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Lightest Popular Themes for Firefox 3

Light is a word of many meanings.  It could be the lightest in color or the lightest in its impact on the interface of your browser.  I have done my best to find the lightest popular Firefox 3 themes that would fit into either dictionary definition.

Whitehart – I never did use this theme until I was looking for a simple one for my Kubuntu install of Firefox on my laptop.  Haven’t looked back since!  Very sleek, light and simple.

Whitehart for Firefox

Chromiefox – Now I am not usually a big fan of the knock-off themes, but I do have to say the Google Chrome interface is pretty nice.  Bring it to Firefox with this download.

Chromiefox for Firefox

Qute – An old one, but still a good one.  Qute is simple and unobtrusive with clear, colorful icons.

Qute for Firefox

Aero Silver Fox – Silver counts as a light color, right?  Just like it’s cousin on our darkest popular themes list (Aero Fox) this theme deserves a spot too.

Aero Silver Fox for Firefox

iFox Graphite – When coming up with this list, I made myself a promise before I started – only include one Mac-looking theme.  All Apple inspired themes are light, so here is the one I picked.

iFox Graphite for Firefox

Full Flat – This may be the lightest and simplest theme out there for Firefox today.  Full Flat keeps it simple, but if you enjoy minimalistic and flat browsing, here you go.

Full Flat for Firefox

hmmXP – Based on the hmmXP theme for Windows by Fugacious, hmmXP for Firefox 3 uses simple, flat and small icons, and does away with gradients and rounded corners.

hmmXP for Firefox

Elementary Theme – Yes, elementary my dear Firefox fan boy.  This theme is the official theme for Firefox of the Elementary Project.  Simple, light and doesn’t get in the way.

Elementary Theme for Firefox

iPox – There is no doubt that iPox is an easy on the eyes, white and blue theme for Firefox.  One of the best examples of creativity and originality by far.

iPox for Firefox

Naver – If you can use green and make a simple theme, you are my new best friend.  A new theme on the block, Naver ads just a hint of color and then keeps the rest pretty simple.

Naver for Firefox

Which theme from the light side is your favorite?  Why do we love or hate the lighter themes out there today?  Let me know what you think.  Also don’t forget to check out the darkest popular themes for Firefox too.

Digg’s Firefox 3 Extension

It has been a long time since I spend a lot of quality time with Digg.com, but I know a lot of you might be excited to see they released a new toolbar for Firefox 3.  You can divide things into two major features, the new notifications and the toolbar itself.

Here are Digg’s official descriptions of these two new key features:

Notifications: No matter where you are on the web, you can discover popular Digg stories and stay up to date on what your friends are Digging, submitting and commenting. These notifications are fully customizable. Within your preferences you can track different categories and media types, and turn notifications on or off.

Digg Toolbar: Displays Digg counts & comments as you browse around the web. You can also Digg and submit stories directly from the toolbar, which is collapsible to save space. Note that the toolbar respects user privacy by passing only hashed URLs to Digg to check if they’ve already been submitted.

Overall I’d say it was a lot more unique than I was expecting, so if you spend a lot of your day going back and forth on Digg, this toolbar is for you.  You can download the new add-on on Digg.com.

Darkest Popular Themes for Firefox 3

Browsing through some of the most popular themes out there, the dark themes always seem to hold the top spots.  So which dark themes out there are the most popular?  Here are the top ten choices people have been making.

+ Check Out the Lightest Popular Themes for Firefox 3 too!

Aero Fox – All black and blue, kind of like how I ended up after the last Internet Explorer 7 fan club meeting I attended.

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NASA Night Launch – Want to shoot off to the stars?  Well you might not be able to go to space yourself, but why should you?  Bring space to you!

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Aquatint Black Gloss – Another shinny black and blue theme with icons so glossy I can see myself in them.

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Launch Plurk in a Floating Sidebar of Productivity

mobile-plurk-sidebar I have made not secret that I am a big fan of Plurk, one of the newer social status micro blogging services out there.  I needed a way to keep tabs on it without taking over any of my current browser real estate though.  The solution?  Another bookmarklet!

This one I call mini plurk.  After you have clicked, it will launch a popup window you can move around to where you need it so you can both browse the web and Plurk about it at the same time. 

Just drag and drop this bookmarklet to your bookmarks toolbar:

mini plurk

That isn’t the only Plurk love I have for you though:

So do you like to Plurk or do you need a friend?  Feel free to add your favorite Firefox fanatic to your own friends list. (*cough* that would be me *cough*)

Tips to Help You Read This Later

Too many web sites and not enough time, right?  I’m always finding tons of awesome things on the Web and hardly have time to check ‘em all out myself.  What do you do to manage this virtual to do list (or would it be a to visit list?).  Here are a few techniques that might help.

Create a “Read it Later” Folder

read-these-later The easiest solution to this problem would be to create a special folder in your bookmark toolbar called, “RIL”.  Then each time you are on a web site you want to save for later, drag the URL from the address bar into the special folder you have created.

Use Your Unsorted Bookmarks

unsorted-bookmarks Thanks to Firefox 3, we have yet another simple solution to this age old question.  Want to save that link for later?  Just click on the big star located in the address bar.  This will move it to your unsorted bookmarks inside of your bookmarks manager (hit Ctrl+Shift+B to bring it up).  Then later you can decide to keep ‘em or trash ‘em.

Read it Later Extension for Firefox

Read It Later : the Extension Solution

The Read It Later extension allows you to save pages of interest to read later. It eliminates cluttering of bookmarks with sites that are merely of a one-time interest.

instantpaper1 Bookmarklet Help in Instant Paper

This is the method I use the most right now.  Just sign up at InstantPaper.com and then drag the bookmarklet they provide to your bookmarks toolbar.  Find a link you like?  Hit the bookmarklet with your cursor and it will save it to the list you can read later.

Then just go to InstantPaper.com/u to see all your unchecked saved links.

How do you save things to read later? If you have a system that works better than these, please feel free to share!

5+ Awesome AwesomeBar Tweaks and Tips

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Gotten use to the AwesomeBar yet?  This is the new stylish name for the Firefox 3 address bar.  Any ol’ browser can have an “address bar” only one can be awesome though.  Here are a few tips and tweaks you can do to make your awesome bar even more awesome…er?

oldbar – Oldbar makes the location (URL) bar look like Firefox 2.  If you need another alternative to this, try out Old Location Bar.  Why two add-ons that do the same thing?  I don’t know either.

Hide Unvisited – You too can hide pages (bookmarks) that you haven’t visited (since deleting or clearing history) from showing in the AwesomeBar.

Enter Selects – This Extension allows you to press enter in the AwesomeBar to select the first result (without pressing down).

Hidden Places – Stop URLs from specified domains being added to places and the AwesomeBar.

Edit Middle – Show AwesomeBar results when editing in the middle (not just at the end).

For a bonus tip, be sure to head over to Mozilla Links.  Over there they have nine more configuration tweaks you can do to configure you AwesomeBar till you get it just the way you want it.

Best 5 Firefox 3 Theme Alternatives

Already tired of the default Firefox 3 theme?  Here are 5 of the best of the best when it comes to changing up the look and feel of Mozilla’s latest web browsing creation.  If you find any other good ones leave a comment and let us know.

Silvermel

I have been using Silvermel since RC2 of Firefox 3 and it is still possibly my top favorite when it comes to Firefox 3 theme alternatives.

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Phoenity Reborn

Continuing the “phoenity” line of themes, this newest “reborn” creation has a well deserved spot on this list too.

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Classic Compact

I know there are always minimalistic fans out there, so couldn’t leave them out.  Classic Compact is the best little theme you’ll ever get.

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CrystalFox Modern

Updated for Firefox 3, CrystalFox is another favorite old theme that has made the jump to the newest version of Firefox.

crystal-fox

StrataStripe

Want to mix the old with the new?  This theme mixes the best from the Strata theme and Winstripe to make one heck of a nice combonation.

stratastripe

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Download MP3s from MuxTape

Download from Muxtape.com! I figured this hack was in the works for some time now, just happened to run across it this morning.  Thanks to Firefox, Greasemonkey and a little creativity from a scripter out there you can download music from the MuxTape web site.  Here are the words of wisdom from the script creator…

This downloads muxtape songs. Just click the “Download me!” link, change the file-name to your liking and append .mp3 to it.

There you go!  Pick up the Greasemonkey script in question here:

logo_greasemonkey  http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/24382

Now of course I am not encouraging you to go out there and be a pirate, but for those tunes up there that you can not find anywhere else or may be original works from an independent artist you would like to enjoy – the option to download is now there.  I have a feeling though they will more than likely get this fixed soon on the MuxTape side of things.

7 Ways to Copy Successfully in Firefox

Sure, you can highlight with your mouse, right-click and copy – but why do that when there are so many awesome add-ons for Firefox that will help you get it done better and faster?  If your looking for an extension to help power up your browser’s copying of links, information and more I have seven of them that should help you get the job done.

Copy All Urls – This copies and pastes all urls of open tabs inclusive history in structured and well defined form to and from clipboard.

AutoCopy – Want to just highlight to copy text, links and more?  That is what AutoCopy will help you do.

Copy Link Name – This add-on for Firefox will copy the name of the link, so you don’t have to.

Extended Copy Menu – Provides the option to copy selection as plain text or HTML.

Copy Links – With this extension you can copy multiple links from Firefox in a single bound.

Copy Plain Text – Copies the content without picking up any of the formatting.

Copy as HTML Link – Creates an HTML link to the current page using the selected text and copies it (into the clipboard) for pasting.

So who, what, when, where and why are you copying?  Via my own day job, I have to send a lot of information back and forth from my own documents to the web and visa versa – so the idea of super charging my copying is a blessing I can not live without.

Firefox Tab-a-mania!

There is no doubt in anybody’s mind that tabs are a big part of the success of Firefox. So to pay homage to that trait that we all know and love I pulled out some of the most popular tab tips to date that I have posted here on Firefox Facts. Some of them you remember, and some you may have missed.

Here we have 40 A+ tips though that will make your tabs even more terrific!

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