acts as if you’re in Internet Explorer so it means that you have the same capability.

When I want to add clip art or other graphics from the Microsoft Office Online, I can click and drag it straight to the PowerPoint slide, right from the browser. Without the IE Tabs app, I have to download the files first and then insert them.

Watch the video below and you’ll see what I mean.

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Mark As Read

Mark As Read sits in the address bar and looks like a document. With it I can mark articles that I am reading or want to read later. I do have other apps that I use for bookmarking and saving for later, but I use this quite a bit because it’s just so simple.

To me it’s like dog-earing a book versus using some fancy-schmancy bookmark.

Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - use this app to read articles on elearning

Search This Current Site

I mentioned this in a previous post so I won’t rehash it much other than to say that this is one of my most used apps. Learn more about Search This Current Site from this post.

Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - use this app to search elearning sites and popular blog posts

Black Menu for Google

The Black Menu for Google provides really fast access to some key Google functionality. Once logged into your account, you can quickly access all of your Google content.

I use it mostly for quick access to Google Drive and the translate function.

Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - use this app to access Google and elearning content  

QuickDrop Explorer

Like many of you I use Dropbox to store and share a lot of my files. QuickDrop Explorer makes it handy to locate and share files right from the browser. There’s no need to go to your Dropbox folder and dig for files. You can do it all from the browser.

Articulate Rapid E-Learning Blog - use this app to access all of oyur elearning content on Dropbox

These are five of the apps that I use regularly. They save time so I see them as critical productivity tools. Which browser apps do you use?


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5 responses to “Be More Productive with These Five Browser Apps”

Great extensions! I downloaded the Black Menu since that’s really slick and useful for me. Thanks!

I use Resolution Test by Ben Beckford since you can quickly change the resolution of your browser to the exact size window you want (for screenshots or testing pages, etc.). Handy little extension.

September 2nd, 2014

This is silly, but one of my Chrome pet peeves is that the downloads bar that opens at the bottom has to be manually closed each time a download completes. I use the Always Clear Downloads extension just to automatically close the downloads bar once the download completes. I can always open my downloads folder if I need to access that info.

For those of us that do a lot of project work, especially when working across multiple projects, tracking time for tasks across those projects can be both tricky and incredibly important for billing purposes. My favorite “new to me” Google Chrome Web Store App is called Task Timer. It allows me to keep track of my project time across multiple projects within the day. Have you ever gotten interrupted while working on a project with a phone call about another project? Pull up your Task Timer and simply press PAUSE on the task you are working on, and PLAY on the task related to the phone call. (Even I can do that… while walking AND chewing gum!) At the end of the day, my project time totals are there waiting for me to transfer to my time sheet(s), whether 1 or 15! It even allows me to turn off my project work over a lunch break to read and reply to a quick blog! Let me know if you have another time tracking app you prefer… Here’s the link:

September 2nd, 2014

I giggled at your Seinfeld reference! The apps are nifty too!

This browser apps is really interesting. Will download this one later. Thanks for this info.