Essential Firefox extensions - What are they?

Essential Firefox extensions - What are they?

Summary: What's your favorite Firefox extensions? How does this help you get more out of your PC? Do you have different extensions for Firefox on the desktop and notebook or do you use the same ones both at your desk and when on the move?

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The other day I was in conversation with someone who'd just discovered that Firefox extensions existed.  After he'd got over the initial excitement of what this meant in terms of flexibility and improved efficiency, he asked me a question that I don't think I've been asked before:

Which Firefox add-ons should I install?

Oddly enough, this is a question that I don't think I've been asked before (or at least, if I have been asked it, it didn't stick).  I use Firefox and I have a few add-ons installed but I wouldn't call any of them essential.

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OK, so I might not know the answer to this, I certainly don't have a list that I can rattle off, but I know a bunch of people that will give me loads of feedback! :-)

Here's my (short) list:

  • NoScript
    Block malicious scripts
  • SEO for Firefox
    Add loads of different search engine optimization data points into Google's search engine results pages 
  • Web Developer
    Has an assortment of web developer tools
  • Colorzilla
    Color picker displays
  • Measure it
    Ruler for measuring elements in the browser

If we can get a good list here, I'll condense it down into a usable list and then post it both here and over on my PC Doctor blog.

What's your favorite Firefox extensions?  How does this help you get more out of your PC?  Do you have different extensions for Firefox on the desktop and notebook or do you use the same ones both at your desk and when on the move?

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  • 3 essential add-ons

    In order of importance:

    1) Spelling dictionary (in my case Portuguese and English) - It is particularly useful for Web mail and blogs/forums

    2) Tabbrowser preferences (http://216.55.161.203/theonekea/tabprefs/) - control your tabs and prevent pop-up windows

    3) IETab (http://ietab.mozdev.org/) - unfortunately some pages do not render correctly under Firefox. No problem just switch to the IE engine for that particular page (just one time or every time you load that particular page)
    plino
    • Login protection

      Keyscambler is one of the greatest!Love it!
      fosicalo
  • AdBlock

    You need to put AdBlock onto the list. It's the first add on I install when setting up FireFox on a new machine.
    colaboy29
    • especially essential for ZDNet (nt)

      nt
      mdsmedia
    • Elephant in the room

      That is a definite controversy. AdBLock is very efficent when you use auto blacklist updaters (Adblock Filterset.G Updater) you see almost no ads. The controversy is that websites whose visitors use firefox may lose money (most zdnet visitors use firefox because most programmers, if not all, use firefox or opera)

      Don't forget noscript. That plug-in is really making waves and changing how people consider making
      aceofspades12179
  • SiteAdvisor and Perfomancing

    I use SiteAdvisor(www.siteadvisor.com) to help determine what web pages are good, dubious, and right out bad when doing searches. It's an excellent way to stay safe on the web and I highly recommend it to both Firefox and IE users.
    Tony Agudo
  • SiteAdvisor and Perfomancing

    I use SiteAdvisor(www.siteadvisor.com) to help determine what web pages are good, dubious, and right out bad when doing searches. It's an excellent way to stay safe on the web and I highly recommend it to both Firefox and IE users.
    Tony Agudo
    • Oops, sorry for the duplicate posts

      Apparently I submitted my reply when ZDNet started server maintenance last night. Sorry! :(
      Tony Agudo
  • SiteAdvisor

    I use SiteAdvisor(www.siteadvisor.com) to help determine what web pages are good, dubious, and right out bad when doing searches. It's an excellent way to stay safe on the web and I highly recommend it to both Firefox and IE users.
    Tony Agudo
  • How about uninstalling it and using IE7?

    The best thing one can do with Firefox is uninstall it and use IE7. When I load IE7 I am in absolute SHOCK AND AWE about how powerful it is. Microsoft's new tabbed browsing feature allows me to surf MSDN on one tab, TechNet on another and the Knowledge Base on yet another. I am literally swamped with information, registry hacks, and advisories. Firefox's weakness is it is cross platform. It does not fully leverage the richness of the .NET environment like IE7 does. In talking with our end user community, everyone of them agreed that it was amazing how in IE7 you could literally see the web page being constructed as different components loaded. Ya don't get that in Firefox.
    Mike Cox
    • You're crowned... Miss Trolliverse 2007!

      That's a lovely tiara, and a great smile. You'd like what? World peace? That's great.

      Perhaps you'd like to ask the German and Scandanavian nations why Firefox browser share in their countries is 30%-40% and rising fast... the reason is that Mozilla are OPEN and HONEST about bugs, and patch them very fast. Microsoft products often go unpatched for weeks - or even months, as they themselves acknowledge.
      Don Collins
      • Another fish

        Another fish in the pond that bites :)
        tombalablomba
      • Good Lord, snap out of it!

        nt
        D T Schmitz
    • Are you trying to Ironic

      If your swamped with information and only have three tabs open. Well, what can I say apart from WOW.
      Bozzer
    • That has to be close to a 10!!

      That is AWESOME Mikey!!

      Just got out of bed and thought I'd have a look at this page that had 1 reply last night.

      49 messages, and Mikey's pearler :) Thanks for the laugh :)
      mdsmedia
    • Rumsfeld's calling

      They're trying Shock and Awe one more time, and they think Mike Cox is the guy to pull it off. The heck with Zini or Petraeus! Old Stormin' Norman Schwartzkopf is retired, and Mike is Bush's only hope!
      NetArch.
      • Another fishy

        Tasty trout for all to love.

        Operation: Shawggannahh is hard to beat.
        nucrash
    • IE7

      I do use IE7, when I'm on a windows system, inside Firefox, via IETab, where it belongs.
      tracy anne
    • And what department of Microsoft do you work in???

      You work for IE don't you? Oh wait, even those guys are saying that Firefox is better!
      bagh11
      • Here, fishy, fishy, fishy . . .(nt)

        nt
        JLHenry