Switching tabs in a hurry? Tab Wheel Scroll is a great add-on for Firefox that allows you to use the mouse’s scroll wheel to switch between open tabs in Firefox. It would be really nice if there was an option for switching tab groups when cycling over the Tab Groups button. Aside from that, this extension is perfect.
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What are you to do when you need to switch to another internet browser in a hurry? Sure we all love Firefox, but some of us use maybe two or three other browsers for the Web too. How can you quickly leap into Safari, Opera, Chrome or even Internet Explorer from Firefox? Very easily.
Open Links in Chrome – As the new kid on the block, it took some hunting to find a good way to switch to Chrome in a hurry. The Chrome View add-on for Firefox is what you need. This extension lets you open the page your currently viewing in Firefox, via Google’s new Chrome browser.
Open Links in Internet Explorer – Switching from Firefox to Internet Explorer is something we have been doing for some time now. There are two great add-ons that allow you to do this. The first is IE View. This extension gives you the ability to open any page you have open in Firefox, in Internet Explorer. An even better alternative though is IE Tab. IE Tab will embed Internet Explorer inside of your Firefox tab, so you don’t really even have to switch browsers.
Open Links in Opera – Ah, yes Opera. The girl at the dance with all the features that nobody uses. Just in case you might want to hop over to Opera usage for a while, there is OperaView. This too will give you a new context menu item that will let you open the target link in Opera. Great for web developers or people who just like to be “different”. (don’t worry, we won’t tell anybody)
Open Links in Safari – Lastly, the new pretty boy on the block (at least for Windows users) before Chrome took the spot, Safari switching can be done with an add-on too. Safari View (mac) and Safari View (win) get you from Firefox to Apple’s browsing delight very quickly.
Want to use Firefox 3′s Vista theme on Windows XP or use Windows XP’s theme for Firefox 3 on Vista?
Now you have the choice to switch between these without having to change your computer’s operating system. Two new theme solutions for either XP or Vista have surfaced (they are experimental right now) on Firefox’s add-ons site.
Download the Firefox 3 themes here:
So if you use XP but you like Vista’s theme more – use it. If you use Vista and like XP’s theme more, you have a more colorful default theme solution.
The fox a little slow you say? Well instead of reinstalling Firefox, you could start up a new profile to speed things up. Yes, that old buddy of ours, the profile manager is still buried inside of Firefox. Once upon a time it was suppose to be used to manage multiple users – now it is tucked away.
I Windows all you need to do is go to Start, Run and then:
Type firefox.exe – P in the Run box of Windows
I have to say this has to be the most interesting way I’ve seen of speeding up Firefox. Check Out the Step by Step at Digital Inspiration!
The search box in Firefox is that box for searching (boy, definitions don’t get any better than that) usually located in the upper right of your browser window. By default you see it set to Google, but did you know you can use others that are listed there or install more of your own?
To use the search box, all you need to do is type in a phrase you’d like to search for into the box, and then hit the “Enter” key on your keyboard. From there you’ll be taken to a Web page with search results as you would see by going to the search engine’s Web site and doing it directly.
If you want to choose one of the other search engines you have installed, just click on the little square logo next to the search engine icon and you should get a drop down box with all the search engines you have installed. Pick the one you want to use, and then its icons should be shown beside the search box. To switch back, follow the same steps.
If there is a search engine that you need that doesn’t come with Firefox by default you can install it yourself to use. You can find a list of popular search plugins here. For even more choices, check out the Mycroft Project. If you want to make your own – this Web page is a good place to start learning how to do just that.
Sick with that default way your icons look and you want to change things around a ‘bit? It is easy enough to do if you know where to look. Heck you could pretty much remove everything above your tab bar if you wanted to. The easiest way to customize your toolbar space would be to right-click on it and then click on the “Customize…” menu option.
From there everything is pretty easy to figure out. You can drag things into the box that pops up to remove them, and then click an drag things out of the box and into the menu to add them to the toolbar. On the bottom of that popup box you see a few other options as well.
The drop down box gives you the option to show just the icons, icons and text descriptions or just the text. If you don’t like the pretty icons, go hardcore and use the text only options. Personally I am an “icons only” kind of guy.
I don’t use the space and flexable space very much. They will help you push some of your icons around to the far left or far right if you need them to be there. The seperator will help you put little bars between your icons and toolbar spaces so things look nice and neat.
All the other icons you see there should be fairly familiar. If you have installed a few extensions, you might also see buttons for them there that you can drag over to your toolbar space.
Next thing you see if a check box option for using small icons. I have this one checked as well, because by doing so it shrinks my buttons down and gives me more toolbar space to work with. That’s more room for adding other neat buttons and options up there. It also helps to give you a little more viewing space where your Web sites are displayed too.
There is a button to add a new toolbar too. Use this if you need a new spot to expand all your buttons and options to. The last option you see here is for the folks that try to customize but end up messing things up and they don’t know how to go back.
Just hit the “Restore Default” button and everything will go back to the way it looked when you first installed Firefox (well, toolbar and icon positions anyways).
Extensions in Firefox are exactly what you probably think they are. They extend the browser and add extra functionality that is not built in by default. There are thousands are extensions to choose from, but you don’t need to install every single one. Just pick up the ones you really need.
The easiest way to download new extensions is to open up Firefox, then go to Tools then click on Add-ons. When that Window pops up, click on the “Get Extensions” link on the bottom. This will load up Mozilla’s official Firefox extensions Web site. If you don’t want to go through all of that to visit it – just bookmark this link:
From there you can navigate yourself around and find some extensions that might interest you. For an example, lets say you want to use the Download Statusbar extension. All you need to do is click the “Install Now” button on that Web page for it.
After you do that, a new window should pop up asking you if you really wanted to install this. Wait for the countdown on the button to run out, and then click “Install Now”. After that you should see it downloading and when it is finished Firefox will ask you to restart the browser. Go ahead and do that, then when it returns your extension should be installed.
One more thing you might watch out for is that the extension works with the version of Firefox that you are using. Via the Mozilla Addon-ons Web site – they give you a version number of Firefox that the extension should be compatible with. If you have a problem getting it loaded, that might be the reason why.
You can download Firefox extensions from other Web sites as well. When you do, and you click on their install links you’ll get a warning message come up under your tab bar saying something to the effect of “this Web site is not authorized to do that”. If you are sure you want to install it, just hit OK and you should be good to go. Another nice thing about Firefox, it’s secure – but it keeps it simple.
What about plugins?
Plugins help your browser perform specific functions like viewing special graphic formats or playing multimedia files. Plugins are slightly different from extensions, which modify or add to existing functionality.
You can download plugins for Java, Windows Media, Quicktime, Flash and more from this Web site.
This is the type of question you might ask yourself before moving over to what I would consider a better browser. Sure Opera, Internet Explorer and others might have their good sides and bad sides. I just feel like Firefox beats every other browser hands down.
Don’t just listen to me though, here are some other good resources and articles on why and how you can switch to Mozilla Firefox.
- Lifehacker : Top Ten Reasons to Switch to Firefox
- UK Design Company : 7 Reasons to Switch to Firefox
What is your favorite reason for switching?
Now I am not afraid to mention that this whole proxy switching thing never made too much sense to me. Then again, I never feel the need to be sneaky or need to get around anywhere to get my browsing done. For those of you who do feel sneaky or need a work around to browse, I have found the perfect companion for your Firefox browser. FoxyProxy is the way to go.
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