16 Useful Firefox 3 Extensions

1. Mouse gestures:
This extensions allows you to execute common commands like page forward/backward, close tab, new tab,etc by mouse gestures drawn over the current webpage, without reaching for the toolbar or the keyboard. You can also use click-only “rocker” gestures which are even faster than drawn gestures.

2. ColorfulTabs:
The most beautiful yet the simplest add-on that makes a strong colorful appeal. Colors every tab in a different color and makes them easy to distinguish while beautifying the overall appearance of the interface.

3. FaviconizeTab:

This extension adds a new “FaviconizeTab” option to the context menu of the tab. When it is clicked, the width of the tab becomes small up to the size of favicon. It returns to the former size when “FaviconizeTab” is clicked again.

4. Adblock Plus:

Ever been annoyed by all those ads and banners on the internet that often take longer to download than everything else on the page? Install Adblock Plus now and get rid of them.

5. Autofill Forms:
Autofill Forms enables you to fill out web forms with one click or a keyboard shortcut.
A set of customizable rules is used to determine the input for each form element.
You are able to edit, remove, enable/disable the provided rules and to add your own ones. You can configure the order in which the rules are to be applied and define site specific rules. Profiles can be used to switch between several sets of rules.

6. Download Statusbar:
View and manage downloads from a tidy statusbar – without the download window getting in the way of your web browsing.

7. GooglePreview:

Inserts preview images (thumbnails) of web sites and Amazon products into the Google and Yahoo search results pages. When you use GooglePreview and click on an Amazon link within the search results, you support me and the further development of the extension and back end if you actually purchase a product. The GooglePreview thumbnail system currently consists of 5 dedicated servers and generates 4.5 TB of traffic per month.

8. Forecastfox:
Get international weather forecasts from AccuWeather.com, and display it in any toolbar or statusbar with this highly customizable and unobtrusive extension. Unfortunately, this addon doesn’t work with Firefox 3 Beta 4.

9. URL Fixer:
URL Fixer corrects typos in URLs that you enter in the address bar. For example, if you type google.con, it will correct it to google.com (asking first, if you enable confirmation).

10. BugMeNot:

It bypasses mandatory registration for sites like the NYT. Activate the extension by right-clicking on a user name and/or password field of a site that asks for registration. BugMeNot will log in for you automatically using user-submitted passwords.

Features: multiple login attempts, failure reporting, and auto-submittal.

11. IE Tab:
It allows you to emulate IE in a Firefox tab for apps that require IE. This is a great tool for web developers, since you can easily see how your web page displayed in IE with just one click and then switch back to Firefox.

12. Flashblock:

Flashblock is an extension for the Mozilla, Firefox, and Netscape browsers that takes a pessimistic approach to dealing with Macromedia Flash content on a webpage and blocks ALL Flash content from loading. It then leaves placeholders on the webpage that allow you to click to download and then view the Flash content.

Flashblock currently blocks the following content types:
* Macromedia Flash
* Macromedia Shockwave
* Macromedia Authorware

13. PDF Download:

PDF Download enhances PDF features in FF. When you click on a PDF file, PDF Download lets you know, how big it is, and can then give you the choice to open, download, or convert it to HTML. PDF Download also helps you to stop PDF files crashing your browser, stop PDF files taking forever to open, make PDF files download like other files in Firefox.

>>GreasemonkeyAllows you to customize the way a webpage displays using small bits of JavaScript.

14. Google Saved Searches – Adds a sidebar with saved searches. You can access your saved searches (and only yours) from any computer as long as your browser has this script installed. Multiple people can use the same computer and browser while their saved searches remain separate and distinct from the other person’s.

15. Google AutoPager– It enables “infinite scrolling” on Google search-results pages. You don’t need to click ‘Next’ at the bottom of the page. It fetches and appends the next batch as you scroll down, creating the illusion of infinite scrolling.

16. Auto Add Feed – If you use Google Reader, this plugin allows you to skip that intermediate page when adding a new feed, and you end up directly in Google Reader.



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