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Setup a “Temp” Bookmark Folder

You browse those articles, web sites and Web 2.0 masterpieces, give them a quick look over and say to yourself, “I should really comeback here later” because you know your suppose to Christmas shopping – not browsing through interesting pages.

Quick Place to Store Pages for Later! 

If you have been in these situational shoes before, I have a quick fix that will let you get back to work. No extensions are needed and only a little browsing habit needs to be changed.

temp. place for your bookmarks1. Right-click on your bookmarks toolbar and create a “New Folder”.

2. Name that folder “Temp”

3. Next time you find yourself looking at something you want to give a little more time to at a later date and time, drag the favicon “or page icon” in the address bar to this new “temp” folder and get back to doing what you need to be doing.

This is one of my little browser tweaks that I have been doing for years and years. It makes it really easy to save stuff you want to read through at a later date and time and once you have, you can delete it or move it to another one of your bookmark folders.

Fancy Numbered Tabs

Numbered Tabs in FirefoxNow here is a new tab extension that got overlooked the other day with our roundup of the best of the best tab tweaks. Fancy Numbered Tabs lets you replace the red X that you see on your tabs (for closing) with numbers.

Now, why numbers? Well – and old keyboard shortcut guru once told me many moons ago that if you hit the Ctrl key plus one of the numbers on your keyboard you can quickly surf between the tabs you might have open.

If you like the shortcut, but hate remembering how to execute it the Fancy Numbered Tabs extension is an addon that can’t be missed.

This puts a prettier interface on that same idea so that you don’t have to sit and count up the tabs before you use the shortcut. I mean – come on, if you have to count up the tabs, then try to think of the keyboard shortcut then do it your not really saving time.

Keep That Tab Open – PermaTabs

I’ve touched on the PermaTabs extension before, but I think I failed at passing the message that this is a very excellent tool as far as getting the important things seen through the day.

PermaTabsFrom sun up to sun down, I keep Firefox open pretty much all the time – and I always have one or two web sites I want to keep open. PermaTabs does the best job at doing that for me – even if I have to restart Firefox from time to time. (yes, it does happen!)

If you haven’t picked up on it already this extension adds the ability to turn tabs of your choice into permanent tabs. PermaTabs can’t be closed accidentally (even when closing multiple tabs at once), and will stick around between sessions. No more lost link syndrome!

Want to save that link, but you need to restart the browser real quick? Just set it as a permanent tab for a few and when you come back it will still be there – waiting for you and your eventual return.

Tab Cloning in Firefox

Duplicate TabCloning is not a thing of just science fiction stories, it is happening right here – right now.

Ok, so maybe I haven’t had a full cup of coffee yet, but all will make sense soon. Often I wish there was an easy way to copy a tab over without having to do a dance with my mouse to make it so in Firefox.

The Duplicate Tab extension takes care of that problem for me. Duplicate Tab allows you to clone a tab along with its history. You can learn more about this extension at the official site for it – or just take your browser to the Mozilla Addons web site where you can download it and use it right now.

PicLens – Full Screen Photo Browsing

PicLensNeed a new way to view your photos? The folks behind the PicLens extension for Firefox hopes that you do. With this extension you can turn Firefox into a full screen picture browser.

Here are some of the currently supported web sites: Flickr, Facebook, Google Images, Yahoo Images, Friendster, Picasa Web Albums, and more!

Here is a little more about the extension from the developers:

the plug-in provides an immersive full-screen experience for viewing photos on the Web. PicLens Beta 1.5 can be used on Flickr, Facebook, and image search results from Google and Yahoo, and any page that supports Media RSS. To use the software, move your mouse over an image and click the PicLens button that fades in.

I have to say it will be interesting to watch PicLens (pun fully intended there) to see where it goes from here on out.

Firefox Keyboard Shortcuts to Remember

Keyboard ShortcutsThere are a handful of keyboard shortcuts I always use with Firefox. Maybe I’m just becoming lazier as I get older, before Firefox it doesn’t seem like I ever used keyboard combinations to make my way around a program that often.

I could toss in something there about how Firefox has made me a better person, but that might be going a little overboard. Here are a few keyboard shortcuts that I use on a daily basis.

Ctrl + Shift + T – Use this to pull up a tab that you might have closed by mistake. I always hate closing the wrong tab when I am cleaning up Firefox after doing some heavy duty browsing. This shortcut is a life saver for me in that regard.

Ctrl + T – Use this keyboard combo to open up a new tab. I used to have an icon on the toolbar to do this. That just takes way too much time though. It is much easier for me to hit Ctrl and T to get the new tab I need.

Space Bar – Get to scrolling down the Web page a little faster by hitting the space bar key. No big secret to this one – but it is helpful.

Ctrl + B – Pull your bookmarks up in the sidebar with this wonderful keyboard combo. Helpful for finding that one bookmark that is buried three or four folders deep.

Have any other keyboard combos you think everybody should use?

Firefox on Mac Feedback

I have noticed a comment or two here and a post or two somewhere else that Firefox seems to give Mac users some trouble. Now in the future, it has been promised that things should get better (by the time Firefox 3 rolls out) but some do not want to wait. If you feel like you have a good opinion to share about the Apple/Firefox experience, I have a place where you can go sound off.

+ Post Your Mac-related Firefox Feedback!

Now this is no official means of support, but if I know the Firefox crew they will love to hear the feedback no matter where it is posted or how it gets to them.

Hide Your Menu Bar

Now when it comes to using a browser, some people like a lot of open space and others like to have a plethora of tool bars. Personally I find myself in the first camp – most of the time. That is why I was happy to see this new Hide Menubar extension roll my way.

Hide MenubarNow with a name like that, I bet you can’t guess what it does. If you said, “downloads kewl wallpaper” I’m afraid you have not won. This extension allows for you to easily hide the menu bar inside of Firefox. This gives you more room to browse the Web. You can always bring it back though, just by hitting the ALT key to show it temporarily.

+ Download and Install the Hide Menubar Extension for Firefox!

Smart Bookmarks Bar

I have been using just favicons in my bookmarks bar for a while now. I find it a lot easier to manage where I am going – plus it cuts down on toolbar clutter (we all hate that). If you want an easy way to get your bookmarking habits moved over you might pick up the Smart Bookmarks Bar extension fore Firefox.

Smart Bookmarks Bar extension comes right here by hiding bookmarks names and only showing icons. Bookmark name will be displayed on mouse over. (this feature can be deactivated if you just want icons without the rollover effect)

+ Download and Install the Smart Bookmarks Bar Extension for Firefox!