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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!

About This Site

The folks over at Lifehacker have put out a nice article about the extension for Firefox known as About This Site. They cover this little beauty from head to toe and let you know why you may or may not be interested in using it.

When you happen upon a new web site – or you’re just interested in finding more about one you frequent all the time – it’s difficult to get a sense of how popular it is, how long it’s been around, what people are saying about it and how much it’s been bookmarked. The About This Site Firefox extension offers one click access to web services that compile just that kind of information for you.

Want to know more about any Web site? This would be a good place to start.

+ Read More on the About This Site Extension for Firefox!

Yuku Firefox Tool

The Yuku service is pitching itself has being message boards for the Web 2.0 world. Do they live up to that hype? Not really sure. They seem popular, but that is not the business I am in. They do have a mighty nice Firefox extension though.

The Yuku Firefox Extension is an add-on that alerts Firefox users with the latest updates on their Yuku profiles! Get notified when you receive a New Message, a New Comment and when you recieve a New Friend Request!

This extension also claims to make it easy to switch between profiles and navigate the Yuku Web site with quick navigation links. Sounds good to me, what do you think?

+ Download and Install the Yuku Extension for Firefox!

Split Your Window Up

Would you like to split your window up into two, three or four different Web sites? Viewing multiple Web sites at once is something Opera does – why not Firefox? Well now with a little help from an extension you can get this functionality as well.

One of my favorite features in Opera is having the ability to cascade or tile your tabs, which is something that many browsers don’t support. That’s because Opera is built using a Multiple Document Interface (MDI) that allows for these operations to take place. Having this feature always allowed me to view to different websites side-by-side which I find to be extremely useful.

+ Read More About Splitting Up Your Window in Firefox!

Know When a Site is Printer Ready

With the Print Hint Firefox extension, you will never have to second guess if a Web site has a special style sheet set aside for printing the content.

This extension helps you to quickly find printer-friendly versions of webpages. A green icon indicates the presence of a ‘print stylesheet’. Webpages with a print stylesheet have been specifically formatted for printing. Click on the green icon to print.

+ Download and Install the Print Hint Extension for Firefox!

Firefox Tools for Google Reader

Do you use Google Reader a lot?

Ever since Google moved Google Reader over to the newer, cleaner and better design I have been using it to handle all of my feed reading. I have gone from FeedBurner, to Newsgator, to Rojo to Google Reader – so I have tried a lot. Google Reader beats the rest of them hands down.

I just posted my big Google Reader Guide over at my personal blog, Mitchelaneous. There are a lot of Firefox and Greasemonkey goodies in there for you to check out, so please do so. If you know of any good ones that might have missed let me know as well. I did my best to find the best of the best.

Track Your Packages

I really hate waiting for packages because it seems like it ruins my day most of the time. Everybody (other than UPS) seems to forget where my house is or they like to hide the packages somewhere on the property and just tell me, “they were delivered”. Well I have an extension that might help you track packages – but it will not (unfortunately) give the bad delivery services a kick in the rear for you.

This extension makes it easier to track a package when the web page or email does not provide you with a link to the shipping company’s tracking page. Simply highlight the tracking number, right click, and click “Track Package”. It will automatically determine which company’s tracking page to go to.

Right now this extension currently supports: UPS, FedEx, DHL, USPS, Canada Post, TNT and Purolator.

+ Learn More About and Install the Track Packages Extension for Firefox!