My Useful Firefox Addons
LBSIG, July 2007
As of this morning, there are 2,245 official Firefox extensions
— each of which changes the behavior of Firefox in some way
— as well as 317 official themes, which "merely" change the
appearance. All these are available for one-click download and
installation at https://addons.mozilla.org, or from within the
browser, by selecting
Tools --> Addons.
I certainly can't claim to have looked at all of them, but here are a
few which I have found useful enough to keep on my system.
This doesn't even count the hundreds of customizing options that are
built into Firefox, very few of which are accessible though the
Edit --> Preferences menu. (Most of the
rest can be found, in exceedingly cryptic form, by entering
about:config in the location bar instead
of a normal URL. Make sure you know what you are doing, or at least,
that the directions you are following come from someone who knows what
they are doing, before trying this!)
- Adblock Plus
- Blocks many ads. Uses a
downloaded list of known ad sites, which you can add onto.
- Adblock Plus Element Hiding Helper
Makes the Adblock menu easier to use.
- As the name implies. Eye
candy perhaps, but it pleases my soul.
- Cooliris Previews
- Shows a preview of a
link when the cursor hovers over it.
- Download Statusbar
- Much neater
replacement for default Firefox download popup.
- Tweaks Firefox for better
performance. Warning — can greatly increase your bandwidth
- Favicon Picker 2
- Allows you to pick
icons for bookmarks.
- More choices for
- Replaces any Flash content
with a placeholder, which can be clicked if you really want to see the
- Weather conditions and
forecast, continuously updated. Exceedingly useful for hackers who
seldom look out the window at the Real World.
- REAL full-screen
toggle, not the wimpy one available in Firefox.
- Google Toolbar for Firefox
- The "real
one", from Google itself.
- Image Toolbar
- One-click storage of
images from web pages.
- Image Zoom
- Context menu items for
re-sizing images. The page reflows to account for the new size.
- Checks for things that
look like URLs or Email addresses in page text and turns them
into clickable links. For example, www.prismnet.com/~dierdorf,
email@example.com, and www.google.com are not
- coded as links on
- Mouse Gestures
- Page navigation and much
more via the mouse. Very customizable.
- Nuke Anything Enhanced
- Kill any item on
a page. Useful for making a page pretty before printing.
- Remove It Permanently
- Remembers things
that have been killed for a given page. Not really needed if you have
- Split Browser
- Allows split screen
(horizontal and/or vertical) with each pane showing a different tab.
- Toolbar Buttons
- More button options for
- Ubuntu Forums Menu
- Adds menu for easy
linking to various Ubuntu resources.
- Shows any image in a separate
tab, with easy navigation and zoom capability. (Not compatible with
Class of Its Own
- Gives you the ability
to customize absolutely anything. The customization
is attached to a particular URL, so the changes will take place every
time the page is displayed. (It offers delete, move, copy, change
font, and much more on an element-by-element basis.) Thousands of
ready-do-download scripts for popular web sites at
http://userscripts.org. Greasemonkey scripts are written in
book simply about how to create them. BTW, the author has an
earlier version of this book available for free on the web.
- Easy tool for generating
Last modified: Tue Jul 10 06:06:48 2007