Close a Tab in Firefox

Want to quickly close a tab in everybody’s favorite browser? You could move your mouse all the way up to the tab bar and then right-click and then select “Close Tab”. If you in a hurry though, here is a method of getting it done that is a little faster.

move up to the tab in question, then middle click (or ctrl + left click) it.

Now you don’t have to worry about that person about to come in the room and find out you were reading about midgets.

The Best Greasemonkey Scripts

Here are some of the best user scripts that you can use with Greasemonkey. If you are new to using the Firefox Greasemonkey extension, this is a great place to get started looking for scripts to help you get more out of the World Wide Web we live in.

Greasemonkey Help New to Greasemonkey? Be sure to check out the Beginner’s Guide to Greasemonkey!

Greased Lightbox – Greased Lightbox is a Greasemonkey user script designed to enhance browsing on websites that link to images such as Google Image Search, Flickr, Gmail, and Facebook.

GoogleAutoPager – Add autoloading for next page to Google search result. DblClick to enable/disable it.

Toggle Recent Comments in Flickr Photostream – It can show your recent photo comments without going to an inner page.

Google Suggest – Adds Google Suggest dropdown to normal Google searches

GoogleX – MacOS X dock-like google home page.

Flickr Rich Edit – Add limited rich editing capabilities (italic, bold, blockquote, link) to any input textarea in Flickr where you can use HTML.

Wikipedia animate – Animate the history of changes in a Wikipedia article. Provides a timeline slider, highlights changes. Very powerful.

del.icio.us Prettifier – A modified version of Gina Trapani’€™s del.icio.us Prettifier.

Smooth scroll – When clicking a link in a page that moves focus to another part of the same page, this script will make the page scroll, rather than just snap into view. This gives a somewhat better perception of how the in-page links have moved you in the document.

Currency Convertion – Convert any currencies on the sites you visit into your prefered currency. Great for Ebay and Amazon but works everywhere.

Popup Alt – The Alt attribute is displayed same as the Title attribute.

delicious_blank – Adds a target _blank to links so that they can open in a new tab

fav.icio.us2 – The fav.icio.us hack adds the favicon of a site next to it’s bookmark on del.icio.us.

del.icio.us mp3 – This script adds the new del.icio.us flash mp3-player to every mp3 file.

Last Updated Oct 5, 2007Removed spam and dead links. Have a suggestion for the list? Drop me an e-mail at mitch@mitchkeeler.com!

Not So Perfect Extensions

Every so often, Firefox extensions go bad. Now they don’t start to live a life of crime – but they do tend to get a little buggy. The folks over at Mozillazine.org have a list of problematic Firefox extensions, and what you can do if you run into the same problem with those extensions.

This article lists known extensions that cause unwanted side effects in Firefox or in other extensions and plugins, along with recommended workarounds. For other issues related to specific Firefox plugins, see the linked article.

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Opening Bookmarks in a New Tab

Need to open your favorite bookmark in a new tab? This comes in handy when you need to navigate through two Web pages at once. Here is how you can get that done.

middle-click (or ctrl + left click) on the bookmark

Now the only thing left for you to do is bookmark FirefoxFacts.com!

DownloadHelper

The Web is a fabulous thing. You can gather a number of images, sounds and videos in a matter of seconds. The only problem is that there is no quick and easy way of getting this done. Saving a number of galleries is always a pain in the rear. Well, that was the case till I found the DownloadHelper Firefox extension.

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Single Click Image Search

Need to search for an image in a hurry? The Search Images With a Single Click Firefox extension allows you to do just that. No more typing in the URL, or going to Google then clicking on the “Images” link. All you need to do is highlight the term that you wish to search for and click “Search Images”. It automatically takes you to Google’s Image search.

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Mozilla Labs

It looks like Mozilla Labs now has it’s own blog. I am pretty excited to see what comes of this in the future. Here is just a little sample of what was said in post number one.

This web log presents updates from the new Mozilla Corporation effort, Mozilla Labs. Labs is a place for “exploring the future of the web experience”. The discussion around Labs started with the informed musing of Mitchell Baker, Chief Lizard Wrangler, and the need for prototypes in the Mozilla product development process.

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Switch to Firefox!

Need a few good reasons to switch your browser of choice? Well thanks to Switch2Firefox.com you now have a good step by step resource on how to do so.

More people are interested in switching from IE to Alternative Browsers than ever before. See why they made the change and how easy it was. Discover the 101 features that Mozilla offers over IE 6.0. Learn all the great ways browsing the web with Firefox can give you a better digital life. And understand how firefox can make your life easier and your possibilities endless.

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