Being the browser that liberated the world from Internet Explorer will always be one of its greatest achievements.
More impressive though is how Mozilla has managed to compete with the speed demons of Google Chrome, and Safari.
- Add to Search Bar
- Autofill Forms
- Buffer for Firefox
- Download Manager Tweak
- Easy YouTube Video Downloader
- Google Translator for Firefox
- New Tab Homepage
- Search Preview
- Secure Login
- Adblock Plus – Speeds up browsing and blocks many annoying ads.
- YouTube Ratings Preview – Shows the likes and dislikes over every thumbnail in YouTube.
NOTE: You can add or remove buttons to your Firefox toolbar by going to View >> Toolbars >> Customize…
10 essential firefox addons
Add to Search Bar
This add-on makes it easy to add any websites search function to your list of available search engines.
Lets say you’re a big movie buff like me and want to be able to search Rotten Tomatoes any time. Just visit their site, right-click on their search bar, and choose Add to Search Bar…
Then give the search engine a name (I usually shorten it to just the name of the site) and press OK.
Now the search shows up in the search engine drop-down list in Firefox. Just select the one you want, enter a term and press return to get searching!
But there’s more!
Now whenever you’re casually browsing and come across a movie title on Twitter or wherever, all you need do is highlight the title, right click and choose Search Rotten Tomatoes for “highlighted text”.
Or if you want to search what people are saying about Frankenweenie on Twitter, just change the search engine to Twitter and repeat.
Instant convenient inline search!
Sick of entering your information every time you get to a form? With one click this add-on will fill in all your preset information.
Just setup your default profile from the settings menu and the next time you see one of those damn forms, just press the autofill button once.
Buffer for Firefox
Makes it easy to add the current web page item to your Buffer account that can then be shared with Facebook and Twitter.
What is Buffer? It’s the best way to spread out your social media efforts on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn and extend the reach of your posts.
Let’s say you’ve found a great video you want to share with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Just click the Buffer button on the Firefox toolbar and the buffer window opens up.
Select the networks you want to post to, then click the Add to Buffer button and boom! Your posts will go out to your fans and friends on the next scheduled time.
Download Manager Tweak
Allows you to make downloads load in a new tab as well as other customizations to downloading in Firefox.
Easy YouTube Video Downloader
Adds a download button to the YouTube website that lets you choose the quality and file type for offline viewing.
Great for syncing with webinars or friends in other countries or working out the ideal social media posting times for certain networks.
Google Translator for Firefox
Quickly and easily translate a whole page or a section of selected text into your main language.
New Tab Homepage
Loads your default homepage when you open a new tab. A small thing but every little bit of convenience counts.
Google actually stores screenshots of websites. This makes them show up in search results.
Adds a one click login button to sites where you’ve stored your details. You’ll never have to remember your passwords again.
When the button goes gold that means you have stored details you can use. Just click it once and the add-on will insert your username and password as well as clicking the login button for you!
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