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The Best Browser Extensions to Optimize Slow Law Firm Computers

By Edward Tan, JD | Last updated on

Let's face it, your law firm's technology isn't always on the cutting edge. Optimizing your productivity on slow computers can be tough. But one of the best ways to get the most out of your dated hardware is with internet browser extensions.

Whether you're an Internet Explorer, Chrome, or Firefox user, you know that browsers are serious RAM hogs. And while installing extensions may eat up more memory, in the case of these five extensions, the trade off is worth it. You'll be able to free up more resources on your desktop for all the PDFs and Word docs that no doubt litter your taskbar.

A quick note, all of the extensions mentioned in this article are for Chrome. But most of them also have versions or similar counterparts for other browsers.

1) FlashBlock

By far, some of the biggest memory spikes come from Flash-based content. Speed up your desktop with FlashBlock. This extension stops Flash objects from automatically playing. Flash content must be clicked on instead to start. This'll reduce resource strain and shorten Website loading times.

2) DictionaryTip

Opening new tabs for routine reference checking can eventually take a toll on your computer. And looking up word definitions is one of the most routine tasks. DictionaryTip solves the problem by allowing you to double-click on words and have their definitions pop up without opening a new tab. This saves time and precious desktop resources.

3) IE Tab

Even worse than opening new windows is opening new programs. Sometimes you'll come across pages that only work well in IE. Rather than launch a new browser, load it within the one you're already using with IE Tab. This extension even allows you to designate specific Websites to always open in IE Tab.

4) StayFocused

Random Web browsing fills up browser caches like no tomorrow. While some people can curb their urges, others need a little help. StayFocused allows you to set time limits on how long you're allowed to Web surf. You'll increase your productivity and keep you desktop running smooth.

5) Pocket

The best browser extensions to optimize slow computers usually also pull double duty as great time management tools. Pocket allows users to quickly save and catalog pages for reading later. Not only does it keep temporary tabs to a minimum, but it's also a cross-platform app. You can view Web pages saved on Pocket from your desktop and mobile devices.

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