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Mouseless Browsing with Firefox

Mouseless Web SurfingWho needs a mouse? The real hardcore Firefox users can get it all done with just a few clicks on the keyboard – yo. Oh you didn’t know? Using a mouse with Firefox is so old school now. With the help of the Mouseless Browsing extention for Firefox all you need is a keyboard, a browser and some fingers that are ready for game time!

The major goal of this tool is to make it where you can browse through the Web using the number pad to navigate through links. You would hit “1″ to go to the first link, “2″ to go to the second, and so on and so forth. Here is a little more on the process from the extension developer.

You can configure to use the numpad exclusively for Mouseless Browsing. In that mode you can trigger actions even the focus is on a textfield or selectbox. The output is suppressed. If you not use the exclusive mode then triggering actions by typing ids don’t work if the focus is on a textfield or a selectbox. Entering the id while holding the CTRL-Key triggers the action in any case. You can toggle between the two modes by pressing the num-key twice within 1 sec.

It might take a little ‘bit of time to configure the extension to your liking but once you do I could see anybody using this as an alternative way to browse around any web page. Also be sure to check out the official site for Mouseless Browsing to get some more configuration help and advice.

Add 110+ Searches with termBlaster

termBlasterIf just a handful of searching up in your search bar doesn’t cut it for you or if you want to remove your search bar to reclaim space, termBlaster is the super searching extention that will have you looking for things you never knew you could look.

Here is a little more about the Firefox extension from the developers:

termBlaster adds the ability to perform searches from your right-click (or context) menu using one of 110+ websites that range from search engines to encyclopedias to translators. Website lists are in XML format and can be modified in Places.

One would think that speed could come into play when trying to navigate through the search menus but you can do so quickly with little or no effort at all. All you do is highlight and right click the word you want to search and then select the search engine you want to use. They have shopping searches, review searches, torrent searches, map searches, too many to name.

gDocsBar – Perfect Sidebar for Google Docs

Google Docs BarYou can’t get a neater and more functional companion to Google Docs than the gDocsBar extension for Firefox. Other than giving you a cool sidebar to work with your Google documents in – it also supports both search and filter from the sidebar interface.

With how well this blends right into the Google Docs interface, you would expect it was released by Google themselves. Also I could see this being a reason for some people to give Google Docs a second shot – due to the fact that it makes it even easier to view your documents you have stored there.

To get a preview of the interface before installing – you can check out their official site for the extension at gdocsbar.com.

Best Screen Grabs Come From FireShot

I’m back to using FireShot. This extension that allows you to take screenshots of what is inside your browser window enticed me to no end when it first came out – but with it’s lack of features I had to let it go. Here is a little more about the extension just in case you missed it the first time around…

What is FireShot and Why Do I Need It?

FireShot is a Firefox extension that creates screenshots of web pages. Unlike other extensions, this plugin provides a set of editing and annotation tools, which let users quickly modify captures and insert text and graphical annotations. Such functionality will be especially useful for web designers, testers and content reviewers.

FireShot in Action

Some of these newest features include:

  • Screenshot can be uploaded to server for resizing, commenting and blogging.
  • Added Undo/Redo feature
  • Added “Resume editing” option
  • Line width can be specified
  • Improved page extents detection mechanism (now supports GMail, E-Bay and other frame-based sites)
  • Improved memory management routines and error handling messages.
  • Added MS Outlook support
  • Working folder can be set up and periodically erased.

As you can see there is even more to love here. More now than ever before! Give the FireShot extension another shot. It is the perfect compainion for anybody who works with screen grabs a lot.

StatusBars Cures Your S.O.L.-ness

Multiple Status Bars for FirefoxToo many icons down there in your statusbar?

Let me just tell you – your not alone. Firefox fans usually call this deadly addition S.O.L. otherwise known as statusbar over load. There is a cure. The solution to your problem, is to install one more Firefox extension named StatusBars.

I promise you, there will be no side effects and you will be able to continue to use Firefox without the shame of your peers. This extension gives you the ability to switch between multiple status bars with different content. You can then customize your statusbars icon, name and arrange the icons the way you want.

You can set up your statusbars so you have one for the site you are on (greasemonkey, adblock, rip, etc), one for general information (forcastfox, gmail notifier, stock ticker, etc) and one for webdesign (tidy, web developer, firebug, etc).

You too can once again have a status bar in Firefox that is neat, tidy and organized.  Don’t kick the habit – feed the need!

Social Media – your top news tipster

For those of you who like to keep tabs on the popular kids in the Internet class we all sit in day after day, Social Media promises to bring together stories to let you know what place a page has on the social news networks.

Giving You the Leg Up in Social News…

This extension for Firefox wants to be your tipster when it comes to if a story is good or not. If you find out one story is doing great and it hasn’t hit the other social news site yet – nows your chance to grab it from one source and go post it somewhere else.

Social Media on the Web

Confused on how to use it? Here is how the developers explain:

To make sure it works, go to any web page and hit the manual button, it should then load how many votes that page has had across all the featured social sites, which currently includes: Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon and del.icio.us.

I like the fact they are not doing the same ol’ stuff when it comes to rolling out yet another social network extension. I think they will need to find a better hook though to capture regular users who probably don’t exactly understand why you would want to use Social Media on a day to day basis.

Accessibar – Make the Web Usable

AccessibarAt no fault of the user, the designer doesn’t always think of usability when designing a web site. Sometimes fonts can be to small, web pages can be the wrong color – and text can be seven different shades of wonky. The Accessibar extension for Firefox looks to change all of that for you.

This toolbar provides the following features:

+ Web page fonts, links and background colors can be changed from a selection of 70 colors on current session

+ Icons with configurable shortcut keys to increase and decrease Font size

+ Line spacing can be increased or decreased to five different spacing settings incrementally

+ All images (including Flash) displayed on a web page can be selected as being hidden or shown

As you can see for such a tiny footprint in your Firefox’s browsing space, Accessibar does a lot of work. Does this toolbar do the job for you?

Wiki Editing Help

I do not pretend to know much about wikis on the Web, what they are there for or what you should really do with them. Of course, neither does eighty percent of the Web, so I do not feel so much out of the loop just yet. That is where a Firefox extension like Wikipedia Toolbar comes into play.

The Wikipedia extension makes editing of Wikipedia pages easier by adding a new toolbar to your browser and by providing new menu items in the context menu (right mouse key). You can read more details, have a look at it or jump right to the installation..

It might not make wikis any more interesting or teach you how to use it. It will though make editing them a heck of a lot easier.

+ Download and Learn More About the Wikipedia Toolbar for Firefox!

Side Note: to get this extension to work in Firefox 2, you will need to use Mr Tech Local Install

RankQuest SEO Toolbar

Search engine optimization (or otherwise known as SEO) has always been a mystery to me. Never had understood it, and I do not think I would ever want to understand it. It seems like all the SEO experts I have ever met are always a little on the grumpy side as well. If you want the SEO tools without becoming a grump, then I would suggest checking out the RankQuest SEO Toolbar.

Rankquest SEO(Search Engine Optimization) Toolbar provides you quick access to more than 30 intuitive SEO tools. Once you download and install the SEO Toolbar you are only one or two clicks away from carrying out most of your day to day SEO operations.

+ Learn More About and Install the RankQuest SEO Toolbar!