Diving back into the world of customizing Firefox 4 to suit our needs, some people have complained about the new Firefox button and not being able to move or change it. Sure, it is just living up there at the top of the window – minding it’s own business. I say we need to find him a new home though, and thankfully we can with the Movable Firefox Button add-on for Firefox.
Now that I have been using Firefox 4 (as a beta) I can take a look at some of the neat add-ons I might have missed because they were not updated to run with the current version of Firefox. One of these neat additions to the browser is Instant Previews. With this Mozilla Labs created add-on, your browser will start loading webpages found in the awesome bar – without the need of clicking on them.
Want to display your Twitter timeline on the toolbar in Firefox? It is easy to do with Tweet Line. This simple add-on for Firefox will give you your very own Twitter powered news ticker. What tweets do you see? Well, after authorizing your Twitter account, you see tweets from all the people you follow.
Mozilla Labs has released a very interesting new browser interface you can try out in Firefox 4. Home Dash for Firefox 4 removes a lot of the Firefox user interface and gives you what they call "Browse-Based Browsing". It really does bring a radically different way to use Firefox right to your fingertips. Is it worth using?
Looking for an add-on that will let you use the Google link shortener (goo.gl) right from your right-click menu inside of Firefox? Google Shortener will get the job done. This simple little add-on for the Firefox browser simply gives you a browser-based front end to shorten your own links using the goo.gl link shortening service. Is there more under the hood though to this amazingly simple add-on?
Internote makes adding sticky note reminders to Firefox a fairly easy process. Need to note something about a website? Create a Internote and the next time you visit that website, the sticky note will return. The add-on is also highly customizable and has tons of features. It might be the most feature rich sticky note add-on I have seen for the Firefox browser.
Until now, every Firefox add-on that promises to give me awesome abilities to look things up when I highlight a word have been mediocre at best. The Apture Highlights add-on for Firefox really is a game changer. It allows you to highlight a phrase and get background information from Wikipedia, YouTube, Twitter and more – on the same page. It also gives me this ability without looking tacky or sticking out like a sore thumb.
Need to set a Facebook or Twitter Status message in a hurry? Statusus has you covered. This is a very simple Firefox add-on that allows you to quickly select any text on a website, right click and then set it up as your status message for the moment.
In the year 2025, when we are looking back at what Google Chrome really brought to the web browsing world and we are all being chased around by robots, I think the one thing we will remember the most is the speed dial feature. Here is another add-on that gives you that ability named Sugestron Speed Dial.
Want to make sure you keep up to date with the latest Mozilla Labs experiments? You can with one simple plugin. The Lab Kit plugin for Firefox will securely install add-ons that are being developed by the Mozilla Labs team. This way, you can stay up to date with some of the neatest innovations without having to remember to update or to check back for new experiments to try.