23/05/2022

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The 11 best Safari extensions for improving your productivity

  • Safari extensions add a wide range of new features and capabilities to the browser.  
  • You can find Safari extensions in the Apple App Store.
  • Here are 11 of the best extensions for Safari that can improve the way the browser works and enhance your productivity. 
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While there aren’t nearly as many extensions for Safari as there are for other browsers like Chrome and Firefox, you can still add a variety of features and capabilities to your browser through the App Store’s extension library. To get there, start Safari, click the Safari menu and choose Safari Extensions… To help you narrow down your choices, here are the best Safari extensions focused on productivity.

Awesome Screenshot

Awesome Screenshot lets you capture an image of an entire website, no matter how long it is.
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Awesome Screenshot can take screenshots with a click of the extension icon. You can capture after a countdown, just a part of the screen, or — and this is really the best reason to install it — an entire webpage, including the parts that extend well past the bottom of the screen.  

Day One

Day One is an elegant take on journaling. The app lets you record your daily thoughts, respond to prompts, add photos and graphics as well as and work in free-form text or add structure and formatting. The Day One extension lets you insert the current webpage into the journal as well. 

DuckDuckGo

You might think that this kind of privacy should be built into every browser, but DuckDuckGo adds it to Safari. This extension automatically blocks third-party trackers on most websites and also gives you a dashboard to see each site’s privacy grade on an A to F scale. 

Evernote Web Clipper

Use Evernote to do online research by saving clips from around the web.
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Evernote Web Clipper lets you save any webpage to your Evernote account for future reference. 

Evernote, of course, is an online note-taking tool that lets you collect images, text, and webpages, and you can use this extension to grab any webpage you’re looking at with a single click. 

1Password

It should go without saying that you should be using a password manager to keep the hundreds of logins you need to contend with strong, unique, and secure. 1Password puts all your save passwords a click away, making logging into any website a fast (but safe) affair.

Blue Canoe Dictionary

Blue Canoe offers an elegant dictionary and pronunciation guide, ideal for those mastering English.
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Not sure exactly how to pronounce “ensconced?” Wonder no longer because Blue Canoe Dictionary opens a dictionary entry for any word you select on a webpage and displays the definition. Click Listen to hear it read aloud, along with some examples of exactly how to sound out the vowel — ideal if English isn’t your first language. 

Step Two

Using a password manager is great, but these days you should also have two-step verification turned on for all websites that support it. Step Two is a great authentication app that automatically backs up to iCloud, preserving those codes even as you change phones or computers. The Step Two extension helps you log into websites fast without manually entering those six-digit codes. 

Piper

Piper enables picture-in-picture video for many common video players.
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Want to watch a YouTube video while you work? Piper lets you multitask by enabling many popular video platforms to run in picture-in-picture mode. The extension adds a button to many video players that pops the video out onto the desktop, so you can watch the video while you get work done with other apps at the same time. It works with apps like YouTube, Netflix , Twitch , Prime Video, and more. 

Save to Pocket

Save to Pocket is a convenient tool for saving websites to a library you can read later on. And while it’s owned by Mozilla and is built into Firefox, you can use Save to Pocket in Safari in exactly the same way. Once you click the Save to Pocket extension icon, the current webpage is synced to the cloud and you can read it in any browser on any computer or in an app on your mobile device. 

Grammarly

Get spelling and grammar recommendations from Grammarly.
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Everyone needs some help with spelling and grammar. Grammarly delivers free spelling and grammar suggestions in much the same way as the spell checker in Microsoft Word — just click the words with the underline to see suggestions. It works pretty much everywhere. 

Momentum

Replace Safari’s new tab page with Momentum to get a scenic, highly customizable start page. Front and center, it greets you by name with the time and whatever tasks you’ve set as your daily priority. You can also add quick links to commonly used websites and widgets like countdown timers and productivity metrics (though some features require upgrading to the premium version). Use the Pomodoro Technique? You can even kick off timers to guide your productivity.