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My Favorite Firefox Extensions

Posted: December 09, 2008 in Tech

Like many people, I prefer the Firefox web browser to the other options offered. It's fast, customizable, free, and comes standard with Linux, my operating system of choice.

One of the things I love about Firefox is the ability to add extensions. Extensions are like plug-ins that let Firefox do different things. Like block ads, play music, help save files, or even tell you the weather.

I've decided to compile a list of my favorite Firefox extensions, along with the reasons I like them.

1-Click Weather
1-Click Weather puts the weather on your status bar. You tell it your zip code and how many days in advance you want to see. It does the rest. You have options for weather radar, satellite maps, and severe weather alerts. It pulls the weather from weather.com, which I find to be a bit better than accuguess.

Add Block Plus
Add Block Plus does just what it says. It blocks ads on websites. This not only makes sites less annoying, it also saves a lot of bandwidth and speeds up browsing. No more hideous flashing banners. If something you don't want to see does manage to show up, you can add it to your block list. It really makes web browsing much, much nicer.

Customize Google
This little gem removes ads from Google searches. It also has options to link straight to images on Google Image search. Very handy.

Download Statusbar
Normally Firefox opens a window for downloads. This moves them to the status bar. Much cleaner. Lots of options too.

Web Developer Toolbar
This is my #1 extension, and you don't have to be a web developer to find it useful. It's very good for showing you direct links to images on a page where someone is trying to prevent you from finding the direct link. For web developers, it's indispensable. There are tons of tools that I use every day, and even more that I haven't gotten around to using. It even has links to validate your HTML and CSS code.

There are tons of other extensions, and everyone has their favorites. The NoScript extension is another one that I use, but it's not for everyone, as it blocks Javascript, sometimes causing unexpected results. But the ones I listed above are extensions that most people would find useful, especially the first four.

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