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A La Code: Three Browser Extensions You Need

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Today, I'm sharing three extensions you need to be productive online. First, let's talk about what an extension is. Extensions are simple bits of software that customize your online experience. They enable users to tailor browser functionality and behavior to individual needs or preferences. 

Cool, but how do I add an extension? I'm glad you asked. Below are instructions for installing extensions on both Chrome and Firefox. Don't use either of those browsers? Instructions for installing can be found via simple Google search!

How to install

Chrome

  1. Open the Chrome Web Store.
  2. Find and select the extension you want.
  3. Click Add to Chrome.
  4. For some extensions, you'll see a box that lists the data that the extension will be able to access.
  5. Click Add extension to grant the extension access to your data and install the extension.

Firefox

  1. Click the menu button  and choose  Add-ons. The Add-ons Manager tab will open.
  2. In the Add-ons Manager tab, select the Get Add-ons panel.
  3. To install a featured add-on, click the grey toggle button, which will turn green. To uninstall an add-on you just installed, click the toggle button again.

Now that we know what extensions are and how to install them, let's talk about which extensions you need to install now!

Extensions to install

Grammarly

My favorite extension, Grammarly is your second set of eyes, ensuring all of your written communication is mistake-free and at it's best. Once you've installed the extension, simply something, and Grammarly will get to work, editing your emails, posts on social, and even posts like the one you're reading. 

WhatFont

Available as a Chrome extension, WhatFont allows you to find out what fonts are being used on any website for free. Once the extension is installed, click on the extension to activate it and then hover over a font to view the font's: family, style, weight, size, line height, and color. 

Colorzilla 

The plugin, available for both Firefox and Chrome browsers, allows you to know what any color is on the web. See a color you like? Once the extension is installed, click or hover on the desired color to see the hex value for that color. 

Use other extensions? Share your suggestions in the comments below!

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