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Learn Firefox – A Visual Guide to the Browser

Learn FirefoxOver at CyberNet News I recently noticed they added a new Firefox section to the mix. Learn Firefox is what it is called and I have to say it has an impressive list of resources, help and videos to get you going with the Mozilla browser.

You can scroll down the list to see what they have covered thus far – and I am sure they’d be open to suggestions if you have any to share. I’ve been a big fan of what Ryan has been able to do with the CyberNet News Web site – so it is no surprise to see him behind this excellent resource. Funny enough I started reading CyberNet News after it got banned from digg many moons ago.

Go check out Learn Firefox and let them know that Firefox Facts sent you there.

Mozilla Growing Pains and Other Helpful Links

Firefox Growing PainsLooks like the big Firefox story of the day is that they are suffering from growing pains?

I really hope that now Firefox has a decent market size that everybody doesn’t start to turn on them for the next “new great hope”. Then again, that’s how much of the media works and part of the reason for Firefox’s rise in the first place. Ah well, enjoy the links.

If you have any more interesting ones be sure to send them my way.

Help Promote Firefox Facts

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Firefox Torrent Tools

Fox TorrentLove downloading torrents but wish that Firefox had a cool built in helper when it comes to getting the work done? I would much rather just use Firefox and not have to launch a secondary program. That is where the new FoxTorrent comes into play. I was just glancing over TechCrunch and P2P Blog’s coverage of it and I have to say it looks very promising.

They keep it plain and simple on the Web site:

The open source FoxTorrent Firefox extension that lets you stream torrents as they download, from your web browser, with zero configuration needed.

Give it a shot and let me know if you like this or using an external torrent downloader better.

+ Download and Install FoxTorrent the Extension for Firefox!

Create Your Own Firefox Theme

iPox RemixTwisterMc is already one of my favorite Firefox theme designers. All of his work always seems to have it’s own individual characteristics and quirks that make it unique as well. So when it comes to learning how to make your own Firefox theme, why not learn from one of the best?

iPox Remix hopes to be a new starting point for people who want to design their own theme, but don’t know where to get started at first. You can download the entire theme via his Web site, and over time he promises to push a few more tutorials and updates so you have something to do with that customizable theme. What are the requirements?

You’ll need to know how to create or edit images to customize your theme. That may be using Photoshop, Fireworks, GIMP or another graphics application. If you know CSS, that’ll help a lot to, but it’s not required. Without CSS knowledge, you’ll be limited to the edits you can make.

+ Learn More on the iPox Remix Web Page! (via TwisterMc.com)

Stream Google Search Results

The folks the brought you the CustomizeGoogle extension for Firefox are working on something else that might help you get more out of Google and push forward a new and innovative idea for Online searching.

This CustomizeGoogle feature saves you from the hassle of paging through Google web search results. Whenever you navigate to the end of the page, you dont have to hit the next button. CustomizeGoogle automatically fetches next set of results and appends them to the bottom of the page.

Here is a move that explains a little more about what is going on:

I like having the streaming results as I skim through Google Reader, so if you can give me functionality like that on the regular Google searches – well, then consider me sold.

+ Learn More About This Extension and Feature!

Make Delicious Your Bookmark Manager

Delicious ExtensionsAlright, maybe I was a little slow with getting this one posted. I had heard about it a few days ago – just haven’t had the time to give you my thoughts. Delicious has updated their Firefox “bookmark replacement” extension and I have to say it is pretty darn nice.

The speed has been improved, and I could really see people now using this on a day to day basis. Having all of your bookmarks there on the Web can really make for some interesting organization. This extension delivers your favorite delicious links to your fingertips.

+ Download and Install the del.icio.us Bookmarks Extension!

Organize Your Downloads in Firefox

I like to download all of my stuff that I find via the Web into a folder in My Documents called “Downloads”. It is an easy way for me to keep track of stuff I have downloaded so I can save it for later if I need to do so.

How can you tell Firefox to save all of your downloads in one specific spot? First thing you need to do is go into Tools, and then select Options. A new window should pop up with your browser options. In that first tab, go down to the middle of the box where it says “Downloads” and then make your way down to the browse button next to the Window for “Save files to…”.

Download Options

Browse to the folder that you wish to save all of your downloads to, save and then exit. Now Firefox knows your default download location. This is really handy when you wonder what that program was you downloaded last week – or if you misplace an important file from the Web, you can keep a backup of it here.

A Most Wanted Monday

Most Wanted

I figured today I would post some of the most wanted Firefox Facts that I have gotten and have not been able to answer. This way at least, we can get the ideas out there so that if there is a solution – we can find an answer. On the other hand, if there isn’t a solution, then at least we have created a place for extension writers to gain some inspiration.

Bob – how about being able to type an email now for a specified later delivery? (via Google’s gMail)

Ken – This is a simple one, but… I’d love it if the mouse-over tab color were different than the active tab color. Right now they’re the same. And if the mouse is over the [X], then it’s lit up the same way. I keep closing what I think is the active tab I’m currently looking at when it’s merely the one my mouse happens to be over. Frustrating.

Zeke – Need an easy way to resize the font for the “bookmarks” sidebar.

Evgeny – I would really like to have an extension for quick sending e-mail from GMail.

Jens – I want to know what week it is, in my statusbar. That feature is for some reason not included in “date & time” in Windows, not even in Google calendar, and not in my mobile phone. Why?

Seymour – What I would love to find is an extension that would display Bookmark folders in several columns next to each-other even filling up the whole screen; then I could more easily mouse over to the appropriate folder which then would expand when I moused over to it.

Have an answer to any of these requests? Leave a comment!

More Tools Menu

Feel like your tools menu is running out of space after that 30th extension you installed the other day? There is no doubt that your Tools menu in Firefox can get a little crazy if your not careful. The More Tools Menu hopes to solve that little issue though.

It’s rather common for Firefox extensions to want to let the user trigger an action. The way to do that is the menu bar. With the default menus in the menu bar, the tools menu is usually the only choice that makes any sense, so most all the extensions seem to stuff their commands inside the tools menu. Pretty quick, with the default and all the additional items, that menu is way too big to deal with.

This simple extension just takes all “new” tools menu items, and moves them into a new “More Tools” menu.

If your tools menu is getting a little hard to use, try picking up this extension – it really works!

More Tools Menu

+ Download and Install the More Tools Menu Extension for Firefox!