Notion has become more of a lifestyle than a note-taking app. It's an all-in-one workspace that keeps your information easily accessible and replaces most web apps that have marginal features.
But, Notion isn’t perfect. You still have to do repetitive tasks like copy-pasting, adding screenshots for process documentation, and constantly grooming your workspace. And often, there are small features missing that are needed to make your use case work.
We’ve hand-picked seven best Notion Chrome extensions to help you save time and get rid of manual work. These extensions will help you automate processes, customize how Notion looks, and much more. With these tools in your arsenal, you can finally stay productive and in the flow.
1. Bardeen: workflow automation app
Everyone wishes they had more hours in a day. When your workload is spilling over, there is rarely space for creativity, which restricts business and personal growth.
In fact, 59% of professionals believe they would reclaim at least 6 hours per week if they automated repetitive tasks! And Notion as your go-to tool is a perfect place to start taking that time back.
Bardeen is a browser extension with a full-on automation engine. It integrates with Notion and many other web apps, which allow you to create very powerful workflows. You can automate your meetings, create tasks on the fly without opening Notion and clicking around, streamline your lead gen process, and much more.
Let’s have look at 3 ways you can leverage Bardeen to automate your workflows in Notion.
Notion as a CRM
If you use Notion as your CRM, your workflow probably would look something like copy-pasting info from LinkedIn to Notion. And that’s no fun. 😐
Many CRM tools have integrations with LinkedIn, but not Notion. It wasn’t built for that, which makes the lives of recruiters, salespeople, or those who love networking much harder.
This is where Bardeen comes in.
This playbook will help you save information from any social media channel to Notion with just one click.
Notion for Project Management
We love Notion because it can be an all-in-one workspace for everything life and business. And Notion for project management is a really solid use case.
Bardeen can help you transfer tasks to Notion and create new ones from anywhere on your computer.
First, Bardeen allows you to transfer existing data from other apps to Notion. So if you are just starting out with Notion as your task management system, you can get all of your tasks from Jira, Asana, Github, or ClickUp transferred to directly to Notion. And the best part is that it tasks just a few minutes and it's free.
Second, regardless of which task management app you use (including Notion), the odds are that you have to shuffle through tabs to create and look up tasks.
Now, you can create a task with a keyboard shortcut from anywhere on your computer using the following automation.
Scrape data to Notion
Everyone has to build a list at some point in their lives. If you are looking for an apartment on Zillow, that’s a list. Want to create a wish list of Amazon products? That’s a list too. Inspiration board? Yep, that’s a list.
When building a list, you have to copy-paste information from one place to another. And good luck if you have more than 10 fields on one page to copy.
Bardeen scraper allows you to grab information from different places on a web page and add it directly into a Notion database with one click.
Remember how we used Notion as a CRM to copy information from social media to Notion? That workflow leverages a scraper action.
You can also build your own scraper for almost any website. All you need to do is create a scraper template for a website and point at the elements that you want to extract.
2. Save To Notion
With this Chrome extension, you can stash articles directly in Notion.
Save To Notion is great for quickly bookmarking articles to read later, gathering inspiration, and even saving emails. Instead of just saving article titles and links, the extension will get the entire article saved to the body of a Notion page.
When you save an article to Notion, you can also add tags, fill out select fields, and pick databases.
Notion has its own official web clipper extension with similar functionality. But it comes with some limitations. It doesn’t have saving templates, so you’ll need to do a little bit of clicking around.
3. Notion Enhancer: customize the UI
If you want to change the way Notion looks and feels, the Notion Enhancer does exactly that. Notion enhancer allows you to add additional functionally on top of Notion’s UI.
You can customize color themes, fonts, and spacing. But customization goes far beyond just visuals!
Here are a few of my favorite add-ons (extensions) to enhance Notion's interface:
- Word counter
- Collapsible headers
- Weekly view for the Calendar databases
- Code line numbers
- Bypass preview (allows to edit shared Notion pages without reloading them)
Browse through the collection of pre-built Notion add-ons, toggled on to try, and further configure them using sidebar on the right.
💡️ Tip: You may need to click “reload to apply changes” for every add-on that you turn on. There seems to be a bug with saving configurations for multiple extensions at once.
Notion Enhancer works in both the browser and the desktop app. For the web version of Notion, you can download a browser extension here. To customize the desktop version on Mac or Widow, check out this installation guide. Unfortunately, the Apple Silicon (M1) chips are not supported.
Alternatives: Notion Boost and Notion X.
4. Tango: automatic process documentation
To scale any business process and ensure consistency, processes need to be documented.
Some people record Loom videos for documentation. But videos are hard to navigate and small details often fall through the cracks.
With Tango, you can document processes with automatic screenshots and action descriptions.
Most businesses use Notion as a company wiki, and the traditional way to document processes in writing is very manual. You need to create titles, descriptions, and screenshots for every step of the process.
To create a Tango, download the extension and hit “capture workflow.” Run a process as you usually would. When done, a Tango page with this workflow and screenshots will open up, where you can customize the text and add more thorough instructions.
To copy your process to Notion, click on “Share” and copy the workflow directly to Notion.
5. Queue.so: schedule tweets for Notion
Tweeting at odd hours or forgetting to post on a busy day is a huge roadblock for your Twitter game. And you probably don’t want to use another tool for a content calendar and copy-paste every post from Notion.
Queue.so allows you to schedule tweets directly from Notion. The great thing about using Notion as your social media management tool is that creation, scheduling, and monitoring happen in one place. You can use the board view for ideation and writing. Then use the calendar view for your content calendar. And finally, use a table view to monitor performance, which gets pulled right from Twitter analytics! Simply, genius.
To get started, download the extension and duplicate their pre-built Twitter database.
To schedule a post, create a new page in the database and write your tweet in the body of the page. If you want to make a thread, just add a divider.
When done, add the publication time, and change the status field to “ready.” Note that it may take a couple of minutes extra to get your tweet published. And by the way, you can schedule your posts right from your phone using the Notion app.
Queue also allows you to preview your Tweet, so you know exactly what it’s going to look like.
If you don't want to use their template, you can use your own Notion database and configure the rules to make it work.
By default, the only page field that gets updated after publishing is "publication time." So post status won’t change to "published" and analytics will be empty.
To enable those features, you need to go to Queue settings and add fields in the “post-publication changes” section. Simply click on "add change rule" and add fields that you want to get updated automatically.
6. Zorbi.cards: create flashcards with Notion
If you are a student, learning a new language, or prepping for a presentation, flash card are probably one of your best friends. Spaced repetition allows you to re-visit information so that it gets memorized for the long term.
Zorbi allows you to create flashcards from any website, image, or PDF. The free Chrome extension makes it easy to create flashcards while watching lectures or going through notes.
If you use Notion for learning, you can turn blocks and pages into flashcards in seconds.
7. ReClipped: take notes from videos
ReClipped is perfect for note-taking from videos. When you are watching a lecture or a YouTube video, the extension will create and open a new Notion page. You can add notes with time codes, screenshots (paid feature $2/m), and highlights.
Here is the ReClipped < > Notion tutorial.
Bonus: Notion automation templates
Beyond extensions, there are other powerful ways to get more out of Notion. And because Notion is mostly just a database with different views, you need automations to make your use cases work.
But here is the hard truth. Most people will spend more time automating tasks than they will ever claim back from the automations.
Building automations is relatively straightforward and requires some skill, but figuring out WHAT to automate is the hardest part.
The Notion Automations Hub is a library of pre-built Notion automations and databases that you can use out of the box. It includes the most common workflows and use cases ready to be used with just a few clicks.
It’s your turn! Add these extensions to your browser and see how they fit in your day-to-day. And for most of the things that browser extensions can’t cover, automation tools usually can. So give them a shot.
Further resources that might also be helpful: