Control Your Extensions…

I love the “Power” extensions and add-ons provide to a browser. Extensions provide a quick way to access helpful pieces of programs. A perfect example of a useful extension is “Save to Drive” this allows the user to save images of websites directly to the “Web Browser” Version of Google Drive. This is a helpful tool for students and researchers to use especially if they have limited internet connections because it allows them to save websites as images. Unfortunately sometimes third-party extensions can cause glitches to happen when interacting with other extensions and programs on the device. This is why I like using the Chrome Browser because it makes it easy to “Control Extensions”.

How to Control Chrome Extensions

It is easy to access Extensions from within the settings area of the Chrome Browser. This will allow you turn the extensions on and off as needed. I like leaving most of my extensions off except a few which might be used on a regular basis. When glitches occur it I can turn off the extensions one at a time to figure out which one has gone erratic.

Just follow these simple steps to turn extensions on and off:

  1. Click the Chrome Browser’s Settings 
  2. Scroll Down to More Tools
  3. Click Extensions
  4. Scroll Down List of Extensions
    • Check “Enable” to Turn On
    • Uncheck “Enable” to Turn Off
    • Click “Trash Can” to Uninstall

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NOTE: When the Extensions appear grayed out it is due to being disabled.

It is really easy to maintain and control ones extension through the Chrome Browser. This will help with preventing some of those unexpended glitches such as:

  • My page doesn’t load
  • I can’t see the button to…
  • Nothing works when I click…

Sure hope this helps you resolve some of those unexpected future glitches.

Save to Google Drive Chrome Ext~Best Invention Since the Photocopy Machine!!!

The Save to Google Drive is a Chrome Extensions which saves websites in several different formats. I like saving websites as a .png picture file because Google Drive can use OCR capabilities to turn the screen capture into text. The PNG screen capture is easy to annotate when inserted into a Google Drawing or Google Slide. This makes it possible  for the student to highlight information and type or leave audio notes to the side of the website article. If the student doesn’t have internet access at home they can download or sync to their laptop Google Drive. This will permit them to view the material without being connected to the web. The Save to Google Drive Chrome Extension is a valuable tool to use when a student does research!

HOW TO USE THE SAVE TO GOOGLE DRIVE CHROME EXTENSION

  • Go to a website of choice
  • Click the Google Drive Icon
  • A window will open showing the download

Save to Google Drive Step 1

  • Download complete window
  • Choose close rename or trash

Save to Google Drive Step 2

  • Locate file in Google Drive

find file in drive

  • Open PNG with Google Doc

Convert to OCR

  • This Icon will appear until the OCR Process is Finished

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  • Once OCR Processing is done a document will open
  • At the top of the document will be the picture of the website
  • Scroll down until you find the text
  • The conversion isn’t perfect but it provides a clean editable version of the website

oonverted ocr file

I Can Read Clearly Now…

Wow it is amazing how much easier it is to focus upon reading when there is less clutter surrounding the web article. This is what the Clearly Chrome Ext. provides for the reader. I can see how the extension would support both students and adults who have trouble focusing due to distractions.

The Clearly APP sits in the right hand corner of the web browser.

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All you have to do is click the Clearly Icon, and like magic the distractions disappear.  

Clearly

BEFORE

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AFTER

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According to the APP Store Clearly Articles can be saved in Evernote. Here is a trick on how you can save the article as a PDF. Click Print and then Save as PDF. This will allow you to save a PDF to your computer. The PDF article can be uploaded to your Google Drive for future use.

EXTRA BONUS: A text to speech reader can focus on the content of the article when it can skip over the need to read ads and etc…