Until now, every Firefox add-on that promises to give me awesome abilities to look things up when I highlight a word have been mediocre at best. The Apture Highlights add-on for Firefox really is a game changer. It allows you to highlight a phrase and get background information from Wikipedia, YouTube, Twitter and more – on the same page. It also gives me this ability without looking tacky or sticking out like a sore thumb.
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When multiple tabs in your browser are not enough, try splitting your browsing area instead. Split Browser, an add-on for Firefox, divides up the context area of the browser in many ways. Want an over the top example?
That might be a little extreme, but it does help to point out that this extension will let you split your browser up however you see fit to do so.
Ever needed to see your Firefox status bar when browsing in full screen mode (you can get into full screen mode by hitting the F11 key on your keyboard). If you answered, “Yes, tell me more!” do I ever have that add-on of your dreams.
Simply called Full Screen Status Bar, this add-on for Firefox shows the status bar in full screen mode. It is a very simple tweak that should make many full screen web browser users very happy.
Pick it up for yourself, and give it a shot at the Mozilla add-ons web site.
Nobody likes having to click on checkboxes, in our e-mail or on the online forms we might need to fill out. It is a pain in the rear process, that I wish sometimes I did not have to do. With that said, I have found one experimental add-on that promises to make the pain go away.
CheckBoxMate, an add-on for Firefox, allows you to check multiple checkboxes with ease by drawing a box around them to automatically select them all. Here is what the developer of the extension had to say about it:
This tool is great for sites that use lots of checkboxes like a registration form or your Hotmail or Yahoo! inbox. Imagine this: Your Hotmail inbox has 10 spam messages and you don’t want to click on 10 separate checkboxes just to select them all. Now you can select them all just by drawing a box around them! To begin drawing a box, your mouse MUST first be positioned over one checkbox. Then drag to activate this tool.
Want to make your mouse work for you in Firefox? There are several handy keyboard and mouse combinations you might want to start memorizing. For those of us who spend our day with one hand on the mouse and the other on the keyboard – these shortcuts can sometimes be faster than doing things the manual way or with keyboard shortcuts alone.
Shift + Scroll Down = Go Back a Page
Shift + Scroll Up = Go Forward a Page
Ctrl + Left Click or Middle Click = Open Link in Background Tab
Ctrl + Shift + Left Click = Open Link in Foreground Tab
Shift + Left Click = Open Link in New Window
Alt + Scroll = Scroll Line by Line
Middle Click on Tab = Close a Tab
Double Click on Tab Bar = Tab New
Ctrl + Scroll Up = Text Size Decrease
Ctrl + Scroll Down = Text Size Increase
Know of anymore good ones? Be sure to leave a comment, and share with the rest of us. For more keyboard shortcut fun, remember to check out Mission Ctrl? All the Ctrl Key Shortcuts for Firefox, Firefox’s Navigation Bar Keyboard Combo Cheat Sheet and Ctrl + Shift Your Way Through Firefox.
Every single day it seems like there are more and more great Firefox resources out there. If you are as big of a fan of Firefox as I am, you know you have to try out all the best extensions at least once. Here is a list of the best extensions out there for power users. Continue Reading →
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