Optimizing Firefox

The folks over at Download.com have a good guide when it comes to optimizing performance in the Firefox browser. Some of the recommendations are common sense, such as clearing out your downloads. Others might be something you haven’t thought of before, such as deleting extensions you don’t use too often. If your browser seems to be lagging a little here lately, then this guide is worth a look.

[Get Firefox Up to Speed Again!]

Duplicate Tabs

Tag cloning doesn’t sound like it would be too much fun. Sometimes you do need to have two tabs open showing the same Web site. You could launch the Web site twice. You could navigate to the Web site twice. Why do all that work? All you need to do is get Duplicate Tabs.

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Firefox Extension Packs

Thanks to the Firefox extension, Mass Installer, you never have to worry about downloading all your favorite extensions again when doing a clean install of everybody’s favorite browser. The only work you have to do is collect the links to all of your favorite extensions (i.e. to the XPIs) and put them in a text file (one URL per line). Be sure to check out some of the “extension packs” that the folks at Lifehacker put together as well.

[Read More About Mass Extension Installing!]

RSS Ticker

Ever wanted an extension that would turn your Firefox installation into a news room interface? Love them or hate them, tickers on some of the big news stations can be pretty helpful. If nothing else, it gives you something to read. Now lets bring that ticker to the browser and toss RSS into the mix. RSS Ticker scrolls your live bookmarks (also known as news feeds/RSS feeds) across your browser, a la a cable-news style ticker.

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BBCodeXtra

There are millions of different forums out there. I am sure you might belong to one or two of them. Have you ever noticed they use funny code when it comes to adding bold text or links to a post? Well now with this Firefox extension, posting on forums will become a little more user friendly.

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Image Assistant

Looking at pictures and graphics through our browsers is one of the small joys in life that many of us take for granted. There are other ways of viewing those graphics, and you don’t have to keep them in the browser to do so. Image Assistant helps you bring those pictures into another program.

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Submit Your Firefox Tips, Tricks and Links

Find something interesting on or about Firefox today? I’m always looking for more submissions. If you fit into that category, send them in to me! You can send me the basic information, or do a full write up like you see here on the Web site. I’ll pick the best, and get them posted as soon as possible. Also, if you do a longer entry (one or two full paragraphs) be sure to leave your name and a link, so I can give you the proper credit.

[Submit Your Firefox Tips, Tricks and Links!]

LinkChecker

I just launched a new Web site not too long ago. One of the annoyances of setting up a new Web site is checking all the links to make sure they all go somewhere. This Firefox extension takes all that hard work out of the equation. LinkChecker does just what the name implies; it checks links.

[Learn More About LinkChecker!]

Optool – Fast Browser Switching

For those folks out there that are looking for another way to flip between browsers, I introduce you to Optool. I found this tool via Chris, and I do have to say for coming in such a small package (112 KB to be exact) it packs a lot of punch. You can switch between Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera by default.

You can plug your own browser into the mix, if it isn’t one of the big three. It is yet another good way to do a little quick browser switching.