Firefox Plugins

As part of a “thank you” to the authors of the Fire­fox plu­g­ins I use, here is a list of the ones I cur­rent­ly am using. Feel free to share the ones you are using in a com­ment; I always enjoy find­ing out about new ones that may be help­ful or fun. 

  • Adblock — A very handy tool that can block near­ly any unwant­ed ele­ment from show­ing up in web­pages (ads, back­ground music, flash, or even images of any kind).
  • SecurePass­word — Adds a but­ton to the tool­bar that allows quick access to a ran­dom, secure pass­word, use­ful for hav­ing one pass­word for each site instead of re-using the same at many sites.
  • Checky — Adds links to sev­er­al HTML val­i­da­tion ser­vices to the con­text menu for eas­i­er web­site development.
  • Col­orZil­la — Anoth­er devel­op­ment tool, this one adds an eye­drop­per tool for get­ting a col­or off of any ele­ment of a webpage.
  • Grease­mon­key — A tool which allows cus­tom user scripts to be installed which affect either all web­pages or only cer­tain ones. An exam­ple would be installing a script which adds a “Delete” but­ton to Gmail’s inbox, which it cur­rent­ly lacks.
  • Objec­tion — Removes Local Shared Objects set by Flash MX pro­grams, sim­mi­lar to remov­ing cook­ies set by websites.
  • textareatools — Adds sev­er­al tools to the con­text menu for use in text input areas. These include Find, Con­vert Case, Dat­e­stamp, and more.
  • Gmail Noti­fi­er — An unob­tru­sive lit­tle tool that sits in the sta­tus bar which mon­i­tors your Gmail inbox and alerts you to new emails.
  • Style Sheet Choos­er — If a web­site has mul­ti­ple style sheets set up that users can select from, this plu­g­in enables that option in Firefox.
  • mozcc — Detects and pro­vides easy access to any Cre­ative Com­mons licens­ing that a web­site may have.
  • Faster­fox — Allows sev­er­al tweaks to be made to Fire­fox’s oper­a­tion and con­fig­u­ra­tion which make Fire­fox down­load and dis­play web­sites faster.
  • Google Sug­gest — Adds Google Sug­gest func­tion­al­i­ty to the Fire­fox Search bar when Google Search is selected.
  • Google Tool­bar — The offi­cial one from Google, not the open source Google­bar. I like see­ing what the PageR­ank of sites I vis­it (or devel­op, espe­cial­ly) are.

3 thoughts on “Firefox Plugins”

  1. Thanks, Chris! I’ve nev­er heard of some of those before, so I may be check­ing a few out to see what they’re like. I admit, though, that some of mine are super­flu­ous… I rarely use mozcc, Objec­tion, or the textareatools anymore.

  2. Thanks, Chris! I’ve nev­er heard of some of those before, so I may be check­ing a few out to see what they’re like. I admit, though, that some of mine are super­flu­ous… I rarely use mozcc, Objec­tion, or the textareatools anymore.

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