Bypass About:Config & Toggle Privacy Preferences From The Toolbar [Firefox]

Firefox isn't just popular for it's awesome web development tools but also because it gives users a lot of control over what they can customize. The About:config page is a frequented area for many Firefox users when they need to tweak something or turn Off a feature they do not like. Privacy Settings is a Firefox add-on that simplifies editing some of the most popular preferences found on the about:config page. The add-on provides toggle switches for privacy preferences related to safe browsing, data collection, media encryption, and more. Read More

Access All Firefox Menus From A Single Button On The Toolbar

Firefox looked very different a few years ago; it wasn't all neat, clean, and minimal like it is today. Before, the browser looked like any other app with menus in the menu bar. When Chrome began to gain popularity with its very minimal design, people began to realize there was a better way to access application settings. Firefox began an overhaul of its UI and has since changed considerably. It now lets you add your most frequently used features as buttons on the toolbar while hiding the menus that used to appear on its menu bar. To access them, you have to hit the Alt key and they will appear momentarily. The thing is, while these menus may have been hidden for the sake of a 'cleaner' browser, they house important features and are very much needed. If you don't like hitting the Alt key to access them, give All Menus Button a try. It adds a button to the tool bar that encompasses every single menu on Firefox's menu bar for you to access. Read More

Auto Expand Code Snippets On Stack Exchange For Better Reading [Firefox]

Forums like Stack Exchange are amazing for the sheer size of their community but also for the wide range of topics this one single platform covers. You can ask people to help you with code and scripts that you're trying to execute and even help you learn the correct use of a semi-colon by asking the right group of people. Speaking of code, Stack Overflow lets users share code both when seeking help and when providing it. Anyone who deals with code might also know that those lines that do so much can sometimes get really long and because syntax is so important hyphenating or breaking a long line so that it appears in the next one is often times a big no-no. Wide screen stackexchange sites is a Firefox add-on that expands the Q&A area of Stack Exchange sites so that any code that's been shared is easier to read. Read More

Play Music From Any Folder Or Your Music Library In Firefox

A good while back we did a post on how you can play local music in Google Chrome. Music files are just one of the many file types that can be opened, in this case played, in your browser without needing any plug-ins. Browsers aren't the most feature rich media players though so queuing files or creating playlists isn't possible. That's where add-ons come in. Local Music Player is a Firefox add-on that can read all music files in any folder or library, and queue the files to play. You can play a single track, or have the add-on play them all. The player itself is very basic and lacking loop and shuffle features. Read More

Bookmark Sorter Is An Automation Tool For Sorting Bookmarks [Firefox]

We've reviewed a lot of bookmarking tools for Chrome and in comparison found few for Firefox that offered the same or relatively same features as them. Bookmark Sorter is a Firefox add-on that outshines every Chrome bookmark extension and evens the playing feild. It's also yet another great example of how Firefox has very few but very excellent and unmatched add-ons available in its repository. Bookmark Sorter lets you save rules for sorting bookmarks. It also lets you organize your bookmarks more easily with its UI. You can define rules simply using text and the add-on will search both the title and URL of a bookmark and sort it according to your preferences. The rules can be saved and loaded for execution at any time. Read More

Set Your Own Shortcut Key To Move Between Tabs In Firefox

Browsers, the really good ones like Firefox and Chrome have disappointed me on one particular thing; navigating between tabs isn't possible with keyboard shortcuts. You can use Ctrl+1 - 9 to switch to the first nine tabs but that's as far as it goes. The feature isn't useless but it is limited because we always have more than nine tabs open. Some go as far as opening fifty before they feel the need to open a new window so a quick way to cycle through tabs is sorely needed. Now, extensions are one way to go about adding this feature and we've found a really good, reliable one that works almost like magic. Keyconfig is a a Firefox add-on that lets you code your own keyboard shortcuts. The possibilities in terms of what shortcuts you can add are endless and we're listing the code needed to use the Ctrl+Left arrow and Ctrl+Right arrow keys to switch to the next and previous tab, respectively. You can use just about any shortcut combination instead of the ones mentioned but the tutorial given uses these two. Read More

Thin Bookmarks Lets You Customize The Bookmarks Bar [Firefox]

We've covered a lot of extensions and add-ons that help manage bookmarks and there is a healthy number of options available for anyone wanting to save bookmarks online if you prefer to have your bookmarks wherever you go. What we haven't covered much is a way to customize the existing bookmarks toolbar in our browsers. On reflection, I realize just how rare those are. Given how much users love to customize their browsers, it's strange for this particular and very frequently used feature to not have received much attention in terms of appearance. Thin Bookmarks is a Firefox add-on that lets you customize the appearance of the bookmarks bar; you can manage its height, hide either the icon or title of a bookmark and/or a folder, manage padding around a bookmark, enable scrollbars for scrolling through a list of bookmarks, and hide the 'Open all in tabs' entry. Read More

Facebook Adds Stickers In Comments; This Extension Gets Rid Of Them

Facebook has just rolled out a new feature; you can now use stickers in Comments. From what little exploring we've done, the feature works on posts by individuals and not yet on posts by pages. If you're wondering what these 'Stickers' are they are emoticons you can use in Facebook chat in addition to the normal smiley faces that you've grown familiar with. They feature popular characters like the Power Rangers and Pusheen. Like every new feature introduced by Facebook, we will naturally feel duty-bound to criticize this one. Thoughts like, 'What will my news feed look like now?' come to mind. Considering Facebook won't support GIFs, this is a fairly good feature. If you aren't too stoked about it though, there is a way to hide stickers from your comments: a Chrome and Firefox extension called Unsticker Me. The extension removes the cartoonish imprint and replaces it with just this text [Sticker] so you know what comment was posted by someone but don't actually have to look at it. Read More

Tab Colors: Highlight The Four Most Important Tabs You Have Open [Firefox]

Tab management is one of the struggles that modern browsers come with. Add-ons and extensions exist to help make it easier and it can be argued that Firefox users have a slightly better time with it compared to Chrome users since Firefox has native tab grouping. Tab Colors is a Firefox add-on that lets you mark your four favorite tabs in one of four colors. The point is to make those four tabs easier to find from the fifty other you have open. The color highlight is easy to spot from a line of tabs and switch to without having to try and read the title of the page. Read More

Silent Tab Delays Page Loading In Firefox Until You Switch To The Tab

Firefox has tons of great features but the tab browsing interface remains its indispensable asset. Generally when you open a link in new Firefox tab, it automatically starts loading the webpage right away. This is fairly useful for opening multiple links in conjunction but if you have a slow internet connection that might create a few issues. This is where the new Firefox add-on Silent Tab comes to the rescue. It aims to delay the loading time until you manually click on the opened tab(s) again. The Firefox add on allows you to suppress the tabs to avoid browsing speed fluctuation, for instance, when multiple links are opened together. This can also prove handy if you have a slow system that can’t handle multiple page loads simultaneously. Let’s take a closer look. Read More

Max Tabs Limits Open Tabs In A Window [Firefox]

Tabs are an indispensable feature of any modern web browser. But if you have a lot of them open at once, you will notice that at one point it will drastically effect the stability of your computer. Not only will your system perform other tasks much slower but your browser may even choke itself. That being said, limiting your open tabs in a browser window can be the definitive way to prevent that from happening. Back in April, I covered a small extension called xTabs that lets you put a maximum limit on the number of open tabs in Chrome. Max Tabs is a similar add on that brings the same functionality to Mozilla's Firefox and allows you to set a maximum number of tabs opened in a window. Read More

10 Add-ons For Firefox Android That You Should Try Out Over The Weekend

Firefox users have long enjoyed amazing features on the desktop thanks to the very rich add-on repository that it has. We've covered a lot of these add-ons and often had readers asking if a similar extension was available for Chrome. It's a tribute to these add-ons that add both features and functionality. Firefox isn't just a desktop browser, it has an amazing Android version which happens to support add-ons as well. Like the repository for add-ons for the desktop version, there is a repository for the Android version as well and we combed it for some useful ones that every Firefox user should install. Here are our top ten picks. Read More

Tab Groups Helper Makes Tab Management In Firefox More Accessible

The Tab Groups feature of Firefox is a pretty smart way of managing multiple tabs. But the major shortcoming that it suffers with is that the tab groups can only be displayed in a separate interface as small thumbnails. Moreover, Mozilla’s open source web browser is not very flexible when its comes to customizing these groups. You can quickly access Tab Groups via Ctrl + Shift + E hotkey shortcut. Or via an on screen button which only appears when you have so many tabs opened. If you work with a lot of tabs, love Firefox’s tab grouping but want to bring it directly to the forefront of any webpage, try Tab Groups Helper, which, instead of relying on two interfaces, presents tab groups in an overlaid window. Read More

Locationbar³ Makes Each Segment In A URL Clickable [Firefox]

Firefox users may be familiar with an old add-on called Locationbar2. When installed, it linkified the URL in the location bar so that it worked much like the address bar in Windows explorer. Unfortunately, due to the many version updates and the need for add-ons to be made compatible with newer versions of Firefox, LocationBar2 no longer plays nice with some of the later Firefox versions and it hasn't been updated since early 2011. Locationbar³ is a forked and updated version of that very same add-on that turns every segment of the address in the URL bar into a clickable link. Read More

Access All Google Apps In Gmail With IntegratedInbox For Firefox

We know that all Google services like Gmail, Calendar, Maps, Google Drive etc. are collectively labelled Google Apps. The search giant has integrated these apps fairly well with each other, allowing you to control them via a single account. However, what’s still missing here is to enable users access these services under a unified interface. IntegratedInbox is a clever new service which carries the answer. By installing its small add-on in Firefox, you can bring all Google apps as well as popular third-party services like Evernote, Feedly, Twitter and more right in your Gmail account, giving you easy and fast access to them. Read More

Add Opera-Style Go Back To Start Button To Mozilla Firefox

The exponential growth in the web during the last couple of decades has seen tremendous changes to the web browsing software like Firefox and Opera as well. These two major web browsers have evolved a lot during the years. And although I mostly use Firefox, there are a few noteworthy elements in Opera that I wish Mozilla would borrow from. One such is the go back to start button that lets you swiftly return to the main page of a website where you entered it in the first place. Firefox does have a back button but it doesn’t function in a similar way as Opera’s back button does. If you don’t mind using third-party add ons then the small extension called Back to Start can help overcome this nuisance by adding a back to start button on the toolbar. Read More

Click Modifiers: Change Modifier Key Behavior When Clicking Links [Firefox]

The Alt, Ctrl, and Shift keys have a dedicated function when used in your browser. In fact, their behavior is pretty standard throughout browsers but if you need to change how these keys work, more specifically, how they work when you click on a link while holding one of them down, give Click Modifiers a try. It's a Firefox add-on the lets you change the behavior of the three modifier keys when used with the left-click button on your mouse/trackpad. Changing the behavior is made simple by letting the user pick from a drop-down list the behavior they want to set for a particular key. Before you head into the details, you should know that the add-on will only change the behavior for actions like Ctrl+Left-Click and not for any action that doesn't involve the mouse, for example, Ctrl+F will still open the find bar. Read More

Improve Firefox Browsing, Streaming, Download Speeds & More With Fasterfox

Firefox isn’t a slow web browser by any means, but with a little bit of tweaking and fiddling around, you can make it even faster. This is exactly what Fasterfox aims to do. It’s a small extension for Firefox that adds several ways to speed up the browser. It’s designed to boast upload and download speeds, reduce page load times, and can even make video streaming from sites like YouTube faster. The add-on comes packaged with a few presets that let you swiftly switch between different levels of performance. More details after the jump. Read More

Super Drag Speeds Up Browsing In Firefox Via Drag & Drop Actions

Super Drag is an excellent Firefox add-on that lets you easily and instantly choose the way links are to load for any website, with simple drag and drop. That is, instead of opening a link or interacting with text and images the conventional way, if you drag them a bit off their position, a command panel is presented, from where you can quickly open links in the foreground, background, or the same tab, submit highlighted text as a query to search engines, or save images to local storage. The extension works just about anywhere on the web as long as there is a clickable link on the page. Details to follow. Read More