Before jumping in, it’s worth noting that you should only install Chrome extensions that you feel confident in trusting – most require permissions to view all your browsing data, at the least.
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Pocket is no stranger to anyone at this point, but that doesn’t mean it should be overlooked in a list of essential Chrome extensions either. If you find yourself opening more stories than you can possibly read in one sitting, Pocket is definitely worth checking out.
As you’re saving it, there’s also the option to add tags, which will help retrieval if you have a large collection of items awaiting your attention.
There are plenty of ways to share content across the Web, but Dragdis brings a universal approach that allows you to categorize and arrange items for perusal later, or quickly share them with friends or colleagues.
It’s not as slick as something like Pocket for pure news curation, but if you’re looking for a general Chrome extension that lets you easily create folders with icons of your choosing for various categories, then Dragdis is worth checking out.
Once you’re set up, it’s easy enough to use, simply create folders as you need them and drag URLs or images directly from a page to save them for retrieval later. To access content that you’ve dropped, just click on the corresponding folder in the sidebar and it’ll open that folder in the browser – it’s a shame there’s no way of expanding the sidebar folders to show what’s inside, but it’s not a deal-breaker.
My biggest complaint about Dragdis is the amount of time it takes to open the folder after clicking in the sidebar. You can also add tags and other descriptions to any content that you drop to make finding it a bit easier to find later, or share it via Twitter or Facebook.
PushBullet, like Pocket, benefits from the fact that it’s available to download on so many platforms, as well as being accessible via its Chrome extension.
However, it’s a little different to the others here as it doesn’t just let you save articles to read later, it also makes it a doddle to share links, photos, files or other content between your devices at the press of a button.
To get started, simply install the Chrome extension – plus the relevant app for whichever other devices you own – and you can start sending content to your phone, Chrome, desktop and more. You’ll need to create an account or sign in through Google first though.
Evernote’s Web Clipper for Chrome is another well-known, time-saving tool that let’s you quickly grab images or articles for sharing with friends or colleagues.
Using it really is simple; all your clipping options are available directly from the extension’s icon once installed. By default you can save a single article (or select multiple manually) from a page with multiple articles, save the whole page, save a simplified version of an article, screenshot the page or bookmark it for later.
If you don’t want to save a whole article or image, you can set a reminder to revisit a page. Extra usefully, it also detects when you’re looking at an email and provides an option designed to make it easy to clip individual emails (and replies, if you like).
➤ Evernote Web Clipper