While setting up a new copy of firefox on my second computer, I realized that my web browsing setup is very dependent upon the vast array of third-party extensions for Firefox. These are things I just can’t live without, and hopefully you’ll agree. There are many other extensions, greasemonkey scripts and bookmarklets out there. Hopefully, I’ve helped you find something you’ll use.
The web has exploded into a sick mass of vanispamcruftisement. To get rid of any image using a wildcard-based search, you need Adblock or Adblock Plus.
Extension: Adblock Plus
Adblock Filterset.G Updater
Requires Adblock Plus
Automatic updater for adblock. Think of it like an antivirus update.
Extension: Adblock Filterset.G Updater
Gets rid of the clunky download manager and replaces it with a sexy bar at the bottom of your screen. Tip: It supports coloring, so that files that are downloading faster are shown in a different color, but it has to be enabled in the preferences.
Extension: Download Statusbar
Warning: does not work with Firefox 2.0
My favorite extension, sadly, does not work in Firefox 2.0. For those power users out there that haven’t upgraded, try this out. Be warned, though, for it is incompatible with everything and your mom. Cool features: undo close tab, a list of undocloseable tabs you could place on the toolbar, very specific tab preferences, such as “new tabs open to the right of current tab,” tab coloring… I could go on and on.
Extension: Tabbrowser Extensions
Greasemonkey doesn’t do anything by itself. Rather, it runs scripts that other users write that target specific features of websites. You can do some powerful stuff with Greasemonkey. If any of the following Greasemonkey scripts interest you, grab Greasemonkey first.
Greasemonkey Script: Greased Lightbox
Pokes back all of the people who have poked you. Excellent way to win a poke war.
Greasemonkey Script: Facebook Autopoke
Lets you go directly to a previously “bookmarked” category when submitting a deviation to deviantART. Has a pretty nifty interface, too.
Greasemonkey Script: quickSUBMIT
Resizes the video window to fill up your screen, and moves all of the ads out of the way. If you use YouTube at all, you need this.
Greasemonkey Script: YousableTube
dAv5 Message Count
Changes the top of the screen on DA from something like “9 deviations, 21 messages” to the more traditional/dAv4-style “30 new messages ( 9D, 15M, 6C )”
Greasemonkey Script: dAv5 Message Count
Automatic MySpace Media Remover
I hate websites that automatically play music. HATE HATE HATE. ‘Nuff said.
Greasemonkey Script: Automatic Myspace Media Remover
Opens a new page with all of the images linked to on the current page displayed in a list.
Bookmarklet: ‘);}z.close();})()”>Linked images
List all links
Lists all links on a page.
Bookmarklet: List all links
Hides links you’ve clicked on a page. Doesn’t hide images seen using Greasebox or Linked Images.
Bookmarklet: Hide visited
Increments the url of the current page by one. Useful for viewing sequential pages.
Decrements the url of the current page by one.
Runs a google search on the text you have selected; if you didn’t select any text, prompts you for some.
Bookmarklet: Google selected text
Google text: Site
Same as the previous one, but does a Google SiteSearch of the current website instead.
Bookmarklet: Google selected text: Site