All browsers come with tools that help developers test web pages and ensure the site(s) they’ve developed play nice. Additionally, there are also add-ons or extensions that help developers and the Firebug add-on for Firefox is one of the more popular examples. For each browser, you have different tools and there is little uniformity among them. The tools will all provide some basic features but it is safe to say some browser’s developer tools are better than those of others. While the world of built-in browser tools is vast, the fact is that they aren’t all used or needed to their full extent. You might end up opening the developer panel for very simple things like checking the CSS used on a web page. If you often have to find out the font-family, font size and style from webpages, we recommend using Fount
. It’s basically a bookmarklet that works with its own web application (does not rely on another service) that lets you easily identify Font CSS styles (font family, size and style) applied over selected text. It comes useful in instances where you want to use font styles used on a specific webpage on your own websites. All that is required is to add the Fount-provided button to the bookmark bar. When you want to read font attributes, click its bookmarklet to view the font CSS properties in a tiny semi-transparent window.
Creating a mess in your browser is one of the easiest things to and cleaning it up is practically one of the hardest. If you’re a compulsive clicker who clicks at every hyperlinked text or twitching image, it’s more than likely you browser window looks like it is ready to explode. While there aren’t any proven methods of solving the habit of compulsive clicking, there are many ways of keeping your tabs organized. CleanupTabs
is a Firefox add-on that automatically closes unused tabs and sorts all tabs in order of the ones most recently viewed. Additionally, it numbers tab and reduce overall memory usage. It allows you to choose the maximum number of tabs that you can have open at a given time and define webpages that the add-on will never close.
Google recently added a new feature to its image search that allows you to narrow the search down by the size of the image and to look for images similar to one in search results. It also allows you to find images similar to those on your hard drive by uploading them to the Google image search bar r by entering the URL of an image. While the feature itself is excellent it has a slight constraint in that you will have to manually copy and paste the URL or upload the image in the search bar. Compared to searching selected text on Google via the right-click context menu, this is a very lengthy process. Google Image Search
is a Firefox add-on that makes look-up for similar images easier by letting you right-click any image, and use the context menu option (added by the add-on) to have Google search similar pictures for you. Google will access information about where on the web the image had been used, and it will also filter out all other similar images.
Firefox saves your information about bookmarks, passwords, and user preferences in your user profile; nothing but a set of files which saves all this information. While this makes perfect sense for a single-user scenario, having two different people share a computer will become a nightmare because of continuous conflicts with each other’s preferences. Firefox allows you to create multiple profiles but switching between them isn’t very easy. While Firefox allows you to create profiles, creating or switching between them is no way near as easy as it is in Chrome. Switchy
is a Firefox add-on that fixes this; it allows you to create new profiles, assign different URLs to open at default and keep add-ons, preferences and bookmarks separate from the default profile.
Paste & Submit
for Chrome allows users to paste and submit text in any input field on a web page, without having to first paste it and then click the Go
button or hit Enter
. While this functionality exists in most browsers for the URL bar, it does not extend to other search form fields. Paste & Search
is a Firefox add-on that replicates that same functionality by adding a Paste & Search
option to the right-click context menu when you right-click inside a text field, or anywhere else on a web page.
Many a times you'll come across a term that you don't know anything about, but won't just want to bother searching a dictionary or encyclopedia. When it comes to references and knowledge, Wikipedia and Wiktionary are two of the most-widely used sources for in-depth information. QuickWiki
is an add-on for Mozilla's Firefox browser that gives you quick access to these services, allowing easy and quick look up of any term that you wish. QuickWiki instantly gives you information in the form of a pop-over when a term is right-clicked, making it even easier since no new tabs or windows are launched.
If you are a frequent user of Firefox, and need speedier access to your favorite websites, then you may want to check out Desktop
. Desktop is a Firefox add-on that allows you to set web pages as thumbnails or widgets in the new tab page. You can place them anywhere on the page by drag & drop, and also create sub-folders. The layout you create will be displayed in every new tab you open. Visual effects can be applied by setting a background image for the new tab page in Firefox.
Firefox browsing history is definitely smarter than Google Chrome’s, but there’s no saying that it can’t get better. Between the two browsers, Firefox lets users sort the pages they’ve visited in several different ways, which makes it easier to find a certain web page you visited several weeks ago and to delete recent history. Precise Clear History
is a Firefox add-on that amplifies the Clear Recent History
function, and allows you to delete history for any specific date or date range, all down to the minute or hour.
A lot of people save web pages to their local systems for many reasons, like useful articles meant for offline reading, or for quickly referencing information when needed. With bookmarks and cloud sync, saving a web page to your PC might make little sense, and is probably something you’d only do for a particular project or something you’re researching on. The main problem with saving pages is that while the page itself is saved, you do not have the actual URL referenced even if you can tell what website the page is from. Saved From URL
is Firefox add-on that adds the URL of any saved web page as an HTML comment to the very start of the page itself.
Not everyone has the mental capacity to read through and retain the information they’ve read and the longer an article or paper is, the harder it is to keep track of all the arguments presented and the ideas that counter it. The problem with reading online content isn’t just related to a person’s attention span, it also has to with the authenticity of what you’re reading. If what you’re reading doesn’t have a credible source to back it up, you are wasting time. Footnotify
is a Firefox add-on that displays footnotes as a pop-over box without disrupting your flow of reading. For now, footnotes on major websites like Wikipedia, Daring Fireball and Brooks Review are enhanced with this extension. The add-on serves two purposes; it lets you continue reading without losing your place or interrupting your reading flow and at the same time it allows you to quickly check how authentic the references in an article are. For frequent readers of Wikipedia, scrolling down a lengthy article time and time over to check references at the bottom of the page, and keeping track of where you left off, can be very frustrating.
If you have been wasting too much time on distracting web sites like Facebook, Twitter and their likes, Nanny for Google Chrome
extension can help you stay focused by partially limiting or blocking these time-sinks. This extension allows you to create sets of URLs to block by particular days and hours. You can even check the statistics category to see how much time you spend on each website.
Want to add enhancements to Firefox for browsing, backup, online translation and visual modifications? We have a suggestion that might be exactly what you need! Mar Mod
Firefox add-on does it all, allowing you to change the look and feel of Firefox browser altogether, and bringing a much-enhanced browsing experience.
Do you wish to print a webpage with only the relevant information you want? Print Edit
is a Firefox add-on that can help you get rid of all the unwanted content such as advertisements, side bars and blank pages when you need to print a web page. It easily allows you to edit the webpage in print preview, and lets you select sections of a web page that you want to format, hide or delete before printing.
is a Firefox add-on that picks multiple images at once from a website and saves them to your local disk. Downloading a large number of images from a website can be very time consuming as you have to save them one by one. Image Picker makes it very convenient to download multiple images by loading them all at once in a separate window and allowing you to choose which ones you want to save. Filters can be applied to file size, minimum width, height and image type. The add-on automatically creates a folder and names it after your current webpage's title when saving images.
Have you ever come across a website and found yourself curious about the styles they’ve used on it? Whether you’re a professional designer working on a site or just learning CSS as a hobby or a side project, checking out how different sites have implemented CSS opens your mind to the many ways you can use it in your own projects. CSS Usage
is a Firefox extension that lets you see the CSS rules applied to any web page and also lets you export the CSS sheet in a new tab.
Browsing over a secure network is something you want to make more a habit out of than an option. Websites, by default, open pages over the HTTP protocol and not over HTTPS even if it is available. Among different ways to open a website over the HTTPS protocol, extensions are one. The HTTPS Everywhere
Firefox extension reviewed in August was one such extension that ensured some of the top 1000 sites opened over a secure network. Open Secure
is yet another Firefox extension that opens links over HTTPS. As opposed to the HTTPS Everywhere extension, this extension allows you to open any link securely, provided the page exists.
One bug isn’t the end of the rapid release cycle, Firefox 7 may have been delayed a day because of a bug that didn’t stop Firefox 8 being released to the Beta channel. After promptly fixing the add-on issue in Firefox 7 with an extension and then an upgrade, Mozilla is back on its development schedule. Firefox 8 has integrated a security feature for third party add-ons, delayed loading restored tabs until they were clicked for faster start-up, integrated twitter as a search platform on the search bar and better add-on controls to manage the extensions you want to run on the new version. Read More
Firefox extensions are about as powerful and useful as they come but with Firefox on a rapid release cycle and the fact that extension compatibility with newer versions isn’t guaranteed, there is always a chance that the extension you’re in love with today might not be around in six weeks. PDF & Print with Joliprint
is a Firefox extension that allows you to convert web pages to PDF files, save them to Google Docs, Create eBooks out of your Google Reader news items and ReadItLater lists.
Your reasons for browsing in private mode are entirely your own and which sites you visit is a secret that only you know but for those who use private browsing for legitimate reasons (like playing online games at work without being caught) your private browsing history might be very important to you. If you use Firefox, there is a way to save it. Private Browsing History Recovery is a Firefox extension that allows you to save history when you’re browsing in private mode. Read More
The past is history but when it comes to web browsers, history is haunting proof that you’ve been slacking off at work or that you really did visit a website that downloaded malware to your company’s network. Browsing history isn’t at time just incriminating, it also eats memory and if you aren’t in the habit of deleting your browsing history (maybe even once in a decade), it all adds up to some serious memory consumption. For whatever reason you don’t like browsing history being saved, turning isn’t the easiest thing to do. History Disable Button is a Firefox extension that allows you to toggle saving browsing history on & off from a single button next to the URL bar. Read More