December 01, 2005


One of my favorite extensions for FireFox is FireTitle.

FireTitle was written by Jon Nowitz, a Google colleague, and it lets you name your FireFox windows in very flexible ways.  If you do a lot of tab browsing, it's nice to be able to keep a consistent title for one window regardless of which tab it is currently displaying (e.g. "weblogs", "email").  Press Ctrl-; and you can name the current window (which will be preserved for future FireFox invocations).  The version on is still for pre-1.5 FireFox but Jon already has updated it to 1.5 (I'm running it as we speak) and it will be uploaded there very soon.

I also just found a pretty neat extension:  foXpose.  Just press Ctrl-Shift-x (or click on the icon in the lower left corner) and it will show you an "Exposé-like" view of your tabs.  I don't know yet if I will find that more useful than just the titles of my tabs, but the idea is very cool.

How about you?  What are the first extensions you install one after installing a brand new FireFox?


Posted by cedric at December 1, 2005 09:13 AM

The main ones I can't live without:
* Tab-x to add the close button right on the tabs. I think they are adding this soon to the stock FF. Having one close button on the far right just doesn't make sense to me.

* Web developer toolbar, of course
* IE View, for lame sites that demand IE or for testing cross-browser issues.
* Venkmann (duh), though if I'm using it too much I realize I should be writing more tests.
* Dom inspector, for figuring out dom update weirdness
* Greasemonkey

Posted by: Rob at December 1, 2005 09:55 AM


Posted by: RichB at December 1, 2005 10:11 AM


Posted by: RichB at December 1, 2005 10:11 AM

Others extensions not already mentioned:

* Sage (RSS feed reader)
* Flashblock (blocks annoying Flash ads)

Posted by: Christian Murphy at December 1, 2005 11:29 AM

Tabmix Plus ( is seriously the best thing to happen Firefox... I almost didn't switch to Firefox from Mozilla because there wasn't decent tabbed browser support comparable to Multizilla, but TabMix Plus is GREAT!

Posted by: Jason Carreira at December 1, 2005 12:02 PM

tabbrowser preferences
google toolbar for firefox

Posted by: Robert Chev allier at December 1, 2005 12:12 PM

- Adblock

I feel like I browsing naked in front of a crowd when using a non-adblocked browser.

- ScrapBook

Very useful if you're often offline, always grab a few intranet pages with me and save other 'must carry-around' pages (like an open DNS servers list). Many features I don't use, frequent updates.

- PDF Download

I get to choose whether Acrobat Reader should start within FF or not, more power always helps my ego.

- Greasemonkey

Only use it to have a delete button in gmail :)

- IE Tab

Better than IEView IMO, will load an embedded IE component in the current tab and load the current page in it.

- Bookmarks Synchronizer

With a webdav server at home, I get the same bookmark on any machine I surf from. Works with FTP too.

Posted by: Sylvain at December 1, 2005 12:57 PM

The 4 I can't really work without are:
mouse gestures
tabbrowser preferences
the Google toolbar (formerly used googlebar)

and ForecastFox is a great one too.

Posted by: jimbo at December 2, 2005 04:10 AM

Download StatusBar
TabBrowser Prefs
All-In-One Gestures
TinyURL Creator
Gmail Notifier
GoogleBar Lite

I used to use:

"InLine AutoComplete" until I found that you can create a new preference (about:config) called 'browser.urlbar.autoFill' and set it to 'true'.

"MiniT (drag+indicator)" to move tabs around but FF 1.5 integrated that functionality.

Posted by: Rob Misek at December 2, 2005 06:18 AM

Some of the above plus:

Resize Search Box
Add Bookmark here

Posted by: Peter Stricker at December 3, 2005 03:19 AM

My main ones :

SessionSaver (saves browser sessions even when ff crashes, very handy if like me you keep lots of tabs open)
Bugmenot (easy logins)
WebDeveloper toolbar (e.g. edit css on the fly)
Nightly tester tools (easy way to make extensions compatible for beta versions of FF)
Resize search box

I don't get tabx, I just close tabs by middleclicking on them (this is on Windows, don't know if this works on other OS's)
Tabbrowser prefs is too large (and sometimes buggy) an extension

Posted by: Tom at December 5, 2005 04:11 AM

My favourite ones are:

. Adblock (filter ads from web pages)
. Gmail Notifier (a notifier for Gmail accounts)
. HTML Validator (add HTML validation by Tidy from W3C)
. Session Saver (saves your browser last session)
. Venkmann (JavaScript debugger)
. Web Developer ToolBar
. Wikipedia Lookup Extension

Posted by: Rafael Naufal at December 11, 2005 12:20 PM
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