Want to personalize the content shown after you hit the new Firefox button in Firefox 4? With the Personal Menu add-on for Firefox, this is pretty easy to do. It allows you to strip or add features from the menu so that you can hopefully get a lot more use out of it.
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Want to get quick and easy access to the history for one specific tab? The Tab History Menu add-on for Firefox adds that ability to your Firefox browser.
By introducing this feature into the browser, for those minimal theme users, you can ditch the backward and forward browsing buttons in your navigation toolbar arrangement. Via the options, you can set it to display the current page title in history menu if the current tab hasn’t had history yet, and also disable the history popup when the the Shift, Ctrl, or Alt keys are being pressed.
With the Tab History Menu extension installed, you can cut down on your browser’s navigation clutter or get one more way to browse your history. It is a great addition to Firefox, no matter what way you use it.
Wanting to save some space in Gmail, or perhaps you’re just tired of the text-based main links to browse around your e-mail account?
The GMail Compactor user script will help you reclaim that space with style.
As you can see, from the picture above, after you install this Greasemonkey user script, everything from your Compose Mail link down to your Contacts link are now minimized into very pretty icons. As an extra benefit, you also still get the count of how many new messages are in some of your folders, such as Spam. If you want to maximize the vertical real estate in Gmail, then pick up the Gmail Compactor user script. (found via Lifehacker)
Stay-Open Menu is an add-on for Firefox that will keep menu items open, even if you click elsewhere. It is a pet peeve for some, to have to do all this re-clicking if you need to access more than one thing from the menu. This extension enables multiple selections from bookmarks menu, history Menu, or address bar dropdown list, without reopening menu or using sidebar.
When you middle-click a bookmarked item in the bookmarks (or in the history) you will open that web page up in a new tab, and the menu stays open, so you can do more clicking inside of it. You can then click all the links you need to click and open up. Once you are finished, hit the Esc button to close the menus (or you can click somewhere outside the menu, as well). Here is one more handy tip from the developers:
Toggle the about:config value of extensions.stayopenmenu.useCtrlMeta from false to true to enable usage with Ctrl-click. See the homepage for more detailed instructions on how to turn on the Ctrl-click option, and further information about using with the Smart Location Bar.
For more help and support for the Stay-Open Menu extension, be sure to check out this thread:
If just a handful of searching up in your search bar doesn’t cut it for you or if you want to remove your search bar to reclaim space, termBlaster is the super searching extention that will have you looking for things you never knew you could look.
Here is a little more about the Firefox extension from the developers:
termBlaster adds the ability to perform searches from your right-click (or context) menu using one of 110+ websites that range from search engines to encyclopedias to translators. Website lists are in XML format and can be modified in Places.
One would think that speed could come into play when trying to navigate through the search menus but you can do so quickly with little or no effort at all. All you do is highlight and right click the word you want to search and then select the search engine you want to use. They have shopping searches, review searches, torrent searches, map searches, too many to name.
I am about to promise and deliver to you something that many people can not do – a Picnik with no ants – just photos.
Add a menu options and a toolbar icon to make importing images into Picnik easier. This extension adds a menu option when you right click on images to make it easy to pull the image into Picnik for editing. Firefox 2.0 users also menu options and a toolbar icon to take screen shots and import them into Picnik.
The thing that brings the magic together is the Picnik extension for Firefox. Might not be the time to uninstall Photoshop just yet – but give it some time and you might re-think that idea.
Want to navigate your tabs via a menu selection in the top menu bar in Firefox?
Usually folks are trying to figure out ways to make their menu bar shorter and not longer. I guess in this circumstance though adding the option to your toolbar might be increasing Firefox’s usability to some. The extention to help you get this job done is called Tabs Menu.
Adds a Tabs menu to the main menu that lets you easily change between tabs. Adds a Tabs menu to the main menu bar that lists all tabs in the current window. You can see the full titles for each tab and you can see more tabs in this vertical menu than in the standard horizontal tab bar.
Tabs Menu might not an extension on everybody’s top ten list – but I think it is well worth checking out.
Is your menu bar taking up too much wasted space? Well you could hide it, shrink it, or just not use it. How can you get that done? Thankfully others have run into this same issue before and there are a slew of Firefox extensions to help you minimize your Firefox menus.
Tiny Menu – Replace the standard menu bar with a tiny menu popup.
Hide Menubar – Supports to hide your Mainmenu Toolbar automatically, you can press the ALT key to show it temporarily.
Personal Menu – With the Personal Menu, you can hide the menus in Menus Toolbar (even the Menus Toolbar), and design your own menu with just few settings.
Menu Editor – Rearrange or remove menuitems from the main context menu (right-click menu) and main menubar (File Edit View etc.)
MenuX – MenuX was designed for laptop/tablet use where maximum screen realestate is desired. Adds the ability to collapse any toolbar.
Have another one that deserves to be on the list? Drop in a comment and let us all know about it.
Now when it comes to using a browser, some people like a lot of open space and others like to have a plethora of tool bars. Personally I find myself in the first camp – most of the time. That is why I was happy to see this new Hide Menubar extension roll my way.
Now with a name like that, I bet you can’t guess what it does. If you said, “downloads kewl wallpaper” I’m afraid you have not won. This extension allows for you to easily hide the menu bar inside of Firefox. This gives you more room to browse the Web. You can always bring it back though, just by hitting the ALT key to show it temporarily.
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!