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10 Most Popular Sports Themes for Firefox

Finding yourself in a fix for a theme based around your favorite sports team?  Recently, a lot more sports related themes have been making their way up the Firefox theme ranks.  No matter if you are a fan of football, baseball, rugby, soccer, or any other theme out there – I am sure these popular sports themes for Firefox will make you want to stand up and cheer!

Manchester United

Manchester United Theme

Penn State Nittany Lions

Penn State Nittany Lions Theme

NY Yankees

New York Yankees Theme

KC Chiefs Theme

Kansas City Chiefs Theme

Broncofox

Denver Broncos Theme

RedSoxfox

Red Socks Theme

Patriotfox

Patriots Theme

Atletico Nacional – Nacho Verde

Atletico Nacional - Nacho Verde Theme

Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis Colts Theme

Florida State University

Florida State University Theme

Give me an F! Give me an I! Give me a R!  Give me an E!  Give me a break…  Ok, so I might not be the world’s biggest sports fan, so that is why I need your help.  Did I miss one of your favorites?  Be sure to sound off and let me know.

25 More Tweaks for Your Firefox Status Bar

status-bar-tweaks2 Seems like a few people thought I forgot a few favorite extensions with the 25 Tweaks for Your Firefox Status Bar.  So, I thought why not revisit the idea and toss in some of the suggestions I received from all of you.

Flagfox – displays a country flag depicting the location of the current web site’s server

PingPong – start up a game of pong, anytime you feel the urge

FoxyMeter – how far have you surfed?

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GA? – Is Google Analytics Installed – checks to see if Google Analytics is installed on any given page

Cookie Monster – gives you easy access to how cookies are used in your browser

Linkification – converts text links into genuine, clickable links (get more here)

infoRSS – displays RSS, Atom, parsed HTML and NNTP feed in a scrolling area in the status bar

Server Spy – indicates what brand of HTTP server (e.g. Apache, IIS, etc.) runs on the visited sites

Status-bar Scientific Calculator – a calculator that is very scientific!

Html Validator – adds HTML validation inside Firefox

Browse Images – browses all linked images of a page one after another or at once

QuickZoom – adds two icons to the Firefox/Thunderbird status bar which enable quick access to the “Enlarge Text Size” (Ctrl++) and “Reduce Text Size” (Ctrl+-) menu commands

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MoneyQuake – displays your real-time earning statistics

whos.amung.us Users Online Counter – shows how many people are currently on your web site in accordance with the whos.amung.us widget

Converter – contextual unit and time zone conversion on any web page

QuickPageZoom – another quick page zoom add-on for the status bar

PhishTank SiteChecker – gives Firefox users a way to bring the community judgment of PhishTank

Forecastfox –  get international weather forecasts from AccuWeather.com, and display it in any toolbar or statusbar

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NoScript – allow active content to run only from sites you trust, and protect yourself against XSS and clickjacking attacks

Download Statusbar – view and manage downloads from a tidy statusbar – without the download window getting in the way of your web browsing

FoxyTunes – lets you control almost any media player and find lyrics, covers, videos, bios and much more with a click right from your browser

Greasemonkey – allows you to customize the way a web page displays using small bits of JavaScript

Stylish – customize the look of the application and of web sites with Stylish, a user styles manager

Gmail Manager – allows you to manage multiple Gmail accounts and receive new mail notifications

Turn it Off? – The last would be to turn the status bar off.  To do so, go to View (in the menu bar) and then click on Status Bar.  Doing so will turn it off.  Repeat the same steps to turn it back on.   So now, after doing 50 tips to tweak your status bar – which did I miss?

6 PDF Power Tools for Firefox

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With the economy taking a nose dive, people are looking for a way to save cash where ever they can find it.  One good way would be to save on ink and paper for your printer by instead printing to PDF.  That is only the start of it though.  Here are six PDF power tools for the Firefox browser:

PDF Download – The most powerful of the bunch, PDF Download allows you to do just about anything imaginable.  View PDFs in Firefox as HTML, automatically control how the browser handles the PDF format, and also convert any web page to a PDF you can save for later.

PrintPDF – Due to Apple people already having the “print to PDF” feature, this extension (which allows you to do just that) is for Windows and Linux users.  Print any page to a PDF file, and save on some paper!

PDFescape Extension – Want to edit your PDF files from within the browser?  PDFescape brings that functionality to Firefox.  PDFescape enables you to open and edit PDF files & forms online.

LOOP to PDF for Firefox – Upload, convert and combine your files to PDF from a tidy toolbar, without the conversion getting in the way of your Web browsing. LOOP for Firefox allows you to convert and combine files to PDF with the click of a button.

pdfit – This oddly named add-on gives you the ability to convert the current page to an image or PDF formats.  You can also apply some image filters, such as rotate or reflection, to give your conversion a little style.

Send to Google Docs – What does Google Docs have to do with PDF files?  This extension for Firefox allows you to view web documents in Google Docs.  It supports PDF files too. (as well as Microsoft Office and Open Office files)

Know of anymore PDF friendly alternatives for Firefox?  How do you handle PDFs online these days?

Lightest Popular Themes for Firefox 3

Light is a word of many meanings.  It could be the lightest in color or the lightest in its impact on the interface of your browser.  I have done my best to find the lightest popular Firefox 3 themes that would fit into either dictionary definition.

Whitehart – I never did use this theme until I was looking for a simple one for my Kubuntu install of Firefox on my laptop.  Haven’t looked back since!  Very sleek, light and simple.

Whitehart for Firefox

Chromiefox – Now I am not usually a big fan of the knock-off themes, but I do have to say the Google Chrome interface is pretty nice.  Bring it to Firefox with this download.

Chromiefox for Firefox

Qute – An old one, but still a good one.  Qute is simple and unobtrusive with clear, colorful icons.

Qute for Firefox

Aero Silver Fox – Silver counts as a light color, right?  Just like it’s cousin on our darkest popular themes list (Aero Fox) this theme deserves a spot too.

Aero Silver Fox for Firefox

iFox Graphite – When coming up with this list, I made myself a promise before I started – only include one Mac-looking theme.  All Apple inspired themes are light, so here is the one I picked.

iFox Graphite for Firefox

Full Flat – This may be the lightest and simplest theme out there for Firefox today.  Full Flat keeps it simple, but if you enjoy minimalistic and flat browsing, here you go.

Full Flat for Firefox

hmmXP – Based on the hmmXP theme for Windows by Fugacious, hmmXP for Firefox 3 uses simple, flat and small icons, and does away with gradients and rounded corners.

hmmXP for Firefox

Elementary Theme – Yes, elementary my dear Firefox fan boy.  This theme is the official theme for Firefox of the Elementary Project.  Simple, light and doesn’t get in the way.

Elementary Theme for Firefox

iPox – There is no doubt that iPox is an easy on the eyes, white and blue theme for Firefox.  One of the best examples of creativity and originality by far.

iPox for Firefox

Naver – If you can use green and make a simple theme, you are my new best friend.  A new theme on the block, Naver ads just a hint of color and then keeps the rest pretty simple.

Naver for Firefox

Which theme from the light side is your favorite?  Why do we love or hate the lighter themes out there today?  Let me know what you think.  Also don’t forget to check out the darkest popular themes for Firefox too.

25 Tweaks for Your Firefox Status Bar

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Want to add a few more features and functionality to your Firefox status bar?  Here are a some common tweaks you may want to make, and how you can get them added to your own browser.

Extended Statusbar – check out speed, percentage, time and loaded size and more

Organize Status Bar – clear the clutter out of your status bar

Cookie Button – C is for cookie, and this add-on makes it easy enough to access cookie permissions.  (ok, so it doesn’t make a good song)

Calculator-Bar – adds a calculator to your status bar (big surprise there, right?)

Unshorten – see the real location of a short URL (such as tinyurl.com/something) in your browser

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PopupMaster – places the popup blocker icon in the status bar, regardless of site settings

Router Status – give you the status of your router in the toolbar or status bar

ShowIP – shows your IP address and some more cool tools

Daily Dilbert – instant access to the Dilbert comic strip of the day

Dcurrency – currency exchange rates in the status bar

Live IP Address – Your current IP address in your status bar

TabCounter – gives you the number of tabs you currently have open

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Viral Threat Level – adds an image to the status bar that indicates the current viral threat level of the internet

YMail Notifier – notifies you when you get new mail to your Yahoo! e-mail account

SportsFox – latest sport scores for your favorite teams

Prefswitch – quickly activate/deactivate settings like CSS, JavaScript and more

Dictionary Switcher – toggles between the installed dictionaries and displays the currently selected dictionary in the status bar

US Department of Homeland Insecurity Idiocy Level – yes, that is a long name for an add-on

Status-bar Calculator – another status bar calculator (in case you need two)

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Open Tab Count – counts the number of open tabs you have, just in case you forgot

Word Count Plus – counts number of words in selected text

Dictionary – comes in handy when you quickly want to find the meaning of a word

TwitterFox – notifies you of your friends’ statuses of Twitter

IsAdmin – shows whether the application is running with administrator privileges, by means of an icon in the status bar

Firesizer – allows you to resize the window to specific dimensions

Have a favorite I might have missed?  Let me know via the comments and maybe we can get this list up even higher.

BONUS! – Go check out 25 More Tweaks for Your Firefox Status Bar!

8 Ways to Open Text as a Link

Turn Text to Links in Firefox One of those pesky things that bug me is when somebody writes a link in that I want to click, but there is no HTML code included to make it into a click-able link.  Thankfully several add-ons for Firefox have figured out how to turn URLs and e-mail addresses not marked up as a link into things I can click on.

There are eight add-ons for Firefox that do this job very well.  The only problem is that there is not that much difference between them.

Know of a number nine I might have missed?  I wouldn’t be surprised.  This seems like a very popular idea to do for a Firefox extension for some reason.  Since today is my birthday, just consider these eight gems your present from me.

Gallery of Firefox Toolbar Customizations

Well, I put out the request to one and all to see what you have done to customize Firefox, and I got tons of responses.  It is always interesting to see how others are using Firefox to fit their needs – and how creative people get when it comes to moving around the basic toolbars and general interface of the browser.

Here are the best of the bunch!  Thanks to everybody who submitted!

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Quickly Access All the Other Browsers from Firefox

943948800 What are you to do when you need to switch to another internet browser in a hurry?  Sure we all love Firefox, but some of us use maybe two or three other browsers for the Web too.  How can you quickly leap into Safari, Opera, Chrome or even Internet Explorer from Firefox?  Very easily.

1221148333 Open Links in Chrome – As the new kid on the block, it took some hunting to find a good way to switch to Chrome in a hurry.  The Chrome View add-on for Firefox is what you need.  This extension lets you open the page your currently viewing in Firefox, via Google’s new Chrome browser.

ie_logo Open Links in Internet Explorer – Switching from Firefox to Internet Explorer is something we have been doing for some time now.  There are two great add-ons that allow you to do this.  The first is IE View.  This extension gives you the ability to open any page you have open in Firefox, in Internet Explorer.  An even better alternative though is IE Tab.  IE Tab will embed Internet Explorer inside of your Firefox tab, so you don’t really even have to switch browsers.

opera_logo Open Links in Opera – Ah, yes Opera.  The girl at the dance with all the features that nobody uses.  Just in case you might want to hop over to Opera usage for a while, there is OperaView.  This too will give you a new context menu item that will let you open the target link in Opera.  Great for web developers or people who just like to be “different”.  (don’t worry, we won’t tell anybody)

safari_logo Open Links in Safari – Lastly, the new pretty boy on the block (at least for Windows users) before Chrome took the spot, Safari switching can be done with an add-on too.  Safari View (mac) and Safari View (win) get you from Firefox to Apple’s browsing delight very quickly.

Stylish about:blank Replacements for Firefox

Tired of looking at an empty screen when you load your new tab up?  Well, thanks to the Stylish extension and a few creative people, you can make the about:blank page a little better looking.

First step would be to install the Stylish add-on for Firefox.  Once you have done that, click on one of the links bellow and add it to your own Firefox installation.

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For more about:blank replacements, be sure to check out UserStyles.org.

Darkest Popular Themes for Firefox 3

Browsing through some of the most popular themes out there, the dark themes always seem to hold the top spots.  So which dark themes out there are the most popular?  Here are the top ten choices people have been making.

+ Check Out the Lightest Popular Themes for Firefox 3 too!

Aero Fox – All black and blue, kind of like how I ended up after the last Internet Explorer 7 fan club meeting I attended.

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NASA Night Launch – Want to shoot off to the stars?  Well you might not be able to go to space yourself, but why should you?  Bring space to you!

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Aquatint Black Gloss – Another shinny black and blue theme with icons so glossy I can see myself in them.

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