My Top Ten Firefox Extensions

Posted: July 21, 2006 in Top 10's
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Whenever I install Firefox on a PC, the following extensions are the first ones I install. This does not mean that everyone should do the same, but I find these extensions very useful for me, and I thought they might be useful for others. The extensions are ordered alphabetically.

1. del.icio.us
I mentioned del.icio.us in a previous post. It is a social bookmarks manager. This extension allows you to bookmark and tag pages with a single button click. You must have a del.icio.us account to use this extension.

2. Download Statusbar
Allows you to keep track of ongoing and completed downloads in a the statusbar.

3. DownThemAll!
A powerful yet easy-to-use extension that lets you download all the links or images contained in a webpage. You can refine your downloads by fully customizable criteria to get only what you really want.

4. Forecastfox
An extension that brings international weather forecast to the statusbar of your web browser

5. Google Notebook
You must have a Google account to use this extension. It gives easy access to your Google Notebook (mentioned in a previous post). You can add notes with a single click, and open your notebook from the status bar.

6. GooglePreview
Inserts preview images (thumbnails) of web sites and Amazon products into the Google and Yahoo search results pages.

7. HTML Validator
Adds HTML validation inside Firefox. The number of errors of a HTML page is seen on an icon in the status bar when browsing. The details of the errors are seen when looking the HTML source of the page. Very useful for web developers.

8. PDF Download
Solves the problems everyone has about handling PDF files with Firefox. This extension, every time you click on a link, checks if the target is a pdf file and in this case lets you choose what you want to do (open pdf file inside or outside Firefox, download it to the filesystem or view it as HTML).

9. Tabbrowser Preferences
Enables enhanced control for some aspects of tabbed browsing.

10. Web Developer
An essential tool for web developers. It adds a menu and a toolbar with various web developer tools.

A bonus extension is FEBE (Firefox Extension Backup Extension). It allows you to quickly and easily backup your Firefox extensions. It will actually rebuild your extensions individually into installable .xpi files that can be installed on other machines. FEBE backs up your extensions, themes, and (optionally) your bookmarks, preferences, and cookies.

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Comments
  1. Amr says:

    I have to add one more extension:

    11. McAfee SiteAdvisor
    A tool for detecting the safety of each web page you browse, and the search results obtained from Google – a must have for safe surfing.

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