Archive | September, 2009

Make New Tabs Open Closer to Your Tab

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Some people may find the fact that Firefox opens a new tab on the far right of your tab toolbar a blessing and some might find it a curse.  It really has to do with how many tabs you are look at, in one single browser.  For those who are cursed today, I have your solution.  The Tabs Open Relative extension changes how new tabs open up, which means no more tab surfing for you.

Once installed, the Tabs Open Relative add-on for Firefox will make all new tabs open to the right of the current tab, rather than the far right of the tab bar.  Of course, this only applies when you are clicking links on a page.  In the case where several new tabs are opened in a row without switching tabs, each subsequent tab will be opened to the right of the previous one, so as to keep them in order.

So if this sounds like the solution to the tab navigating curse you’ve been living under, be sure to pick up this extension via the Firefox Add-ons site.  It is an easy way to fix this tabbed browser nuisance.

Close Button on the Last Tab in Firefox

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Miss having that close button on your last open tab in Firefox? 

Miss it no longer, because of the help of a creative add-on writer and – well, yeah that is it.  The Last Tab Close Button add-on for Firefox will show the close button on the last tab in Firefox, which closes that specific tab, and not the entire browser.

This seems to be a functionality that some were missing, so happy to see it back (for those who might need it).  You can pick up the Last Tab Close Button add-on for Firefox, on the Firefox Add-ons web site.

Bring the Legend of Zelda to Firefox

Zelda Theme for Firefox

Well, they did it with Mario – so why doesn’t the Legend of Zelda deserve a Firefox theme?  MoZelda (get it? Mozilla = MoZelda) is an awesome looking Firefox 3.5 theme that will be helping you battle Moblins before you know it.

With what looks to be some original art, mixed with some Link shots from the latest Zelda game, this theme is very visually appealing and colorful.  Also, it scores points with me because it is Zelda, probably one of my favorite video game franchises to date.

Grab the MoZelda theme while you can, before Gannon’s evil copyright lawyers come to ‘nab this treasure.

Free Video Game Icons! Bonus: For more video game icons to decorate your desktop with (in both .ico and .png formats) check out the free desktop icons section on my personal blog, Mitchelaneous.com.

Stratini – Back in Black (and in Firefox)!

The Stratini theme is not a new theme to Firefox Facts readers, as I have already sung it’s praises once before. But now, the developer has released a darker version of the same theme – and I do have to say – it looks very sleek.

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Here is a little more about the theme from the developer:

Black Stratini is my Stratini theme with a dose of the darkness. All highlights are in dark blue, as blue is the most common highlight color for Windows and Mac color schemes. Black Stratini uses Stratini Padded icons and spacing in Large Icons mode and Stratini icons in Small Icons and Teeny modes. This gives Black Stratini the unique ability to have three very different sizes in one package.

You can pick up and use Black Stratini from the Firefox Add-ons web site.  Which do you like more, the light background or the black background, for this awesome browsing skin?

Clear Junk When Firefox Closes

Clearing History Settings in Firefox Want to have Firefox just clear out the un-important stuff when you start browsing?  Now, this is highly based in my opinion – and I do have to say that one man’s un-important data might be another man’s stuff he can’t miss. 

I’ll share with you though how I have my browser setup to clear some un-important data each time I close the browser.

Mitch’s Clear History When Firefox Closes Settings

Go to Tools, and then click on Options.

Next, go to the Privacy tab and select “Use custom settings for history” from the drop down menu.

Put a check mark in the box for, “Clear history when Firefox closes” and then click on the button labeled, Settings.

Make sure you add a check mark for only the following boxes:

  • Browsing History
  • Download History
  • Forms & Search History
  • Cache

Then hit the button labeled, “OK” to continue.  On the Options window, also click the button labeled, “OK” and you are all set.

This way I have Firefox setup to clear everything except for my saved passwords and login sessions that are enabled by cookies.  Your setup might be different, and if it is – feel free to share in the comments. 

Make Your Firefox History Like a Tree

View Your Browser History in a Tree Diagram

Tree diagrams are awesome.

Firefox is even more awesome.

What happens when you mix together this much awesomeness?

You get the History Tree add-on for Firefox.  What does it do to your browser? You can use it to find any page you have visited quickly and easily. It also shows your browsing history as a tree of tabs, with thumbnail screenshots of the web pages in every tab you have opened.

Usage Note: This is an experimental add-on, only for Windows at this time.  So you will need to login to the Firefox Add-ons site to grab it or click the check mark box next to Let me install this experimental add-on.

This is a great Firefox add-on if you spend a lot of time navigating through the pages you just visited.  Pickup the History Tree add-on for Firefox and check out a different view of the pages you have visited.

Stop Squinting to Read Web Pages

Make Text Easier to Read

Don’t you hate it when you visit a web site and the web site’s text is so small, you can barely make out what you are reading?  Here are a few ways you can work around that everyday issue.

Three Ways to Enlarge or Shrink Text

You can enlarge text per web site you are visiting by holding the Ctrl key on your keyboard and scrolling up to enlarge text, and down to shrink text.  If your mouse doesn’t have the scroll wheel, then you can also do this by holding the Ctrl key and hitting the “+” key to enlarge text, and the “-” key to make text smaller.  The third way to enlarge text via Firefox would be to go to your menu bar, go to View > Zoom, and then choose to zoom in (to make things bigger) or zoom out (to make things smaller).

Reset a Web Page to Normal (after Zooming)

Now if you have messed around with the font size so much, your not sure what the default size should be – you can reset that too.  Just go to the menu bar, then click View > Zoom and then  Reset.  This will reset the web page to it’s normal viewing size.

So there you have a few more accessibility options to play with from within Firefox, so you can stop squinting at web pages you are trying to read.

Grab Your Tab History

Want to get quick and easy access to the history for one specific tab?  The Tab History Menu add-on for Firefox adds that ability to your Firefox browser. 

Tab History Menu for Firefox

By introducing this feature into the browser, for those minimal theme users, you can ditch the backward and forward browsing buttons in your navigation toolbar arrangement.  Via the options, you can set it to display the current page title in history menu if the current tab hasn’t had history yet, and also disable the history popup when the the Shift, Ctrl, or Alt keys are being pressed.

With the Tab History Menu extension installed, you can cut down on your browser’s navigation clutter or get one more way to browse your history.  It is a great addition to Firefox, no matter what way you use it.

Most Downloaded Bookmark Add-ons for Firefox

Popular Bookmark Add-ons for Firefox

So which bookmark add-ons for Firefox are downloaded most often?  Here are the top ten most downloaded bookmark extensions for the browser.

    • SmarterFox – Browse faster by speeding up common tasks – faster downloading, searching, visiting favorites, copy & paste, and more.
    • Xmarks (formerly Foxmarks) – Xmarks is the #1 bookmarking add-on. Install it on all your computers to keep your bookmarks and (optionally) passwords backed up and synchronized.
    • Delicious Bookmarks – Delicious Bookmarks is the official Firefox add-on for Delicious, the world’s leading social bookmarking service.
    • StumbleUpon- StumbleUpon discovers web sites based on your interests, learns what you like and brings you more.
    • Speed Dial – Quicker direct access to your most visited web sites and saved links.
    • Google Toolbar – Not sure why people are still using this, however it did make it on my list of non-evil toolbars, so go figure.
    • Brief -  Brief makes reading RSS feeds as easy and intuitive as it gets. Designed to have exactly the right set of features, it is powerful and simple at the same time.
    • Fast Dial – Much like Speed Dial, this add-on gives you a quick visual way to access a number of web sites all from one page; showing thumbnails for each.
    • iMacros – Automate Firefox. Record and replay repetitious work. If you love the Firefox web browser, but are tired of repetitive tasks like visiting the same sites every days, filling out forms, and remembering passwords, then iMacros for Firefox is the solution you’ve been dreaming of!
    • Multirow Bookmarks Toolbar – This add-on does exactly what you would expect, it gives you multiple bookmark rows.  Yes, I like it when they name add-ons about what they do. 

    There you have it, these add-ons have been downloaded more times than any other, and all will help you in one way, shape, or form with your bookmarks.  Have another favorite that you think deserves to be on the list?  Leave a comment, and tell me why.

    Recover Your Lost Form Data in Firefox

    Recover Lost Data

    Ever lost something you just typed into a web form, and wanted to get it back? Lazarus: Form Recovery, a security related add-on for Firefox, will auto-save anything you type into forms as you type. 

    Have a server crash?

    Did the page timeout?

    Did Firefox go down an a blaze of glory? 

    No matter what the problem, you can go back to the form, right-click your mouse, choose “recover form” and get your information back.

    Here is a little more information about Lazarus: Form Recovery from the add-on developer:

    Lazarus works on web forms, WYSIWYG editors and AJAXified forms and will save you from almost any given server, browser, or connection problems that might otherwise cause you to lose your work.  Lazarus now comes with 2048-bit RSA and 256-bit AES hybrid encryption so your data is more secure than ever! Lazarus 2.0 also includes search functionality so you can recover text even if you can no longer find the original form you entered it into.

    If you often run into the situation where you just lost what you typed, this add-on for Firefox is your perfect proverbial right-hand man.  You can pickup the Lazarus: Form Recovery add-on for Firefox from the Firefox Add-ons site.