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Poll: Which Firefox add-on is your favorite?

One of the great things about Firefox are the thousands of free add-ons. What add-ons do you find most useful? Take our quick poll and let us.

In a recent TR Dojo video, I discuss discussion five Firefox add-ons that can make your browsing experience easier, faster, and more secure, including:

  1. Morning Coffee
  2. ColorfulTabs
  3. NoScript
  4. Fasterfox
  5. Page Saver

Take our quick poll and let us know What add-ons do you find most useful? Take our quick poll and let us.

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91 comments
puchasr
puchasr

Any add on that has a "hover" function is a favorite of mine, Tab Focus saves a click when switching between tabs and Mile Wide Back lets you go back and forward in a webpage by clicking the edge of the window also switches windows with the mouse wheel.

Oldmaus
Oldmaus

Last Pass Password Manager X Marks

kpdriver
kpdriver

Foxit Reader, for loading and reading pdf docs. Very fast.

alan
alan

I'd give two applications not on the list a vote: Zotero, which is a research tool I use to organise material which I want to use in my weekly newsletter. Ghostery, which zaps third party web bugs alan

public
public

Tab Mix Plus, with Menu Editor being a close second.

leeuwef
leeuwef

selected text to clipboard, use also pure text

dsgee999
dsgee999

Don't know how I could get along without it

iho11600
iho11600

My favorite is at this moment firebug

mauited2004
mauited2004

1) mouse gestures 2)slideshow(replaces autoslideshow in 3.5) 3)save image 4)mediaplayer connectivity to get MP11 to stream radio 5)DAP and Video accelerator and You Tube downloader

oparker
oparker

Invaluable tool. Also web developer a close second. I also like the page resize and other 'developer specific' addons... IM Translator is pretty invaluable as well when you need it...

willda
willda

WOT (Web Of Trust) & Cool Previews.

cuuld
cuuld

Great tool but security tools are also a pain. Can block too much legitimate Javascript code on legitimate sites. So you end up allowing all or creating a bunch of custom filters.

cuuld
cuuld

My fav goes to S3 Fox, easy to use and part of Firefox when I need to do some file transfers between computer & S3. That way don't need a separate app for S3 transfers. Plus I with S3 Fox + portable firefox I can surf & transfer files anywhere. Another fav is TwitterFox. Nice & quick interface to reading & posting tweets.

erik.langeland
erik.langeland

I have to say I feel lost - like it's not really Firefox - when I use Firefox without Tab Mix Plus. It covers almost every tabbed-browsing enhancement you can think of, and certainly all of the most-needed ones.

naebeth
naebeth

...but neither are on that list. I'd say either (Coral) IE Tab, All-Glass or Boost for Facebook.

dougslager
dougslager

The IE Tabsites filter which allows me to toggle between Exploder engine and firefox engine. Very handy!

oldbaritone
oldbaritone

I must go to a couple of sites that INSIST on ie. ieTab allows me to set up a list of those sites, and they open on a tab running ie, inside FF. Works great. Love NoScript too.

foreigner
foreigner

It says what you think but don't dare say! But for diversions that are ... productive, I use the following: Session Manager -- for Tabs gone wild Termblaster -- more right-click options unMHT -- MHT archives without using another browser or OS

stew
stew

I prefer ChromaTabs Plus to ColorfulTabs. I used the latter for a couple of years, but the former has better features and better coloring.

kariato
kariato

Firebug, web developer, downloadhelper

pbrownlee
pbrownlee

I love Cool Iris! It displays photos & icons just like an iphone or table display...

barryc
barryc

I do use a few of the listed add-ons. Not Morning Coffee nor Page Saver. I've installed FasterFox, but really don't use it. Perhaps too soon to tell. My most useful is IETab as it allows me to work with sites (mostly corporate) that work better with IE and not have to open IE.

rtaylor
rtaylor

I have grown to rely on CoolPreviews by the Cooliris team.

tbostwick
tbostwick

By far, NoScript - which blocks practically everything not needed while leaving the page with what you do need. Made a mistake, then reset the page. Need to reset all instances, no problem there either. Great for killing ads, pop-ups and other assorted "stuff" that clogs webpage visits. Close second is AdBlockPlus, then IEView and IETab. I've not had to use IE now for over 2 years with these tools - and after testing IE 8, I'm glad I never had to stick with IE.

shilljp
shilljp

lets me save and sync my favorites. It's a gotta have for me

drbayer
drbayer

I frequently download executables, and I prefer to launch them directly from the download rather than save/launch. My other "install as soon as I install FireFox" add-ons are: All-in-One Sidebar, Download Statusbar, PDF Download, and Xmarks.

Dogcatcher
Dogcatcher

NoScript goes in just as soon as I put Firefox on a PC. I consider it a must-have. OldBar follows, because I like the simple and compact presentation of one URL per line in the drop-down list. I'll be checking out some of the other add-ons you guys have touted.

shivaji.basu
shivaji.basu

Ironically, it is the IETab, which proves it still needs IE to use websites bugfree

daremos
daremos

Download Helper... useful with Youtube

fosstux
fosstux

My No1 addon is Firebug!

rifter
rifter

I voted 'Other' and my favorite is 'IE TAB', version 1.5.20090525. There are a couple of different ones, but this is the one by Hong Jen Yee. It allows switching the rendering engine from Firefox to IE for sites that only work under Microsoft. You can set it up to automatically change for sites you visit frequently or do it on the fly with a single click when you find yourself on a site that isn't working right. It even works on the Windows Update site. I never have to leave Firefox!

ihr
ihr

IE Tab

sviridov
sviridov

I like Ubiquity, though it is easier to name several addons I like than select only one :)

ted
ted

I find FireFTP to be very useful in maintaining a web site. It's quick and intuitive for uploading web pages.

jaymin.shah
jaymin.shah

DOM Inspector is my Favourite! It helps me a lot in designing web pages.

kraterz
kraterz

It would be AdBlock plus without a doubt, with noscript a close second.. *when* I used firefox. After switching to chromium / srware-iron, it is far more responsive and much faster than firefox even without ad blocking. Now I'd rather have my teeth pulled out with rusty pliers than go back to the slow bloatware that is firefox.

LarryBoy2
LarryBoy2

If forced to narrow it down, NoScript, X-marks, IE View, Adblock Plus, Session Manager & CoolPreviews, not necessarily in that order. Honorable mentions would go to Colorful Tabs, More Tools Menu, and PDF Download. (Honest, I had a difficult time deciding!)

cmatthews
cmatthews

I fail to understand... The user community here at TR is supposedly well informed. One would think that blocking inconvenient ads would take a back-seat to suspicious script blocking. One might even think that the No-script Option of exporting a white-list (to be rolled-out company-wide) would be an asset. Surely, your users should not have to authorize sites that affect LOB or the top 100 popular lunch-break sites even once? All this and more No-Script has given to our "technical community" and then what? As usual, they scratch the surface of security by blocking the ads. Duh... Wake up folks! Get your coffee.. Lets get a discussion going on why script blocking comes first. (btw, we use NS and ABP side-by-side with subscriptions from ABP, Easylist, and Malware domains).

detours
detours

Session manager, tab and window manager, closed tab list, custom menus ... it's the one I install first!

john_wilson_49
john_wilson_49

I agree. No more popup windows, undo closed tabs. great add-on.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

You have your opinion, we have ours. They're different. That's life. Deal with it.

cmatthews
cmatthews

Nick, we deal with what comes our way, but but I was hoping to stir it up a bit and get some fingers typing, maybe later.. (I took out that Wake-up part - sorry my bad..) Hey, Bill did a Dojo and didn't say boo about AdBlock.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

I agree with you on this. I think pros should be picking NoScript over AdBlock. That was my vote in the poll, and I expanded on it in my first post to the discussion. http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-13625-0.html?forumID=102&threadID=319291&messageID=3183863&tag=leftCol;post-1105 Obviously, 37% of poll respondents disagreed with us. Their problem if they aren't blocking scripts. Well-edited, BTW. It was the "wake up" that initially got my attention and set the tone for my response. ;)

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