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Appletom
Posts: 133

I'm one of the many Firefox fans around the world, I use Firefox for 99% of my web browsing. One of Firefox's great benefits is the ability to use Add-On's that have been developed by others. Some I can't live without, others I have tried and removed.

There are currently eight Add-On's in my browser:

Mouse Gestures - If for some reason I was only allowed one Add On, this would be the one. This tool lets you right-click-and-drag (gesture) to go backwards or forwards (previous page or next page). You can also set it to go up, down or sideways and you can set what your browser does with each gesture. I found a new one today - when I gesture "Up", it takes me to the top of the page. This is great for long pages.

IE Tab - Yep, there are still some pages that work better in Internet Explorer. The IE Tab puts a little icon in the bottom right of your browser, click it once to render the page in IE within Firefox.

McAfee SiteAdvisor - This also lives in the lower right corner of my browser and is usually green. If it's yellow, that means be leery. If it's red, that means the site has proven to have malware or is known for a lot of spam. I have seen false readings, the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is a very legit site, but McAfee flags it as red. And it's not a true add on, but an application that runs with Firefox (and IE).

Those are the three I absolutely could not live without. The others I have are:

CustomizeGoogle - You've got to install it to understand, but your Google search box changes to a drop down box, so if I'm searching for "AMD vs. Intel", by the time I get to the "I" in "Intel", the whole phrase is an option to click on.

FoxClocks - This one also lives in the lower right corner. Hovering over the icon gives a pop-up with a list of the current time for every location I want. I have a good friend in Greece and we IM on occasion. I can hover and instantly tell what time it is in Greece, no need to open MS Messenger if it's 3:00 AM.

Linkification - When a webpage has links in cleartext, i.e. the link is spelled out but it isn't a hotlink, Linkification makes it a clickable link.

WellRounded - Gives the url and search boxes rounded corners, makes them look nicer. Just eye candy.

Tab Effect - When switching from one tab to another, it "rotates" as if each tab was the side of a cube. "Pimp My Firefox" is how one user reviewed it. This one might become annoying after a while, it does add a second or so to each tab switch. But even if I end up turning it off (probably will), I will definitely leave it available and turn it on if someone is going to visit and we will be using a browser - the "Whoa - That's cool!" comments will be worth it. And it absolutely goes on my laptop for when I give presentations just to add some "Wow" factor.

Fast Dial - This turns my "About:Blank" page into 12 thumbnails. Very handy.

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jd2066
Posts: 3814

The top 4 add-ons I have to have:
Tab Mix Plus - Various useful tab related options
Adblock - Removes annoying Advertisements
Greasemonkey - Lets you change the behavior of various web sites with a User Script. Many scripts for it are at http://userscripts.org/. I have some like IMDBAge. Which calculates the age of someone on IMDB and places it on the page.
Sitebar Client - Displays the Sitebar web application in a Sidebar. I keep my bookmarks in a Sitebar install on my server and use this to display them.

Edit: Updated. Forgot about 1 more essential add-on I use.

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Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

OK
Gmail Skins
Gmail Space
gTranslate
Stylish
Tab Mix Plus
Toolbar Buttons
WebMail Notifier
IE Tab (just installed (and just failed it's 1st task (but not configured yet I think))
Talkback
Adblock Plus
British English Dictionary
DOM Inspector
DownThemAll

and last, but not least.....in themes is....Walnut for Firefox

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jd2066
Posts: 3814

Here are other ones I use:
BugMeNot - Useful to enter usernames and passwords from BugMeNot to login to sites that require registration when you just want to read one article from the site and leave.
Context Search Changes context menu "Search the Web" item to show a submenu of installed search engines
Launchy - Useful to open the current page or a link in another program like Internet Explorer when needed. I may want to try IE Tab for this though when I tried it a year or so ago it had a couple problems.
MR Tech Local Install - Useful Extension that helps managing extensions. One of the best features is being able to ignore an extension's version info and force it to run for extensions that will work in a new version and just need new version info.
Resurrect Pages - Adds a box to web site page not found Firefox errors with a link to archive.org, Google Cache and a couple others to see the page before it went down if it was saved. Also has a toolbar button to do it too.
Scrapbook - Lets you keep a collection of saved web pages like bookmarks that you can keep in case the page goes down or your internet connection is down.
Submit To Tab - Lets you right click on a submit button like on search pages and open the page in a new tab.

Edit:
Extensions I don't use that often:
Image Zoom - Zooms Images
Konquefox - Adds a couple address bar features that Konqueror has.
Live HTTP Headers - Useful for checking out HTTP URLs. I use it to find out urls web sites are hiding like AD urls.

More when I have time. Way too many to list now.

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Scott
Posts: 5618

NoScript (don't surf without it)
AdBlock Plus (shhh, don't tell The Geek)
Download Statusbar
Flashblock
IE View Lite
Image Zoom
MR Tech Local Install (indispensable)
Restore Scroll Position
Secure Login
Stop in the Name of Love (add short .wav to STOP button )
Stylish
Tab Mix Lite
Tab Scope (cool!)
View Cookies CS

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Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

I'm looking pretty wimpy at this point. I hope everyone else will be honest with their entries!

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Smashpmk712
Posts: 313

Is there a hotkey for switching between tabs in firefox?

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The Geek
Posts: 2059

Here's what I use in my regular browsing profile:

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About This Site Bookmarks - a lifehacker extension that lets you see information about a page

Adblock Plus - I only use this sometimes

Alexa Sparky - Shows alexa ranking (only useful for webmasters)

del.icio.us - post to delicious

Fast Dial - a clone of opera's feature

Faviconize Tab - I only use this for a few tabs I always have open like google reader

FoxyProxy - The pointy-headed bosses at work are unable to block me since I use this

functions for keyconfig - hotkeys!

Greasemonkey - Uber-Customize! I have a bunch of scripts I use.

keyconfig - hotkeys!

Personal Menu - saves space, good stuff

SearchStatus - webmaster extension, shows info about websites

SplitBrowser - splits the browser into separate panes, useful for when I'm working without a second
monitor.

StumbleUpon - fun!

Stylish - I use this more than anything... can customize annoying things about websites I frequent.

Tab Mix Plus - duplicate tab, reopen tab, closed tab list... can't live without it.
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I have two more profiles as well, a clean testing one for article writing and a web development one that I already detailed here:
https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/internet/firefox/create-the-ultimate-firefox-web-development-profile/

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The Geek
Posts: 2059

@Smash

Yes, there's a number of them... ctrl+tab is the most used.

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Appletom
Posts: 133

Smashpmk712:
Ctrl+Tab = Next tab to the right.
Ctrl+Shift+Tab = Next tab to the left.

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Smashpmk712
Posts: 313

Thanks so much for the fast response .... I like to use the keyboard as much as possible .... makes work go by faster.

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The Geek
Posts: 2059

Actually to be perfectly correct, it depends on what setting you have... for instance if you have the setting for "Ctrl-Tab navigates tabs in the most recently used order" set in Tab Mix Plus, it doesn't go right to left.

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Appletom
Posts: 133

Well, I'll embarrass myself by acknowledging that my "hotkey" for moving between tabs is the mouse.

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Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

Oooooooooooooh...........

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jd2066
Posts: 3814

It looks like "Restore Scroll Position" and "Secure Login" could be useful ones to add to my Firefox extension list. I'll try them later and see how they work.
Slightly off topic, does anyone know of an extension to save the contents of a text box when navigating away from the page? I've lost a couple posts here I was writing as I accidentally navigated away from the page.

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jack7h3r1pp3r
Posts: 2815

these lists have really helped i've kinda been looking for some good add-ons for my firefox thx

and appletom you need to learn some hotkeys they help a lot and are faster

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Appletom
Posts: 133

The "Restore Scroll Position" looks really nice, but it doesn't work. HTG is one of the sites that forgets where I was on a page when I click a link then click back.

I like "Faviconize Tab" - it would be super nice if it remembered which tabs I wanted Faviconized.

And I've tried "Bug Me Not" before, can't seem to get it to work.

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Scott
Posts: 5618

@JD, you just need to set searches to open in a new tab. Tab Mix Lite (or TMP) did for me after losing some posts as well ;)

@Appletom, https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=215405
Maybe The Geek knows of a workaround.

Actually the extension *does* work, certain pages do not.

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Appletom
Posts: 133

I figured it out Scott - There are two versions of "Restore Scroll Position". When I install v.04, the one that says, "current stable release, but not recommended", it works just fine.

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Scott
Posts: 5618

Good to hear :)

I expect loads of extension/theme issues by June as FF3 rolls out.

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The Geek
Posts: 2059

"scroll position not remembered on pages with cache-control: no-store http header "

That's been bugging me for a while... if I remember I might take a peek into the source code. It's set to not cache anything to make sure the latest posts show up right away.

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taybay
Posts: 521

Hah. http://noscript.net/

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Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

Check your link :)

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Scott
Posts: 5618

Taybay, check out the first page, 5th post down ;)

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taybay
Posts: 521

My bad, right at the top!

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Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

Installed noscript a couple of hours ago. And now I have to clear a search box in HTG before I can type in. ???

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jd2066
Posts: 3814

The search box uses Javascript to clear the text in it when you click on it.
NoScript blocks all Javascript except for sites in it's whitelist.

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Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

Thanks jd

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jd2066
Posts: 3814

The idea of Noscript is to block all Javascript as in can be used in bad ways.
Though many web sites use it for normal good things.
Due to that I haven't installed NoScript.
I would have add a lot of sites to it's whitelist to use all their functions.

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taybay
Posts: 521

A new feature they added is to automatically white list the top-level domain. That way, most of the main page's scripts get through, but annoying ads and trackers do not.

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The Geek
Posts: 2059

Almost every website uses Javascript... so if you want to use the internet easily, NoScript doesn't help much.

It's great for when you are using StumbleUpon though... noscript and flashblock.

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Scott
Posts: 5618

http://www.techdo.com/things-t.....o-for-you/

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jack7h3r1pp3r
Posts: 2815

thought this would be a good one to post here http://lifehacker.com/376551/t.....-firefox-3

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jack7h3r1pp3r
Posts: 2815

i didn't know you could do this http://lifehacker.com/376555/d.....in-firefox

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socialism-has-never-worked
Posts: 1

re "Is there a hotkey for switching between tabs in firefox?"

yes: Control-PageUp & Control-PageDown

(in addition to the previous control-tab answer... the reverse order is control-shift-tab)

--- Must Haves --- .......................................................

+ NoScript - beaten to death already

+ Controle de Scripts - ohhh new to the thread. gives you fine grain JS control.. AND less cumbersome manipulation of Security Policies. How could you call yourself geek and not use Security Policies??

+ AdBlock Plus
++ AdBlock Plus element hiding helper - a real geek would have this too, and well as the relate arsenal below
++ Remove It Permanently
++ Aardvark
++ GreaseMonkey - be sure to upgrade the monkey's status avatar
++ Stylish

+ FEBE - backup is important since the untimely death of Bookmarks Backup

+ Cookie Culler - keep what you want, the rest are wiped next session

+ DownThemAll! - sneaky download acceleration and more

+ dragdropupload - better than the original developer. oh yes, sly references

+ ImageBot

+ Remember Mismatched Domains

+ WebMail Notifier

-- Nice to haves -- .......................................................

+ Edit Cookies - my whatever could this be for?

+ ErrorZilla Mod - more fun when you modify it yourself

+ Firefox Universal Uploader - hack out the affiliate code yourself, too. Though it's not as bad as that bastard who created ShortShip Pro

+ httpOnly

+ CacheViewer - a thousand and one uses... though I most use it for that one mp3 stealing thing in that one blog

+ CustomizeGoogle - if you must use google.. the filtering is priceless. especially used in tandem with a certain greasemonkey UserScript. If only there were a premade filtering extension/UserScript for the other popular search engines. *hint* *hint*

-- avoid like the plague -- .......................................................

- ShortShip Pro - author is a hypocritical bastard. who wants to click his pay-him-per-click ad links INSIDE an extension? No one ought to

- ShortShip - encourages his nonsense all the same

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the end

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jack7h3r1pp3r
Posts: 2815

ummm why are you on this forum

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Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

Illegal substances......like citrone in the brain

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jack7h3r1pp3r
Posts: 2815

I was talking about that socialism guy

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Lighthouse
Posts: 13598

So was I

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ScottW
Posts: 6609

Do any of you find that having so many add-ons slows down Firefox? I thought I remember hearing that was a problem. I try to keep the number of add-ons that I use to a minimum so I can surf faster.

I like what I'm hearing about FF 3.0. Thanks for the tip, jack.

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jack7h3r1pp3r
Posts: 2815

ya lifehacker is great

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Antman
Posts: 164

Is it too late to chuck in my lot?

Adblock Plus
All-in-One Gestures (mouse gestures)
CLICK!(webpage snapshot)
Grab and Drag (Acrobat-style grab and drag scrolling)
IE tab
No Squint (saves text zoom preferences for each site, really handy)
PDF Download
Popup ALT attribute
QuickRestart
Secure Login
Smart Middle Click (middle click for java links)
Snap Links (Opens multiple links contained in a selected area in new tabs)
Tab Mix Plus
WebmailCompose (makes mailto: links load in your webmail's compose page)

Couldn't live without these.

Appletom, I gotta thank you for Linkification and WellRounded. Lovely stuff!

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jd2066
Posts: 3814

@Antman: It's not too late. If the topic was a couple weeks old then it might be.

@socialism-has-never-worked: Not a bad list of extensions at the top of your list though I don't see the problem with ShortShip. The author just wants to make some money for the time spend writing the extension. I don't see much problem with that. Off Topic: Not sure what you are going for with your profile interests text. It sounds like you are insulting atheists and that isn't nice.

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Antman
Posts: 164

Yeah, there's just as many arguments for religion being intellectually dishonest. Religion and anti-religion have no place in this forum!

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GaardCeteru
Posts: 148

anyone who can tell of any really good add-ons for mff3?

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Scott
Posts: 5618

Mine,

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ScottW
Posts: 6609

Scott, why do you have Flashblock and NoScript? NoScript blocks Flash, except on whitelisted sites.

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Scott
Posts: 5618

It's easier to just enable flash on a random site.

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