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Quickly Access All the Other Browsers from Firefox

943948800 What are you to do when you need to switch to another internet browser in a hurry?  Sure we all love Firefox, but some of us use maybe two or three other browsers for the Web too.  How can you quickly leap into Safari, Opera, Chrome or even Internet Explorer from Firefox?  Very easily.

1221148333 Open Links in Chrome – As the new kid on the block, it took some hunting to find a good way to switch to Chrome in a hurry.  The Chrome View add-on for Firefox is what you need.  This extension lets you open the page your currently viewing in Firefox, via Google’s new Chrome browser.

ie_logo Open Links in Internet Explorer – Switching from Firefox to Internet Explorer is something we have been doing for some time now.  There are two great add-ons that allow you to do this.  The first is IE View.  This extension gives you the ability to open any page you have open in Firefox, in Internet Explorer.  An even better alternative though is IE Tab.  IE Tab will embed Internet Explorer inside of your Firefox tab, so you don’t really even have to switch browsers.

opera_logo Open Links in Opera – Ah, yes Opera.  The girl at the dance with all the features that nobody uses.  Just in case you might want to hop over to Opera usage for a while, there is OperaView.  This too will give you a new context menu item that will let you open the target link in Opera.  Great for web developers or people who just like to be “different”.  (don’t worry, we won’t tell anybody)

safari_logo Open Links in Safari – Lastly, the new pretty boy on the block (at least for Windows users) before Chrome took the spot, Safari switching can be done with an add-on too.  Safari View (mac) and Safari View (win) get you from Firefox to Apple’s browsing delight very quickly.

Google Chrome Themes for Firefox

Want to dress Firefox up to look like Google Chrome? 

It is ok to look at other browser’s themes from time to time.  That doesn’t mean your a cheater, it just means you like looking at new things every once in a while.  Chromiefox is a coat of “chrome” for Firefox.  Available for Windows, Linux and Mac OSX, this theme will bring you the look and feel of Chrome without having to switch browsers to get your fix.

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Here are the other flavors of Chromiefox to check out, based on the OS you use:

Chromiefox for Windows Chromiefox for Linux Chromiefox for OSX

As a word of warning, the author of the theme does say there are some compatibility issues with some third party add-ons.  So that maybe something to keep in mind. 

chrome-icon  What about having your tabs on the very top of the browser like Google Chrome?  You can get this desired effect via Userstyles.org (must also have the Stylish add-on installed).  To pick up the experimental hack, go visit:  http://userstyles.org/styles/10470 .

Firefox’s New JavaScript Engine Faster than Chrome’s V8

Yes, it is true because big graphs never lie…

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Why debate it, when you have a really big pretty graph to look at?  Here is some more on the topic from arstechnica.com.

One of the most impressive features in Google’s open source Chrome web browser is V8, a high-performance JavaScript virtual machine that was developed by a team of specialists in Denmark. Although Chrome’s performance beats the current stable version of Firefox, benchmarks show that Mozilla’s next-generation JavaScript engine actually outperforms V8.

So is the new browser speed war going to be between Firefox and Chrome? 

Chrome Who? Get Chrome’s Best Features in Firefox!

The team at Lifehacker have posted a great list of extensions you can use to enable some of Google Chrome’s best features inside of Firefox.

The internet is atwitter with Google Chrome’s innovative new features, but there was no clear winner in our speed test comparing Firefox and Chrome—which means your choice of browser may depend solely on features. Apart from a few specific issues (namely process management), many of Chrome’s best features are already available in Firefox 3, proving yet again the power of extensibility. From incognito browsing and the streamlined download manager to URL highlighting and improved search, let’s take a look at how you can bring some of Google Chrome’s best features to Firefox.

Here is a simple rundown of the tools mentioned:

Check out Enable Chrome’s Best Features in Firefox via Lifehacker.

Open Bookmark Manager in Your Browser Window

bookmark-library-chrome-url

Need to access the Firefox 3 Library function without clicking on Bookmarks, then Organize Bookmarks?  You could always go with the keyboard combination Ctrl+Shift+B.  Want an easier one? Try typing this in your address bar:

chrome://browser/content/places/places.xul

This will open up your Firefox 3 Library inside of your main browsing window.  Now you can have a little more screen real estate to edit and manage your favorite links.  Bookmark it and get this "big view" at your fingertips anytime you need it with just the click of a bookmark.

Here Come the Firefox 3 Chrome Hacks

Firefox 3 Chrome Edits Well it was just a matter of time before a few of these started to roll out. While checking out a post over at Foxiewire, I found at least my first page of them. Eric Wendelin has posted a few chrome tweaks you can make to the browser. Just edit your UserChrome.css and insert his code inside for these awesome effects:

  • Specify the max height for the Auto-complete list
  • Remove splitter between the URL and Search bars to save space
  • Changed from #bookmarks-menu in FF2
  • Remove the Bookmark star, I use Ctrl-D instead
  • Remove the URL bar Go button
  • Style the new auto-complete list
  • Make the active tab wider (when you have a few tabs open)

Grab them all on his blog post, and be sure to tell him thanks too. For more Firefox 3 chrome hacking fun, if you have the Stylish extension you might grab a few of these tweaks and changes.

+ Check Out FirefoxFacts.com’s Firefox 3 Section for More!

Shrink Your Toolbar Area

Want to have more room for browsing, and less for all those extensions and toolbars you have been installing for Firefox? Here is a good start at getting your browser a little neater.

You’re a power web surfer, so of course you use Firefox. But while the Firefox team has done a great job of creating an interface that accommodates most web surfers, you’re not most surfers. There are bunch of unnecessary buttons, menus and doodads in the Firefox control area (the “chrome”) that you don’t need, taking up space you could be using to see and do more with your web pages and tabs.

+ Read More About Consolidating Firefox’s Chrome!