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Launch Websites Easily in Firefox with Your Keyboard

Are you a keyboard ninja looking for a way to do even more in Firefox with your keyboard? See how easy it is to work that ninja magic with the SiteLauncher extension.

Once SiteLauncher is Installed

After installing the extension it is recommended that you go into the settings first to make any desired changes or modifications. Here you can see the “Launcher Hotkey, Direct to Site Hotkey, & Default Shortcuts”.

To remove a website from the list, click on it to select it and then click on the “x” that will appear at the end of that listing. To change a current shortcut click on the appropriate listing, make the desired changes, and click on the “Revise Button”.

Note: The “Revise Button” will take the place of the “Add Shortcut Button” when modifying current listings.


Make any desired changes to how SiteLauncher behaves, the “Appearance” and the “Effects”. You can experiment with the appearance and effects to make SiteLauncher match up very nicely with your current browser theme if desired.

In the lower right corner you will be able to access the “Advanced Tweaks”…


These are the “Advanced Tweaks” for SiteLauncher. You can return to the “Main Options” using the button in the lower right corner.


The “Help Section” has more information concerning the hotkey combinations used to activate SiteLauncher and the shortcut links that you have added to it.


You can also enable or disable additional visual options/features in SiteLauncher such as grouping related links, mouse support, and custom icons. Notice that there is also an option to import and export your settings…


SiteLauncher in Action

Here is what SiteLauncher looked like in our example browser after some changes and modifications in the “Settings”. We changed the hotkey combination, the websites listed, single-hotkey activators, text size, and padding to personalize it.

Note: You may also use your mouse to click on the “links” in the SiteLauncher window.


If you prefer you can use the toolbar button to access SiteLauncher…just click to activate it. Note that the toolbar button is automatically added after installing the extension and can be easily removed using the “Customize Toolbar Window”.


This is the additional menu that will be added to your “Menu Toolbar”. You can deactivate it in the “Settings” (see “Advanced Tweaks” above).



If you love being a keyboard ninja and want to expand that to browsing a customized list of websites in Firefox, then you will definitely enjoy using this extension.


Download the SiteLauncher extension (Mozilla Add-ons)

Download the SiteLauncher extension (Extension Homepage)

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 01/4/10

Comments (11)

  1. Garfield

    Thank you for this. I have been looking for something like this. However there is one thing that is missing for me and that would be some kind of search as you type, scrolling or tree view categorization to give me some sense of freedom that this may not limit me to a grid that can only grow larger.

    This leaves me looking past this to some of those quicksilver like launchers or a desktop solution that allows categorization. I would love to see an update to this though to provide that functionality.

  2. Lance

    How long does it take now until we have an chrome version?

    The last activity on was in march 2010 can we say that the development has been sopped and sitelauncher is maybe dead?

  3. Jon

    please, please, PLEASE update site launcher for firefox 5.0.1!!!! PLLLLEEEEEAAASSSEE!!! :(

  4. Asian Angel

    @Jon – Give this extension a try alongside the version of SiteLauncher from the extension homepage link from above (since that is the newest version available). This extension has been a real little miracle worker for me and a LOT of people lately! ~_^

    Add-on Compatibility Reporter

  5. Jon

    nope, site launcher is “not compatible with firefox 5.0.1” and add-on compatibility reporter “does not match the add-on firefox expected”

    any other suggestions??

  6. Asian Angel

    @Jon – Ok, that message from Add-on Compatibility Reporter is rather odd. :( Did Add-on Compatibility Reporter install ok on your browser when you tried it?

  7. Jon

    @aa I have no idea what it means. are you using firefox 5??

  8. Asian Angel

    @Jon – I was curious if the Add-on Compatibility Reporter extension had installed for you without any problems. Yes, I have Firefox 5. ^_^

  9. Jon

    uuuh, yes, it just worked today for some reason. that is awesome, now my site launcher also works. thank you aa!

  10. Asian Angel

    @Jon – That is awesome news! ^_^ I am so glad to hear that it is working for you again. ^_^

  11. Jan

    PLS. update site launcher for firefox 5.0.1! thx

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