The Chrome menu bar can be a great location for shortcuts. I use my menu bar to get instant notifications of new emails and Linkedin messages. My menu bar also allows me to take the webpage I’m currently viewing and quick check it’s popularity, save an article, and annotate the page.
However, your Chrome menu bar can quickly become a big mess. Install a new Chrome extension, and almost every time a new icon will appear in your menu bar. Your menu bar can get quite crowded with all these icons. My menu bar was getting so bad, that I could barely read the URL in address field. Sure, the Google Arts & Culture add-on is nice. But I don’t need their icon in my menu bar.
Yesterday I trimmed down the number of Chrome extensions in my menu bar. It feels really good. About 20 icons were crowded together. Now only 11 remain.
Here are my 11 essential Chrome menu bar icons, sorted by their function:
Social Media popularity
Check if current URL is submitted on reddit. Submit link or join the discussion.
Tweets Counter for Twitter
Shows tweets for current URL and stats for Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and other share services.
This extension lights up with a new notification count whenever you have new activity waiting for you at LinkedIn.
Notifier for Gmail
Multiple label and account notifier for Google Mail (Gmail)
Evernote Web Clipper
Use the Evernote extension to save things you see on the web into your Evernote account.
Instapaper browser extension to save links for offline reading.
Take full webpage screenshots. Capture, edit and save them to PDF/JPEG/GIF/PNG, upload, print, send to OneNote, clipboard or email.
Save to Feedly Board
Save web pages to your Feedly boards. Another one that I’d like to use more, so it sits in my menu bar.
Push to another screen
Push any tab in Chrome to your TV set with a Google Chromecast stick.
A couple years ago I wrote