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40 Firefox extensions


submitted by bluepwrdup, Jan 2006





Thanks Blue, I haven't had time to take a look at many of these. Maybe someone else here can use your tips.


Hi Clif,


I've put together a list of essential Firefox extensions for older and newer users. Having spent a considerable amount of time testing and reviewing over 200 extensions, these in my opinion have redeeming qualities and perform with the fewest conflicts. You can pick through and add the extensions that you feel are worthy of mention in your FFE list. Once people start using Firefox, they'll appreciate just how antiquated Internut Exploder really is.






1.) AI Roboform Toolbar


NOTE: You need to download and install RoboForm

RoboForm is Top-rated Password Manager and Web Form Filler

that completely automates password entering and form filling.


- Memorizes your passwords and Logs You In automatically.

- Fills long registration and checkout forms with one click.

- Encrypts your passwords to achieve complete security.

- Generates random passwords that hackers cannot guess.

- Backs up your passwords, Copies them between computers.

Download / Install http://tinyurl.com/8l6ks


2.) Autohide 1.0 Goes to Complete Fullscreen


Download / Install http://tinyurl.com/64svw


3.) Auto Copy 0.6.0


Select text on any web page and it will be automatically copied

to the clipboard. Paste on middle click into textboxes the urlbar

and the searchbar.

Download / Install http://tinyurl.com/cred6


4.) Bookmark Backup 0.3.3


Bookmark Backup is a simple extension that helps to keep your

bookmarks (and optionally other Firefox settings) safe. Each

time Firefox is closed, a copy of your bookmarks file will be made

to a backup location. If Firefox's bookmarks become corrupted or

lost, find the most recent uncorrupted backup and copy it into

your profile folder.

Download / Install http://tinyurl.com/65wx7


5.) BookmarksHome 1.4.3


BookmarksHome makes a pretty startup page out of your bookmarks.

The layout of this page is highly customizable. Items high in the

bookmarks tree (as you see it when you open the Bookmarks menu)

will appear at the top of the page. Changes in your bookmarks will be

visible after reloading the BookmarksHome page.

Download / Install http://tinyurl.com/4qcx3


6.) ButtonPack 0.7.5


All the missing buttons, and more ! This extension adds more buttons

to the toolbar.

Download / Install http://tinyurl.com/8fvk9


7.) Chrome Cleaner 0.3


Removes duplicate entries from installed-chrome.txt, and optionally

removes entries that reference non-existent jar files.

Download / Install http://tinyurl.com/77uzl


8.) Clear Cache Button 0.2


Adds a clear cache toolbar button. After installing the extension, find

the clear cache button in the toolbar customization panel.

Download / Install http://tinyurl.com/b2zaa


9.) ColorZilla


With ColorZilla you can get a color reading from any point in your

browser, quickly adjust this color and paste it into another program.

You can Zoom the page you are viewing and measure distances between

any two points on the page. The built-in palette browser allows choosing

colors from pre-defined color sets and saving the most used colors in

custom palettes. DOM spying features allow getting various information

about DOM elements quickly and easily. And there's more ...

Download / Install http://tinyurl.com/57kqo


10.) Download Scan 1.1


Automatically start a manual (a.k.a "On Demand") Anti-Virus scan

when a download completes. You must already have an Anti-Virus

program capable of accepting a file path from the command line.

Download / Install http://tinyurl.com/b27xv


11.) CuteMenus 0.4


Iconifies your menus and popups

Download / Install http://tinyurl.com/932fm


12.) Dict 0.6.6


The Dict project is a Mozilla extension that lets you easily look up the

definition of words on a Web page using an online dictionary. Simply

select a word, right-click, and you'll see a menu option to define the

selected word. The definitions are returned in a new window.

Download / Install http://dict.mozdev.org/


13.) Dictionary Search


Dictionary Search provides a very easy way to lookup (or translate)

a word in a Web page or an email in an online dictionary such as

thefreedictionary.com. Simply select the word you want to lookup.

Then right click and select "Dictionary Search for ...". A new tab or

browser window will open with the meaning of the word you selected.

It works for both for Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird.

Download / Install http://dictionarysearch.mozdev.org/


14.) DownThemAll " DTA'H "


Powerful yet easy-to-use Mozilla Firefox extension that adds new

advanced downloading capabilities to your browser. DtA lets you

download in just one click all the links or images contained in a

webpage; to refine your preferences you can use fully customizable

filters, and select just the kind of files you really want to download.

Download / Install http://downthemall.mozdev.org/


12.) Download Statusbar


Download Statusbar is a browser extension that allows you to keep

track of ongoing and completed downloads in a hide-away statusbar.


- Auto-hides when not in use

- Single-click pause and resume

- Pause all, Resume all, Cancel all, and Remove all finished - available

from the context menu of the bar itself

- Run a completed file with a double click on its finished box. Open

containing folder, remove, and rename from the context menu

- In-line view of percent done, speed in KB/sec, KB downloaded so far,

and remaining time, can be customized in the options.

- Updating tooltip provides a more detailed view of the current download,

including source, destination, size of the download and the remaining time

- Option to automatically clear files after a specified number of seconds

- Copy source URL from the context menu

- Stop downloads and save them for the next browser session.

- Delete a file from your system from the context menu

- Localized strings for translation

- Download history can be viewed and configured to only keep the last

# download items

- Option to start virus scanner when a download completes

- On browser close, option to continue downloads in download manager

Download / Install http://downloadstatusbar.mozdev.org/


13.) Dr.Web anti-virus link checker 1.0.8


This plugin allows you to check any file you are about to download, any

page you are about to visit with online version of Dr.Web anti-virus !

Download / Install http://tinyurl.com/dxwo8


14.) EasyGestures


EasyGestures is a free software made for the Mozilla Firefox browser.

It is a pie menu that pops up inside the browser when you click the mouse

and then let you perform various actions at the tip of the mouse pointer

with minimum mouse movement. The fast straight mouse gestures you

perform this way save you from reaching toolbars, menus and keyboard

and keep you from having to memorize any gestures. All behaviors and

actions are customizable. Great when in fullscreen.

Download / Install http://easygestures.mozdev.org/


15.) FoxyTunes


Do you listen to Music while surfing the Web ? Now you can control your

favorite media player without ever leaving the browser and more...

Download / Install http://www.foxytunes.org/firefox/


16.) Gmail Delete Button (no longer needed)


Adds button to interface in gmail, why Google never added this function

to email is unknown.


Download / Install http://tinyurl.com/7ns3b


17.) Gmail Manager


This is a Firefox extension that allows you to manage multiple gmail

accounts and receive new mail notifications. Displays account details

including unread messages, saved drafts, spam messages, labels with

new mail, space used, and new mail snippets.


Download / Install http://www.longfocus.com/firefox/gmanager/


18.) Gish It! 0.1


GishPuppy offers disposable email addresses that automatically forward

messages to your normal (private) email. Conveniently create a different

GishPuppy email everytime you register on the web, and individually cancel

them whenever you want.


Download / Install http://tinyurl.com/83hl2


19.) Googlebar


The original Google toolbar with many of the features of the IE version.


Download / Install http://tinyurl.com/9njgg


20.) GooglePreview 1.2.1


Inserts preview images (thumbnails) of web sites and Amazon products into

the Google and Yahoo search results pages.


Download / Install http://tinyurl.com/cvygn


21.) HideTabBar


This one will Toggle your TabBar via chosen key. Good when you want

some extra pixels on the screen (e.g. for full screen mode)...

You can still switch tabs via keybord when the bar is hidden.


Download / Install http://hidetabbar.mozdev.org/


22.) History Menu 0.44


Adds submenus to Go Menu for each day's history. Only most recent visit

to a web-page is listed each day, due to the way history data is stored

inside Firefox."Today" submenu starts at 11th item in history... first 10

are in main Go menu.


Download / Install http://tinyurl.com/a347r


23.) Image Zoomer 0.2


Allows zooming in/out of images from the context menu.


Download / Install http://tinyurl.com/8ovos


24.) ImageShack right-click 0.2.1


Upload images to ImageShack directly from other websites by right-clicking

the image and selecting "Upload to ImageShack."


Download / Install http://tinyurl.com/aqedk


25.) InfoLister


InfoLister is an extension for Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird and Nvu

that collects various information about Firefox/Thunderbird and saves it to

a file. Currently it prints the list of installed extensions, themes and plugins.


Download / Install http://mozilla.doslash.org/infolister/


26.) MediaPlayerConnectivity


Allow you to launch embed video of website in an external application with

a simple click. Replace the stream by a simple button. Works with RealMedia

(does not work to well with Real and Quicktime Aternative ) QuickTime, WindowsMedia

streams, Playlists, Flash, background sounds, Nullsoft video, Shockwave.


Download / Install http://tinyurl.com/9zbfu


27.) Nightly Tester Tools


Useful tools for the nightly tester. This extension makes it easy to see which

build of Firefox, Thunderbird or Seamonkey you are using as well as providing

a convenient way to launch talkback for finding your reports. Check the

homepage for a more detailed list of features. The latest version allows you to

install extensions that firefox believes are incompatible.


Download / Install http://tinyurl.com/9dle4


28.) Paste and Go 0.4.3


Lets you paste an URL from the clipboard and directly load it, either via the

hotkey Ctrl-Shift-V or the corresponding item in the location bar's context menu.


Download / Install http://tinyurl.com/dvm2f


29.) Resizeable Textarea 0.1a


A lot of forums and boards provide very smal textareas for new postings. If you

type a longer posting, you have to scroll up and down, to read, what you have

writen and to proceed. This situation is annoying. Now here is my solution:

Resizeable Textarea extension.


Download / Install http://tinyurl.com/blgav


30.) Restart Firefox 0.3


Adds "Restart Firefox" menuitem to "File", and a toolbar button for easy

restarting. Great for when you install themes or extensions and need to

restart Firefox.


Download / Install http://tinyurl.com/cm8tc


31.) Sage 1.3.6


Sage is a lightweight RSS and Atom feed aggregator extension for Mozilla

Firefox. It's got a lot of what you need and not much of what you don't.


Download / Install http://tinyurl.com/azwym


32.) Toolbar Enhancements 0.16.2


This extension adds many useful extra toolbar buttons, and makes toolbars

more configurable in other ways.


Download / Install http://tinyurl.com/7a4ux


33.) SpoofStick 1.05


A simple way to detect spoofed websites.


Download / Install http://tinyurl.com/c7ftj


34.) Stop-or-Reload Button 0.2


Adds a Stop-or-Reload Button.


Download / Install http://tinyurl.com/babvk


35.) Text size toolbar 0.4


Increase the size of text buttons for toolbar.


Download / Install http://tinyurl.com/9w4jj


36.) TinyUrl Creator 1.0


TinyUrl brings the http://tinyurl.com functionality into your browser. It takes

a long URL as input, and gives you a short URL to use in it's place.


Download / Install http://tinyurl.com/9kd68


37.) WellRounded 0.43


Adds a nice 'finishing touch' to Firefox by providing aesthetically pleasing,

rounded edges to the location bar, search bar, find bar, and all manor of

other toolbars on your browser.


Download / Install http://tinyurl.com/b5bf9


38.) Wizz RSS News Reader 2.0.6


* Supports all versions of RSS.

* Supports Atom 0.3 and 1.0.

* Supports Podcast (Enclosure) feeds.

And more ...


Download / Install http://tinyurl.com/8pay7


39.) X (Paranoia) mod 0.6.4 0.6.4


Adds a paranoia button to the toolbar (clear your history, saved form

information, passwords, download history, cookies, and/or cache with as

little as two clicks).


Download / Install http://tinyurl.com/8rqac


40.) Yahoo! Companion 0.5.4


An unofficial Yahoo! toolbar for Firefox. It provides same functionality as

the official toolbar for Internet Explorer, i.e. search, customizable buttons

and access to your Yahoo! Bookmarks.


Download / Install http://tinyurl.com/9b6ur