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Firefox is famous for its addons, and for good reason: they can make your browser do just about anything. But which addons are the most useful? Here are the addons we think are best, what they do, and where you can find them.
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If you’re using the web for research, you need to save what you find fast. Plus, you need to be able to access it just as quickly. These bookmark add-ons can help you do both.
If you use more than one browser, you need this. XMarks is a bookmark and password syncing service XMarks Syncs Bookmarks & Passwords Between All Major Browsers XMarks Syncs Bookmarks & Passwords Between All Major Browsers Read More compatible with Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer – meaning you can take your bookmarks with you when you switch from one to the other.
Compile things you find interesting, arrange them visually and share the results with the world. That’s the idea behind Pearl Trees, which lets you share the best of the web with your own visual library Organize The Best From The Web In Your Own Visual Library On Pearltrees [Chrome] Organize The Best From The Web In Your Own Visual Library On Pearltrees [Chrome] Pearltrees is a more natural way to process all we save and share on the web. At its simplest, it is a free web curation tool but with a completely visual interface (like a mindmap)... Read More. It’s long been a top-rated Firefox addon, check it out and learn why.
SiteLauncher offers a quick and easy way to access your favorite sites. Use the button in your toolbar to display your saved sites, click the one you want, and you are on your way. You can use and assign hotkeys, show the launcher as the home page when you start your browser, and customize the fonts, sizing, and colors.
Multirow Bookmarks Toolbar Plus
If you like having your most visited sites on a toolbar, but often run out of room, check out Multirow Bookmarks Toolbar Plus. With this handy tool, you can display your bookmarks in in multiple rows. You can pick the number of rows, use folders, enable automatic hiding, and choose from text and icon displays.
Many times you need to note a few sites for future reference. Here are tools for saving those relevant bits of information without leaving your browser.
Evernote Web Clipper
If you don’t use Evernote, you’re missing out: it’s the perfect place to put all those things you need to remember for later but don’t need right now. And the fastest way to send something to Evernote is the Web Clipper, which Aaron called the ultimate content saving tool Evernote's New Web Clipper Is The Ultimate Content Saving Tool Evernote's New Web Clipper Is The Ultimate Content Saving Tool Evernote's Web Clipper isn't new. But if you haven't heard, or perhaps didn't like the Evernote clipper in the past, this is the right time to look into it again. Read More. You won’t remember how you browsed without it.
Creating citations is the funnest part of academic writing, right? If you’re convinced, check out Zotero for Firefox. It takes the stress out of referencing Take The Stress Out Of Referencing With Zotero Take The Stress Out Of Referencing With Zotero Essays are dry. They're time consuming. They're dull. And the worst part of it? Referencing. Thankfully, there's an app out there making referencing less frustrating. Read More by creating a bibliography in just one click, and it’s also a useful tool for compiling resources. A must for academics.
If you’d rather your clippings live right in your browser, check out Scrapbook. You’ll get a sidebar where you can store and share research How To Share & Synchronize Research Data To Other Computers How To Share & Synchronize Research Data To Other Computers Read More.
Notepad (formerly QuickFox Notes)
Sometimes, while researching, you need to quickly write something down. If you’d rather keep everything in the browser, QuickFox notes lets you write and save notes with a tabbed interface.
Firefox isn’t just a tool you can use: it’s something you can make personal, and use to make the web look however you like. Here are some addons that let you do just that, by changing how you browser behaves or adding quick tools to the right-click menu.
There are a lot of Firefox themes out there, but if you can’t find one that’s just right, don’t worry: you can design your own Firefox skin with Stratiform. It’s easy.
Bookmarks, history, downloads: why should all of these things live in a tiny toolbar? Give yourself more room to work, without adding clutter: put everything you need in a sidebar The Real End Of Clutter: All-In-One Sidebar Brings Everything You Need To Your Sidebar [Firefox] The Real End Of Clutter: All-In-One Sidebar Brings Everything You Need To Your Sidebar [Firefox] I'm not easily impressed with add-ons, but All-in-One Sidebar is an excellent addition to anyone's Firefox browser. Yes, you shouldn't install too many browser extensions, but AiOS can easily replace several you're already using, and... Read More.
Don’t want an entire sidebar? Just move a few buttons, then. Doing so can save you a lot of vertical space Going Vertical - Free Your Browser Window From Clutter With Vertical Toolbar [Firefox] Going Vertical - Free Your Browser Window From Clutter With Vertical Toolbar [Firefox] I love Firefox. Yes, it’s not perfect, I’ll admit to that in a heartbeat, but for me, it’s almost everything I want from a browser. One thing that does bother me though, is its slight... Read More, so give it a shot if you want more of your screen to show the site you’re looking at.
Classic Theme Restorer
This handy addon brings back some of the buttons, tab preferences, and toolbar options from previous Firefox versions. There are many customization options such as changing tab location, different sizes and modes for menu icons, and options for closing tabs and opening panels.
See some text you don’t understand? With this addon installed all you need to do is right-click to see a translation.
Where did that picture come from? TinEye lets you find out quickly: just right-click, then click “Search image on TinEye” to find images similar from around the web. There’s no end of uses for this sort of reverse image search Check Out Some More Uses Of A Reverse Image Search Using TinEye [Chrome] Check Out Some More Uses Of A Reverse Image Search Using TinEye [Chrome] Image recognition is getting better by the day. Perhaps, that’s why we keep talking about it so much. The reverse search engine that usually gets most of the clicks is TinEye. We didn’t miss out... Read More, from spotting fake Facebook profile pictures to determining whether an image is fair use.
Customize the way your favourite websites look with scripts. This addon is legendary, though possibly less useful with the decay and eventual death of UserScripts.org. GreasyFork is probably the best place to find scripts now.
Similar to Greasemonkey in some ways, but focused on changing how sites look instead of how they act. Think of it as themes for your favourite sites Use Custom Styles For Any Website With Stylish [Chrome] Use Custom Styles For Any Website With Stylish [Chrome] Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. Web designers and developers have to live with this curse every day. And when you happen to work for a major website like Facebook, even the slightest... Read More.
User Agent Switcher
Want to see the mobile version of a page? Or access a site that’s “Chrome Only”, or “Internet Explorer Only”? User agent lets you trick websites into thinking you’re using a different browser Impersonate Other Browsers With User Agent Switcher [Firefox] Impersonate Other Browsers With User Agent Switcher [Firefox] The User Agent Switcher extension is a secret agent in disguise for Firefox. You can put on your IE hat and slip past virtual bouncers into Internet Explorer-only websites; blend in as an iPhone and... Read More.
If you’re an aspiring web developer, you need to know about these tools – they’re the reason so many pros use Firefox, or at least keep it around for certain instances.
FireGestures is a convenient add-on for executing commands with mouse gestures. You can easily configure your mappings by editing current ones or adding new scripts. Enable or disable wheel, rocker, keypress, and tab wheel gestures. And, if you have a touchscreen, you can use and adjust the swipe gestures.
You probably don’t have every color code memorized, so use while you’re editing sites with Firebug. It pops up and lets you pick a color with your mouse, and pastes the proper code.
SeoQuake SEO Extension
When you need a little help with search engine or social media optimization, SeoQuake SEO Extension is a terrific tool. With this addon, you can investigate site parameters, view keyword density for phrases, look over site compliance data, and see the internal and external links.
Why install a separate program for FTP transfers when you can do it right in your browser? FireFTP is a powerful Firefox FTP client FireFTP is a Powerful Firefox FTP Client You Can Use in Your Browser FireFTP is a Powerful Firefox FTP Client You Can Use in Your Browser If you've ever done any sort of web management, then you've probably used FTP at some point or another. Most web hosts will have a primitive file uploader than you can use straight from your... Read More.
Back up and rebuild your Firefox extensions with FEBE. Decide what to back up along with where and when. The addon’s options include reminders, cloud service connections, and import and export tools. You can also perform a quick backup or restore right from your main menu.
It’s like a tape measure for web designers MeasureIt: A Simple Ruler Extension for Firefox MeasureIt: A Simple Ruler Extension for Firefox Read More, letting you quickly measure the size in pixels of any area. Perfect if you need to know how big an image you can fit in a given place.
Hey, which font is that? Find out quickly with this tool.
Connect To Mobile
Firefox syncs your bookmarks and open tabs with its mobile version, but you can send a lot more than that to your phone. Here are tools for getting content from your desktop Firefox to you other devices.
Send To Kindle
Found a long article, but don’t have time to read it now? With this you can save websites to your Kindle How To Save Websites To Read Later On Your Kindle How To Save Websites To Read Later On Your Kindle Our computers aren't made for reading long-form articles, but Kindles are. You can send websites to your Kindle and read them later, just like you'd read eBooks on your Kindle. This lets you use your... Read More, so you can read them later on your e-ink screen.
Send the currently open article to the ultimate digital bookmarking service Pocket - The Ultimate Digital Bookmarking Service Pocket - The Ultimate Digital Bookmarking Service As Bakari previously reported, the well loved Read It Later - which enabled users to save articles to read later from a bookmarklet or various apps it was integrated with - was discontinued and replaced... Read More, so you can read it later on your phone or tablet.
Nothing is worse than typing a long password with a phone keyboard. With LastPass for Firefox, you can sync your passwords to your phone and all of your other devices. LastPass also makes logging into sites faster on your desktop, so it’s the ideal password management system LastPass for Firefox: The Ideal Password Management System LastPass for Firefox: The Ideal Password Management System If you've not yet decided to use a password manager for your myriad logins online, it's time you took a look at one of the best options around: LastPass. Many people are cautious about using... Read More.
Pushbullet is a great tool for sending and syncing information to and from most anywhere quickly. You can send a link, share a screen shot, type a message, or drop a file between your devices or even to other people. The tool also lets you send to multiple devices at one time, show notifications, and add a password for end-to-end encryption.
Music and Video
There’s a lot of great media online, and Firefox is a good browser to enjoy it with. But are there tools that can make streaming, and downloading, a bit better? Of course there are.
If you like to find and download media – images, videos or music – you’re going to want this legendary addon. One click lets you download every piece of media linked to on a page, or every image on that page.
Ant Video Downloader
Downloads videos from a surprising number of sites, so you can watch them offline. Use responsibly.
Turn Off The Lights
Darkens everything on the page but the video you’re watching, kind of like turning the lights off in the theater.
Flash Video Downloader
Another downloader to check out is Flash Video Downloader. You can download video, audio, and image files in formats like MP3, MP4, and SWF. When you land on a site with downloadable content, just click the add-on button in your toolbar. Available options from the page will display and you simply click the Download button. You can also mark the media types you want to search for on the page with the options at the top of the pop-up window.
Lots of sites offer HTTPS encryption, but leave it off by default. This addon turns it on whenever possible, giving you an added layer of security Encrypt Your Web Browsing With HTTPS Everywhere [Firefox] Encrypt Your Web Browsing With HTTPS Everywhere [Firefox] HTTPS Everywhere is one of those extensions that only Firefox makes possible. Developed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, HTTPS Everywhere automatically redirects you to the encrypted version of websites. It works on Google, Wikipedia and... Read More.
Don’t want Google watching your every move? This addon sends a bunch of random searches to Google, Bing and more, making it harder to search engines to track your online activity.
For blocking invisible trackers and spying advertisements, Privacy Badger has you covered. With simple settings like whitelisted sites, a badge icon for trackers, and an easy slider to adjust blocking and cookies on particular websites.
Create passwords in your browser with the LessPass add-on. When you visit a website that you want to generate a password for, just click the button in your toolbar. Make sure you complete the site (automatically populated), login, and master password fields and click Generate. You can also click the Settings button to configure advanced options such as letters, numbers, characters, and length.
Finding the best price is way easier in your browser than it is at the mall, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be even easier. Here are the best Firefox tools for the job.
It’s automated price comparison! Browse any online store, and this addon will let you know if anything you’re looking at can be found for less somewhere else. This will save you money 3 Useful Firefox Add-ons To Help Save You Money 3 Useful Firefox Add-ons To Help Save You Money Read More.
Shoptimate is a convenient tool for comparison shopping because it works automatically while you are viewing a product. You will then see the lowest price and where to obtain it pop right up. There is also a button to view additional prices and locations and you can click to go directly to another store on the list.
Another sweet shopping tool 5 Useful, Money-Saving Online Shopping Tips You Should Know 5 Useful, Money-Saving Online Shopping Tips You Should Know Here are several tips and tricks to help you hold onto more of your hard-earned cash. Read More is called Honey. With this add-on, you can obtain discount codes and have them applied at checkout time. As you shop, Honey will search for coupons and sales automatically and the toolbar icon will light up when something is found. Then just review the deals, make your pick, and you are on your way.
Social Networking Tools
Social networks are great for keeping in touch with friends and finding great content. Here are a few tools that make your favorite networks just a bit better.
The magic internet button that takes you to a random website. Still awesome after all these years StumbleUpon For Firefox - It's Still Awesome StumbleUpon For Firefox - It's Still Awesome Where do you get your fix of fun, interesting sites to look at? These days, it's probably Reddit, Twitter or Facebook. But do you remember the time when the best site to find new interesting... Read More.
Reddit Enhancement Suite
Add keyboard shortcuts, embedded media and so much more to Reddit. If you browse the site often, this is a must-have. It’s necessary if you want to use Reddit like a boss Use Reddit Like A Boss With This Combo Package Use Reddit Like A Boss With This Combo Package Today, we're going to take a look at a couple of browser extensions that will enhance your Reddit experience. One of them is an old fogey, so you might of already heard of it by... Read More.
Tweeting too much can overwhelm your followers. With Buffer, you can schedule to share whatever you’re reading right now sometime later – important if you want to optimize viewership.
The AddThis extension has hundreds of sharing options from popular social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to less familiar options like Amen Me!, Fashiolista, and Links Gutter. You can also print easily or send via email.
Share This is another addon that allows you to share to many locations. It does not currently have hundreds, but it does have the most popular sites. Facebook, Twitter, Buffer, LinkedIn, and Pinterest are among the options and email sharing can be done using Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, or Outlook.
If you are a Hootsuite fan for sharing to Twitter, Facebook, or even Google Plus 6 Great Social Sharing Extensions for Firefox 6 Great Social Sharing Extensions for Firefox People love to share articles online, but some of us like to have more options than are presented to us by the site. In fact, this is a common problem. Read More, then the Hootsuite Hootlet addon is a great tool. The sharing window automatically pops in the name of the website or article and a shortened URL. You can then select your account, add a new one, and schedule the post. You can also edit the post to include another link, an attachment, or a location.
If you regularly can’t see the favicons because of how many tabs you have open, there’s help for you. Here are some addons that can keep things under control.
Duplicate Tab Closer
If you open the same website in two different tabs, this addon will automatically close one of them, helping you organize your tabs Organize Firefox With These Superb Tab Management Tools Organize Firefox With These Superb Tab Management Tools Multiple tabs are a common reality to modern web browsing. It doesn't take long at all before you have a good number of tabs open, and that's natural. However, despite the great convenience that tabs... Read More.
Tab Mix Plus
Control and customize your tab options with Tabs Mix Plus. This extension lets you manage opening, closing, and merging tabs. You can also adjust mouse gestures and clicking, context menus, and the opening of new pages. In addition, you can check out the session manager within the tool.
Browse multiple sites, at once, in a single window. This addon lets you get more out of your wide screen Tile Tabs for Firefox: Letting You Use The Full Potential Of Your Wide Screen Tile Tabs for Firefox: Letting You Use The Full Potential Of Your Wide Screen There's a reason the new Chromebook Pixel, an expensive high-end machine, uses a 3:4 aspect ratio rather than widescreen 16:9. It's because the Web is vertical. Webpages scroll up and down, but most of us... Read More.
If you work with a lot of tabs open at one time, then Tab Grenade is awesome. This tool can help you get where you need to go without clicking each tab. With the click of a button, closes all tabs for you and places their links in one spot. You can then open one or all of them back up, remove the group, or close just one at a time.
ColorfulTabs is a favorite for tab organization 25 Firefox Addons That Will Make You More Productive 25 Firefox Addons That Will Make You More Productive For those who use Firefox, we have suggestions and add-ons that can assist you in successfully satisfying your productivity resolution. Read More because it allows you to color-code your tabs to see what you need at a glance. You can set up presets so that specific domains always open in the same color or choose a specific color for the tab you are currently using. You can use highlight or blink effects and convert tabs into a compact view.
Tab Memory Usage
For a quick way to see how much memory each of your tabs is using, check out Tab Memory Usage. This easy-to-use add-on displays the amount of usage in your toolbar and is configurable per your taste. You can adjust the color code for memory usage from zero to 100 percent. You can also exclude certain sites or include specific ones, display only high amounts, and adjust the icon badge and label setting.
Task and Time Management
You can stay productive right in Firefox without opening other apps. These tools help you stay on track with your tasks and your valuable time.
If Todoist is your task list of choice To-Do List App Showdown: Any.do vs Todoist vs Wunderlist To-Do List App Showdown: Any.do vs Todoist vs Wunderlist Some to-do list apps stand head and shoulders above the rest. But how do they compare and which one is best for you? We'll help you find out. Read More, then the Firefox add-on is a must-have tool. You can add tasks, view your lists, see notifications, and review items by day. You can also mark to-dos as complete, use handy keyboard shortcuts, and search by filter if needed.
Another terrific task list option for Firefox is ReminderFox. You can create reminders and to-dos, choose start and end times or pick the All Day option, pick a category, and have events repeat. Set up an alarm for a number of minutes, hours, or days before the event is due. You can also view your tasks and reminders in list view, calendar view, or both.
For tracking your time on projects and tasks, Toggl is an awesome tool. You can start and stop the clock with quick click from the toolbar button. More than just a Firefox Add-on, you can manage projects and sub-projects, create a workspace for teams, and access reporting tools. For more information on Toggl, take a look at how it can boost your productivity The Best Time Tracking App for Android, iOS, and Desktop The Best Time Tracking App for Android, iOS, and Desktop We show you how time tracking can benefit you or your team, what to look for in time tracking software, and the best cross-platform application we could find for the job. Read More.
Don’t lose track of time while you are online, use TimerFox. With this basic timer, just set the hours, minutes, and seconds and add an optional a message. Click OK and when time is up, a pop-up box will display. This very simple tool can remind you when it is time to move on.
Originally written by Justin Pot. Last updated by Sandy Stachowiak on 20 June 2017.
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