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Thanks to Gina and the others at Lifehacker for rounding up their top 10 Firefox extensions. But they put them all on separate pages! Here’s their list in easy-to-read format with my own brief descriptions. For more detail, check out Lifehacker’s gallery and their comments, where […]

Thanks to Gina and the others at Lifehacker for rounding up their top 10 Firefox extensions. But they put them all on separate pages! Here’s their list in easy-to-read format with my own brief descriptions. For more detail, check out Lifehacker’s gallery and their comments, where you’ll get a bunch of other ideas for ways to customize Firefox for your own workflow and needs.

1. Foxmarks bookmarks synchronizer. Syncs your bookmarks across multiple computers by copying them to its servers (or your own server).

2. Adblock advertising blocker. Eliminates images, iframes, flash movies and other ads using your customized configuration based on URLs and wildcards.

3. DownThemAll! download manager. Try this instead of Firefox’s built-in download tool.

4. Tab Mix Plus tab manager. Allows stacking of rows of tabs, permatabs, merging windows of tabs, and renaming tabs.

5. ScrapBook web clippings library. Clip, store, and annotate snippets of web pages or entire web pages.

6. Greasemonkey web page customizer. Runs JavaScript by URL to make web pages work the way YOU want instead of how the web page designer and developer thought you wanted.

7. FireFTP FTP client. Conveniently transfer files between an FTP server and your computer.

8. Firebug web development tool. Lets you see what’s happening on a web page while it’s running — only for web developers, really, but a must-have tool for them.

9. CustomizeGoogle Google enhancer. Enhances search results and removes ads, adds links to the WayBack Machine Internet archive, hides the GMail spam count (who needs to know how much spam they have?), and other niceties.

10. AutoCopy clipboard helper. Transfers text to the clipboard right after you highlight it.

Personally, I love Performancing for writing blog post drafts and Zotero for gathering and organizing information about whatever I’m researching. I also like the del.icio.us Bookmarks extension from Yahoo.

What’s your favorite Firefox add on?

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  1. It’s odd that Lifehacker would waste their user’s time by putting each one on its own page. That’s generally a pretty low-usability way to artificially jack up your total page views and views-per-visitor.

    Thanks for making it more convenient!

  2. I love the Colorful Tabs extension. Makes Firefox fun.

  3. My favorite extension is webdeveloper

    http://chrispederick.com/work/webdeveloper/

  4. Michael Moncur Sunday, March 25, 2007

    It is a shame to see Lifehacker do something in the WIN / Gawker “the more posts the better” style. Thanks for the combined list.

  5. Chittaranjan Sunday, March 25, 2007

    Adblock is a must-have extension! And so is its flash-counterpart – FlashBlock! other Fav Extensions include Cooliris and bbCodeXtra

  6. Thank you for compiling this list. Might give fireftp a try.

  7. yorkshirecomemancunian Monday, March 26, 2007

    My favourite is all in one mouse gestures.. can’t live without it.

  8. Nishant Modak Monday, March 26, 2007

    Hey,
    i use hyperwords.
    and i find it to be very useful.

    have you used it ?

  9. Meh, I use Opera (http://www.opera.com). Not a single plug-in to spend time or worry about, yet all the functionality (actually more).

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