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Customizing Firefox
Scot's Newsletter ^ | January 3, 2005 | Scot Finnie

Posted on 01/16/2005 12:45:24 AM PST by Eagle9

Scot Finnie is Editor, the Pipelines and TechWeb, as well as the author of Scot's Newsletter and previously an editor with Windows Magazine, ZDNet, and PC/Computing. He has been writing about Windows and other operating systems for two decades.

  - Firefox Extension Recommendations
   - Firefox Customization Recommendations

In the last issue of the newsletter, I offered an in-depth review of Mozilla's new Firefox browser. That story was picked up by several TechWeb Pipeline sites, was linked to by Network Computing, and was re-published by InformationWeek online with my permission. The story was also highlighted on Google's Sci/Tech page, and it's been commented on by several Mozilla.org members. One of the things you should know is that this review has become a living document. As I discovered new things about Firefox, or when in a few cases I was shown the error of my ways, I've made changes and corrections to the story on the website version (the last issue of the newsletter). The review you may have read a month ago in your inbox has changed pretty significantly.

If you are a Firefox user, I recommend checking the website version of the review. But even though there are many new details and insights about Firefox in the review, one thing that didn't change was my strongly positive conclusion about the new browser. In fact, I'm an even more confirmed Firefox user today than when I mailed the last issue of the newsletter.

In this issue I'm offering insights and links to a long list of installable extensions and user-configuration tweaks to Firefox that provide literally dozens of improvements to the program. With this story in hand, you can vastly improved your Firefox installation, quickly and easily, and you'll be doing so with changes I've personally vetted and tested in advance.

One last point before I get to the good stuff. I'm creating a "living" version of this Customizing Firefox content in a place other than the website version of the newsletter. It makes it easier for me to update it that way. This is the link for that page:

Customizing Firefox



TOPICS: Technical
KEYWORDS: firefox
This should be helpful to many of the new users of Firefox here at FR.
1 posted on 01/16/2005 12:45:24 AM PST by Eagle9
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To: Eagle9

Thanks, lotsa good info.


2 posted on 01/16/2005 12:47:35 AM PST by BJClinton (South Park Republican)
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To: Eagle9; lodwick; Cuttnhorse; operation clinton cleanup; Servant of the 9; catpuppy; ...

for a later read

PING


3 posted on 01/16/2005 12:48:14 AM PST by Mo1 (Does the distinguished Sen from VT wish to act as our treaty rep. for negotiations with Al Queda?)
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To: Eagle9

Nifty post.

The only extensions I really like so far are:
Disable Targets for Downloads
Adblock (AMAZING! filters out so much with wildcards)
Tabbrowser Preferences
Add Bookmark Here
Download Manager Tweak
DragToTab
View Cookies
Dictionary Search
Open Links In...


4 posted on 01/16/2005 12:48:40 AM PST by Brian328i
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To: Eagle9

Thanks! I second the BugMeNot and WordCount extensions. Also like DictionarySearch a lot.


5 posted on 01/16/2005 12:57:15 AM PST by LibWhacker
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To: Brian328i
Dict is frequently more useful than dictionary search. less overhead, quicker, etc. I have both extensions loaded, but find that I use dict much more frequently.
6 posted on 01/16/2005 12:57:56 AM PST by smonk
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To: Eagle9

bttt


7 posted on 01/16/2005 1:00:44 AM PST by nopardons
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To: Eagle9
I enabled pipelining just yesterday. whatever it's doing, it's not hurting anything. maybe things are faster, maybe it has just been a good day for bellsouth DSL. maybe it's my imagination.
8 posted on 01/16/2005 1:03:31 AM PST by smonk
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To: Eagle9; ShadowAce; backhoe

Thanks, lots to check out.


9 posted on 01/16/2005 1:20:00 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (A Proud member of Free Republic ~~The New Face of the Fourth Estate since 1996.)
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To: Eagle9

Have a look at:

Permit Cookies
Sort Bookmarks
A's Yahoo mail notifier (be aware of security implications)


10 posted on 01/16/2005 1:40:32 AM PST by Northern Alliance
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To: Eagle9

He's wrong about Tabbrowser Preferences. In conjunction with MiniT+ (as opposed to the plain old MiniT he recommended), Single Window, and FLST, you add a wealth of tabbed browsing controls that rival the bloated, buggy Tabbrowser Extensions for sheer usefulness.

Now if only someone would code an extension that puts a status bar in each tab's label, ala TBE.


11 posted on 01/16/2005 1:45:28 AM PST by Terpfen (Gore/Sharpton '08: it's Al-right!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Thanks- crosslinked here:

Browser Wars, take two
various FR links | 12-22-04 | The Heavy Equipment Guy
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1306815/posts


12 posted on 01/16/2005 2:49:55 AM PST by backhoe (-30-)
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To: Mo1

Thank you for the ping, I've forwarded this url to Mr. Prairie who is a new Firefox user. I'm letting him figure it all out so he can teach me, :^P.


13 posted on 01/16/2005 3:44:22 AM PST by prairiebreeze (George W Bush: Spending well-earned political capital.)
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To: backhoe

bump


14 posted on 01/16/2005 3:51:30 AM PST by patj
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To: Eagle9

bttt


15 posted on 01/16/2005 3:51:51 AM PST by arthurus (Better to fight them over THERE than over HERE.)
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To: Eagle9
Firefox bump mainly to book mark this wonderful post so that I can tweak the Firefoxs on my other computers.

Thank you sir.

16 posted on 01/16/2005 4:51:26 AM PST by Jeff Gordon (Now is the time for all wise men to gloat. FOUR MORE YEARS,)
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To: Eagle9
The only extensions I use which haven't yet been mentioned are PrefBar and PrefButtons, which let me put the graphics control toggles (animation, graphics, flash etc) right on the toolbar so I can instantly change them as needed.

Since most of my browsing is either blogs and news, or work-oriented document research, I leave all graphics off for speed by default and only toggle them on when a particular site has a picture I want to see.

I switched from Opera to Firefox back in Novemeber and the only thing I still miss is Opera's great page zoom in-zoom out feature.

17 posted on 01/16/2005 5:35:58 AM PST by Uncle Fud
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To: Mo1

So far over my head!


18 posted on 01/16/2005 5:40:23 AM PST by Peach (The Cl intons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Eagle9

Does anyone use the little square FR pager window? I keep getting a message that I need a plug-in, but I can't load the plug-in, so I am always getting the error message. Any help appreciated.


19 posted on 01/16/2005 5:49:18 AM PST by Pusterfuss (You know, doing what is right is easy. The problem is knowing what is right. LBJ)
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To: Eagle9
Thanks for all the info and tips. I have one problem that should be an easy one for you. When I click on "tools,extensions, and get more extensions", it takes me to Mozilla web site. How do I get the extension you have listed on the other sites.

Sorry to be so dense but I have tried a few things with no success.

Thanks
20 posted on 01/16/2005 6:11:37 AM PST by G3
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To: Revel

Ping


21 posted on 01/16/2005 6:46:23 AM PST by nw_arizona_granny (The enemy within, will be found in the "Communist Manifesto 1963", you are living it today.)
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To: Eagle9

Thanks!

I was just thinking about this last night. Switched to FireFox two months ago, and LOVE IT!!!


22 posted on 01/16/2005 9:01:44 AM PST by MonroeDNA (The US should get out of the UN.)
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To: Eagle9

I love the forcast fox extension! Also installed the FoxyTunes extension as well.


23 posted on 01/16/2005 9:05:09 AM PST by rintense
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To: Eagle9

Thanks!


24 posted on 01/16/2005 9:06:15 AM PST by KoRn
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To: Eagle9

Later read


25 posted on 01/16/2005 9:09:10 AM PST by Starstruck
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To: Eagle9

Bump for later.


26 posted on 01/16/2005 9:29:24 AM PST by Poser (Joining Belly Girl in the Pajamahadeen)
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To: Eagle9
Be careful when doing this. Check out the following tips:

Check to make sure the Plug-in is compatible with your version of Firefox.

Don't try to install a whole bunch at once.

Reboot between installations

27 posted on 01/16/2005 11:01:08 AM PST by CometBaby (You can twist perceptions .. reality won't budge!)
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To: G3
How do I get the extension you have listed on the other sites.

When you are on another site other than mozilla.org, like many of the home web sites for extensions, and you click "Install" for an extension, a bar may pop up just below your toolbar. It will probably say To protect your computer, Firefox prevented this site (site name.com) from installing software on your computer., with a button named Edit Options ... in the far right corner of the same bar. Click the "Edit Options ..." button and a small box named "Allowed Sites" will pop up. It will have the name of the web site highlighted under "Address of web site:", with a button named Allow below and to the right side. Click the "Allow" button, then the "OK" button at the bottom. This adds that web site to your list of "Allowed Sites" from which Firefox will download software. Then, you can click "Install" for any of the extensions listed on that particular site.

28 posted on 01/16/2005 12:33:34 PM PST by Eagle9
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To: Eagle9

Great info!
Found alot of stuff I was missing from IE to use in Firefox.

If there is a "Firefox" ping list...can you add me please?

Thanks


29 posted on 01/16/2005 1:31:59 PM PST by gljones (Semper Fi USMC 1979-1985 dh USMC Retired 1976-1997)
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To: Eagle9
DeskCut by Evan Eveland

Lets you right-click anywhere on an open Web page and choose Create deskCut from the pop-up menu to place a Firefox bookmark on your desktop


Excellent. I'll have to try this. I've been using FF for several months now and still haven't figured out how to save a bookmark to my desktop. Does anyone know how to do this without downloading an extension?

30 posted on 01/17/2005 4:36:54 PM PST by Nita Nupress
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To: Eagle9

Thanks for the info.


31 posted on 01/17/2005 4:45:37 PM PST by Balata
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To: All; everyone

One more ping for FF users before I leave. Great thread!


32 posted on 01/17/2005 5:00:41 PM PST by Nita Nupress
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To: Eagle9
I have a hard time using Firefox...I am unable to think in Russian.


33 posted on 01/17/2005 5:03:21 PM PST by Poohbah (God must love fools. He makes so many of them...)
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To: Eagle9
The first thing I added was the "Download Manager Tweak" -- it cures a bug that causes Firefox to freeze for a few seconds when it starts a file download.

I might check out a few of the others listed.

34 posted on 01/18/2005 5:54:16 AM PST by steve-b (A desire not to butt into other people's business is eighty percent of all human wisdom)
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To: Eagle9

i need HELP!! i would like to customize
my firefox browser so that when i'm searching
for something i can actually type something
into a search field without the hassle of
previously-used search words/phrases popping
up... not allowing me to type in what i'm
looking for! after messing around with it
over-and-over-and-over again i'll finally
get it to where i can type... but i don't
want that to happen anymore!

is there somewhere in "config" where i can
change that??

i might not return to this forum for a
while, and it would much easier for me
to have a reply sent to my junk e-mail
(i will check it) katatoe@hotmail.com

please respond ASAP. i really appreciate
it!!

thank you so much oh mighty computer
geniuses of america!

sincerely,
kt


35 posted on 02/03/2005 11:05:34 AM PST by katatoe (http://www.gethappy.com/watchmore.html)
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To: katatoe
thank you so much oh mighty computer geniuses of america!

If you only knew how little I know about computers ....

I'll email this after posting.
Go to your toolbar at the top.
Between Bookmarks and Help, see Tools and click there.
In Tools, see Options and click there.
In Options, look on the left side and see Privacy and click there.
In Privacy, see "Saved Form Information" and click there to show "Save Information I enter in web forms and the Search Bar". Remove the check mark from there.
Click "OK" at the bottom.
If that doesn't work ... well, let me know.

36 posted on 02/03/2005 1:32:44 PM PST by Eagle9
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To: auboy

Reference bump.


37 posted on 02/03/2005 1:39:06 PM PST by auboy
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38 posted on 02/03/2005 1:39:46 PM PST by jla
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To: Eagle9

Bump for later review. Thanks for the information.


39 posted on 02/03/2005 1:40:25 PM PST by engrpat
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To: Nita Nupress
Re: Does anyone know how to do this without downloading an extension?

Yes.
Got a second to try this?

1) Look In the URL Just before the http:// there is a little icon (here in FR it's a red white and blue star, at other web sites it may change).

2) Hover your mouse over that little icon.

3) Click and drag that little icon onto your desktop.

NOTE: The same thing goes for links, any link, on a web page, can be dragged and dropped onto your desktop to make a shortcut.

40 posted on 02/03/2005 2:04:39 PM PST by ChadGore (VISUALIZE 62,041,268 Bush fans.)
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To: ChadGore

You know what? I've been trying to figure that out for months. And I'm not sure I ever would have thought of that! Thank you, thank you, thank you!


41 posted on 02/03/2005 5:14:48 PM PST by Nita Nupress
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This is a link to a mirror web site that has links to Firefox extensions' homepages. If the extension is compatible with your version of Firefox (current version is 1.0), you can then install that extension directly from that homepage.
How do I get the extension that are listed on the other sites.

When you are on another site other than mozilla.org, like many of the home web sites for extensions, and you click "Install" for an extension, a bar may pop up just below your toolbar. It will probably say To protect your computer, Firefox prevented this site (site name.com) from installing software on your computer., with a button named Edit Options ... in the far right corner of the same bar. Click the "Edit Options ..." button and a small box named "Allowed Sites" will pop up. It will have the name of the web site highlighted under "Address of web site:", with a button named Allow below and to the right side. Click the "Allow" button, then the "OK" button at the bottom. This adds that web site to your list of "Allowed Sites" from which Firefox will download software. Then, you can click "Install" for any of the extensions listed on that particular site.

Firefox Extensions

42 posted on 02/05/2005 1:47:57 AM PST by Eagle9
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To: Eagle9

New Firefox user! My Yahoo browser kept getting hijacked by Trojan horses and spyware(yes, I got Norton 2005 antivirus and Microsoft antispyware running and it still didn't work)


43 posted on 02/06/2005 10:16:16 AM PST by ServesURight
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To: Eagle9

bookmark. going to download FF.


44 posted on 02/07/2005 11:32:07 AM PST by Danette ("If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.")
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To: Brian328i

bookmark


45 posted on 09/28/2005 1:47:38 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (I jez calls it az I see it.)
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April 22, 2006
The link below is to an in-depth article which gives easy to understand intructions for fixing almost any problem with Firefox 1.5*. Screen-shot images are provided to help clarify the instructions.

Firefox Essentials: Fixing The Fox - from TechWeb

46 posted on 04/22/2006 5:48:09 PM PDT by Eagle9
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April 23, 2006
Your Firefox Profile: How to manage, back it up, and restore it. Instructions with screen-shot images.

Firefox Essentials: Get To Know Your Profile - from TechWeb
Even if you're not much of a techie, it's a good idea to know where to find your Firefox profile, what types of files you'll find there, and how you can protect them against mishaps.

47 posted on 04/23/2006 8:30:22 AM PDT by Eagle9
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