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It will come as no surprise that, as the editor of a website devoted to productivity, I'm obsessive about refining the details of my tech life to be certain every element is helping me get the job done. While I have software that I swear by (WriteRoom, Deckset, Evernote), I'm more of an evangelist for browser extensions.

My favourite Chrome extensions are lightweight, easy-to-install and usually free, but the effect they have on my productivity is profound. These are the extensions that I love most fervently and recommend most frequently.

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Trying to learn a new language, but can’t find the time? Give your binge-watching a whole new purpose and learn the basics of Japanese, Spanish, or German while marathoning a Netflix show or movie. Who says time on Netflix has to be unproductive?

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Everybody loves a good Dark Mode. Adding a high-contrast “reverse type” version of websites and apps always seem to be a big hit among power users, presumably because their dark palettes are easier on the eyes when staring at a bright screen in low light.

If you are one of the dark-mode faithful — or just a fan of reskinning your apps — today is an exciting day: Google released a set of 14 alternate colour palettes for Chrome, including 'Just Black', a classic Dark Mode.

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Keeping your browser’s many bookmarks organised is a never-ending struggle. Believe me, I understand the pain; no matter how many extensions I install or how many times I swear I’ll never let my overflowing bookmark toolbar get to this state, it always happens. One day, I’ll learn.

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Given that literal billions of usernames and passwords have been breached over recent years it's likely that many of us have some user credentials out there that are in the hands of bad people. To help keep us safer, a number of services have emerged. Today, a new Chrome Extension has been released that checks if the if username and password combinations you tap into a login form have been previously compromised.

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A lot happens when you browse the internet. Ostensibly you're just looking at a website, but behind the scenes the page has loaded over 30 external scripts. Most are there to provide you with a more relevant experience - by which I mean, targeted ads.

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When you shoot a video with a teleprompter, you usually have three options: Find someone to sit and scroll the words manually; set an app to auto-scroll and hope you can keep up; or handle a remote, which costs money and distracts you during your delivery.

We were excited to discover Teleprompt.me, the voice-controlled teleprompter that really works. We covered it briefly earlier, but now we’ve tested it on camera to show you how seamless it really is. No one is controlling the teleprompter in this video!

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One of my favourite Netflix tricks is a simple one. When you’re watching your favourite TV show on the streaming service within your web browser, not a standalone Netflix app, odds are good you’ll encounter opening credits and have to drag your mouse over and click the handy “skip intro” button to get going. I think that’s too much work, since you can also just tap “s” on your keyboard to activate the button instead. Seconds saved.

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You wake up. You groggily pull up your laptop or sit in front of your desktop with your delicious coffee nearby. Once your system loads, you load up Google Chrome, and you think how nice it will feel to get rid of all of those open tabs someday. You open a new tab anyway and start your morning content ritual.

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I have somewhere around 70 tabs open on my computer right now, give or take a few. I treat Chrome tabs like temporary bookmarks. For instance, a few of my open tabs are for stories I want to read later, and a few others are for SF Beer Week events I’m currently in the midst of planning for. It’s not the most efficient way to work, but it’s the way I’ve chosen. Unfortunately, it’s also a way that sucks a ton of power.

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When you’re shopping on Amazon, it’s easy to get distracted by all of the ads and suggestions the site makes. You might get so distracted, in fact, that you end up forgetting what you went to the site to shop for in the first place.

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If you’re not used to public speaking, a teleprompter can be a useful tool to have in your arsenal. A teleprompter can help you keep your speech on track, and make everything run a bit more smoothly.

There’s just one issue: Most free and web-based teleprompters use an auto scroll, meaning that if you pause for any reason why you’re reading, your teleprompter is going to leave you behind.

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Despite its browser beginnings, Chrome OS is a bonafide desktop platform, complete with snapping windows, a file system, and keyboard shortcuts. As a new Chromebook user, you can also take advantage of the vast majority of Chrome extensions, Android apps, and Linux apps.

(With a bit of finagling, you can even run some 32-bit Windows applications.)

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There are a bunch of different extensions you can use to take full-page screenshots in your browser—typically a more elegant way to preserve a site’s contents than “printing” it as a PDF or saving it to your computer as a complete website. Since I use Chrome, Full Page Screen Capture has been my go-to for some time, but you can also take these screenshots manually if you don’t want to bother installing something new to do it. (Same with Firefox.)

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Visiting family during the holidays often means doing a lot of things you don’t typically do at home. For me, one of those things is watching Netflix on my laptop. The room I’m staying in doesn’t have a television, and the living room is too central for me to watch my traditional hour of Netflix before bed without disrupting the masses, and so I’ve started cracking open the MacBook on my nightstand at night to satisfy the fix.

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Rumours are spreading that Microsoft is ready to throw in the towel with Microsoft Edge, the browser that replaced the much-maligned Internet Explorer in the release of Windows 10. Not even four years in, Edge has failed to throw off the bad reputation of its predecessor, and now it looks like Microsoft is getting ready to start again from scratch. Here's everything we know so far.

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These days, most websites automatically switch to a mobile-friendly version when you view them on your smartphones. Unfortunately, the results can still be cluttered and difficult to navigate - especially if you aren't rocking a huge phone.

The last few iterations of Google Chrome have been taking care of this problem with a 'Simplified View' option. Here's how to switch it on.