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7 free Chrome hacks that will instantly make you more productive

Updated 4 years ago
Published Feb 4th, 2016 11:48AM EST
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Google’s Chrome browser might be a battery hog on occasion, but it still offers one of the best Internet browsing experiences out there. One of the things that make Chrome so useful is the large number of available extensions that add various features to your browsing experience, and most Chrome extensions are available as free downloads.

We have already shown you 30 add-ons that can change the way you browse the Internet, so now let’s look at some “hacks” that can boost your productivity.

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The following seven Chrome tools will help you focus on tasks at hand and avoid other web distractions.

Chrome Remote Desktop

Chrome Remote Desktop is an extension that lets you easily access other computers, which might come in handy quite often. It’s also an app that lets you easily share your screen with someone else.

Download Chrome Remote Desktop for free.

Google Mail Checker

The Google Mail Checker extension will notify you there’s new email that requires your attention. That means you won’t have to reach to your phone or switch over to your Gmail tab to see if there’s new email. The extension will tell you all about it, and you’ll be able to deal with email on your own time.

Download Google Mail Checker for free.


Yes, you should totally stop texting while you’re trying to work, or at least don’t do it on your smartphone. Install MightyText and send texts directly to a smartphone the same way iMessage works with an iPhone and a Mac.

Download MightyText for free.


OneTab to rule them all? It’s possible. Just get this extension and get out of tab hell, which is what happens when you open too many tabs in Chrome. Focus on the tab at hand without ditching the other ones, which will remain accessible as links in a neat list.

Download OneTab for free.


Pocket is similar to Instapaper and works both on mobile devices (as an app) and in Chrome as an extension that lets you save articles to read later.

Download Pocket for free.

Simple Blocker

Yes, you should stop spending time on Facebook and Twitter instead of working, and Simple Blocker helps you achieve that. Simply enable it inside Chrome and you’ll be able to block any sites you want for a period of time that you define.

Download Simple Blocker for free.


Have plenty of things on your to-do list? Manage them with the Todoist task management app and Chrome extension. The Chrome app lets you handle tasks directly from your toolbar and comes with Gmail integration.

Download Todoist for free.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.