Read this: The Best Browser Extensions that Protect Your Privacy @lifehacker.
I installed the following extensions:
You have downloaded a Greasemonkey script but… how to install it?
Here I suppose you have the Greasemonkey add-on installed (Hey, what is GM?). Well, I didn’t find anywhere the option “install from local file“. A GM script is called
*.user.js and if you open the URL (
http://...) of such a script, GM will recognize it and offer to install it (for this GM must be enabled). However! If you open your script locally (
file://...), nothing happens. WTF?
Calm down. You know Python, right? The Swiss army knife of programmers. Just navigate to the directory where the GM script is located and start a web server:
$ python -m SimpleHTTPServer
Now open the URL http://localhost:8000 , click on the user script and GM will offer to install it. Python, what would I do without you?
User scripts are installed in this directory: “
~/.mozilla/firefox/xxxxxxxx.default/gm_scripts“. Here you will find a
config.xml file too that is created by GM.
I installed this way this script: Greasemonkey: focus first input field. This script puts the focus on the first input field. I use it with Amazon and IMDB and works like a charm.
You want to become a Reddit power user.
Install the Reddit Enhancement Suite Firefox add-on. The result will be a Reddit on steroids :)
You have Firefox on several machines and you want to have the same add-ons everywhere. Also, when you re-install a machine, you want to have back your favorite add-ons.
“Siphon will manage and sync all your Firefox Add-ons with your different computers. It will also save your Add-on list if you ever need to reinstall Firefox.“
Read about Siphon on Lifehacker.
You have a favourite website which contains an HTML element that bugs you. You simply want to get rid of that element. How to block it?
So far I was writing custom filters manually. With Firebug I could analyze the source code of any element. Then I added an Adblock Plus custom filter based on the previously discovered HTML source.
But there is a better way! Use Element Hiding Helper (EHH), which is a companion extension for Adblock Plus meant to make creating element hiding rules easier. Visit the link for a short guide.
You can switch the preview on/off, which is a great way to see if you block the correct element. If you use Vimperator, you might want to disable its shortcuts with
Shift + Esc to be able to use EHH’s own shortcuts.
I installed this add-on on another machine but the ABP icon didn’t appear. On the bar I made a right click -> Customize…, but the icon was not there either. Solution: right click on the bar and enable the Add-on Bar. It will appear at the bottom. As it disturbed me, after using the EHH I disabled the Add-on Bar.
Thanks Yves for the tip!
The following tips are from the post “My vimperator settings“, but they are somewhat hidden in the text :)
So, when browsing, a common task is to get the address or the title of the current web page. Getting the address is easy, but for the title we need to consult the page source. How to get these data painlessly and copy them to the clipboard?
- Visit the post “My vimperator settings” and install vimperator + my config file.
- For copying the URL address, use the command “y”.
- For copying the title of the page, use the command “ALT + y”.
Here I will list my favourite Firefox add-ons. The list will change over time.
- Download Statusbar (+)
- Google Talk plugin (+)
- Restartless Restart
- Send Link button (+) with Send Link in context menu
- Tab Mix Plus (how to use multiple tab rows) [my config file]
- URL Lister (+)
- Video DownloadHelper
- WebMail Ad Blocker (+)
- FoxyProxy (+)
- The Pandora Directive (Media Hint) (+)
- Print Edit
- Reddit Enhancement Suite
- Remote XUL Manager (for Lotus Notes web client)
- RIP — Remove It Permanently (+)
- Empty Cache Button (when CSS changes are ignored)
- SQLite Manager
- User Agent Switcher
- XPath Checker
- Web Developer
- List of most popular add-ons.
- “I want an extension to…” 200+ extremely useful firefox extensions that save time and effort: http://www.econsultant.com/i-want-firefox-extension/.