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FireFox with its extensions that I use…. June 8, 2006

Posted by Aman.... in Random Stuff.

When I started learning and using computers, as like all the newbies, I too started with Windows. Than it was the Internet which came into existence great invention which revolutionized the technology world. With the invention of Internet, there came the browsers with Netscape being the first one. With that there came “war of browsers” with Microsoft fighting with its browser, Internet Explorer with Netscape to grab the biggest bite. Needless to say, Microsoft did win and its Internet Explorer being the most popular browser.


IE did win the top spot but it always lacked in some of the most important aspects, with Security being on the top. With the enhancement of technology and with more and more techno savvy guys coming in and exploring more deeper layers,IE became the most favourite pathway for the hackers. There was an immediate need for something which could give a better option and if not replace, give a choice between Internet Explorer. Well, Firefox came just in time for that.


Firefox is the next generation web browser. Its much faster and much reliable than its competitors. With all of it features, Firefox comes with a unique ability to add Extensions to it. Extensions can be used to enhance the browser’s capabilities to the next level. There are a lot of extensions which are available from the Firefox extensions home-page. You can pick whichever you feel is useful for you.I have summed up the ones which I use and find useful. Hope you find them useful for yourself too. Have a look:


Lets you download either one, selected or all the links from the page  that you are viewing. Supports all the download managers too.

                                    Presents the status of the downloads in a tiny statusbar.Very nice!

Browse the Steam Powered Forums from a drop-down menu. Contains direct links for each forum and also includes sub-menus for other functionality.

Select actions for various clicking events on a tab or the tab bar.

Killer for all the pop-ups and all those annoying ads.

A modification of the Firefox download manager that changes its appearance and allows it to be opened in a separate window, a new tab, or the sidebar.

The Copy URL+ extension enables you to copy to the clipboard the current
document’s address along with additional information.


Adds a toggle button for single window mode so you can toggle between two settings. Also gives easy access to the new hidden Firefox Tab Browsing prefs.

Enables enhanced control for some aspects of tabbed browsing.

Looks up a user selected word in an online dictionary.

Scrolls the document smoothly when scrolling the mouse wheel.

Provides more options for the history management for sites visited.

Lets you load pages in IE with a single right-click, or mark certain sites to *always* load in IE. Useful for incompatible pages, or cross-browser testing

Adds context menu items for opening links and images in a new background tab.


Allows to choose if you want to view a PDF file inside the browser (as PDF or HTML), if you want to view it outside Firefox with your default or custom PDF reader, or if you want to download it!

Crash Recovery automatically restores all opened pages after a crash happened. It is an “install and forget” extension which you will only notice right after the occasional crash.

SessionSaver restores your browser -exactly- as you left it, every startup, every time. Not even a crash will phase it.

New tabs retain the session history of the originating tab.

Select actions for various clicking events on a tab or the tab bar.

Brings focus to the last selected tab when closing the active tab. Or you can click on the active tab to get to the last active (tabflipping).

Google toolbar with yahoo.Take google where ever you go.

Yahoo toolbar for yahoo.Access Yahoo anywhere.


Lets you download all the links or images contained in a webpage and much more: you can refine your downloads by fully customizable criteria to get only what you really want.

The Furl Toolbar puts the full power of Furl into a custom Firefox extension.

Linky will increase your power to handle links.
Open/download/validate links and pictures in tabs or windows.

It is a collaborative surfing tool for browsing, reviewing and sharing great sites with like-minded people. This helps you find interesting webpages you wouldn’t think to search for.

CustomizeGoogle is a Firefox extension that enhance Google search results by adding extra information.

Fasterfox allows you to tweak many network and rendering settings such as simultaneous connections, pipelining, cache, DNS cache, and initial paint delay.


There are thousands of more extensions available at the official Extension Homepage. Choose from there according to your needs.


Please note that some of these extensions may not work with some older releases of Firefox and some will be de-supported in the next release which will be FireFox 2.0.You need to check it out for youself for the version of Firefox which you are currently using to find the compatibility. I have tried to find the most current versions for all the extensions for the latest release of FireFox “”.





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