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Firefox Add-ons and Themes I Can’t Live Without

Mozilla FirefoxPerhaps the best thing about Firefox is the ability to install add-ons and turn your browser into something more than just a piece of software you use to navigate the Web.

Here are some of the add-ons and themes that I like and cannot do without:

Essentially, GreaseMonkey allows you to customize the way web pages look and function. Once installed, you can easily add a plethora of free scripts to enhance your web surfing experience. For example, I use the Better YouTube, Better GMail 2, Better GReader, WordPress Comment Ninja (which is great for managing comments on your WordPress blogs) and Blog Comment Autofill scripts.

Download | Search for, and download GreaseMonkey scripts

I love using Twitter and this add-on helps me keep track of tweets from friends and allows me to respond to private or replies immediately within the add-on itself. While there are good Twitter applications out there like TweetDeck and Twhirl, most of them are stand-alone which means I have to switch windows. With Twitterfox I can stay on any page I’m on and still get updates. Best of all, the add-on is unobstrusive, popping up only when you click on its icon in the browser’s status bar.


AdBlock Plus
Ever been really annoyed at web sites that take forever to load because they are clogged with more advertisements than content? With AdBlock Plus, you can say goodbye to those frustrating minutes spent waiting — the add-on automatically blocks out advertisements on web sites! Even if it somehow misses out on a banner, you can right-click on the banner and “banish” it forever, i.e. that ad spot will not load the next time you visit the site.

I’d think it’ll be especially helpful for those on slow connections or volume-based access plans.


URL Fixer
This is a great add-on to have if you have fat fingers like me — you know, like when you type “domain.con” instead of “” in the address bar and immediately get an error page. URL Fixer automatically corrects the typos you make when typing in addresses.


Del.Icio.Us Bookmarks
Since I use Del.Icio.Us to store my bookmarks, this add-on helps integrate my bookmarks and tags with Firefox and keeps them in sync for easy, convenient access. There are quite a few add-ons for Firefox that do the same with your Del.Icio.Us bookmarks, but I chose to install this as it is the official add-on from Del.Icio.Us for Firefox.


If you, like me, download quite a few files daily, this download manager/accelerator is the add-on you must have. DownThemAll! features an advanced accelerator that increases speed up to 400% and allows you to pause and resume downloads at any time. Best of all, it lets you download all the links or images contained in a web page and you can even refine your downloads by specifying criteria to get only what you really want.


Turn your Firefox into a FTP client with this free, secure add-on that provides easy and intuitive access to FTP servers. Along with transferring your files quickly and efficiently, FireFTP also includes more advanced features such as: directory comparison, syncing directories while navigating, SFTP, SSL encryption, search/filtering, integrity checks, remote editing, drag-and-drop, file hashing, and much more. Why pay for stand-alone FTP clients when you can use FireFTP?


This add-on doesn’t shoot fire arrows, but lets you easily create screenshots of web pages like the ones I featured in my list of top 10 best-designed Christian blogs. Furthermore, FireShot* provides a set of editing and annotation tools which let you quickly modify web captures and insert text annotations and graphical annotations — features especially useful for web designers, testers and content reviewers. You can also choose whether you want to capture an entire web page or just the visible part of the page. Captures can then be uploaded to free public screenshot hosting, saved to disk (PNG, GIF, JPEG, BMP), printed, copied to clipboard, emailed, or sent to a configurable external editor for further processing.

* Unfortunately, this add-on only works on Windows.


WebMail Notifier
An unobstrusive add-on that sits in the browser’s status bar and notifies you if you have new mails on GMail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, etc.


I use GMail for both personal and the odd professional email correspondence. However, it is bothersome not having a signature manager under GMail, i.e. I often find myself having to add/edit my signature manually. WiseStamp allows me to specify two signatures — one personal and one business — that I can easily switch between.


Foxkeh theme
If you like bright and cheery themes, then you’ll like Foxkeh! Based on the mascot at Mozilla Japan, it’s been a huge hit with many Firefox users. The mascot — Foxkeh — even runs while a page is loading! Who cares if some say it’s a little kiddie and girly? I like it! The preview showcases a Japanese interface, but you’ll be downloading the English version of the theme.

Preview | Download

Chromifox 2
If slick, clean themes are your thing instead, check out Chromifox 2 which draws its inspiration from Google Chrome. This theme is still listed as experimental though, so if you are not too adventurous, you can choose to download the current stable version of Chromifox instead.

Download Chromifox | Download Chromifox 2

I hope you’ve found a new add-on or theme that might be useful. What are your favorite Firefox add-ons and themes?

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