📅 August 8, 2020
My Current Browser Extensions
Last Updated: January 23, 2023
I consider myself a browser extension connoisseur. I love finding utilities that help make my web browsing easier, faster, and more productive. I lean towards extensions that are open-source when possible. Below are some of the current browser extensions I use daily. These extensions should be able to be installed on Microsoft Edge as well as it is based on Chromium now.
Inbox When Ready for Gmail (Install)
Inbox When Ready has different options for minimizing the time you spend checking email. I have it configured to hide my Inbox on load. Showing my Inbox requires me to click a button and wait 15 seconds. This adds some friction which makes me reconsider if I really need to be checking my email.
LeechBlock NG (Install | GitHub)
LeechBlock NG offers the ability to block specified websites. It is very configurable and even has a Dark theme!
LinkedIn Feed Blocker (Install | GitHub)
This blocks the LinkedIn feed on the homepage. Simple.
News Feed Eradicator (Install | GitHub)
This extension can remove the news feed on the homepage of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Reddit. Useful for when you don't want to get sucked into mindless scrolling.
Next Step for Trello (Install | GitHub)
I'm a heavy user of Trello. I find it extremely useful for organizing all the various tasks in my life. Next Step for Trello is a great extension that integrates with Trello Boards and enables showing checklist items directly on the card. There are several modes for displaying the checklists. I currently have the extension set to display "One per card" which displays the next step of each card.
Zen New Tab (Install | GitHub)
This is a very simple extension that replaces the content of a new tab with a blank (dark) page.
Autofill is a form filler and automation tool. My main reason for using this extension is for automating filling out forms that I frequently need to fill out during development work.
JSON Formatter (Install | GitHub)
Improves JSON readability in the browser. It also has a wide array of themes to choose from.
ColorPick Eyedropper (Install | GitHub)
ColorPick Eyedropper offers a quick way to determine specific colors on a site. You can get the hex, RGB, and HSL codes by hovering over pixels on the page.
Refined GitHub (Install | GitHub)
Refined GitHub offers numerous tweaks and enhancements to GitHub.
Dark Reader (Install | GitHub)
I like to dark mode all the things and this extension brings me closer to that reality. You can enable dark mode on all sites or specify certain sites.
ImprovedTube (Install | GitHub)
This is a fantastic extension for getting the most out of YouTube while preventing it from being a time suck. There are many settings to play around with. One of my favorites is the ability to set the home page to only include a search bar so that the video recommendations are hidden.
uBlock Origin (Install | GitHub)
uBlock Origin bills itself as the following...
uBlock Origin is not an "ad blocker", it's a wide-spectrum content blocker with CPU and memory efficiency as a primary feature.
My description is...
uBlock Origin is an ad blocker.
Keepa (Install | GitHub)
Keepa is an Amazon price tracker. I use Keepa for two main purposes. The first being to track products I'm interested in to get alerts when the price falls below a certain threshold. The second purpose is for the nice price history charts it gives me directly on the Amazon product page. This offers a way to see if the product price is high or low given historical price data.
Have any extensions I should check out? Let me know in the comments!
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