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Best of 2016: 7 Google Chrome Extensions for Real Estate Agents

December 16 2016

We're continuing an annual tradition of counting down our top 10 articles of the year. The following article was originally published back in March and is #2 in our countdown. See #3 here.

writing laptopWant to get more out of your online experience? Put your web browser to work for you! Google's Chrome browser offers thousands of extensions that you can install to boost your productivity. Like apps for your mobile phone, these add-ons range from social media sharing buttons to extensions that block online distractions so that you can better focus on important tasks.

Ready to give your productivity a boost? These seven Chrome extensions can help turn you into a web power user!

1. Write Space

This extension lets you write and edit text right from your browser. Write Space's design is simple and clean, a lack of clutter that makes it easier to focus on writing rather than outside distractions. (The app's creators suggest turning your browser to full-screen mode to reduce distractions even further!)

Our favorite feature of Write Space is how it automatically saves everything as you type, so you never have to worry about accidentally losing your work. It's convenient, too. Rather than booting up Word or another program to write down notes, just open this extension in a new browser tab and start typing!

2. Awesome Screenshot

Have you ever needed to take a screenshot of an entire webpage or document--including the parts that you'd have to scroll down to see? Awesome Screenshot to the rescue! This extension lets you easily capture all kinds of screenshots, from the whole page to a small selection. The best part about Awesome Screenshot is that it lets you annotate any of your screenshots with text, shapes, highlights, and more.

3. CloudConvert

Need to convert that Word document into a PDF, or that .RAW image file into something web friendly, like a .JPG? This extension can convert over 200 different file types into whatever you need. You can even set it up to automatically save converted files to your Dropbox, Google Drive, or other cloud storage solution.

4. Pixlr Express

Edit your listing photos without leaving your browser. This extension lets you crop, resize, adjust, add text to photos, and much more. If you have little experience in more advanced editing techniques like adjusting color balance, Pixlr's Auto Fix feature can do it for you in just one click. All images can be easily saved back to your desktop for sharing on social media or uploading to the MLS.

5. Font Changer

Few things are more frustrating than a website that's hard to read, especially if it contains important information that you need! Banish unreadable typefaces with Font Changer which, well, changes the font of whatever webpage you're on so that it's easier to read. This extension lets you choose the font you'd rather read, and even set up alternative fonts for all sites or just the sites that really, really bug you.

6. Kill News Feed

Ah, Facebook...that gloriously distracting time suck. If you find you can't resist logging in when you should be doing work-related things instead, try this extension. It blocks your Facebook newsfeed, so that even if you log into Facebook, all you see is a whole lotta nothing. Consider it your own personal productivity police.

7. DocuSign

Do you use DocuSign as your eSignature platform of choice? If so, check out this extension to make working with the program even easier. With it, you can open documents for signing or sending right from Gmail or Dropbox. The extension installs a handy button on your browser's task bar so you can access DocuSign easily or check on the status of any document with one click.

These are just a small sampling of all the available Chrome extensions. For more, visit the Chrome Web Store.

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