Increase or Decrease Your Font Size

Is that tiny print really getting to you? Well, if you need to get a bigger view of a Web site it is easy to do.

hold the ctrl key while scrolling up or down. scrolling up increases the font size, scrolling down decreases the font size. you can also hold the ctrl key and then hit “+” key for a bigger font size and “-” key for a smaller one.

Now depending on how the Web site is coded, this may or may not work. I would say though from personal experience, it works around ninety percent of the time.

Check for Changes

With some Web sites out there, if you wanted to know when it was updated, you would subscribe to the RSS feed they put out, right? Well, with some Web sites out there, they still have no RSS or any other syndication method to be seen. You need something that watches the Web site in question for changes, and lets you know about it.

[Learn More About Check4Change!]

AllPeers Still Around

Remember AllPeers? This is the problem with staying in a private beta too long. People forget what you are or what you are trying to do. I remember getting really excited about this when the news first broke. How do I feel now? Well, some of the excitement has left me – but I’d love to check it out.

UK/Prague-based AllPeers is a Firefox extension that will allow for group P2P file sharing using the browser. A persistent buddy list in a sidebar is created. Files can be shared with those buddies by dragging a file, folder or URL into their name. It’s just as easy to share the file with multiple people. The core technology is based on bittorent.

+ Check Out Finally (Almost): AllPeers at TechCrunch!

Firefox Numbers Go Up

Now I could see why somebody should be excited about a leap of five or ten percent. I just don’t see why people find it necessary to mention every single time Firefox’s market share goes up or down a point. Found this little ‘bit of news via Download Squad.

While Firefox’s market share reached 15 percent in the US last month, eWeek is reporting that it’s hit 13.71 percent world wide. However, the browser’s spread has been hindered by recently publicized security flaws and lingering incompatibility issues, especially in the corporate sector.

This has been your non-news news post of the day.

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.

+ Check out all the Problematic Firefox extensions!

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.

[Learn More About DownloadHelper!]