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How to Disable Firefox Add-ons

Need to disable some Firefox Add-ons? Personally speaking, I would consider add-ons to be themes, plugins and extensions you add to Firefox.  If you need to troubleshoot a problem with the browser, disabling the Firefox add-ons you have added can sometimes be the quickest way to find the problem.

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Having Problems? Plugin Check Time!

Check for Plugin UpdatesNotice something acting a little weird with Firefox? Might be about time you did a plugin check.  Depending on what version of Firefox and the various plugins you are running, you could run into problems.  Thankfully though, Mozilla gives us access to a great resource to use to make sure you are using the latest and greatest versions of all the plugins you have in your browser.

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Create a Firefox Search Plugin

Create a Firefox Search PluginWant to create your own Firefox search plugin? The steps on how to do this used to be a lot easier back in the early days of Firefox, but now with the OpenSearch protocol in all modern browsers – the steps are a little more difficult.  Have no fear though, because I have found a resource that will make creating your own Firefox search plugin easy again and it takes only a few simple steps.

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How to Check for Updated Plugins

Plugin Check Help for Firefox

After yesterday’s news about the fake Firefox update that is out there in the wild, I thought it might be a good time to go over how you can get your plugins updated.  Thankfully, Mozilla has made this really simple with the Plugin Check part of their website.

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Headup Delivers You Related Content in Firefox

headup - giving you inline searches without leaving the page your browsing The idea of having a Firefox extension that gives you content related to what you are looking at is nothing new really, however I have found a Firefox add-on that will help you get it done in a new and exciting way. 

Headup underlines words on pages when you browser.  When you hover over those words, you get relevant content from popular web services. 

Headup - find more information as you browse Online

Technically speaking, they  “presents you with textual and rich media content related to the objects and terms it identifies on the pages you browse.”  Here are a few more examples from their web site:

Use Headup’s ability to recognize objects and relationships to discover all kinds of information quickly and effortlessly. Here are some examples:

  • Discover which of your friends like a particular band and gain access to the band’s videos and lyrics.
  • Find blog posts and stock news about a company and discover which of your contacts work there.
  • Get alerted about your friends’ birthdays and see which books they’re likely to enjoy as a gift.

Overall, I have to say it is an interesting idea – and a cool tool.  Sometimes these semantic plugins kind of confuse the general public, so I would really recommend playing with Headup to see if it is right for you.  You can pickup the Headup add-on on Headup.com or the Mozilla Add-ons web site.

Use PayPal like a Credit Card

paypal-firefox-addon How would you like to be able to use PayPal anywhere and everywhere, even where it is not accepted?  At this point the PayPal people hope you are excited because that is what they would like to offer to you via a new Firefox plugin.

Once you get it up and running, a window should come up when you visit a web site asking for your credit card information. With this new Firefox extension, you now have the choice to pay via a card that PayPal creates for you or you can generate a card manually through a drop down menu.

Some of the other features include:

  • Use Secure Cards to shop anywhere online
  • Save and print your receipts
  • Enter addresses with 1 click during checkout
  • Avoid fraudulent web sites
  • Check your balance right from your browserOnly downside is this add-on is only for Firefox 2 right now.  I am sure it won’t take long for them to get it updated for Firefox 3 when the time is right.

    To pickup the new Firefox PayPal Plug-in, you must login to your PayPal account, and then there should be a link to click on your left to “Use PayPal even where it is not accepted”.  Hopefully in the future, they will put this in an easier place to access.  All in all though, great idea if you are a heavy PayPal user.

  • Best Screen Grabs Come From FireShot

    I’m back to using FireShot. This extension that allows you to take screenshots of what is inside your browser window enticed me to no end when it first came out – but with it’s lack of features I had to let it go. Here is a little more about the extension just in case you missed it the first time around…

    What is FireShot and Why Do I Need It?

    FireShot is a Firefox extension that creates screenshots of web pages. Unlike other extensions, this plugin provides a set of editing and annotation tools, which let users quickly modify captures and insert text and graphical annotations. Such functionality will be especially useful for web designers, testers and content reviewers.

    FireShot in Action

    Some of these newest features include:

    • Screenshot can be uploaded to server for resizing, commenting and blogging.
    • Added Undo/Redo feature
    • Added “Resume editing” option
    • Line width can be specified
    • Improved page extents detection mechanism (now supports GMail, E-Bay and other frame-based sites)
    • Improved memory management routines and error handling messages.
    • Added MS Outlook support
    • Working folder can be set up and periodically erased.

    As you can see there is even more to love here. More now than ever before! Give the FireShot extension another shot. It is the perfect compainion for anybody who works with screen grabs a lot.