1. Protect your personal data in screenshots
If you frequently capture and share screenshots, you’re probably familiar with the follow-up action: meticulously examining every square inch of your image to ensure it contains no private data before sending it on. Fortunately, that may soon change with the release of DataMask, a browser extension that enables you to safeguard and conceal your personal information.
Click the extension’s toolbar icon prior to taking your screenshot. You have two options: Auto or Manual. Auto should be sufficient for the majority of users, but be careful that it can be excessively vigilant, disguising even the most innocuous details. Manual mode provides greater precision, allowing you to weave over the screen and choose individual images and text regions.
The impact of employing either option is that text becomes garbled and visuals become fuzzy. You can now share the screenshot without disclosing any important information.
2. Reply to Gmail messages much faster
Reply Ninja’s goal is to make email responses faster than ever before – but not in the way you expect. In essence, it’s a copy-and-paste utility.
To respond to any text-based email, click on the three-dot icon to access the original message. While hovering your mouse over the original email, you’ll notice that Reply Ninja highlights lines or blocks of text automatically. With a single click, the desired text is added to your email. Repeat as desired.
After that, revise your reply. Now, put your responses beneath the text extracted from the original email by Reply Ninja. This enables speedy response times while simultaneously maintaining clarity, which implies that both casual users and professionals will benefit greatly from the browser feature.
3. Keep an eye on your website rivals
If you maintain a blog or own a website, ‘Where is My Website’ is a must-have browser tool. No more browsing through Google, calculating your site’s position in relation to your competitors — WIMW will do this for you as soon as you reach the Google search results.
Setup is a breeze. When you click the toolbar button for the add-on, you’re directed to a screen with two boxes: in the first, enter the URL of your own website or blog (omit the ‘https’); in the second, enter the URLs of all the websites you’re up against, pressing Add after each one. Click the Save button.
Now, when you conduct a search, WIMW automatically adds an unmistakable green highlight to your website’s URL and red highlights to that of your competitors, allowing you to know at a glance how you rank in comparison to them.
4. Save time reading online articles
In a previous piece, we discussed TLDR, a brilliant browser function that succinctly summarizes all of the pertinent information on a web page. Crammer, the new extension, is an ideal partner for TLDR — it makes use of Al. It eliminates even more. Developing a moveable analysis panel that emphasizes frequently used words and phrases.
This is advantageous for staying current on current events or if you’ve been duped by a clickbait title — with a single click of the Analyze button, you can determine whether the web page in question can deliver on its wild promises. Additionally, key terms have badges that you can click to get to that section of the page.
5. Sort your Chrome tabs with two clicks
It happens so quickly: you spend a few minutes on the computer, delving into a Wikipedia rabbit hole or deliberating on the right location for your anniversary dinner, and before you know it, your browser has become overwhelmed with open tabs. Additionally, for each tab you close, you tab-out three more.
Sortify will not prevent you from clogging your browser with dozens of tabs, but it will assist you in organizing them to make them more manageable. This new browser tool, which is pure simplicity, allows you to rearrange all of your open tabs with just two clicks: the first click is for the extension’s toolbar button, which opens a brief menu of options; the second click allows you to order your open tabs by website or time, as well as access the tool’s Undo and Redo options.
6. Group tabs together using Chrome 77
Chrome 77 includes additional tools for customizing the color scheme and grouping tabs. To choose your palette, open a new tab and click the Customize button in the bottom-right corner. Then, select ‘Colour and theme’.
Right-click any tab to bring up the ‘Add to new group’ option. This distinguishes the tab from the others and changes its color. If you’re not happy with the appearance, click the dot to the left of the tab group to change the color. Additionally, you can name your new tab group.
For additional information about the new features in Chrome 77, see our workshop on page 57.
Google has been hinting about providing back and forward caching – a feature already available in Firefox and Safari. By’remembering’ the website and retrieving it from the cache, ‘back-forward cache’ claims to significantly speed up browsing when you click the Back or Forward button.
The new feature is currently available in Chrome Canary, Google’s experimental browser. Activate it by visiting chrome:/ flags/#back-forward-cache or by searching for ‘forward’ on the Experiments page. Select Enabled from the drop-down menu. Restart the browser to complete the process.
However, a word of caution: this is an extremely experimental function, even for Canary. According to Google, using the back-forward cache “may result in a variety of failures, including the loss of user data.” Additionally, this means Chrome consumes more RAM than usual – a problem that will presumably be resolved by the time the functionality is included in the stable browser.
8. Design your own email signatures
If you manage a club, website, or business, or simply want to include more information at the bottom of your emails than your name, it’s worth developing an eye-catching email signature that includes a logo, image, link, and your contact information.
Most signature designers charge a premium for these fundamentals, but the Free Email Signature Generator is completely free. Simply sign in with your email address, allow the necessary permissions, and a form will appear. Complete your contact information, work title, and website address, as well as upload a photo or logo.
Once you’ve sorted out the fundamentals, it’s simple to add links to social media profiles and adjust the typeface. Access the extension’s settings to add additional features such as banner images, custom HTML, and disclaimers.
9. Make the web even more accessible
Consider Helperbird in keeping with the accessibility concept. This useful browser extension was created for persons who suffer from dyslexia and have difficulty reading on-screen text. It enables you to customize the appearance of virtually any website — with a single click, you can change the font on a page, activate Zoom, and enable Color Blind mode.
Each of the three options contains multiple sub-options. Select a typeface from the 15 available in Fonts, then change the Enable Font switch to On. Zoom enables you to get up close and personal with websites at a scale of 10% to 100%. Finally. Emphasize Links, which places a block around any clickable text, and Stroke, which converts it to red bubble writing, are included in Colour Blindness.
Helperbird also has a monthly membership option, so if you want to continue with the free edition, click the extension’s icon and select Get Started rather than Upgrade.
10. Add estimated reading time to emails
Email Reading Time for Gmail indicates the amount of time required to read an email message received using Google’s webmail service. In your Inbox, open an email and look directly below the subject line. You’ll see the estimated reading time. additionally to the word count. This provides you an estimate of how long it will take you to read the entire message – or whether you should reserve it for a time when you have more free time.