If you use Google as your primary search engine; you’re in the majority. In fact, more people use Google as their search engine than any other search site, and many people use it as a home page, as well. Upgrading your Google page to Google Chrome will make your web browsing faster as well as give you lots more flexibility because of all the great extensions that are available for Chrome users. There is a Google Chrome extension for almost everything, from checking mail, to checking weather to keeping organized when away from the office.
Google Chrome extensions are free and easy to download onto your Google page. Check out these 17 Chrome extensions that are great for people who love history.
- Shareaholic: Quickly share web pages and the articles on them with family, friends and colleagues. You can even share upcoming events like seminars by simply sending the page with information about the event to those you think would be interested in attending.
- Fastest Tube: You can often learn a lot from You Tube videos. This app makes finding and bookmarking You Tube videos a breeze.
- Autopager: Autopager allows you to automatically load the next page of a site in line when you get to the end of the first page. It’s a real time saver when you’re reading through a lot of material.
- Daily Favorites: This extension loads your frequently visited pages quickly with the touch of a button. No longer will you have to constantly reload those pages that you visit every day. They’ll be right there in a simple list so that you can get to them with one click.
- Apture Highlights: This is a great tool for doing research for papers or just learning about an area of history where you have interest. Simply highlight a word or phrase and get instant access to Wikipedia or Twitter or You Tube to help you learn more about the text you highlighted.
- Split Screen: Split your view between two different web pages with this extension. It’s perfect for comparing material when you’re researching.
- Note Anywhere: Make notes on any webpage. Then, when you open the page again, your notes load automatically.
- X Marks: If you have tools and extensions you love at work, you’d probably love to have them at home, too. With Xmarks, you can sync up your computers so that they have the same extensions and tools. It will sync across multiple computers and even across multiple web browsers.
- Google Translate: When you’re researching, you may run into some sites that aren’t in English. Google Translate translates the site with the click of the mouse.
- Stay Focused: This application is great for a lot of us who tend to spend a little too much time surfing the web for fun (or have kids who do). You can set it to block certain sites after a specified allotted amount of time. This way you can’t stay on Facebook all day.
- Vertical Tabs: Like all your tabs organized vertically? That’s what Vertical Tabs will do for you. You get a quick dropdown view of all your tabs at once.
- Feedly: This is a really fun extension. It organizes your favorite sources into a start page that has a great magazine like format.
- Google Mail Checker: Being able to check your email right on Google is such a timesaver. This Chrome extension allows you to automatically link to your email account to check for new mail quickly and easily. There are soon to be upgrades that will let you check more than one email account this way.
- Fastest Chrome: This extension makes everything go faster. Load pages and do searches faster than you ever thought possible.
- Last Pass: This is a great password manager and form filler tool. It keeps track of all your passwords for you and fills out forms with your info.
- RSS Subscription Extension: Get your subscriptions via RSS feed quickly and easily with this extension. Monitoring your favorite blogs and websites has never been easier.
- Remember the Milk for Gmail: The Remember the Milk tools are some of today’s most popular.
This version for Google Chrome helps you keep track of everything you have to do so nothing gets forgotten. With these tools, you’ll be on your way to a more productive and simpler day. That leaves you more time for researching history and reading all those great web sites about your favorite historical subjects.
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