Firefox Showcase

Firefox Showcase is a Firefox add-on that enables you to navigate open tabs as thumbnail views of the actual Web site. It can run as a sidebar or in a special Showcase tab. You can configure it in various ways, view zoomed versions of the thumbnails on mouse over, close or activate a tab by clicking on the thumbnail, and quickly switch between Web pages.

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Firefox 2 Tweaks

I have only seen a handful of Firefox 2 tweak guides, but I have a feeling over time there might be more. One that caught my eye as I was going through my feeds this morning was CyberNet’s Updated Guide On Firefox 2 Tweaks. The folks over at CyberNet have pretty much covered all the well known tweaks as well as a few I had not seen before. If you want to do a little more customization to your Firefox browser, it is worth checking out.

Modify Any Web Site

Modifying the Web is one of those things you always dreamed would happen, but always seems to fall a little short. The Platypus Firefox extension is one of those tools that gives you the ability to modify any Web site from your browser. You can then turn around and save those changes for the next time you visit.

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Remove Firefox 2 Go Button

There is nothing wrong with the Go button and there is nothing wrong with those who like it. Hey, if I had a reason to use it – I would. Thankfully though, I have an enter key, which in turn does pretty much the same thing. Banish the Go button from your installation of Firefox 2!

What do you need to do? Well just type “about:config” and scroll down till you see this:

browser.urlbar.hideGoButton

Then change it from false to true. That’s right, get Firefox your way with just a few clicks.

Correct the Dictionary in Firefox

I have screwed up a number of times and have added words the dictionary that I wanted to correct the spelling of. Is there anyway to make sure this misspelled word doesn’t show up as a word any longer? Yes, you can edit your corrections to the dictionary. Just look here:

Documents and Settings\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\.default\

Now find the file called “persdict.dat”. Open that up in a text editor, delete the words you don’t want in there, and then restart Firefox. You should be good to go.

Navigational Sounds

One thing that I have not missed since moving over to Firefox is all the beeps and bloops Internet Explorer makes while you are navigating through your Web pages. Some people may like getting these dinging sounds though, even if they just make me feel a little dingy. That is where the Navigational Sounds extension comes into play.

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Ubuntu Doesn’t Follow Debian

It seems like the Debian folks aren’t starting any sort of trend when it comes to not using the Firefox name.

While the Debian community has decided that Mozilla’s restrictions on its logo and name are unacceptable for its free software community, Mark Shuttleworth — founder of Ubuntu and its commercial brother Canonical Ltd. — doesn’t see it that way.

To keep a long story short, Ubuntu keeps the Firefox name and logo.

Resizeable Form Fields

The Resizeable Form Fields extension might go down as one of the best Firefox extensions to date. It looks like I am not alone, because Asa Dotzler looks to be like a big fan of it as well.

Over the last couple of years, I’ve posted the various extensions I use in Firefox. I’ve ended up with a few “critical” extensions that I simply cannot do with out. The top extension on my list was called Resizeable Text Area. This extension allows you to grab the corner of a text area and drag it to enlarge the text area like you would do for a window on the desktop.

Well now it works with Firefox 2, so you have no excuse not to pick it up and find out what all the fuss is about.