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March 6, 2010
6:40 PM
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So we all know about AdBlock Plus, NoScript, Memory Fox, etc. 

But what FF extensions do you use that you find useful or that just change the appearance of your browser to meet your preferences?

Here are some of mine.  To give proper credit, I did get a lot of these ideas from the following CNET article:


Theme:  Strata40 – it helps mimic the aero glass effect that Vista and Win7 use and also makes FF look more like the mockups for 3.7 and 4.0.


App Tabs – shrinks your tabs down to their icon.  You just Ctrl-click on a tab to make it into an “app tab”.

Download Statusbar – shows your downloads in the status bar area at the bottom of the browser rather than the default FF popup download manager

Fission – shows the progress bar in below the address bar (Safari style)

Personal Menu – allows you to create a customizeable menu to replace the menu bar. My entire menu now lives in a single icon to the right of my address bar

Read It Later – a great way to flag stuff you just don’t have time for now

Strata Home Tab – adds a Home button to the tab bar

StrataBuddy – an add-on that works with the Strata40 theme that makes FF look more like the 3.7 and 4.0 mockups. 

Tab Progress Bar – adds a small progress bar for each tab


Here the end result:

March 6, 2010
7:58 PM
Forum Posts: 1886
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February 19, 2009

Here’s mine:

I use:

Adblock Plus

App Tabs

Favicon Picker (for those four javascript bookmarks on the left and the Gizmodo and Lifehacker ones on the right-they aren’t Gizmodo and Lifehacker, they’re the two site’s “random article” url)

Menu Editor (so I only need File, View, History, and Tools)

Private Browsing Window (it uses a new profile to make private browsing open at the same time as the rest of Firefox)


Stylish (the blue bookmark bar, a Facebook skin, a Google Reader skin, and the Remove Tab dropdown menu)

Tab Progress Bar (this shows the progress of a tab in the tab bar, so it doesn’t interfere with the URL bar and I don’t need to show the status bar)


URL Tooltip (because I have the status bar hidden, I can’t see where links go… unless I have this, which shows them using a mouse hover.)

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March 6, 2010
8:32 PM
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May 6, 2009

Good topic! I’ll be interested to read what add-ons others use. Aside from the first couple that Karen mentioned, I have:

AFOM (instead of Memory Fox) – works perfectly



Clip to OneNote (after hunting around for a note program that did what I wanted for seemingly forever, a couple of weeks ago I checked out OneNote in my MS Office suite: how could I not have tried this earlier? It’s really good)

Copy Plain Text (I couldn’t live without this one now)

Customize Google – unfortunately not yet compatible with the latest FF 3.6 upgrade


FEBE – An essential add-on. ‘Nuff said.


Forecast Fox

Gmail Space



NetVideoHunter – great add-on for downloading videos, etc

Open IT Online

PDF Download

SnagIt Firefox Extension – for my all-time favourite screen capture and edit program

Stylish – for customisations of all kinds


Tamper Data

TinyEye Reverse Image Search

Toolbar Buttons - love being able to put all the needed buttons on my toolbar 

TrashMail – so handy and so useful

UltraRecall Firefox Extension

Vacuum Places



World IP


Zotero – fantastic tool for students/researchers although unfortunately not yet compatible with the latest FF 3.6 upgrade

As you can see, I am a fan of the add-ons. And while this may seem a lot, I have actually whittled down the ridiculous amount I once had to settle on these (what are to me, anyway) core essentials. Eveything is at  my fingertips, looking the way I want it to look and doing everything I want it to do. Ah, I do love Firefox!

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March 6, 2010
8:53 PM
Forum Posts: 238
Member Since:
November 15, 2009

Most of mine have been said already.


All-In-One Sidebar – Its so awesome! ^_^ It takes all those popup windows in firefox (lilke downloads, addons, history, etc.)and put them all in a customizable sidebar.


FireGestures – Adds gesture abilities, extremely useful and time saving.


FlashGot – Can download almost any type of media (flash videos etc.) and integrate almost every type of download manager righ tinto firefox.  Also has tons of other download options.


Lazarus – If you’ve ever been typing something into a text box and then lost it for some reason (accidentally click a link, page refresh), Lazarus can recover it.


SkipScreen – Automates a lot of download sites to make downloading easier.


Sxipper - My favorite password / account manager.  Can handle countless accounts for every site.


Yet Another Smooth Scrolling – Smooths the scrolling so its not as jerky; a lot easier on the eyes.  Has several customizable profiles.

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