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Make Your Active Tab Bigger

Wider Active Tab in FirefoxOne thing that sort of bugs me about Firefox is there is no real way to tell the difference between your active tab and your non-active tabs, other than a slight change in the background color.  The User Style, FF3+ Increase active tab minimum width, will allow you to increase the minimum width of the active tab to make it stand out a little more.

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Best Firefox Hacks, Tips and Tweaks

Popular Firefox Interface Tips

With Firefox 4 coming soon, we will be finding a lot of new hacks, interface customizations and more we can do to make Firefox more personalized to our own needs.  So, with that said, I thought it might be fun to look back at some of the most popular hacks for Firefox 3.5 and up to give you all one last chance to try them out before Firefox 4 changes the game again.

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Control Firefox With Your Wiimote

There is no question that Firefox was designed with extensibility in mind.  With it you can hack, modify and bend Firefox and web sites in many different ways to best suit your own needs.  With that said, how many people have wanted to control Firefox with the Nintendo Wii Wiimote?  With the Nintendo Wiimote driver, you can do it.

So, now the question is – what does it look like in action?

I do have to say, this is a very innovative idea.  Not sure if it is really practical, but shows that there are still a lot of creative minds out there tweaking around with what Firefox can do.

Read more about this project over at blog.mozbox.org.

Crooked Browser Support for Firefox 3.6

Always a perfect picture with Fierfox 3.6

In what is being seen by some as a silly feature to add, Firefox 3.6 is apparently getting better support for orientation of where it is at.  What does this mean, exactly?  Firefox will know, if your computer has an accelerometer in it, if it is tilting to the left, right, front, or back and will respond with the way the web page your looking at is displayed.

Here’s a few more details about the new feature coming to Firefox:

Originally built as something that we would include for our upcoming mobile browser release, we’ve made it available on desktop systems as well. Many modern Macbooks and Thinkpads contain devices and drivers that expose this information. We’ve added support for Linux, Macs and some Thinkpads where drivers and devices are available.

Overall, this is a pretty awesome new feature for the computers that will support it.  This picture really does not do it justice, go check out the video demonstration over at hacks.mozilla.org.

Interview with Anthony Lieuallen, Greasemonkey Guy

Interview with one of the Greasemonkey Guys You might not know the name Anthony Lieuallen, but I bet you have heard of Greasemonkey before.  It is the Firefox extension that allows you to extend or customize your favorite web sites in a number of different ways.

Anthony is one of the driving forces behind that project, so I thought it would be fun to pick his brain to find out what his part in the project is, and what advice he might have for other hopeful Greasemonkey script writers or Firefox add-on developers.

What all have you done in development for the Firefox Greasemonkey extension?

I’ve definitely lost track of when and how exactly I first learned about Greasemonkey, and when I got involved.  Luckily, I can look up enough old records to get a pretty good idea of what the right answer here is.

I first interacted with Greasemonkey as a user.  Quickly though I graduated to User Script author.  My earliest blog post about a script I authored was in March of 2005.  I wrote a few scripts, some quite popular, for a while.  By June, Mark Pilgrim contacted me about being included in the “Greasemonkey Hacks” book, essentially a cookbook-like collection of existing User Scripts, with discussion about what they were and how they worked.  I was included as a contributor when that book was published.

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8 Stylish Tweaks for the New Tab Button

Firefox 3.5’s new tab button has already been established as a feature some people like and some people could do without.  However, what if you could tweak it visually to meet your needs?  That is what some people have done, and here are the eight most popular new tab button hacks out there today.

Please Note: To use any of these, you will need to have the Firefox add-on Stylish installed.

No Icon Image Until Click – New tab button icon does not appear until you CLICK on it instead of when you hover because there is another style that produces that effect.

hide the new tab button icon, until clicked

Tiny + 3D(Special Effects) – New Tab Button on the tab bar is tiny and when you click on it, it changes.

Make it smaller

Left Side New Tab Button – Move the new tab button to the left of the tab bar, instead of the far right of the tab bar.

add new tabs on the left of the tab bar

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Open Bookmark Manager in Your Browser Window

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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.

Freshest Top 10 YouTube Scripts

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The beauty of Greasemonkey is it can practically make anything better – even YouTube. Now it can’t make the idiots smacking themselves in the face with flaming bags of poo smarter, but it can give you a better way of viewing, downloading and sharing their misfortunes with your own crew of friends. Here is the Firefox Facts round up of some of the newest and the best Greasemonkey scripts to make YouTube really better.

1. Youtube Get FLV URL – Grab the URL for the .flv file so you can save the YouTube video to your desktop.

2. BetterTube – A number of hacks and fixes to try to make YouTube video (and other providers) better.

3. YouTube Relinker – This replaces YouTube embedded videos with a link to watch it on YouTube.com.

4. Videoembed – Auto adds the embed codes so you can watch videos in a screen right under the links.

5. YouTube Country Server Selector – Replaces YouTube embedded videos server with your country server or the one that you wish to use.

6. Video Focus v1.0.7 – Allows you to remove all the rest of the page content so you can focus right on the video you want to watch. You can also resize or maximize the video centered on the site.

7. Youtube Alternate Video Player – Replace the YouTube default player with the one from flowplayer.org.

8. YouTube Lyrics – Want to know the words to that video your watching? This script places a lyrics search link on the video’s page.

9. Pop YouTube Video Into Sidebar – Does exactly what you would think it does. Pushes your YouTube video to the sidebar in Firefox.

10. YousableTubeFix – Does a number of fixes such as removing ads, download links for videos, displaying all comments for a video and more.

As a side note, to try out any of these on Firefox you will need to make sure you have Greasemonkey installed. Know of any scripts that do the YouTube job better?

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Fixing Firefox Popup Annoyances

Two popup window annoyances that come up are when you yourself can not resize a window because the designer has locked it down to that one shape and size and when a web site resizes your windows or moves them around without asking. We will start with that one first.

Stop Resizing and Moving My Firefox Browser

Want to stop the ability for web sites to resize your browser window or move it around? In Firefox go to Tools, then Options the the Content tab. Where you see the check mark box for “Enable JavaScript” hit the Advanced button next to it. Here you can enable or disable the ability for web sites to resize or move your existing window.

Turn Back on My Ability to Resize Any Popup Myself

Now the second situation you might find yourself in is when you want to resize the window but the designer locked it down so that you can’t. Thanks to gHacks.net though for finding this next tweak, you can override the “cannot resize popup” setting when you run into popups that can not be resized.

There is however a way in Firefox to override the “cannot resize popup” setting which in turn makes it possible to resize any popup that you might come across. To do so you need to type about:config in the address bar of Firefox and filter for the term dom.disable_window_open_feature.resizable. Set the value of this setting to true to be able to resize all windows in Firefox.

Restart Firefox and you should be able to resize those popup windows on any web site.