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The Best Firefox Add-ons for Web Search

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Some of the most underrated Web search tools out there are Firefox add-ons, small tools that add functionality of some type to your Firefox browser. The following are just a few of the best Firefox add-ons I've come across so far to help me in my Web searching.

Web Search Add-ons

  • SmartSearch: Search for the selected text through your context menu, using any of your bookmark keywords.
  • Yahoo Toolbar: Use Yahoo! and the web faster, safer, and easier with new mail notification, search suggestions, online bookmarks, free spyware scanning, and more.
  • SnapLinks: allows users to easily open multiple links in new tabs by drawing a box around them. Links can also be opened in new windows, new tabs on a new window, copied to clipboard, bookmarked or downloaded.
  • PDF Download: Allows to choose if you want to translator is web translation extension that allows you to translate any web page into nearly any language at the click of a button.
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  • ConQuery: Context searching for everyone and URL manipulation tool for advanced users.
  • BetterSearch: An extension for Firefox which enhances Google (all international flavours, too), MSN Search, Yahoo Search, A9, Answers.com, AllTheWeb, Dogpile.com, del.icio.us and Simpy.com bookmarks by adding previews (thumbnails) and Amazon product images and info (type, price, rating).

Multimedia Add-ons

  • Torrent Finder: Torrent Finder Toolbar is a torrent search toolbar for Firefox, which enables users to search over 170 top torrent sites and trackers from their Firefox browser.
  • FoxyTunes: FoxyTunes lets you control almost any media player and find lyrics, covers, videos, bios and much more with a click right from your browser.
  • Firefox companion for Kodak EasyShare Gallery: Upload photos directly to your Kodak EasyShare Gallery, all within your browser.
  • VideoDownloader: Download videos from Youtube, Google, Metacafe, iFilm, Dailymotion, Pornotube... and other 60+ video sites.

Block Ads

  • 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.
  • NoScript:Winner of the "2006 PC World World Class Award", this tool provides extra protection to your Firefox.
  • BugMeNot: Bypass compulsory web registration via Firefox’s right-click context menu.

Bookmarking Add-ons

  • Foxmarks: Install Foxmarks on each computer, and it will work silently in the background to keep your bookmarks synchronized. You can also log in to my.foxmarks.com to manage your bookmarks from any computer.
  • Locate in Bookmark Folders; Locates a bookmark in Bookmarks Manager's folders tree or in the Bookmarks Sidebar.
  • Bookmark Tags: Bookmark Tags provides a different way of looking at your bookmarks: they're "tagged" by the folders that contain them.
  • gBrain: gBrain automagically bookmarks all pages you visit at the Google bookmark service.

Save and Organize Add-ons

  • Zotero: a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. It lives right where you do your work — in the web browser itself.
  • Clipmarks:With Clipmarks, you can clip the best parts of web pages. Whether it's a paragraph, sentence, image or video, you can capture just the pieces you want without having to bookmark the entire page.
  • Scrapbook:Helps you to save Web pages and organize the collection.

Personalization Add-ons

  • Answers: Just point at any word, hold the Alt key (Ctrl in Linux) and click. Upon letting go, an AnswerTip in the form of a pop-up "information bubble" appears on the screen explaining the term.
  • ColorfulTabs: Colors every tab in a different color and makes them easy to distinguish while beautifying the overall appearance of the interface.
  • Tab Effect: Add effects when current tab is changed.
  • All in One: It lets you quickly switch between sidebar panels, view dialog windows such as downloads, extensions, and more in the sidebar, or view source or websites in the sidebar.
  • Speed Dial: Direct access to your most visited websites

Exploration Add-ons

  • Stumbleupon: StumbleUpon lets you "channelsurf" the best-reviewed sites on the web. It is a collaborative surfing tool for finding and sharing great sites.
  • Yoono: While you are surfing, Yoono instantly suggests what others have discovered: websites, people and articles.

Google Add-ons

  • CustomizeGoogle:Enhance Google search results by adding links to other useful services. It can also remove ads.
  • Google Extensions for Google: Google Toolbar, browser helps, Google Notebook, and more.
  • Gmail Notifier: Allows you to monitor multiple Gmail accounts right inside your browser's UI.
  • Gspace: This extension allows you to use your Gmail Space (2.8 GB and growing) for file storage. It acts as an online drive, so you can upload files from your hard drive and access them from every Internet capable system.
  • GoogleHotKeys: GoogleHotKeys lets you quickly navigate search results using just the keyboard.
  • GooglePreview: Inserts preview images (thumbnails) of web sites and Amazon products into the Google and Yahoo search results pages.

Image Add-ons

  • Screengrab: Screengrab saves entire webpages as images.
  • Google Image Search: Highlignt the words on your page, right-click and get image search results in a new tab.

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