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25 More Tweaks for Your Firefox Status Bar

status-bar-tweaks2 Seems like a few people thought I forgot a few favorite extensions with the 25 Tweaks for Your Firefox Status Bar.  So, I thought why not revisit the idea and toss in some of the suggestions I received from all of you.

Flagfox – displays a country flag depicting the location of the current web site’s server

PingPong – start up a game of pong, anytime you feel the urge

FoxyMeter – how far have you surfed?

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GA? – Is Google Analytics Installed – checks to see if Google Analytics is installed on any given page

Cookie Monster – gives you easy access to how cookies are used in your browser

Linkification – converts text links into genuine, clickable links (get more here)

infoRSS – displays RSS, Atom, parsed HTML and NNTP feed in a scrolling area in the status bar

Server Spy – indicates what brand of HTTP server (e.g. Apache, IIS, etc.) runs on the visited sites

Status-bar Scientific Calculator – a calculator that is very scientific!

Html Validator – adds HTML validation inside Firefox

Browse Images – browses all linked images of a page one after another or at once

QuickZoom – adds two icons to the Firefox/Thunderbird status bar which enable quick access to the “Enlarge Text Size” (Ctrl++) and “Reduce Text Size” (Ctrl+-) menu commands

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MoneyQuake – displays your real-time earning statistics

whos.amung.us Users Online Counter – shows how many people are currently on your web site in accordance with the whos.amung.us widget

Converter – contextual unit and time zone conversion on any web page

QuickPageZoom – another quick page zoom add-on for the status bar

PhishTank SiteChecker – gives Firefox users a way to bring the community judgment of PhishTank

Forecastfox –  get international weather forecasts from AccuWeather.com, and display it in any toolbar or statusbar

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NoScript – allow active content to run only from sites you trust, and protect yourself against XSS and clickjacking attacks

Download Statusbar – view and manage downloads from a tidy statusbar – without the download window getting in the way of your web browsing

FoxyTunes – lets you control almost any media player and find lyrics, covers, videos, bios and much more with a click right from your browser

Greasemonkey – allows you to customize the way a web page displays using small bits of JavaScript

Stylish – customize the look of the application and of web sites with Stylish, a user styles manager

Gmail Manager – allows you to manage multiple Gmail accounts and receive new mail notifications

Turn it Off? – The last would be to turn the status bar off.  To do so, go to View (in the menu bar) and then click on Status Bar.  Doing so will turn it off.  Repeat the same steps to turn it back on.   So now, after doing 50 tips to tweak your status bar – which did I miss?

Gallery of Firefox Toolbar Customizations

Well, I put out the request to one and all to see what you have done to customize Firefox, and I got tons of responses.  It is always interesting to see how others are using Firefox to fit their needs – and how creative people get when it comes to moving around the basic toolbars and general interface of the browser.

Here are the best of the bunch!  Thanks to everybody who submitted!

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via Twister MC

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via Kaitlin

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via Eren

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Stylish about:blank Replacements for Firefox

Tired of looking at an empty screen when you load your new tab up?  Well, thanks to the Stylish extension and a few creative people, you can make the about:blank page a little better looking.

First step would be to install the Stylish add-on for Firefox.  Once you have done that, click on one of the links bellow and add it to your own Firefox installation.

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For more about:blank replacements, be sure to check out UserStyles.org.

Change Firefox to Any Color You Wish?

AnyColor for Firefox I love the customizations, so after checking this new add-on out I had to share it with one and all.  AnyColor for Firefox is a great new Firefox add-on that allows you to apply preset color to the browser instantly.

Here are a few of the features AnyColor has to offer:

  • Choose your own colors and preview them immediately.
  • Select background images for the top and bottom part of the browser’s main window.
  • Choose one of the built-in appearance presets or create your own.
  • Create “appearance scripts” and change the browser’s appearance using dynamically generated content.

The thing that makes this different than your average theme is that it is customizable and can update the browser’s appearance on the fly; no restart is required.  You can download the add-on on the Firefox add-ons site (login required). 

Change the Browser Icons with Favicon Picker 3

Favicon Picker used to be one of my favorite add-ons for Firefox, mainly because I am a ‘bit of a control freak and I like to be able to customize every single little thing about my browsing experience.  Yes, even down to the favicon image that is saved for my bookmarks.

For those of you unfamiliar with the extension, it adds an interface for replacing bookmark icons.  Just right-click on any bookmark, select “Properties”, then “Browse”. (Folder icons aren’t supported yet).

Here are some of the other features of Favicon Picker 3:

  • It works with popular image formats including jpg, gif, png, bmp, ico and animated gifs!
  • Any image size can be used, as well as the standard 1kb 16×16 pixels
  • You can grab images from a URL.  Click “Browse” and paste in an address like http://www.cnn.com/favicon.ico or if a page has an image you like, right click on it and select “Copy image location”, and paste that in.
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Get to customizing your own bookmark favicons with Favicon Picker 3 today!

Would You Pay for Abstract Firefox Themes?

Found a couple of awesome Firefox 3 themes to share, but first I have a question for you.  Would you pay to have a better looking version of your favorite Firefox theme?  Bodizzle, the creator of the “Abstract” series of Firefox themes hopes so.

Via his web site he is offering better looking versions of these two free themes available for download now:

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Download the Abstract Zune Theme for Firefox!

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Download the Abstract Classic Theme for Firefox!

On the positive side, theme developers do put a lot of hard work into the creations they make for us, so if they want to go to the extra lengths to offer us something even more special for a low price, who does that hurt?  Everybody wants to earn some money.

On the negative side, I wonder what Mozilla would do if the themes page became one big home shopping network for Firefox themes?  Also are there any terms of service that would prevent the legalities of this happening?  Not sure myself, would need a lawyer for that one.

On what side of the fence do you come down on?

Firefox Tab-a-mania!

There is no doubt in anybody’s mind that tabs are a big part of the success of Firefox. So to pay homage to that trait that we all know and love I pulled out some of the most popular tab tips to date that I have posted here on Firefox Facts. Some of them you remember, and some you may have missed.

Here we have 40 A+ tips though that will make your tabs even more terrific!

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Hyperwords – Interact with ANY Text on the Web

The best way I can describe Hyperwords is a way to super charge your searching via your right-click menu in Firefox. Think of being able to select any word on a page and being able to search for images of that word. You could be looking at this article here, select the word “Mozilla” and go to their Wikipedia entry.

There are so many different word interactions and lookups you can do (plus you can add your own) this is really a power tool that ads much to the Firefox experience. Here is a video demo of some of the features that the Hyperwords extension adds:

To learn more, be sure to check out their handy user guide they have posted, as it covers many of the basic questions you might have about it. Hyperwords is quickly becoming one of my favorite Firefox additions.

Undock the Firefox Sidebar

Ez Sidebar in Action! Want to separate the Firefox sidebar window that comes up when you browse your bookmarks or history into it’s own separate window?  We all have plenty of desktop space right?  Why not spread things out a little?  If your desktop space is just itching for another window then you too might want to pick up the Ez Sidebar add-on.

Once installed, you can easily undock and unlock the sidebar in Firefox from the Firefox browser window.  You can then move it around the the position where it might be best for you.  The undocked sidebar can raise on top always, and collapse or expand itself automatically by mousing over it.

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

This provides the “Sidebar” toggle button to the toolbar. It shows/hides the Sidebar on click. And, you can switch the sidebar panels from the dropdown list of the button directly.  This allows to take web pages into sidebar panels directly like Mozilla Seamonkey. They will be listed in the “Sidebar” menu and the list of the “Sidebar” button, same as built-in panels, Bookmarks, History, or others. (Firefox can load bookmarks into the Sidebar, so this feature will be no use for some people.)

If you have been searching for a way to separate your sidebar from your browser, Ez Sidebar will do the trick.