Add A YouTube Channel Subscription To Feedly From The Awesome Bar [Firefox]

Feedly is now the go-to RSS feed manager after Google Reader was discontinued. It's one of the best RSS readers out there and the free version has enough features that you won't miss Google Reader. What makes RSS readers popular is that they can be used to follow just about any source of content that updates regularly. They're a single-stop solution for following multiple sources all in a uniform format. One of the many things you can add to an RSS reader is a YouTube channel and if you use Feedly, FeedlyTube  is a Firefox add-on that lets you add a YouTube channel subscription to Feedly from the Awesome bar. Read More

Hide Your ‘Seen’ Status On Whatsapp For Web [Firefox]

Whatsapp introduced a web version of its popular messaging platform at the start of 2015. It's been a whole year since Whatsapp for web was introduced but in addition to the service remaining tied to your smartphone, the web version hasn't been updated with any notable features. All it does is allow you to send and receive messages, customize new message alerts, and mute a conversation. In stark contrast, the smartphone apps for Whatsapp offer more features one of which allows you to disable 'read' receipts. The web version isn't as lucky but ShutApp is a Firefox add-on that can help. Once enabled, it lets you read messages on Whatsapp for web but doesn't send a 'seen' report nor does it mark the message as read. Read More

Block Star Wars Spoilers And Browse The Web Safely In Firefox

It's amazing the lengths people are going to in order to prevent the new Star Wars movie from being spoiled. The lengths people are going to in order to spoil the movie for those who haven't seen it are pretty impressive too and it's more or less the dark side versus the light side. If you're putting watching the movie off until the lines grow smaller at theaters, or you just can't make a show that isn't on the weekend, you're likely treading very carefully on the internet. Spoiler Jedi is a Firefox add-on built to aid you in keeping the movie a surprise. Once installed, it analyzes the words used on a web page and lets you know if it might contain spoilers or not. Read More

How To Install Unsigned Add-Ons In Firefox 43

Firefox 43 came out just a few days ago and with it a new security feature that Firefox had already introduced to its beta channels made its way to the stable release. As of version 43, unsigned add-ons can no longer be installed. The move is meant to prevent unsuspecting users of accidentally installing malicious add-ons from somewhere outside the Firefox market place. Mozilla's intentions are no doubt noble but most users aren't happy with the change. Install Unsigned Add-ons is a Firefox add-on that will let you install unsigned add-ons. It doesn't block Firefox's initial attempt to warn you against potentially installing an untrustworthy add-on, however, once you explicitly click the 'allow' button, you are able to install the add-on. Read More

Disable All Annotations On A YouTube Video [Firefox]

Have you ever opened a YouTube video and switched to fullscreen mode to watch it more comfortably only to have most of your screen taken up by an annoying, and often irrelevant, annotation? Annotations can be dismissed but some channels add so many of them to a single video they become more annoying than ads. If you're watching a YouTube video in fullscreen mode, often the 'close' button for an annotation is hidden behind the video's title bar and you have to exit fullscreen mode just so you can close the annotation. Youtube's Annotations No More is a Firefox add-on that automatically removes any and all annotations on a YouTube video without you having to lift a finger, or so much as flick your trackpad. Read More

Get A Lights-Out Dark Theme For Twitch TV [Firefox]

Watching people game is an incredibly popular way to pass time. It started with people just uploading videos of game play to YouTube and then evolved into something much bigger i.e. Twitch TV. Twitch TV lets people create gaming 'channels' where they can broadcast their game play to thousands of followers. Anyone looking to watch a live stream can search for their game of choice and view live broadcasts. People also have the option to view broadcasts archives. With Twitch TV, you not only watch players play games, you can also chat with other people who are currently watching the same stream. If you don't like to watch in either full screen or theater mode, you are left with the normal mode which has a white background. It isn't easy on the eyes and Dark TwitchTV is a Firefox add-on that fixes it. Install it and all of Twitch TV gets a dark theme. Read More

Reload Broken Images In Firefox Without Refreshing The Page

Internet Explorer gets slack for a lot of things; being too slow, being a security risk, not supporting CSS well, causing your system to slow down, causing WW 2, etc. I stopped using Internet Explorer years ago but I do remember one particular 'feature' that it had, that neither Chrome nor Firefox support. It was a feature that allowed  you to reload a broken image and it was beyond helpful. Consider yourself going through a large photo album on Imgur of a really great DIY project and finding out that a few images didn't load. The only thing you can do is refresh the page and wait for the images to download fresh. Image Context Menu is a Firefox add-on that adds a 'reload' option, among others, to the right-click context menu. With the add-on installed, you can individually reload broken images, or images that failed to download without reloading the whole page. Read More

Get A Bar That Shows Active & Completed Downloads In Firefox

Firefox has gone through a lot of design changes in the past year. It's grown more and more minimal allowing for maximum space to be taken up by a web page. It did away with a lot of bars and buttons that were part of the interface a few years back giving users a much neater browser to work with. One of the major UI changes that Firefox made was to kill the downloads bar and replace it with a single Downloads button. The button, when clicked, reveals a pop-up menu that will show the progress of active downloads and recently completed downloads. Download Bar is a Firefox add-on that brings back the downloads bar. It not only shows you all completed downloads but also those in progress. The downloads are color coded so that completed and active ones are easier to distinguish. Read More

Automatically Disable Untrusted Add-ons In Firefox

When installing Windows apps you should be cautious about what you agree to when you're installing it. More and more apps are now trying to sneak in extra stuff like a toolbar or an extension that can be installed in your default browser (or every single browser you've got installed on your system), resulting in the browser behaving erratically. The extra stuff either changes the default search engine, injects ads, and can even manipulate search results. Chrome deals with it by alerting you when an extension is trying to make changes to your browser's settings and asks you if you want to allow the extension to do so. Firefox is in the process of introducing something similar. As of Firefox version 40, you can check if an installed add-on is 'unsigned' and with the Untrusted Add-on Switcher add-on for Firefox, you can enable/disable all unsigned extensions with one click. Read More

Long Click On A Link To Open It In A New Background Tab [Firefox]

To open a link in a new tab, we either right-click it and use the 'Open link in new tab' option from the context menu, or if we're using a mouse instead of a touchpad, we use the mouse wheel and 'middle click' on the link. The mouse wheel is my preferred way of opening links in new, background tabs but when using the touchpad, the option just isn't there. If you're a Firefox user though, QuickTab is an add-on that can help you. It lets you open a link in a new background tab by clicking on it longer than you normally would if you wanted to open it in the current tab. Read More

Manage Privacy Permissions For Websites In Firefox From The Toolbar

When you visit a website, it's almost always a given that it will save cookies to your browser. Website permissions aren't restricted to just the use of cookies. Powerful web apps and intelligent internet protocols have been developed to allow users to accomplish so much more with just their browsers. As a result of this, privacy and what information a website has access to is a growing concern. Likewise, what information is stored in your browser of choice is equally concerning because browsers today offer to save sensitive data like credit card numbers and email passwords. You can choose to allow or disallow the information to be stored and if you're a Firefox user looking for a quick way to review permission on a per-website basis, FoxyPermissions is an add-on you should try. Read More

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