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Old 12-09-2009, 01:33 AM
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Top 50 Must-Have Firefox Extensions

It took me a while to make Firefox what I wanted it to be and get the most out of it, and now I want to share with you my current experience. Please write your comments and help to complete this list.

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.

Autofill Forms
Autofill Forms enables you to fill out web forms with one click or a keyboard shortcut.

Brief makes reading RSS feeds as easy and intuitive as it gets. Designed to have exactly the right set of features, it is powerful and simple at the same time.

Bypass compulsory web registration with the context menu via bugmenot..com

Cache Status

Easy cache status & management from status

This extenion is GUI Front-end of "about:cache"

Compact Menu 2
Replacing the original menubar into a single menu or icon.

Context Highlight
Allows you to quickly and easily highlight all instances of a word or phrase within the current page. Simply select the text you want, right click and choose "highlight"

Context Style Switcher
Change Page Style via context menu

Copy Link URL
Copy the URLs of the selected links to clipboard.

Coral IE Tab
An enhanced version of IE Tab which enables you to use the embedded IE engine within tabs of Mozilla Firefox. It supports Adblock Plus in IE, and can sync cookies between IE and Firefox.

Dictionary Tooltip
Press ctrl+shift+K (or) double-click to see its meaning. This extension is ideal for those who doesn't like to switch their window to see the meaning of a word.

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

ErrorZilla Mod
Implements a useful error page when a website cannot be reached. Will add Try Again, Google Cache, Coralize, Wayback, Ping, Trace, and Whois buttons, along with...

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.

Firebug integrates with Firefox to put a wealth of development tools at your fingertips while you browse. You can edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any web page...

Fission combines address bar and progress bar (Safari style). This makes the progress bar more visible and allows for a nice visual effect.

Displays a country flag depicting the location of the current website's server and provides quick access to detailed location and webserver information.

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.

Download all the links, movies and audio clips of a page at the maximum speed with a single click, using the most popular, lightweight and reliable external download managers.

FoxClocks lets you keep an eye on the time around the world - or just your local time - by putting small clocks in your statusbar.

Protect your privacy. See who's tracking your web browsing and block them with Ghostery.

GoogleTube is a nifty little player for YouTube, accessible from the status bar and within Google, Yahoo! and Bing search results.

Hide Find Bar
Hide the Find Bar after a certain interval of inactivity has elapsed.

ImgLikeOpera allows load only the images that you want in Firefox browser. This extension is very useful for non broadband users...

Inline Google Definitions
Shows Google Definitions for the selected word (in the same tab!)... To use, select a word and right-click on it.

LongURL Mobile Expander
You should always know where a link takes you before clicking on it. Services like TinyURL.com make that difficult. LongURL Mobile Expander uses the LongURL.org web services to let you know where shortened links *really* go.

Menu Editor
Rearrange or remove menu items from the main context menu (right-click menu) and main menubar (File Edit View etc.)

Minimizes Mozilla windows into the system tray.

Mozilla Archive Format
Save exactly what you see, in a single file:
MAFF (based on ZIP) is compact and exceptional for video and audio
MHT (Internet Explorer's format) allows easy exchange with IE users

No Color
Remove colors and background images from the page by one click.

Organize Search Engines
Organize your search engines with separators and folders.

Organize Status Bar
This extension will enable you to organize your status bar icons. You can now rearrange or remove any item (icon or text) in the Firefox status bar. If your status bar is full and cluttered like mine was, give this a try.

Plugins Toggler
Adds a toolbar button to enable and disable installed plugins

Print Preview
Adding Shift+P keyboard shortcut, a button in status bar, and a menu in Context Menu (Right Click) to open Print Preview dialog.

ReminderFox displays and manages lists of date-based reminders and ToDo's. ReminderFox does not seek to be a full-fledged calendar. In fact, the target audience is anybody that simply wants to remember important dates (birthdays, anniversaries, ...

Save Images
Save Images saves the images from the current tab page, from the cache, to a specified location, with either the images original file name or a file name that you specify. The size and types of images saved may be chosen, with options if...

Screengrab! saves webpages as images.

Searchbar Autosizer
Autosizes the searchbar as you type, cleans the query or reverts to your default search engine after submitting. Supports almost all themes and various search bar related extensions. Useful for saving space on a small screen.

Search selected text with various search services...

Simple Mail
Mail client (POP3/IMAP/SMTP) for Firefox.

Smart Stop/Reload
Combines/merges the Stop and Reload toolbar buttons.

Split Browser
This splits the content area of the browser window as you like.

Tab Mix Plus
Tab Mix Plus enhances Firefox's tab browsing capabilities. It includes such features as duplicating tabs, controlling tab focus, tab clicking options, undo closed tabs and windows, plus much more. It also includes a full-featured session manager.

Text2Link is a simple and easy-to-use way to copy the text of a link, or to open URLs and send emails to addresses not marked-up as HTML links.

TinEye Reverse Image Search
TinEye is a reverse image search engine. The plugin adds a right-click menu item that allows you to search for an image to find out where it came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or to find higher resolution ...

United States English Dictionary
English United States (en-US) spellchecking dictionary.

WebMail Ad Blocker
Block ads on the right hand side of the screen when using Yahoo Mail, Hotmail and Gmail thereby expanding your message space.

WOT - Safe Browsing Tool
Web of Trust warns you about risky sites that cheat customers, deliver malware or send spam. Millions of members of the WOT community rate sites based on their experience, giving you an extra layer of protection when browsing or searching the Web.

XYZProxy is a small-size firefox extension for using proxy.
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Old 12-09-2009, 09:32 AM
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I would like to see this as a sticky. Excellent reference tool for FF users. I've never taken the time to research all the add ins for FF and I appreciate Freedude doing it and posting the results.

Anyone else have favorites?
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Old 12-09-2009, 09:58 AM
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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User Agent Switcher can be useful for those web sites that have old or faulty browser detection code ... you can send them whatever they want to see. Also makes it easy to browse using Firefox while pretending to be Opera or IE. Or Lynx.

I find Window Resizer to be helpful as a web developer ... it allows me to resize the Firefox window to a number of standard screen sizes with a single click, helping me to see what other users see on their smaller screens.

IE View lets you tell Firefox to open a specific site up in Internet Explorer instead, and saves that setting so it will always happen. Nice for those sites which INSIST that you use MSIE. It adds a "View this page in IE" item to the context menu in Firefox, and an "Always view this page in IE" item in the Tools menu.

You made a VERY nice list, Freedude!!

I should probably add the Meebo plugin. I don't use most of its features, but it's very nice for alerting me to incoming chat messages via a pop-up dialog when I'm off in another virtual desktop (via VirtuaWin). Nice when my wife texts me ... missing those Can Be Bad.
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Old 12-09-2009, 10:08 AM
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Thanks to rcsteiner

51. User Agent Switcher

The User Agent Switcher extension adds a menu and a toolbar button to switch the user agent of the browser.

52. Window Resizer
Resize your browser to various standard resolution sizes...

53. IE View (An alternative to "Coral IE Tab")
Lets you load pages in IE with a single right-click, or mark certain sites to *always* load in IE.

Last edited by freedude; 12-09-2009 at 11:16 AM..
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Old 12-09-2009, 11:15 AM
Location: Clearwater, FL
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I personally think NoScript should be the number 1 addon for all FF users to get.

NoScript - JavaScript/Java/Flash blocker for a safer Firefox experience! - what is it? - InformAction
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Old 12-09-2009, 12:25 PM
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I use User Agent Switcher to get into the Playstation website on my PC instead of having to use our PS3.
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Old 12-10-2009, 12:58 AM
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Thanks to Nic.

54. NoScript
The best security you can get in a web browser!
Allow active content to run only from sites you trust, and protect yourself against XSS and Clickjacking attacks.
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Old 12-10-2009, 01:22 AM
Location: Boston
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NoScript is absolutely the number one FF add on to get.
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Old 12-10-2009, 05:04 PM
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Originally Posted by freedude View Post
Thanks to Nic.

54. NoScript
The best security you can get in a web browser!
Allow active content to run only from sites you trust, and protect yourself against XSS and Clickjacking attacks.
NoScript should be #1,
#2 - Adblock Plus
#3 - IE Tab

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Old 12-13-2009, 10:04 AM
Location: Reston, VA
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Thank you so much for this list! I had been wracking my brain trying to get rid of a status bar entry. After looking over the list, I was able to do it through Organize Status Bar. Reps to you.
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