Design presentations, social media graphics, and more with thousands of beautiful layouts with Canva …

Canva is my “go to” online app for desktop publishing and graphic design. There is a FREE and paid option to Canva and I have found that you can create stunning results with the FREE version as long as you use the graphics that are marked as free (and there are thousands of them). I often use graphics I find on the internet to plugin (copy/paste) to whatever project I am working on. Canva can also be downloaded and installed as a Windows and Mac application; but, I typically use Canva in my web browser on my Chromebook. With Canva you can let your imagination flow to create signs, cards, logos, newsletters, resumes, infographics, social media headers, and posts, etc … Give it a try; you will be impressed!

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Convert Chrome browser tab(s) into popup groupings with Popout Plus…

Popout Plus is one of those hidden gems in the Google Chrome store that is not given enough credit for what this extension allows you to do. That may be due to the fact that most folks don’t understand its’ purpose. With this extension, you can create popout browser windows for whatever web site you have loaded into the browser. For example, I can load Facebook into my browser, click on the Popout Plus icon on the toolbar and Facebook will pop out into a nice clean window (similar to a window that you see in MS-Windows). Once it is in that windowed interface, you can resize it, etc… If you go into the options of Popout Plus, you have options to save your windowed sessions so that the next time you load, say, “Facebook”, it will remember the window size, etc… You can also assign keyboard shortcut keys where anytime you open up your browser and desire to pop out a specific web site, you can quickly create the popout (or load a previous one) with the shortcut keys on your keyboard. As I mentioned, this is a gem of a browser extension that I hope the developer takes heart and keeps up to date.

A Chrome-based browser extension that will announce the time periodically, set custom recurring reminders, and display the time and date…

I had been looking for a talking clock for my Chromebook and this is as close as it gets with the Chrome-based browser extension called, Talking Clock… This extension is a very nice extension in that it allows you to set announced reminders and set periodic times where the time will be announced. For example, I have the extension set to announce the time every 15 minutes. Also, if you click on the extension icon you get a quick read on the date and time. Another setting is available where you can display the current time as an overlay on the toolbar icon, as well. Nice browser extension that serves a good purpose; especially, for those who spend a great deal of time at their computer.

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