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05 December 2006 Tuesday

My Firefox and Thunderbird Extensions 2006 December

Last list for 2006

slated in consumed at 6:07 pm

Firefox 2.0


  • All-in-One Sidebar — Sidebar control, inspired by Opera’s.
  • Download Statusbar — View and manage downloads from a tidy statusbar – without the download window getting in the way of your web browsing.
  • Fasterfox — Performance and network tweaks for Firefox.
  • Mouse Gestures — Allows you to execute common commands (like page forward/backward, close tab, new tab) by mouse gestures drawn over the current webpage, without reaching for the toolbar or the keyboard. You can also use click-only “rocker” gestures which are even faster than drawn gestures.

Spiffy (necessary installs, for me)

  • Aging Tabs — Makes unused tabs fade with age and highlights the selected tab.
  • CustomizeGoogle — enhance Google search results by adding extra information (like links to Yahoo, Ask.com, MSN etc) and removing unwanted information (like ads and spam).
  • ErrorZilla — hanges the default error page from basically having a reload button to having the following choices: a google cache, an archival snapshot from the wayback machine, a ping, a trace route, and a whois lookup.
  • Firefox Showcase — a new way to manage your Firefox tabs and windows by showing them as thumbnails in a single window, tab or sidebar.
  • IE Tab — Embedding Internet Explorer in tabs of Mozilla/Firefox.
  • IE View — Lets you load pages in IE with a single right-click, or mark certain sites to always load in IE. Useful for incompatible pages, or cross-browser testing.
  • McAfee SiteAdvisor — SiteAdvisor’s safety ratings appear next to search results.
  • Resurrect Pages — Searches through five big page cache/mirrors:CoralCDN, Google Cache, Yahoo! Cache, The Internet Archive, MSN Cache
  • Tab Mix Plus — includes such features as duplicating tabs, controlling tab focus, tab clicking options, undo closed tabs and windows, plus much more. It also includes a full-featured session manager with crash recovery that can save and restore combinations of opened tabs and windows.
  • Web Developer — Adds a menu and a toolbar with various web developer tools.

Non-Essential (to me)

  • About This Site — One-click access to web site metadata-traffic, related and linked pages, and more.
  • BetterSearch — enhances Google (all international flavours, too), MSN Search, Yahoo Search, A9, Answers.com, AllTheWeb, Dogpile.com, del.icio.us and Simpy.com bookmarks by adding previews(thumbnails) and Amazon product images and info (type, price, rating) as well as “Open in New Window”, “Site Info”, “Wayback Machine” links and a Quick Preview feature to the search results.
  • DownloadHelper — a tool for web content extraction. Its purpose is to capture video and image files from many sites.
  • Grab and Drag — Enables Adobe Acrobat-style grab and drag scrolling, Flick gestures, and Momentum scrolling.
  • Image-Show-Hide — By clicking on icon on the toolbar (Or “Shift+Z” shortcut) you can simply turn on|off images on all web-pages and (optional) autoreload current page!
  • keyconfig — Shortcuts defined via a can be changed but only changing those which itself call a function (those with a command or oncommand attribute) has an effect.
  • Linkification — Converts text links into genuine, clickable links.
  • Organize Status Bar — enable you to organize your status bar icons. You can now rearrange or remove any item (icon or text) in the Firefox status bar.
  • Remove It Permanently — Permanently hide content from web pages using the Context Menu.
  • Resizeable Form Fields — Resize HTML form fields, including textareas, select boxes, text fields, and iframes.
  • SmartSearch — Search for the selected text through your context menu, using any of your bookmark keywords.
  • URL Link — allows you to select a non-URL in a mail/news message or web-page, and open it in a browser window.
  • UI Tweaker (Formerly Toolbar Cleanup) — allows you to tweak various aspects of the browser’s UI

Useful for Webdevelopment

  • ColorZilla — Advanced Eyedropper, ColorPicker, Page Zoomer and other colorful goodies. Useful for webdevelopment.
  • Greasemonkey — Allows you to customize the way a webpage displays using small bits of JavaScript. Hundreds of scripts are already available at http://userscripts.org.
  • Html Validator — adds HTML validation inside Firefox and Mozilla. The number of errors of a HTML page is seen on the form of an icon in the status bar when browsing.
  • MeasureIt — Draw out a ruler to get the pixel width and height of any elements on a webpage.
  • Also: IE Tab, IE View, and Web Developer, as mentioned under “Spiffy”

Also installed

  • Google Notebook
  • MR Tech Local Install — provide the tools needed to install and manage extensions and themes locally. (allow extensions to work despite incompatible firefox versions.)
  • Nightly Tester Tools — Adds a few extras useful to those that regularly test nightly builds (allow extensions to work despite incompatible firefox versions.)


Firefox toolbar
This is what my Thunderbird toolbar looks like. I’m quite pleased with it.


  • MagicSLR — provides new functions and buttons, to have more comfort to get and send messages. (Get/Send, Get all, Send all, Syncro, Send Later, etc.)
  • Buttons! — Adds buttons to the Thunderbird toolbars such as Next! and Previous! buttons for navigating through all messages instead of just unread ones.
  • Mouse Gestures — Allows you to execute common commands (like page forward/backward, close tab, new tab) by mouse gestures, including “rocker” gestures, without reaching for the toolbar or the keyboard. (ala Opera)
  • Remove Duplicate Messages*”:https://addons.mozilla.org/thunderbird/956/ — If you have duplicate messages (e.g. from merging folders or downloading messages several times) you can use this tool to find and remove.
  • Launchy — enable you to open links and mailto’s with external applications. Both browsers, media players, FTP clients and download managers are supported.
  • View Headers Toggle Button — adds a toolbar button that allows the easy toggling of viewing all message headers.

Spiffy (necessary installs, for me)

  • CuteMenus – Crystal SVG — adds icons to every menu in 7 different programs!!
  • GmailUI — Add concepts inspired by GMail to Thunderbird, like archiving mail and powerful message searching across all folders.
  • Quote Colors — Configure text and background colors for different quote levels in mail/news messages which are applied when reading or printing messages.
  • Maximize Message Pane — Maximize message pane by collapsing the thread pane. You can read a message in larger area without opening a new message window. Other functionalities also.
  • QuoteCollapse — Collapse and expand quotes.
  • Linky — increase your power to handle links. Open/download/validate links and pictures in tabs or windows.
  • URL Link — allows you to select a non-URL in a mail/news message or web-page, and open it in a browser window.

Non-Essential (to me)

  • Contacts Sidebar — displays the address books in a sidebar in the 3-pane-window and can be toggled with the F4 key or a toolbar button.
  • MinimizeToTray — Minimizes Thunderbird into the system tray.
  • Auto Copy — Select text and it’s automaticaly copied to the clipboard. Like Linux or mIrc.
  • Xpunge — Empties the Trash folder and compacts folders in multiple Thunderbird accounts.
  • Quick File — initially aimed to speed up filing of messages into your mail folder heirarchy but now includes features for navigation and folder creation.

Also installed

Comments on My Firefox and Thunderbird Extensions 2006 December

  1. Sunil

    Need yr advice,

    We send linked images in our messages. however these links appear as text on top of the message prior to the image. the image is also displayed with the right link. we do not want to display the link in text form in addition to the image. please advice how to remove the text.

    thank you,

    commented Sat 21 Jun 2008, 04:28:30 PM :: link
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