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

Improve The Way Firefox Opens, Closes & Orders Tabs With Tab Deque

All of us felt excited when tabbed browsing first emerged in early web browsers like the Firefox, which revolutionized the way we surf the complex world wide web of connected information, resources, and ideas. Since then, tabbed browsing has become pretty much a standard way of browsing websites on both mobile devices and desktop computers, although Firefox still has one of the most intuitive tabbed interfaces. We've covered a ton of Firefox add-ons that further improve this feature one way or the other. Supertab, for example, brings Windows’ Alt + Tab-like switching to Firefox tabs, allowing you to quickly switch between tabs using the keyboard. tabPreLoader is another handy add-on that loads all Firefox tabs on restart instead of just the active one. In this post, we're going to be discussing Tab Deque. Join us after the break to see how this extension can improve your tabbed browsing experience. Read More

Customize Firefox Sidebar Position, Accessibilty & More With OmniSidebar

If you’re using Firefox, you can always find ways to improve your browsing experience. The powerful open-source web browser lets you install a ton of third-party extensions that help enhance its functionality. One of the great things about Firefox is the sidebar, which lets you quickly access your bookmarks or history items when required, otherwise remaining hidden behind the left edge of the browser so as to not disrupt your workflow. But let’s face it, the sidebar of Firefox isn’t as powerful as it could be, and after using the OmniSidebar add-on for Firefox, I can safely say that the sidebar does have room for improvement. Read More

50 Best Firefox Addons Of 2013

Firefox might not be the most popular web browser out there right now, but the number of add-ons it has, and the ones it keeps welcoming every other day into its arsenal never cease to amaze me. The browser that became the favorite of the tech savvy crowd before there was Chrome, and still remains a favorite of countless loyal users has been known for its extensive add-on support to extend its functionality beyond the stock offerings. As we take a look back at 2013 to present our readers with the best stuff we've covered the whole year, it’s now time we show you our hand-picked collection of 50 Best Firefox extensions from 2013. Read More

Supertab Brings Windows’ Alt+Tab-Like Visual Tab Switching To Firefox

If you’re like me who constantly faces the need to quickly switch between open desktop files and program windows, then you're likely aware of the Alt + Tab hotkey combination. It is one of the best productivity shortcuts for keyboard junkies like me who can't be bothered to reach for the mouse and move the cursor to the Window's Taskbar button, or minimize the active windows for the purpose - just press the two keys on your keyboard, and Windows immediately shifts focus to the next in line program, or the one highlighted by the user upon repeatedly pressing Tab while keeping Alt pressed. Now imagine if you were given the same functionality for switching between tabs in Firefox. Sounds cool, right? Supertab is small Firefox ad-on that brings this feature to Mozilla's web browser, allowing you to switch between tabs in a similar, Alt+Tab-like visual manner by pressing Ctrl + Tab. Details after the jump. Read More

Add A Show / Hide Toggle To Password Fields In Firefox

When it comes to password security, the longer and more complex your password is, the better. That’s whu most security experts will advise you choose long passwords without any dictionary words, and with both uppercase and lowercase alphabets, numbers, and special characters. But those of us who comply with this advice and use such often end up having to retype them multiple times before punching the correct sequence due to some typing error. And since password entry boxes hide their contents, you cannot actually see what went wrong in those 30+ characters, making the task rather cumbersome. If you use Firefox as your primary web browser and are looking for a simple solution to overcome this nuisance, try this add-on called Show / Hide Passwords.  As the name implies, it’s a simple, extremely tiny extension that lets you show or hide the contents of password boxes on the fly with a single click. Read More

Keep Windows Taskbar Visible In Firefox’s Full Screen Mode

Firefox has grown a lot over the years. The open-source web browser has become highly versatile and dynamic, allowing users to use it in a multitude of ways. One of the features I like most about it the ability to browse the web in full-screen mode. Activated by pressing the F11 function key, the Full Screen mode automatically hides the tab bar and and other obtrusive UI elements, leaving only the actual web page in view, in turn providing a distraction-free browsing environment. However, along with concealing the tab bar and navigation bar, it also hides the Windows Taskbar. Now if you’re like me who constantly switches back and forth between Firefox and other apps via Taskbar buttons, you might want to have the Taskbar handy in Full Screen mode as well. Fortunately, Fullscreen+ is a small Firefox add on that lets you keep the Windows Taskbar intact even in full-screen. Read More

How To Prevent Firefox From Opening Duplicate Tabs

Probably the most useful feature of any modern web browser is tabbed browsing. It’s a feature that has saved a lot of taskbar space since it emerged in early Firefox releases before making its way to other browsers. But when browsing a plethora of websites at the same time, even tabbed browsing can quickly get out of control, with users often ending up with same URL open in multiple tabs, not knowing it’s already there in another tab or window before opening it. This not only leads to more memory usage but also becomes less manageable and counter-intuitive. Duplicate Tab Blocker is a lightweight Firefox add-on that prevents you from opening multiple tabs of the same URL. In other words, it ensures that there is only a single page of a particular URL open at any given time, and that there are no duplicates across all open Firefox tabs and windows. Read More

Get Google Chrome-Like On-Page Translation In Firefox

If you are Google Chrome user, you're likely aware that it comes with a default translation feature that automatically prompts you to translate a page when it detects you are on website not in the language set as default in your web browser. It’s a really neat feature that can prove extremely useful if you often visit foreign sites. Firefox, however, doesn't come with such a feature by default. However, there are several add-ons available for Mozilla's browser that you can use to easily translate foreign text to your own language without having to manually copy and paste the text into Google Translate or some other translation service. S3.Google Translator is one such extension that does the job perfectly, though the translation has to be initiated manually by you the first time you visit a foreign page. Read More

Automatically Stop Sites From Loading Indefinitely In Firefox With KillSpinners

A lot of times it happens that the web page you’re trying to reach keeps loading for an indefinite period of time. On the webmaster’s side, it’s usually an indication of poor site optimization, excessive use of scripts, quirky server response time, or many other reasons. While on the user front, it causes several issues, including excessive use of internet bandwidth and system resources being the worst of the bunch. Of course, you can manually stop a website from further loading via clicking the Stop button on your web browser, but if it’s a constant issue you’re facing with a website that you regularly visit, then you may want an automatic solution. This is where KillSpinners for Mozilla Firefox comes to the rescue. It is a small add-on for Firefox that prevents pages from loading for an excesive amount of time by overriding the default load pattern of a website with a user-specified time interval. Read More

Visualize How Websites Track You In Real-Time With Mozilla’s Lightbeam For Firefox

If you're a tech savvy internet user, you're likely aware that the websites you visit might track your browsing habits in order to present you with information custom-tailored to you. While browsing the web, the digital footprint you leave behind is used by advertisers to discover what your interests are, and in turn, lets them display context and interest-based advertisement on websites you visit. But recently, online transparency has become a highly debated issue after shocking revelations of NSA’s project PRISM, which involved many tech giants providing the National Security Agency with access to your private data. In the wake of it, Mozilla released Lightbeam for Firefox that aims to help illuminate invisible connections that intervene in your digital life. It reveals information to you about third-party sites that are watching your online activities as you browse. Read More

Add Todoist Task Management To Your Gmail Inbox In Chrome, Firefox

We’ve previously covered a range of to-do list and task management apps for different platforms, and Todoist is a pretty popular name among them. It’s beautifully designed and has phenomenal features that go a long way in assisting you with managing your tasks and to-do lists on multiple platforms including Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, web, and extensions for popular browsers. That said, for many of us, email is still one of our primary channels for our tasks, as several emails that we receive involve performing a task of some sort. So, it only makes sense to have a way to manage those task-oriented emails with our task management app. If you use Todoist and have been looking for a way to integrate it right within your Gmail inbox, Todoist for Gmail can let you do just that on Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. You can handle your email related Todoists directly from your inbox – no need to open any separate window or browser tab. Read More

Use Spacebar To Jump To The Next Page On Websites In Firefox

Popular websites like Google, Yahoo and Business Insider split their results as well as certain articles into multiple pages. This technique has long been around and popular with webmasters, because it makes page loading faster since everything on an information-laden website doesn't have to be loaded in one go. You usually have to click a Next Page or More button to read the content on the proceeding webpage. Opera, however, has a built-in feature called ‘Fast Forward’ that automatically loads up the next page for you, so you don’t have to do it manually every time you reach the end. If you want to bring similar functionality to Firefox, try Space Next. As it’s name implies, the add-on enables you to load the next page upon reaching the bottom of an article or page and pressing the Space bar. Read on for more details. Read More

Copy All Or Select Links On A Webpage From Firefox Context Menu

Ever came across the need to copy all the links present on any particular web page, be it as a part of some research, or to get direct access to some content embedded in the page in a manner that doesn’t let you get to its link via the normal context menu method? How about wanting to copy just the download links from the page? If you use Mozilla Firefox, there’s a handy add-on by the name of Copy All Links that can get the job done in the simplest manner possible. As the name suggests, the add-on can copy all the links present on a web page to your clipboard. In addition to copying all links arbitrarily, you can also choose to copy only the download links, or make a selection on the page and then copy all or just download links from the selection only. More info after the jump. Read More

Directly Export Or Add Attachments From Cloud In Gmail With Kloudless

During the past few years, cloud storage has becoming increasingly popular among everyone. One of the many benefits it has is that one can easily share a file with many people after uploading it just once to the cloud. Although I personally prefer Dropbox for my cloud storage needs, you can choose from a vast range of other options, each having its own set of features and pricing. But where sharing is the key element of the cloud – other than backup, of course – having an option for the cloud files to be sent directly as email attachments can also be quite useful. Similarly, many of us can use the ability to export our email attachments directly to our cloud storage. A handy service called Kloudless for Google Chrome and Firefox aims to help in this regard by allowing you to integrate multiple cloud storage services in Gmail. Read More

Block Websites & Disable Links To Them In Firefox With Blocksite

If you have young children, you might want to prevent them from accessing websites that contain content not suitable for their viewing. Fortunately, there are a gazillion ways you can employ to hinder access to either specific or all websites with ease. Some people set up filters on their router or network access points to completely block incoming and outgoing traffic to undesired sites. However, if you just want the traffic to be blocked in your web browser and are using Firefox, you can do that using a simple extension called Blocksite by Wips.com. It’s completely free, doesn’t require any complex configuration and just takes a couple of minutes to get the job done. How? Let’s find out after the break. Read More

eSafely Protects Your Children From Inappropriate Online Content

As we rely more and more on the internet for everything from work and socialization to entertainment and shopping, we increasingly expose ourselves to the malicious entities on it that are waiting for a chance to exploit as many as they can. This problem becomes especially pronounced when it comes to children, since they are obviously more vulnerable to such threats, along with exposure to information that may not be appropriate for their age. For this reason, it’s extremely important to have parental control over your children’s online activity. eSafely aims to help you with that by making the internet a safer place for your kids. Available as an extension for the four major browsers i.e. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Apple Safari, this handy extension protects your kids against cyberbullying and inappropriate conversations on Facebook, blocks adult content from YouTube and Wikipedia, and redirects all their searches to Clearch – a search engine that only shows results appropriate for everyone including kids. Read More

Get Reverse Google Image Search Option In Firefox Right-Click Menu

Google has become synonymous with searching for any kind of information out there on the internet. Though this information isn't limited to text only, so why should your searches be limited to typed words and phrases? One really exciting feature that Google has supported for a long time now is its ability to perform reverse image search, which allows you to upload any image to the site and find similar images as well as copies of the same image in different sizes, helping you find stories and articles related to the image, and even trace it to its original source. You can directly upload any image to Google Images in order to search for it, but if that image is already available online, having to download and then upload it for the purpose would be counter-intuitive. Google Image Search is a small Firefox extension that brings this feature to Mozilla Firefox by letting you reverse search any image from website via the right-click context menu. Details after the jump. Read More