Archive | February, 2007

Fill in Web Forms Quicker

InFormEnter

The other day, my sister said that the only reason she was using the Yahoo! toolbar with Firefox was for the auto-fill function that my brother-in-law liked.

At the time I did not know of a separate extension that would do the same thing. Well, I am happy to say after a little searching – I have found one.

The InFormEnter extension promises to save all of your important information so you can enter it into Web forms as you need or desire to.

InFormEnter adds a small, clickable icon next to every input field in a web form, from where you can select the item to be inserted – no typing required. You can configure it to display your frequently used information such as name, email, address and whatever else you want to be available from the form menu.

I might have to add this to the short list of extensions I use on a daily basis. It makes it really handy when you have a lot of Web forms to fill out.

+ Download and Install the InFormEnter Extension for Firefox!

Automatic Photo Slideshow

When viewing photos or pictures Online, there has to be a better way to do it. I don’t want to have to scroll down the page looking at thumbnails.

That is so 2001! There has to be a more efficient way of getting this simple job done.

There is and it’s name is AutoSlideshow. The AutoSlideshow extension for Firefox allows you to view graphics on a Web page in a little “photo player”. Here is what the author of the extension has to say about it.

AutoSlideshow allows you to view slideshows of images of web pages or images linked to from web pages. This is mainly useful for viewing images of a page with no possibility for image browsing.

Auto Slideshow

Right now it has special support for: wikipedia, google, yahoo, facebook.com and studivz.net. As time goes by I could see a lot of areas where this simple extension could expand and get even better.

+ Download and Install the AutoSlideshow Extension for Firefox!

Quicker Searching in Firefox

Most Wanted

This week, Roman writes in and wants to know of a way to do quicker searching via Firefox and not have to start at the beginning of the document to do it.

In IE, because it doesn’t search as you type, you can highlight a piece of text, and then press ctrl-F and have it search below your selection first, then it gets to the bottom of the page and searches the part of the page before your selection. in firefox, i find that the search as you type feature always starts at the top of the page. Is there a workaround?

For the quick searching that you need, I have found that using Firefox’s quick search would be the best way to go. It isn’t the same as the search that you get with Ctrl+F though. For this one all you need to hit is the / key.

Quick Finder

This one will give you the search you need to start where you are on the page. Also after you are done with it, it disappears out of sight. Hope that helps!

Have another feature request or suggestion you’d like to see built into Firefox by default or added by an extension? Let me know about it and I’ll feature it on Firefox Facts and maybe even find you a solution to your problem (if you have one).

Hosting Podcast Turns Two

Now it isn’t very often that I interject any of my other projects here on Firefox Facts, but I hope this time around can be a small exception. I am very proud of the fact that I have been podcasting for two years now via my Web hosting podcast – the Web Hosting Show.

I just posted my two year anniversary show, and I would love it if you would listen to it and let me know what you think. Think of it like Firefox Facts, but it is about Web hosting and there is a lot more talking and silliness involved.

+ Download and Listen to the Web Hosting Show 2 Year Anniversary – Podcast 97!

Bible Theme for Firefox

I have not really seen many religious Firefox themes come and go – not really sure why not. I mean, it makes fore as good of a theme as any other out there. Need an example? Check out the Bible Fox extension.

No matter which faith you might belong to or believe in, you have to admit this theme is pretty darn slick. The thing I like about it the most is it isn’t another Apple or Vista themed mess.

Yes another beautiful theme for your Firefox browser.

Bible Theme

+ Download and Install the Bible Fox Theme for Firefox!

More Tools Menu

Feel like your tools menu is running out of space after that 30th extension you installed the other day? There is no doubt that your Tools menu in Firefox can get a little crazy if your not careful. The More Tools Menu hopes to solve that little issue though.

It’s rather common for Firefox extensions to want to let the user trigger an action. The way to do that is the menu bar. With the default menus in the menu bar, the tools menu is usually the only choice that makes any sense, so most all the extensions seem to stuff their commands inside the tools menu. Pretty quick, with the default and all the additional items, that menu is way too big to deal with.

This simple extension just takes all “new” tools menu items, and moves them into a new “More Tools” menu.

If your tools menu is getting a little hard to use, try picking up this extension – it really works!

More Tools Menu

+ Download and Install the More Tools Menu Extension for Firefox!

Feature Request: Minimize to Taskbar

Most Wanted

Well I got my first request, and I am going to do my best to get it answered. Chris in Georgia writes:

When I’m forced to use IE, I use a ‘skin’ called Greenbrowser. It includes a great feature that allows me to hotkey it to minimized, using “CTRL `” I’ve searched and searched for something like it for Firefox (including searching on Firefox Facts). I’ve also searched for the ability to set up custom hotkeys in FF, to no avail. Do you know if this exists? If not, where could I put this as an extension suggestion for those out there who do extensions?

Yes, this can be done with the Firefox extension MinimizeToTray. Install this into your browser and you will be able to send Firefox down to the system tray to keep it from taking up task bar space. How can you bring it back up? Well you could use your mouse and click on the icon or you could use the keyboard combo Ctrl+Shift+M.

Have another feature request or suggestion you’d like to see built into Firefox by default or added by an extension? Let me know about it and I’ll feature it on Firefox Facts and maybe even find you a solution to your problem (if you have one).

Dictionary Tooltip

Need quick and easy access to a dictionary? Now I might not be the world’s best smeller speller, but with a tool like this I can at least pretend I am. The Dictionary Tooltip extension gives you right-click access to your own personal dictionary. Here are a few more details about how it works.

Dictionary Tooltip

Press ctrl+shift+D (or) double-click (or) right-click after selecting a word to see its meaning. This extension is ideal for those who doesn’t like to switch their window to see the meaning of a word.

Want to look up what a word means? Dictionaries are really good tools to do just that. I tried asking a chicken once… but it never gave me an answer. The real question here is, does this extension lay eggs?

+ Download and Install the Dictionary Tooltip Extension for Firefox!

Firefox Most Wanted

Most Wanted

I want to start up something new here. With all the Firefox Facts fans out there and myself, I think we can do some good and help some folks.

Are you looking for Firefox to do something that it has not done before? Are you having trouble finding the perfect extension to fix your issue? Do you have a request for a Firefox feature that has not been seen before? If you fall into any of these camps – drop me an E-mail at mitch@mitchkeeler.com or use our “submit a tip” link and let me know.

If we get enough, I might make the Firefox Most Wanted a regular feature here on the Web site. Get to it, send me your most wanted requests from the folks at Mozilla and I’ll do my best to either let the world know about it or find a solution for your problem.

Multiple Sidebars

The sidebar in Mozilla is a handy tool to have.

You can load up a plethora of information inside of it, but why must we be limited to just using one at a time? Well, the secret here is you do not have to be limited at all. With the MultiSidebar extension you can have multiple sidebars going at once.

Put one on the top, bottom, left and right side of the browser if you want to. The only problem you mind find yourself running into is the screen space for the Web page you are viewing keeps getting smaller and smaller. Ok, so maybe running all four sidebars at the same time would be silly.

Nice to know it could be there though with this download.

Multiple Sidebars

+ Download and Install the MultiSidebar Extension for Firefox!