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Panic Button

Panic Button for FirefoxAfraid somebody is peeking at your browsing habits behind you?  Don’t have time to shut down Firefox the right way? The Panic Button extension for Firefox provides the quickest way to hide all the browser buttons in a stroke of the mouse.

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Open Your Homepage on New Tabs

New Tab Homepage

New Tab Homepage is a very simple and lightweight add-on for Firefox.  When you open a new tab in Firefox, it will open your default homepage – rather than an empty tab. While I am using Firefox, I frequently go back to my homepage to check my mail or the latest updates in my RSS reader – so this extension seems like a very obvious evolution of the opening a new tab process.

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Drag and Load Content Quicker in Firefox

Looking to make drag and dropping a little more functional in Firefox?  The Firefox add-on QuickDrag will let you load URLs, do web searches and more just by highlighting text, grabbing it and dragging it to the right location. 

Here is what QuickDrag looks like in action, as well as more details on how you can use this great extension for Firefox to speed up your browsing.

How to Use QuickDrag in Firefox

Now, some might look at this add-on and say that is not much, however after you start using it, you really start to realize how much more functionality this adds – just be adding a few tweaks to the browser.  For more help, you might also check out the author’s FAQ.

You can pick up the QuickDrag add-on via the Firefox Add-ons web site.

Quicker Web Searches with Searchy

Need a quicker way to search the Web?

Searchy add-on for Firefox

Searchy, a new experimental add-on for Firefox will allow you to do that in a very stylish and unique way.  Once you get it installed, just hit Ctrl+Shift+K to bring up the Searchy search box, then type in what you are looking for.  You will get the results in real time as you type.

Also, another neat tip is that you can use “@” before your search to just search the web site you are on at the time.  If your not in love with the keyboard combo you must use to get it to search – that can easily be changed in the options.

It might not re-invent searching, however Searchy does give a pretty (and unique) new face to something we all do every single day.  To learn more about the development of the extension, be sure to check out the Searchy’s official web site.

Quicker Access to Your Unsorted Bookmarks

unsorted-bookmarks-tip To tell you the truth, I have not used the Unsorted Bookmarks feature in Firefox 3 that much at all.  Why?  Well, it is a ‘bit of a pain to get to.  You have to open your bookmark manager, open up all bookmarks in the tree then go down to unsorted bookmarks.  Want an easier way to access your unsorted bookmarks?

Right-click on your bookmarks toolbar, and select “New Bookmark”.

unfiltered-smart-bookmark

The name can be anything.  To keep things simple, for now we will just call it “Unsorted Bookmarks”.  You might want to shorten that to “ubooks”, “ub” or something like that if you want to save bookmark toolbar space.  Now for the location, type this smart bookmark string in:

place:folder=UNFILED_BOOKMARKS

Now hit the “Add” button, and you should see a new folder popup on your bookmarks toolbar named “Unsorted Bookmarks”.  Click on it as you would with any other bookmark folder, and you can see all of your bookmarks that have not yet been categorized into the rest of your bookmark folders.

UPDATE: For Firefox 3.5 (or for any version where this is not working) try to restart Firefox, then see if it works.  So add this bookmark, restart Firefox, then re-launch Firefox and it should work.

Hey! Just Blog It Already!

screenshot3 Want to just blog it?  There is a neat new Firefox addon that you might be interested in.  The addon, rightfully named JustBlogIt lets you blog from Firefox using a plethora of different blogging methods.  The promise here is to blog anything from Firefox’s right-click context menu.

Which blogging scripts and services are supported?

Blogger, Drupal, LiveJournal, Movable Type, Radio Userland, TextPattern, TypePad, WordPress, journalspace, b2evolution and BLOG:CMS and more!

If you want the latest and greatest version, pick it up from the add-on’s official web site. You can also find the latest “Mozilla tested, mother approved” version on Mozilla’s own add-on site.

Quicker Downloads in Firefox

Firefox Downloads TipHere is an easy trick to speed up your Firefox downloading. First thing you must do is add the “Downloads” icon to your Firefox toolbar somewhere. From there you can do this to download quicker.

Drag and Drop onto the Downloads Toolbar Icon

Instead of right-clicking on a download link, choosing “save to target” and pressing enter, just drag the download link to the “downloads icon” in the toolbar. The download will start automatically.

Very nice quick trick to get around the “Save as..” box when downloading.

tip courtesy of makeuseof.com

Have any other tips you’ve written about or found via the Web? Share them with me and I’ll be sure to give them their day in the sun.

Bookmarklets and Link Helpers

Thanks to some of the best bookmarklets out there on the Web, I feel like I have become a more organized and productive person. With the new year heading in, I figured this might be a good time to remind you to clean out the junk in your Firefox links bar and add some new things that might also help you become a better browser via your browser.

bookmark.png Toolbar-less StumbleUpon
I love StumbleUpon as much as the next guy, but the toolbar they provide is quickly becoming cluttered with stuff I don’t really care about viewing.

bookmark.png Gmail This!
If you find yourself as a user of Gmail sending a lot of stuff back and forth to friends, this is a bookmarklet that is as handy as any extension out there. Get a pop up window with an e-mail ready to go with the link of the web site you are on. You could use it right now to send this article over to Bob down the street. Go ahead and do it, I promise he won’t mind.

bookmark.png ShareThis
This service makes it super easy to get to sharing just about anything at just about all the biggest bookmarking and social link sharing web sites out there. Digg, delicious, and more. Continue Reading →

Putting Links on Speed Dial

Now we all use speed dial on our phones to quickly dial up those numbers we often use but never remember. It looks like Firefox is getting into the speed dial game with the extension with the same name. The Speed Dial extension for Firefox gives you a neat thumbnailed preview of nine links you can quickly switch between.

With Speed Dial, you can easily access your most used websites. To show the Speed Dial tab, use the Speed Dial button (which can be added to the toolbar), or enter “chrome://speeddial/content” in your location bar.

One more cool thing about this tools is it will automatically load in blank new windows or my favorite selection in blank new tabs. To configure this, and other options, use the extension settings panel.

+ Download and Install the Speed Dial Extension for Firefox!