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How to Access Your Sync Account

Access Sync in FirefoxAre you using Firefox’s built in Sync feature? This great addition to the Firefox browser will keep your addons, bookmarks, passwords, preferences, history and tabs in sync between multiple computers or machines.  However, once you get it set up – it can be hard to find out where you need to go to access it or change your settings.

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Bookmarklet Access to WordPress Admin Controls

Quickly Access WordPress Admin

If you use WordPress to run your website, you probably jump in and out of the administrator side of the blogging tool a lot.  I know I do.  So, with that said, finding a tool that makes jumping into the admin menus of WordPress is a real time saver for me.  That is where the WordPress Admin Toolbar comes into our picture today.  With a single click you can go to anywhere within your WordPress administration interface and not even break a sweat.

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Open Your Homepage on New Tabs

New Tab Homepage

New Tab Homepage is a very simple and lightweight add-on for Firefox.  When you open a new tab in Firefox, it will open your default homepage – rather than an empty tab. While I am using Firefox, I frequently go back to my homepage to check my mail or the latest updates in my RSS reader – so this extension seems like a very obvious evolution of the opening a new tab process.

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Foxmarks Gets the Bookmark Syncing Right

It took me a long time to give Foxmarks a second shot.  All I remember from the first time around I used it was I didn’t like it.  Seems as if it bugged me a lot or didn’t want to work.

Having given it a round two now, I am happy to say I have done so.

After the death of Google Browser Sync, I was looking for a new way to keep my bookmarks on my desktop and my bookmarks on my laptop the same.  Foxmarks does the trick with what they call Seamless Sync.  I have not had to mess with it once since I installed it. It just works.

With a service or extension like this I’d like to pretend it isn’t even there, and Foxmarks makes it very easy to do just that.  Some of the other nice features of Foxmarks are:

  • Easy Backup & Restore
  • Web Access to your Saved Links
  • Mobile Access
  • Share Bookmarks with Friends
  • Import & Export Your Saved Links

I am delighted to say that Foxmarks has earned a spot on my hall of fame add-ons list for being one heck of a nice addition to Firefox.  If your looking to keep your bookmarks synced up, there is no better solution out there right now.

Bookmarklets and Link Helpers

Thanks to some of the best bookmarklets out there on the Web, I feel like I have become a more organized and productive person. With the new year heading in, I figured this might be a good time to remind you to clean out the junk in your Firefox links bar and add some new things that might also help you become a better browser via your browser.

bookmark.png Toolbar-less StumbleUpon
I love StumbleUpon as much as the next guy, but the toolbar they provide is quickly becoming cluttered with stuff I don’t really care about viewing.

bookmark.png Gmail This!
If you find yourself as a user of Gmail sending a lot of stuff back and forth to friends, this is a bookmarklet that is as handy as any extension out there. Get a pop up window with an e-mail ready to go with the link of the web site you are on. You could use it right now to send this article over to Bob down the street. Go ahead and do it, I promise he won’t mind.

bookmark.png ShareThis
This service makes it super easy to get to sharing just about anything at just about all the biggest bookmarking and social link sharing web sites out there. Digg, delicious, and more. Continue Reading →

Dictionary Tooltip

Need quick and easy access to a dictionary? Now I might not be the world’s best smeller speller, but with a tool like this I can at least pretend I am. The Dictionary Tooltip extension gives you right-click access to your own personal dictionary. Here are a few more details about how it works.

Dictionary Tooltip

Press ctrl+shift+D (or) double-click (or) right-click after selecting a word to see its meaning. This extension is ideal for those who doesn’t like to switch their window to see the meaning of a word.

Want to look up what a word means? Dictionaries are really good tools to do just that. I tried asking a chicken once… but it never gave me an answer. The real question here is, does this extension lay eggs?

+ Download and Install the Dictionary Tooltip Extension for Firefox!

Merge MySpace and Firefox

Do you want to bring together the best of MySpace and Firefox? Sure Firefox is sleek and nice and MySpace is about as pretty as that Hungarian transfer student that wanted to take you to your prom. That doesn’t mean they can not get along though. The best tool to gain access to MySpace that I have ever found is the unofficial MySpace Toolbar.

Automatically login to Myspace, instantly access your messages, view hidden comments, create styled comments/bulletins and more with this intuitive and customizable toolbar!

One new feature they have added is notifications when important things happen. You know, like when that friend of yours posts the 101 reasons why you shouldn’t use your toes to pick your nose.. or something to that effect.

+ Download and Install the Unofficial MySpace Toolbar for Firefox!

Google Utilities

Do you want a Firefox extension that gives you quick and easy access to all of Google’s services? When you look at things like Google’s word processor and RSS reader, you begin to think of these things as applications more than Web sites. The GUtil! Extension treats them as an extended arm of the browser.

After you install this extension it adds a new menu item just for Google and all the products they have out in the market today.

If you are a big Google fan, this could be the best way for you to get into each service you know and love. Horrible name for an extension, but it does get the job done.

+ Download and Install the GUtil! Extension for Firefox!

Access Firefox

Here is something we probably do not give much thought to every single day. How can we make browsing better for the disabled? Well, thanks to a Firefox Facts reader I have found a great resource for making Firefox a little more accessible to those folks.

The Access Firefox Project was created to showcase some of the accessibility tools and features that are available for the free Firefox Web Browser, and to provide Firefox accessibility information and resources. Firefox has a great number of built in accessibility options and there are many free add-ons that greatly enhance the Firefox user’s experience.

Check Out AccessFirefox.com!