Chrome is my favorite browser: it’s fast and well-integrated with Android smartphones.
Extensions are one of the greatest assets of Chrome.
A Chrome extension is a small software that adds new features and enhance the browsing experience.
My 3 favourite extensions for Chrome are Pocket, Grammarly and Google Dictionary.
How do I save interesting articles to read them later? Simple, with Pocket.
Pocket lets you save, both from desktop and mobile, interesting posts, articles and pages and makes them available even for offline browsing.
This feature is very useful when you are traveling or bored and there’s no internet connection.
How to save pages in Pocket from PC?
1. copy-pasting the URL inside your Pocket;
2. placing the mouse pointer over an URL, right click of the mouse, then “Save to pocket”
3. the smarter way: install the extension on Chrome and when you are in an interesting page, just click the icon directly on the navigation bar.
The strengths of Pocket are the ease of use and seamless integration with Google – Gmail, which minimizes the hassle of creating an account and logging in.
In addition, it has a cool graphics and intuitive interface that makes the reading experience very pleasant.
Plus, when you customize your preferences you get suggestions of articles that may be of interest and often they’re hidden gems for your content creation.
Grammarly is an online spell-check.
It’s a must for everyone who’s writing in English, because it checks the spelling of every text we write online, in the body of webmail, in a post on Facebook or in a form of a website.
In the bottom right of each form we are writing in, Grammarly points out, suggests and corrects typos, verbal issues and much more.
In addition, double-clicking on a highlighted word, Grammarly provides definition and synonyms, integrating also with Google Dictionary.
Grammarly has two versions, Free and Premium, that solves the “advanced issues”.
Now, I’m using the free one, but I’m ready to upgrade to the premium version, it’s worth it!
My third favorite extension is still related to English, Google Dictionary.
Consuming lots of English contents, I often met words with unknown meaning.
Excluding the “ignore them” option :), the first solution could be asking WordReference for help, and look up the meaning of the word.
The smarter option is to install Google Dictionary.
Then just highlight the unknown word and double-click on it to open a box with its definition.
If you’re lucky there’s also a chance to hear its pronunciation, by clicking on the speaker icon, as in the example below.
What are your favourite extensions?