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Old Add-ons Not Working?

Fix Disable ExtensionsPeople often run into problems when Firefox updates, because some of their favorite add-ons no longer work.  Well, it isn’t exactly that they will not work.  It is the fact that the add-on developer hasn’t updated the add-on to meet the compatibility of the newer version of Firefox. In this article I’ll see what I can do to help you out when it comes to getting them re-enabled.

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How to Get Add-ons for Firefox Mobile

Firefox MobileI have been using Firefox on my Droid X phone for a while now and love it.  Sure, there are a few faults to it – but overall Mozilla has done a great job at developing a mobile phone browser, plain and simple.  One issue I ran into early on though was I didn’t know where to get the special add-ons for the mobile version of the browser.  Some add-ons might work in both the desktop and mobile versions of Firefox, but others do not. 

So, where should you turn to get the Mobile Add-ons for your favorite browser?

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Save Your Facebook Chat History

Browse Facebook Chats

Use the chat feature on Facebook? One thing that it really lacks is a way to keep a history of who you talked to and what was said.  Thankfully though, this add-on – Facebook Chat History Manager – will give you a way to simply browse through your previous Facebook chats.

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Close All Tabs in Firefox

Easy Ways to Close All Firefox Tabs

Sometimes we all go a little tab-happy when it comes to our Internet browsing ways.  You might be browsing around, one lazy Friday afternoon, and before you know it – you have twenty open tabs and then decide, "hey, maybe I should get back to work!".  Well, have no fear, because I can get all your tabs closed in one click or two.

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How to Split Firefox into Multiple Frames

When multiple tabs in your browser are not enough, try splitting your browsing area instead.  Split Browser, an add-on for Firefox, divides up the context area of the browser in many ways.  Want an over the top example?

Split Browser in Action

That might be a little extreme, but it does help to point out that this extension will let you split your browser up however you see fit to do so.

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Easier Way to Clear Your Search Box

Auto-clear Firefox's Search Box

Want to hide what it is you have been looking for?  Not the perfect solution, but perfect for nit-picky peeps is the Clear Search add-on for Firefox.

What does this browser extension do?  It does one job, and it does it really well.  Once installed, it automatically clears the search bar after performing a search. So if you have a nosey roommate or family member, they won’t accidently see you have been searching for the top 10 horror villains of all time.

While this add-on for the browser isn’t enough to prevent somebody who is really nosey from going through your history, and doing a full scale investigation – it does serve the simple task or clearing out your search box after a search very well.  You can pick up the Clear Search extension on the Firefox add-ons web site.

Adding Reverse Image Search to Firefox

TinEye in Action

TinEye claims to be the world’s first reverse image search engine.  Rather than typing in a phrase and looking for a picture, you type in a picture and get other pictures like it – or something like that.  Thanks to the TinEye add-on for Firefox, you can get instant image searching done right from the browser.

Here is a little more about TinEye from it’s developers:

TinEye is the first image search engine on the web to use image identification technology rather than keywords, metadata or watermarks.

When you submit an image to be searched, TinEye creates a unique and compact digital signature or ‘fingerprint’ for it, then compares this fingerprint to every other image in our index to retrieve matches.

TinEye does not typically find similar images; it finds exact matches including those that have been cropped, edited or resized.

Once installed, you can right-click on any image, and select “Search Image on TinEye”.  When you do, you’ll be taken to an TinEye web page, that will display your search results.

It might not be a tool for everybody, but I do find the idea of reverse image searching very interesting and fun to play with.  You can learn more about it at TinEye.com.

Better Custom Google Search in Firefox

Custom Google Search

Are you a big fan of Google’s custom search feature, which allows you to customize your own search engine to fit your needs?  The Custom Google Search add-on for Firefox, in that case, is a perfect companion. 

In a nutshell, this extension for Firefox allows you to create, use and mange your own Google Custom Engines from within the Firefox browser interface. 

Customize Google Custom Searches

You can pick up the Custom Google Search add-on for Firefox on the Firefox Add-ons web site

Most Downloaded Bookmark Add-ons for Firefox

Popular Bookmark Add-ons for Firefox

So which bookmark add-ons for Firefox are downloaded most often?  Here are the top ten most downloaded bookmark extensions for the browser.

    • SmarterFox – Browse faster by speeding up common tasks – faster downloading, searching, visiting favorites, copy & paste, and more.
    • Xmarks (formerly Foxmarks) – Xmarks is the #1 bookmarking add-on. Install it on all your computers to keep your bookmarks and (optionally) passwords backed up and synchronized.
    • Delicious Bookmarks – Delicious Bookmarks is the official Firefox add-on for Delicious, the world’s leading social bookmarking service.
    • StumbleUpon- StumbleUpon discovers web sites based on your interests, learns what you like and brings you more.
    • Speed Dial – Quicker direct access to your most visited web sites and saved links.
    • Google Toolbar – Not sure why people are still using this, however it did make it on my list of non-evil toolbars, so go figure.
    • Brief -  Brief makes reading RSS feeds as easy and intuitive as it gets. Designed to have exactly the right set of features, it is powerful and simple at the same time.
    • Fast Dial – Much like Speed Dial, this add-on gives you a quick visual way to access a number of web sites all from one page; showing thumbnails for each.
    • iMacros – Automate Firefox. Record and replay repetitious work. If you love the Firefox web browser, but are tired of repetitive tasks like visiting the same sites every days, filling out forms, and remembering passwords, then iMacros for Firefox is the solution you’ve been dreaming of!
    • Multirow Bookmarks Toolbar – This add-on does exactly what you would expect, it gives you multiple bookmark rows.  Yes, I like it when they name add-ons about what they do. 

    There you have it, these add-ons have been downloaded more times than any other, and all will help you in one way, shape, or form with your bookmarks.  Have another favorite that you think deserves to be on the list?  Leave a comment, and tell me why.