Chrome extensions useful for office work

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If you use Google Chrome, you can use extensions that help you work faster and with less effort. These extensions can help you with meetings, screen sharing, documents, and more.

Chrome extensions useful for office work

Meetingbird

When planning a meeting, it can be difficult when there are many participants involved. Finding availability for each person can be daunting. Meetingbird is a Chrome extension that can help you plan and book that meeting in no time.



Meetingbird works with Gmail and Google Inbox, allowing you to share your availability with others and let them choose a meeting time that works for them too.

From your inbox, you can go directly to Google Calendar and select possible meeting times. Choose a topic, duration, location and add a description, then copy and paste the link into your email. When the recipient clicks on the link, they will be taken to Meetingbird.com where they can see your available times.

Another useful function of Meetingbird is the insertion of available times directly in the e-mail. The recipient can see your times directly in the message and click one to reserve that time on Meetingbird.com.

The extension offers a convenient calendar side view with additional options for scheduling, adding reminder emails, viewing shared calendars, and providing URLs that you can share. For a great and easy way to plan and schedule your meetings, check out Meetingbird.

CrankWheel screen sharing

To share your screen with a colleague, client or your boss, it's a wonderful extension for Chrome. In seconds, you can share your browser tab, program window or entire screen. Just click the toolbar button, choose which one you want to share and click the button again to get started.



You can then share your link via email or copy and send it. Once the viewer clicks on the link you provide, they will see it in the CrankWheel window and be ready to share with them in real time. You also have the option to add more viewers. When you want to stop sharing your screen, just click the button Stop in the CrankWheel window.

CrankWheel is accessible to viewers from their browser or mobile device. There are no worries about downloads or installations. CrankWheel is an excellent Chrome extension for a worry-free way to share your screen.

Screencastify Screen Video Recorder

Maybe real-time screen sharing isn't for you. If you need to create a recording of your screen for a meeting or tutorial, it's an excellent extension. There is no need to install special software or use complex configurations, just click the toolbar button and you are already on your way.

You have options to record the current browser tab, the entire desktop, or just use the camera. Then, make your selections for audio and video recording. The extension includes some advanced settings for a resolution limit, a countdown timer, and click drawing tools gear icon . You can also decide where to save your recordings, locally or in Google Drive.

You can pause, restart or stop the recording at any time by clicking the toolbar button. And, this button will appear red while recording. If you want to quickly view your recordings, click the button at the top of the extension window next to the gear icon.


Screencastify is a free extension that gives you 50 videos per month and a video length limit of 10 minutes. But if you need more, you can check out for unlimited time and video.


Office Online

If you receive and work with Microsoft Office documents, but don't have the software installed, this is the extension for you. With this handy tool, you can view, edit, and create Office Online files right from within Chrome. Also, you can work with OneNote.

Click the toolbar button and then choose the web application you want to open. You can also view a list of your recent documents or upload and open a new one. Note that the first time you use the extension, you need to sign in with your Microsoft account. And you can exit the extension by clicking on the arrow at the top next to your profile picture.

Even if Microsoft Office is installed on your computer, the extension can be very useful for quickly viewing and editing documents. Take a look and make working with Office files a little easier.


Gmelius

is intended for Gmail users. You can schedule the sending of e-mails.

To track an email, click the Gmelius checkbox button at the bottom of the compose window. You can also use built-in templates for quick message composition or save an email you are writing as a template for future use.

Gmelius includes a handy feature where you can turn any message into a to-do task. Click on the label To-do list to see, prioritize, complete or change the date of your activities.

You can use these features of Gmelius for free during a trial period. So, upgrade to or continue to use the free version with only the tracking and personalization feature.

World clock

One final Chrome extension that looks simple but extremely useful is World Clock. If you need to call customers or colleagues around the world, you can check what time it is for them with one click. Press the toolbar button and the World Clock page will open. You can enter a city, country or time zone and not only view the current time but add it to your list so that you see it every time you use the extension.


Another nice feature of World Clock is that you can speed up time. If you're planning a call or meeting for later, look at what time it will be in all saved areas. As you move the cursor down, the clock of each position will change automatically.

Again, this might be a basic extension, but if you work with others around the world, it's a useful tool to add to your browser.

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