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Best Firefox Facts of December 2008

What Firefox tips, tricks and reviews did December bring out way?  Well, there is no doubt that Firefox closed out the year doing better than ever.  Here are some of the highlights we shared together here on FirefoxFacts.com in the month of December – one more time.

Useful Firefox Add-ons

Mozilla and Firefox News

Best of the Best Firefox Tools

Firefox Themes

Firefox Tweaks, Hacks and Tips

From everybody at Firefox Facts (which I am pretty sure, that is just me) I want to wish all the Firefox fans out there who come in and visit or subscribe to the RSS feed a very happy new year!

Also, be sure to check out the best web hosting podcasts of 2008 too!  Great list of great shows!

Best Firefox Facts of November 2008

The Thanksgiving leftovers are starting to taste funny, and your already thinking of starting a new exercise program. Those two events coming together as one can only mean one thing. November is over. Here are some of the best Firefox Facts November had to offer.

Firefox Themes

Useful Firefox Add-ons

Best of the Best Firefox Tools

Mozilla and Firefox News

Firefox Tweaks, Hacks and Tips

Just think of this as your Thanksgiving Day leftovers warmed up one more time. Now to start planning for how Firefox Facts will leave you begging for more in December 2008. End of year awards, anyone?

Bonus: Check out podcast #173 of the Web Hosting Show, my web development and hosting podcast side project.  Totally free, and updated every week.

Firefox Holiday News, Tips and Link Rush

Seems like the deeper we get into the holidays and the end of the year, the more Firefox and Mozilla related news comes out.  Are the two events related?  Could be…

  • Dear Firefox: Please forgive me  When we met three years ago, I thought: This is it, the browser I’ve been waiting for. I’ve found my life partner. So I dumped Internet Explorer faster than you can say “unrecoverable system error” and we moved in together. Sure, we had our ups and downs over the years, but overall it was great. Really.
  • Mozilla Sponsors the First Annual Add-On-Conthe first annual Add-on-Con Conference has been announced. The conference, hosted by add-on developers OneRiot, AdaptiveBlue & Sxipper is the first event specifically designed to bring together developers who are interested in improving their capabilities to produce professional add-ons.
  • Mozilla to Firefox Add-On Developers: Stop Being LazyMozilla evangelists are starting to develop tools to track Firefox’s very healthy add-on ecosystem, primarily with regard to how they adapt to upcoming Firefox versions.  In fact, the newest Firefox version, 3.1, is already in the hopper, but according to a Mozilla blog post, add-on developers aren’t ready for it. Only 20% of the most-used Firefox add-ons are ready for the upcoming version.
  • How To: Disable Google SearchWiki from Firefox and OperaGoogle SearchWiki is new feature built inside Google’s Search that lets you customize the search results by moving a site up or down or even adding new pages etc. This feature has created a lot of buzz on the internet as many people has expressed their dissatisfaction for making this feature a default inside Google’s Search.

More Firefox News, Tips and Links

Have a Firefox link, news or add-on review to share?  Feel free to pass them along in the comments!

Easier Bookmark Copying

copy-bookmarks Here is a tip I randomly ran across via Smart Productivity.  Want to quickly copy and paste a text-based list of your bookmarks?  All you need to do is right-click a folder icon in your bookmarks and select Copy.  After doing so, you can right-click and select Paste to paste the list anywhere you need it.  It will be saved to your clipboard, organized by folder names.

Here is one more tip from the Smart Productivity blog:

One other great use of this tip is that if you right-click any of the items at the top of the Bookmarks folder, such as Organize Bookmarks and select Copy, your complete library of bookmark URLs will be placed on the clipboard as well as the folder names.

Very neat discovery, I must say.  Check out more Smart Productivity here:

http://www.smartproductivity.com/firefox-tip-easily-copy-your-bookmarks

Best Firefox Facts of October 2008

October is over, and now it is time to start talking turkey.  Before we get the plates set for Thanksgiving though – lets us take a look back at the highlights of October 2008 and the glorious posts that happened then.

Firefox Themes and Design 

 Tips and Tweaks for Firefox

 Mozilla and Firefox Related News

 Best of the Firefox Add-ons and Extensions

Which was your favorite and what would you like to see me talk more about going into November?  Remember, you are my boss – and not the other way around so let me know how you feel and what you think.

Google Cache Checker

Ever wanted to check to see if a page is cached by Google yet or not?

google-cache-checker

Now you could search Google for cache:yourdomain.com or you could use an extension to get this ability added to your status bar.  Google Cache Checker, currently an experimental add-on for Firefox, displays a checkmark icon if the current page is Google cached. If it is not, the extension displays a red X.

The result is immediately shown conveniently in the browser status bar.  Where would this be handy to have?  Well, let’s say your viewing a web site that is currently down.  By viewing the cache (if it exists) you could at least see what it looked like before it went down.  You can download the add-on from the Firefox Add-ons web site or get more information from the official web site.

For more status bar tweaks, be sure to check out 25 Tweaks for Your Firefox Status Bar and 25 More Tweaks for Your Firefox Status Bar.

25 More Tweaks for Your Firefox Status Bar

status-bar-tweaks2 Seems like a few people thought I forgot a few favorite extensions with the 25 Tweaks for Your Firefox Status Bar.  So, I thought why not revisit the idea and toss in some of the suggestions I received from all of you.

Flagfox – displays a country flag depicting the location of the current web site’s server

PingPong – start up a game of pong, anytime you feel the urge

FoxyMeter – how far have you surfed?

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GA? – Is Google Analytics Installed – checks to see if Google Analytics is installed on any given page

Cookie Monster – gives you easy access to how cookies are used in your browser

Linkification – converts text links into genuine, clickable links (get more here)

infoRSS – displays RSS, Atom, parsed HTML and NNTP feed in a scrolling area in the status bar

Server Spy – indicates what brand of HTTP server (e.g. Apache, IIS, etc.) runs on the visited sites

Status-bar Scientific Calculator – a calculator that is very scientific!

Html Validator – adds HTML validation inside Firefox

Browse Images – browses all linked images of a page one after another or at once

QuickZoom – adds two icons to the Firefox/Thunderbird status bar which enable quick access to the “Enlarge Text Size” (Ctrl++) and “Reduce Text Size” (Ctrl+-) menu commands

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MoneyQuake – displays your real-time earning statistics

whos.amung.us Users Online Counter – shows how many people are currently on your web site in accordance with the whos.amung.us widget

Converter – contextual unit and time zone conversion on any web page

QuickPageZoom – another quick page zoom add-on for the status bar

PhishTank SiteChecker – gives Firefox users a way to bring the community judgment of PhishTank

Forecastfox -  get international weather forecasts from AccuWeather.com, and display it in any toolbar or statusbar

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NoScript – allow active content to run only from sites you trust, and protect yourself against XSS and clickjacking attacks

Download Statusbar – view and manage downloads from a tidy statusbar – without the download window getting in the way of your web browsing

FoxyTunes – lets you control almost any media player and find lyrics, covers, videos, bios and much more with a click right from your browser

Greasemonkey – allows you to customize the way a web page displays using small bits of JavaScript

Stylish – customize the look of the application and of web sites with Stylish, a user styles manager

Gmail Manager – allows you to manage multiple Gmail accounts and receive new mail notifications

Turn it Off? – The last would be to turn the status bar off.  To do so, go to View (in the menu bar) and then click on Status Bar.  Doing so will turn it off.  Repeat the same steps to turn it back on.   So now, after doing 50 tips to tweak your status bar – which did I miss?

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”.

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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.

Ctrl + Shift Your Way Through Firefox

You asked for it, time and time again.  You told me Mitch, you awesome guy you… (ok, maybe you left out the awesome part, but I forgive you) we want more Firefox keyboard shortcuts.  I beat my keyboard till it was black and blue to find these shortcuts just for you.

Ctrl + Shift + T = Reload Closed Tab

Ctrl + Shift + R = Reload Web Page, Override Cache

Ctrl + Shift + Tab = Go Backwards When Scrolling Through Tabs (right to left)

Ctrl + Shift + G = Find Toolbar searches page backwards (down to up)

Ctrl + Shift + Del = Clear Private Data

Ctrl + Shift + D = Bookmark All Open Tabs

User Submitted Ctrl + Shift Shortcuts

Ctrl+Shift+Enter = Adds .org to the end of an address in the address bar

(thanks to Jian Li)

Ctrl + Shift + B = Organize Bookmarks

Ctrl + Shift + E = Adblockplus addon preferences

Ctrl + Shift + F = Foxmarks Addon settings

Ctrl + Shift + H = Show Browsing History

Ctrl + Shift + J = Firefox Error Console

Ctrl + Shift + L = Open selected links using the Linky addon

Ctrl + Shift + Q = Foxclock addon Zone Picker

Ctrl + Shift + S = Synchronize books using Foxmarks Addon

Ctrl + Shift + V = Show items blockable with the Adblockplus addon

Ctrl + Shift + W = Close the current window

Ctrl + Shift + X = toggle typing direction of current textbox

(thanks to KeyboardJunkie)

Need more?  Check out my previous post on all of the Ctrl key combos and shortcuts.  If you have stumbled upon any Ctrl + Shift keyboard combos I missed out on, drop in a comment and let me know.

Remove the Toolbar Notes in Firefox 3

More of a pain than a savior, the toolbar the toolbar tip floating boxes of help and information in Firefox tend to hurt me more than help me.  Yes, I know the reload button allows me to reload the current page, I got it!

remove-helpIf you want to disable this feature, follow these steps:

Step 1: In your address bar, type in about:config

Step 2: If given a warning, tell Firefox you promise to be nice.  Now type this into your Filter search box at the top:

browser.chrome.toolbar_tips

Step 3: Now only one result should be showing up.  Right-click where it says “browser.chrome.toolbar_tips” and select “Toggle”.  You want to turn this from True to False.  (If you want them back, just toggle it again to turn this feature back on).  Now you can go ahead and get back to your browsing.

There you have it, no more annoying popup tips coming your way getting in the way of your browser thanks to our good ol’ buddy, about:config.