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Guest Posts on Firefox Facts

You have read my thoughts and opinions on Firefox and everything related to Firefox – so why not join me in sharing the word about how awesome this little browser really is.  Starting today, I am going to start accepting guest posts here on Firefox Facts.  So, if you have your own Firefox tutorial, add-on review or anything else Mozilla related that you’d like to share with the over 75,000 visitors that come to FirefoxFacts.com monthly – here is your chance.

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Read it Later

Save it for Later! Why read something now, when you can simply save it for later?  I am always running across neat articles or reviews I want to read more in-depth, but I don’t have the time.  That is where a service and add-on like Read it Later comes in handy.

The add-on in question will save pages for you to read later with just one click.  When you have the time to check it out, you can access your Read it Later list from any computer or phone. As you save things, it syncs it to your profile on the Read it Later website.

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Mozilla’s Guide to Building a Better Add-on

Mozilla's Add-on Developer Help and Tutorials

One complaint I have heard time and time again is that Firefox doesn’t document the “how to” process very well, when it comes to building a Firefox add-on.  Well, thanks to the Add-on Developer Hub, I think that is one complaint I will not hear again.  The Mozilla team has put in a lot of hard work and effort into creating a place to centralize the help, tutorials and guidance you’ll need to build the next great Firefox extension.
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Beginner’s Guide to Greasemonkey

943948800 In a nutshell, Greasemonkey is an add-on for Firefox that allows you to customize a web site’s look and function.  Now you don’t have to be a coder to use it though, because there are already hundreds of scripts out there available for free that you can use to help you do a number of different things.

How Do You Use Greasemonkey?

Once you have installed Greasemonkey, you will see the little monkey’s head come up in your status bar.  From here you can create a new user script of your own or you can edit the ones you have already installed.  You also have the ability to enable and disable scripts or Greasemonkey all together, if you need to.

Where Can I Find Greasemonkey User Scripts?

Finding Greasemonkey scripts is easy.  For that, let me point you in the direction of Userscripts.org. This is a great depository of user scripts people have created to get more out of various web sites.  You can browse through all of the scripts, or search for the web site you want to modify.

Greasefire, another extension for Firefox can also help.  It will let you know in the status bar how many user scripts are available for that specific URL you are visiting. Here are a few more of my favorite Greasemonkey script collections:

How Can I Make My Own User Scripts for Greasemonkey?

Making your own Greasemonkey user scripts might be a ‘bit of a challenge, unless you are an old JavaScript coding pro.  It does take some learning, however there are several resources on the Web that will help you teach yourself.  One of the best is the Dive into Greasemonkey eBook.  Here are a few more resources to help you create your own user script:

Once you have made a successful Greasemonkey userscript, you might even look into creating it into a stand alone Firefox add-on.

If you like the tweak the Web, and make it your own, then Greasemonkey is well worth picking up as a Firefox extension.  The add-on, plus some user scripting can lead to helping you get more out of your favorite web sites, and then share that help with others.  When push comes to shove, isn’t that what the Internet should be all about?

Link Tour Through the Firefox Knowledge Base

Firefox Knowledge Base The Firefox Knowledge Base has grown to become a pretty helpful tool when it comes to looking up or reading through documentation on some of Firefox’s features.  However, I bet you have not yet taken a deeper look at this great service provided by the Mozilla team.

As an example, did you know you can browse through all of the articles posted here:

They also provide you with a support forum too, so you can browse through past questions or post your own:

You might also want to register, so that you can help out as a contributor or just gain more access to the tools provided as a user. 

Also, you can’t forget about the awesome live chat available too.

As you can see, there is a lot to love about this support resource.  If you consider yourself a Firefox expert, you could always donate your time and contribute in a number of different ways.  If you are just a regular user, this is a good spot to bookmark just in case Firefox isn’t working right.

Has the Knowledge Base helped you, or is it still missing features you would like to see?

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.

Want to Create a Firefox 3 Theme?

Some time ago, I told you about my favorite tutorial for people wanting to know how to build their own Firefox theme.  I am happy to say that the twisted-one himself, TwisterMc has updated his digital class in Firefox design to cover Firefox 3.

There are a few requirements, such as getting your own unique UUID, giving TwisterMc some credit, and coming up with something original – but those are easily done in exchange for the knowledge you will be receiving.

ipoxremix Some of the tutorials covered are:

- Packaging Firefox Themes
- Creating Your Themes’ Identity & Install Files
- Graphics Editing for Firefox Themes
- Custom Firefox Toolbar Buttons
- Customizing Toolbar Backgrounds
- Submitting Your Theme to Mozilla
- Customize Firefox’s Scrollbar
- Changing Fonts & Colors in Firefox Themes
- User Generated Q&A

Check it all out here:

Big thanks to TwisterMc for updating this for all of us to enjoy. Know of anymore theme resources or tutorials out there?

7 Secret Pages in Firefox

I ran across this link via one of those bookmark tracking services. For those of you who might not know about all the hidden configuration pages you can access via Firefox, this would be a nice place to start.

I found myself staring at the “about:blank” parameter for an IE installation today, and that got me thinking if it works in other browsers too. It did. I’m using Firefox, and that cleared the address bar to a blank. And then I figured the developers HAD to include some more address bar commands and started looking them up.

+ Read About All 7 Hidden Firefox Pages!

Email This! Tutorials and Help

Now Email This has been one of my favorite extensions for some time now.

For those of you who might not know, it allows you to quickly send your recipient the link, title, & highlighted text of the page you are viewing using GMail, Yahoo, and Stand-Alone Mail Clients like Outlook Express, Thunderbird, and more. I just now found out though that on the official Web site they have put up a video tutorial about the extension as well.

It is nice to see extensions from the past that are still being well taken care of as the versions of Firefox move on.