If you aren’t someone to pass up on a little extra space in your browser window, OneLiner
is a Firefox extension that will interest you. Provided you don’t have a whole lot of extension buttons riding your navigation bar, this extension can give you a bit of extra space by shrinking the location bar and moving tabs next to it.
What do you do with your browsing history? Most users might not have any real need for it except that it makes it easier to search for pages when you type in a website’s name in the location bar and it recalls the page you want to open based on you browsing history. Looking at a different scenario, where you either have to migrate systems or are committing some sort of browser treason and you want to take your history with you, you would need to export it. History Export
is a Firefox extension that lets you export your browsing history in either HTML, JSON, XML or plain text format to do with it what ever you will.
We previously covered three extensions that added useful options to the right-click context menu in Chrome, FastTrack
is one for Firefox. While it isn’t for adding events to Google Calendar, searching for images or places on Google Maps, it adds options for the next best thing; searching for music. The extension lets you search any selected text on iTunes, Amazon, Discogs and Juno Download. The extension is by no means a method for downloading music, it exists to make it easier to search for a song or a movie’s sound track without having to type in the name yourself.
Security is something everyone is taking more and more seriously; whether it’s newspaper sites getting hacked or personal information being stolen, what’s evident is that there is a lot of evil surfing the web and you could be a victim. Protecting online privacy is something that even the most naïve click-happy web surfer knows is important which is why you should be doing everything you can to protect yourself including viewing web pages over an HTTPS connection whenever you can.
If you’ve just started using Firefox it’s likely you’re still poking around its options and customizing it as per your preference. In the process you might have noticed that unlike Chrome or Internet Explorer, Firefox allows you to tweak just about anything from about:config.While the option opens a whole new world of customization for those who know what to do, the average user might be fairly clueless making it very difficult to tweak something simple like the default search engine in the URL bar. If like many people, you use only the URL bar to both search the web and enter web addresses, you might want to set the search engine as per your own preference and Choose Search Engine is a Firefox extension that let’s you do that easily. Read More
SGPlus was a Chrome extension
reviewed last month that allowed you to bring Facebook and Twitter feeds to your Google Plus stream making the move to the new network a lot simpler. While the extension itself had almost every feature you could possible want, we found one that takes takes it up a notch. G++
outshines the previously viewed extension in two ways; it isn’t just for Chrome, there’s also one for Firefox and the new extension doesn’t have a lag time before it can show your Twitter feed like in the previously reviewed one. You can toggle between feeds by simply checking or unchecking the boxes integrated in the Google Plus interface. The extension lets you see incoming news items from Facebook and allows you to like, comment and share items, it also lets you see your Twitter timeline and lets you reply/retweet from Google+.
Firefox is no doubt a powerful and popular browser and it’s now developing fast with releases slated sooner than the previous ones. Updates and new versions are great but not everyone might be able to keep their comfort level with each one especially since Mozilla has been tucking its really great features away in little secret corners for the sake of being minimalist and users might not have found them all just yet. FeatureFix
is a Firefox extension that makes it convenient to view a page’s source code, edit your source code viewer, switch between online and offline mode and get more information when you mouse over page elements on a web page. It adds buttons that conveniently give you access to all these features without digging around in Options
Firefox scraped the status bar with version 4, the features were basically broken up and relocated elsewhere but surprisingly add-ons got an entire bar to themselves, they get to sit at the bottom of the window where in a horizontal bar spanning the entire length of it. As opposed to that, Chrome’s kept extension icons next to the URL which means they only take up as much space as they have to. url-addon-bar
is a Firefox extension that moves the Add-on bar inside the URL bar, icons and all.
Many websites have a printable view or print option for their articles but not all do and if you are a regular reader of sites that don’t have an easy-to-print view for their articles iWeb2x
is an extension for Firefox and Chrome that can help you save articles as either PDF files or images.
Firefox had extensions way before Chrome did and the repository gets better all the time but what’s stuck around in Firefox for quite a while is the extension install delay of seconds. The delay, you might be hard put to discover, exists for a security reason. It prevents users from automatically clicking on dialog boxes that execute hidden commands that could install malware. The chances of this happening are higher for people who spend copious amounts of time online and are termed as ‘fast clickers’. For the truly cautious users, there’s a way to remove the install delay so long as you’re careful about not installing extensions from shady developers. No XPI Install Del
ay is a Firefox extension that will remove the install delay allowing you to simply click Install
and proceed to install the extension.
XPI files are installable Firefox extension files that have everything you need to get an extension up and running in your browser. The average user isn’t likely to be bothered about these files but extension developers who are looking to turn their creations in to a simple XPI file or ones who would like to create one out of an existing extension and take it apart might be interested in Zippy Extension Packager. It’s an extension for Firefox that packages installed extensions in to an XPI file. Read More
There have been multiple extensions covered to help migrate life to Google+ or to make it easier to manage both by integrating one with the other. The extensions however were mostly for Chrome. Photo Importer
is a Firefox extension that lets you import multiple Facebook albums to Google Plus. Nothing extremely impressive or new that Chrome extensions haven’t been built to do but this one is for Firefox lovers.
Firefox lets you view which sites you’ve enabled or blocked from creating cookies but what’s difficult is to find out the what permissions you’ve set for a particular site since there is no search feature for it. CookieExFilter is an extension for Firefox that enables you to search for a site quickly and find out if you’ve set any exception permissions for it. It adds a search bar to the privacy settings for Cookies that allows you to search a site by name and is useful if you don’t remember the exact name of the site. Read More
In every internet user’s life a situation arises that calls for deleting a part of your browsing history. Lets say you want to erase all proof that you used Facebook at work or starred at Nyan Cat for a good three hours instead of working; you would either have to delete the entries one by one for each day, delete your browsing history completely or, if you use Firefox, you can choose to Forget about this site
. These measures are either tedious or result in more than just history being deleted. Delete Site History
is a Firefox extension that lets you clear browsing history of a particular domain from the right-click context menu without loosing cookies, passwords, form data etc.
Toolbars clutter your browser window so if you actually install one for the long run it’s probably going to be a very good one and the WolframAlpha toolbar might just be a good choice. Wolfram Alpha recently released an official toolbar for Firefox. There’s also a Wolfram|Alpha extension for Chrome which was released earlier this year, both the toolbar and the extension let you search anything on the site without visiting it. Read More
Opening files in browsers is something that Chrome handles a little better than Firefox but the great thing about Firefox is that there will always be an extension that will replicate the best features in just about any browser and make it available for Firefox users. Open Document in Google Docs Viewer
is an extension for Firefox that lets you open PDF, PPT and MS Word files in Google Docs from the right-click context menu.
Browsers have long since done away with status bars in favor of progress circles. What these circles tell you is that the page is loading what it doesn’t tell you is how much of the page has loaded. In other words, when you use your browser, you just know that it’s doing something but you don’t know how much longer it’s going to take to get that something done. Progress Bar On Tab
is a Firefox extension that brings back the status bar but positions it on the tabs rather than as a complete bar at the bottom of the window so that it serves its purpose but does not take up any space.
How much use does the average person make of their browsing history? People prefer to delete it either because they’re trying to hide that they’ve played Farmville or because they find it utterly useless. Mozilla labs, however, have found a way to let users utilize browsing history. Prospector - Recall Monkey
for Firefox is an extension from Mozilla Labs that turns browsing history into something useful. It lets you search your history based on time and keywords (nothing new) but it also lets you define preferential websites or sites to ignore when showing the results (very new). The interface is of course much better than what the normal history view has to offer making it easier to find that useful site from last year whose name you can’t remember.
Session Manager is an extremely popular Firefox extension that lets you save multiple Firefox browsing sessions. While the extension has just about every feature you could ever need to back up a browsing session on your system, what it lacks is the ability to export sessions as HTML files. Session Manager Export Tool
is a Firefox extension that lets you do just that so you can open your saved session in any browser or import your saved season to the Firefox bookmarks library.
Copying text and sending it to search in your default search engine from the context menu is an excellent time saving feature but we don’t always select text to search for it on Google and there are many other functions that we can perform from the right-click context menu on selected text. SelectionSK
is an extension for Firefox that makes right-click context menu functions for selected text easier to access. Once installed, it automatically pops up all possible functions in a menu without you having to right-click. The extension can be extremely useful if you have a number of extensions that add options to the context menu and you have to search for the one you’re looking for.