Google Drive has become so popular these days that almost everyone has used it at least once or twice. But did you know that you can get a lot more out of Google Drive than you probably do? There are a huge number of add-ons that you can install for Google Drive.

If you care about your productivity or performance when using Google Drive, you should definitely consider this. Here are five plugins you’ll want to use. The first on this list is read and write operations for Google Chrome.

Read & Write

Read & Write is a Google Drive add-on that helps you get more out of the service by allowing you to read PDFs more smoothly. Despite all the features of Google Drive, it does not have built-in features for reading PDF files. Of course, you can preview the PDF to see the first page, or download the file itself to open it yourself. But if you want to open PDF documents quickly and easily, you’re just out of luck.

This is where the Read and Write feature comes in. Read and Write gives you the ability to open PDF files directly from Google Drive.

All you have to do is right-click on the file you want to view and choose “Open With”. From there, you will be able to select “Read” and “Write” to open the file for you.

Text Cleaner

If you find yourself frequently moving parts of text in and out of Google Docs, Text Cleaner is a great plugin to make your life easier. Text Cleaner is an extension to the existing clear formatting commands you can find on Google Docs. By default, this feature allows you to preserve basic formatting, such as italics and bold, when copying and pasting content into a document. If you want to save more than italics and bold, Text Cleaner can help. Text Cleaner lets you insert large amounts of text with multiple fonts, different background colors, hyperlinks, and more.

Pear Deck

It then cleans them up for you so you don’t have to do it yourself. Next on the list is Pear Deck, a Google Drive add-on that makes it easier for those who use it to absorb the material. It is meant to be used by teachers with their students, but if that doesn’t apply to you, don’t worry.

Pear Deck is still a useful tool for anyone who can bring it into play. The general premise of Pear Deck is simple. Instead of basic presentations like Google Slides, PowerPoint, or even PDFs, Pear Deck allows you to better interact with your audience by letting you add interactive elements.

Whether you want to create flowcharts, UML diagrams, entity relationship models, templates or any other form of diagram, the extension will help you do just that. You’ll find your files are stored entirely in Google Drive, which means you can access them anywhere.

Gantter Project Management

Gantter Project Management combines project management tools in a desktop app with the benefits of Google Drive in the cloud. This allows you to seamlessly sync tasks from your Gantter calendar to Google Calendar, as well as make changes to your calendar in real-time.


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