Want to clean up the mess that an extension leaves behind after it has been uninstalled? eCleaner is the add-on you need to download and install into Firefox. This add-on can be used to clear all those preferences left by extensions after uninstallation, all those garbage which some developers do not care on clearing themselves on their add-ons and which later or sooner will make Firefox to load slower.
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I have taken a look at Qute and Qute like theme before – but this is the first time I have looked at Qute for any Firefox after version 3.6 or so (yes, I find the version numbers a little silly myself now). My thoughts aside, Qute4++ is definitely worth trying out if you are using the latest version of the Firefox browser.
Clearing your Firefox history is a pretty easy thing to do, but just in case you have not ever done it – here is a quick crash course on how you can get this done. Why would you want to make sure you clear your browser history? Well, it comes in handy to make sure you are seeing the most recent version of any webpage you frequently visit. Also, having too much information saved in the browser can slow it down.
Think that the add-on manager in Firefox looks a little busy? Maybe there is a little too much wasted space there for your liking? No matter what the reason is, I have an extension for you to try out that will give you a much more minimalistic add-on manager interface.
When you name your add-on for Firefox Incredible Bookmarks, you know you are setting the bar pretty high, right from the introduction. Pitched to users as the greatest add-on suite for bookmark lovers, Incredible Bookmarks for Firefox does impress.
The features to love here are plentiful. You can dynamically, show bookmarks by using folder and search terms. Highlight the bookmarks in any color you would like, sort the bookmarks by name, visit time, last visited and most visited, and a lot more.
Did you know you can tidy Firefox up, with VACUUM? No, I do not mean that thing you use to clean your carpets. Here is a way to VACUUM your places database from within the browser.
Here are the steps you need to take:
1. Open the Firefox tools menu and click on error console.
2. Paste the following command into the code box as a single line:
3. Hit the “Enter” key or click the evaluate button.
The user interface will freeze for a moment, but after you are done, your SQLite databases should be less fragmented than before, leading to a leaner and meaner Firefox browsing experience.
Thanks goes to Mozilla developer Jeremy Orem for this fantastic tip!
Bonus – Vacuum Places Improved is an add-on that will do this for you automatically.
I usually don’t have a lot of clutter in my browser, but my search engine collection had gotten a little crazy, till I cleaned it out yesterday. Right now, I have it down to five – because I really didn’t need the 15 I had, because I hadn’t used ten or eleven of them in months or years.
How can you remove your unused search engines? Click on the Firefox search box, and then go down and select the Manage Search Engines… option. Now, on the Manage Search Engine List you can move up, move down or remove search engines you don’t use anymore.
Just because you CAN add 200 or more search engines doesn’t mean you should. This is just one more quick way you can lighten the load on your favorite browser.
A clean browser is a happy browser, right? I like to keep everything neat, trim and in it’s place when browsing the Web, so it should come to no surprise I have covered cleaning the clutter here plenty of times. Here are six different ways you can clean up some of the feature in Firefox that tend to get a little messy over the years:
I think I have a pretty optimized Firefox setup. Personally I don’t think anybody needs more than two toolbars in Firefox at all times. How can you cut down on the clutter and keep everything accessible with just a few clicks here and there?
From the creator of Colorful Tabs, we have yet another handy and helpful Firefox extension. FfChrome, for Firefox, is an add-on that trims and slims your context menus. After installing too many add-ons, your right click menu might get a little cluttered. FfChrome is here to clean things up.
Messy status bars make for bad browsing. Ok, maybe that is not true. They do make for a temperamental and somewhat anal Firefox guru though. Mike wants to know if there is a better way to organize the status bar in Firefox.
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.
One add-on I keep adding on is Tiny Menu, due to the fact that I like to have a minimalist browsing experience. However, I have found one extension that does an even better job than Tiny Menu at compacting the standard menu bar down to one small popup menu, Compact Menu 2.
Is your menu bar taking up too much wasted space? Well you could hide it, shrink it, or just not use it. How can you get that done? Thankfully others have run into this same issue before and there are a slew of Firefox extensions to help you minimize your Firefox menus.
Have another method that works better for you? Feel free to share in the comments!
Light is a word of many meanings. It could be the lightest in color or the lightest in its impact on the interface of your browser. I have done my best to find the lightest popular Firefox 3 themes that would fit into either dictionary definition.
Whitehart – I never did use this theme until I was looking for a simple one for my Kubuntu install of Firefox on my laptop. Haven’t looked back since! Very sleek, light and simple.
Chromiefox – Now I am not usually a big fan of the knock-off themes, but I do have to say the Google Chrome interface is pretty nice. Bring it to Firefox with this download.
Qute – An old one, but still a good one. Qute is simple and unobtrusive with clear, colorful icons.
Aero Silver Fox – Silver counts as a light color, right? Just like it’s cousin on our darkest popular themes list (Aero Fox) this theme deserves a spot too.
iFox Graphite – When coming up with this list, I made myself a promise before I started – only include one Mac-looking theme. All Apple inspired themes are light, so here is the one I picked.
Full Flat – This may be the lightest and simplest theme out there for Firefox today. Full Flat keeps it simple, but if you enjoy minimalistic and flat browsing, here you go.
hmmXP – Based on the hmmXP theme for Windows by Fugacious, hmmXP for Firefox 3 uses simple, flat and small icons, and does away with gradients and rounded corners.
iPox – There is no doubt that iPox is an easy on the eyes, white and blue theme for Firefox. One of the best examples of creativity and originality by far.
Naver – If you can use green and make a simple theme, you are my new best friend. A new theme on the block, Naver ads just a hint of color and then keeps the rest pretty simple.
Which theme from the light side is your favorite? Why do we love or hate the lighter themes out there today? Let me know what you think. Also don’t forget to check out the darkest popular themes for Firefox too.
Running out of room in your bookmarks toolbar? You could do some spring cleaning – but winter is quickly coming upon us. Next idea? Well the Smart Bookmarks Bar add-on for Firefox promises to simplify your cluttered bookmark rat’s nest.
It shrinks your bookmarks down to only the favicons. So what? Well, the magic happens when you hover over one of the bookmarks. Bookmark names will be displayed when you mouse over them. Pretty nifty, right?
You can pick up the Smart Bookmarks Bar on the Firefox Add-ons web site.
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