ConQuery: Firefox already provides a
handy context menu tool which lets you search Google.com for the word(s) you
have highlighted, but ConQuery does it one better. Installing this extension
adds a 'Query too...' taskbar menu which contains Yahoo, EBay, Creative commons,
Dictionary.com and Amazon in addition to Google. Even better, in the ConQuery
configuration menu, you can add other sites to this menu by connecting to the
ConQuery development site.
Tabbrowser preferences: You would never guess that this imaginatively named
extension would become the most essential one you have installed, but if you
like and use Firefox's tabbed browsing feature at all you will likely
fall in love with this add-on immediately. All it does is add those little
options to the tabbed browsing interface which should have been there to
Little things like making opening a link in a new tab the default browser
behaviour, and having the search bar and address bar open a new tab instead of a
new window. In short, if you've taken a liking to tabbed browsing, this makes it
much, much easier to use, since pretty much everything you click will now open
in a tab instead of spawning new windows for you to keep track of.
Stumbelupon: This could be the
perfect antidote for being bored at your computer! Stumbleupon is a sort of
'recomendation network'; you sign up, indicate the sort of websites you are
interested in, then whenever you click the Stumble! icon in the taskbar, you are
taken to a site submitted by another Stumbleupon member that concerns one or
more of your interests. If you like the site, you can give it a thumbs up, if
not, thumbs down. We love it!
Quicknote: Do you often take notes
while surfing the web? If so, the Quicknote extension could become a permanent
replacement for notepad. This handy program brings up a yellow notepad as either
a tab, a side bar or a floating window whenever you highlight text and choose the
'send to quicknote' option in the context menu. The content of these notes is
saved automatically every 10th character you type, so they are always available
to you even when you close and reopen the program. I find myself using it
constantly these days.
Scrapbook: Scrapbook provides both
modem users and those who wish to preserve web pages with an easy way to capture
their favourite pages (and the pages they link to) from the context menu. When
the scrapbook extension is loaded, right clicking on a given page will make the
'save page as' option available in the context menu. Using this will save a
complete copy of that site and all links (up to one link deep). These are stored
in scrapbook itself, which appears as a side bar when called from the 'tools'
menu. You can then browse through the copied pages transparently using
EggOn!: The Firefox egg timing
tool... 'Nuff said.
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