Improve Firefox Using Extentions

Firefox has an Extension feature:

Extensions are small add-ons that add new functionality to Firefox. They can add anything from a toolbar button to a completely new feature. They allow the application to be customized to fit the personal needs of each user if they need additional features…

Here are the extensions I use:

  • Adblock removes unwanted content (i.e. ads) from pages. I’ve used this for so long I forget most websites have ads now. Filterset.G maintains a comprehensive list of filters you can add to Adblock.
  • SpellBound allows you to check spelling in any textbox area on a webpage via the right-click popup menu. Dictionaries are available in lots of languages.
  • Tab Mix Plus gives you more control over tabbed behaviour, such as loading popups you want to be loaded as tabs in the background, adding a Close button to each tab, and lots of other useful things.
  • Disable Targets For Downloads prevents blank tabs (or windows) from popping up for some types of downloads.
  • Restart Firefox. Most extensions don’t work after you install them until you restart Firefox. This allows you to but a “Restart Firefox Now” button on the toolbar. It takes awhile to get use to this feature; I still manually close and start Firefox, forgetting about this one button.
  • DownThemAll! enables you to download everything on a webpage, with lots of options.
  • Adsense Notifier displays your Google AdSense revenue in the status bar.

5 Replies to “Improve Firefox Using Extentions”

  1. Tab X doesn’t seem very useful, if you middle-click the tab it closes. Of course if you don’t yet have a middle button on your mouse, get off the interweb.

  2. I discovered two more excellent extensions:
    ForecastFox: Displays weather from cities you choose. Lots of options. Convenient.
    Dictionary Tooltip: Displays a word’s definition if you double-click it on a webpage.

  3. I have a neato plugin for ubuntu at home that shows the local temperature. This morning when I looked it was 278 degrees, but felt like only 272 degrees. Plus it showed me that it was cloudy out. I can testify that it was accurate because I flew through the clouds on the way home. In case you think I’m on drugs, to prove my innocence I also paid $28 for a bus ride home from the airport.

  4. One thing about the forcast plugin (which I use at work on my lousey windows nt machine of doom) is that there are settings for “american”, “english” and “metric”.. What the hell is “english”? I change it to english and it says -1 degree celcius, I change it to metric and it’s 0 degrees celcius. Apparently the english find it more cold than us esikimos.

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