Your car dashboard is a hub of information; the more useful information available, the better. But if there is too much clutter, it doesn’t work. Engine temperature data might get lost in a sea of gadgets that display altitude, current direction, outside temperature, local time in Singapore, a list of every HD radio station you’ve ever listened to, etc. Simple, useful information is what we want.
Let’s face it — we spend a lot of time on the Internet. Most of us use the Internet for work, school, entertainment, communication, news, and more. Our Internet browser needs to be like our car dashboard and give us the information we need without cluttering the space.
Here is a list of useful browser plug-ins that will save you time and make your browsing experience better. But we recommend choosing the ones that will be most useful and scrapping the rest — no need for excessive clutter.
Note: These plug-ins are specifically for Chrome, but you can find similar applications for other browsers. All of the plug-ins can be found at https://chrome.google.com/ extensions.
Look up information without ever leaving your current page. The next time you have to do a little research while browsing, you can simply click the Wikipedia Companion icon and get your very own pop-up window for your search. You can find out who this Justin Bieber character is without ever leaving the article you’re reading.
Ultimate Google Docs Viewer
This plug-in will seek out supported files (such as .doc, .ppt, or .pdf) and allow you to view them without completely downloading them. If you come across an attachment in your browsing, you’ll be able to sneak a peek without wasting time downloading and converting the file.
After the Deadline
You have spell-check, but this plug-in takes it a step further. It will correct spelling, grammar, syntax, and common stylistic mistakes on things like e-mails, Facebook posts, and blog comments. You’ll be the most respected poster on the Internet, at least among English teachers.
Mini Google Maps
No need to leave your current page to check an address. You can paste or type the information directly into the plug-in to maximize your browsing efficiency.
Add your task list (like the one used in Gmail) to your browser. You can jot down notes, complete assignments, and check your agenda from your browser. Or you can just ignore them and search for new ’80s TV shows on Hulu … your choice!
There are hundreds (if not thousands) of plug-ins available to help you browse more comfortably. If you need help optimizing your browser, give Computer Problem Specialists a call at (928) 468-0000.
And remember: try not to clutter your “dashboard.” Keep it simple and you will be able to find the information you need. I’m going to run spell-check on this article and go look up this Justin Bieber guy before it’s too late.