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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.
Tiny + 3D(Special Effects) – New Tab Button on the tab bar is tiny and when you click on it, it changes.
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.
Everybody loves to share links with the various URL shorteners out there, however – when you do click one of these links the problem is you have no clue where you are really going. LongURL.org is looking to fix that problem and has two neat tools to help you get it done.
The LongURL Mobile Expander lets you expand those links no matter where you are at. By default, you would paste the link into the LongURL.org web site to find out where you are going. You can build this into your browser though if you pick up either the Firefox extension for it or the Greasemonkey script. Both will give you the true URL when you hover over the shortened link.
- Download the LongURL Mobile Expander Add-on for Firefox
- Download the LongURL Mobile Expander Greasemonkey Script
Here is a list of the supported services: tinyurl.com, is.gd, ping.fm, ur1.ca, bit.ly, snipurl.com, tweetburner.com, metamark.net, url.ie, x.se, 6url.com, yep.it, piurl.com, and more!
Now you will always know where those tiny URLs are taking you.
Running out of room in your bookmarks toolbar? You could do some spring cleaning – but winter is quickly coming upon us. Next idea? Well the Smart Bookmarks Bar add-on for Firefox promises to simplify your cluttered bookmark rat’s nest.
It shrinks your bookmarks down to only the favicons. So what? Well, the magic happens when you hover over one of the bookmarks. Bookmark names will be displayed when you mouse over them. Pretty nifty, right?
You can pick up the Smart Bookmarks Bar on the Firefox Add-ons web site.
From the creator of Colorful Tabs, we have yet another handy and helpful Firefox extension. FfChrome, for Firefox, is an add-on that trims and slims your context menus. After installing too many add-ons, your right click menu might get a little cluttered. FfChrome is here to clean things up.
The second part of this awesome addition to Firefox is that you never have to click on anything to get it going. All you have to do is pause on the menu item you want, and that action is taken. From BianaryTurf.com – here are the five things this addon gets right:
- It will optimize your context menu and show only the bare essential items.
- It will allow you to see the unwanted items on the fly by clicking "Show All". You can again collapse it to bare essentials on the fly.
- All disabled items are taken out by default. What will one do with the "paste" item when you haven’t copied anything?
- Ease of use – all changes happen on the fly.
- It is contextually sensitive. It knows and respects the context in which you use it. For e.g. context menu items relating to links or images etc. will only show when you right click on a link or an image etc.
You can get more information about the add-on for Firefox (and download it for yourself) at BianaryTurf.com. FfChrome might just change the way (or at least make it a heck of a lot simpler) you get through the context menus.
Wouldn’t you like to know what type of file you are about to visit just by hovering over the link? That is what the folks who wrote this next extension must have had in mind. The Link Alert Firefox extension changes the cursor when you hover over a link to show you what type of file it is. If it is a .txt file, you get a little notepad icon. If it is an image, then you get a little picture icon. Such a simple idea, but it works and works well.