Firefox add-ons "are small add-ons that add new functionality to Mozilla applications. They can add anything from a toolbar button to a completely new feature. They allow the application to be customized to fit the personal needs of each user if they need additional features, while minimizing the size of the application itself" (from the official Firefox Extensions
site). Here are my picks for the Top Ten Best Firefox Extensions:
- 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 with crash recovery that can save and restore combinations of opened tabs and windows." The "crash recovery" part especially is appealing.
- Scrapbook: "ScrapBook is a Firefox extension, which helps you to save Web pages and manage the collection." My favorite thing about Scrapbook is the in-depth capture feature.
- Google Toolbar for Firefox: Lots of great features, including enhanced search box, AutoFill, spell checker, and more.
- MyCroft: "This extension adds 30 popular search plugins, including Google Groups, Altavista, Lycos, eBay, and Yahoo." As a Web search geek this one is incredibly useful for me.
- SessionSaver: "SessionSaver restores your browser -exactly- as you left it, every startup, every time. Not even a crash will phase it. Windows, tabs, even things you were typing -- they're all saved." I can't even TELL you how much this extension has saved my bacon on more than one occasion.
- CacheOut: For those of us who are avid Digg or Slashdot users: "how many times are you unable to access a particular article because the remote server has been slammed by the Digg/Slashdot Effect? Cacheout! lets you try to access articles through Google's caching service and CoralCDN.org."
- BetterSearch: "An extension for Firefox which enhances Google (all international flavours, too), MSN Search, Yahoo Search, del.icio.us, A9, Answers.com (web results), AllTheWeb, ask.com (Ask Jeeves), Clusty.com, Vivisimo.com and Simpy.com by adding previews (thumbnails) and Amazon product images and info (type, price, rating for US/DE/UK/CA/FR products), a quick preview feature as well as "Open in New Window", "Site Info" and "Wayback Machine" links to the search results."
- FoxyTunes: "FoxyTunes is a Firefox add-on that allows you to control your favorite media player without ever leaving the browser." In other words, you don't have to have various media players up clogging your memory.
- GMail Manager: For GMail users - "a Firefox extension that allows you to manage multiple gmail accounts and receive new mail notifications."
- Yahoo Mail : "Preview your messages with a single click....Send back messages with a single click using Instant Reply."
And heck, here's a couple more of my favorite Firefox extensions:
- Delicious Firefox Extension: "Integrate del.icio.us into Firefox with the del.icio.us extension." Allows you to tag and share bookmarks from within the Firefox browser.
- Performancing for Firefox: "a full featured blog editor that sits right within Firefox...Works with all major blog software...trackback, Technorati and Del.icio.us support."
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