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My collection of useful extensions for Firefox is always growing and being edited, and my latest favorite extension is Speed Dial. You may be familiar with what Speed Dial does from using either the Opera or the Google Chrome browser. The extension lets you collect web […]

My collection of useful extensions for Firefox is always growing and being edited, and my latest favorite extension is Speed Dial. You may be familiar with what Speed Dial does from using either the Opera or the Google Chrome browser. The extension lets you collect web sites that you visit frequently in one location so that you can easily “speed dial” your way to them. It’s a one-minute installation if you use Firefox, and well worth having.

After you install Speed Dial and restart Firefox, you can put an Add to Speed Dial icon directly on your Firefox toolbar. It’s the purple icon at the far right of the toolbar shown above.

To add a web site to your Speed Dial list, just go to the site, and use the purple Speed Dial icon to add it to your list of sites you frequently visit. There is a small black arrow at the bottom right of the icon that lets you pull down a numbered list of your Speed Dial sites.

There are several ways to get to your Speed Dial sites, and you can get there much faster than typing a URL in the address bar. My favorite is to simply use the Ctrl key on my keyboard plus the number I’ve assigned to a particular site. For example, Ctrl+1 on my keyboard will instantly pop up WebWorkerDaily.com.

Once you’ve assigned your Speed Dial sites, you can enter this string into your Firefox address bar to see thumbnails of all your Speed Dial sites: “chrome://speeddial/content.” You can also choose to have this Speed Dial view sit in a new window or in a new tab.

The similar features in Opera and Chrome are well-liked, and time-savers. If you’re not using this extension in Firefox, definitely try it.

By Samuel Dean

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  1. Something similar but on a website, that I’m using, (and, for full disclosure – I am a partner in), is BonzoBox. It’s not a browser extension, it’s a homepage that works like speed dial on steroids ;0

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  2. I use Fast Dial – it replaces about:blank with a grid (you pick the dimensions) of thumbnails of your favorite sites. It doesn’t have a toolbar button, but IMO this is something you wouldn’t use frequently enough to want to waste a toolbar button on.

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  3. LOVE Fast Dial. Highly customizable, nice interface, and just plain useful!

    It does have a toolbar button, but only for preferences. You don’t NEED a toolbar button because you just open a new tab and you have all your sites ready to dial on the new “about:blank” tab.

    Can you tell I’m a fan??

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  4. [...] Speed Dial: One of the Handiest Firefox Extensions [...]

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  5. I like Fast Dial better. It doesn’t have all the features Speed Dial has but it does has all the features I care about.

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  6. [...] have quite the underlying automation that the Chrome version has. For a look at how it works, see the story on WebWorkerDaily, and if you’re interested in more good Firefox extensions, see our Firefox [...]

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  7. Thanks…but I will stick with my Netvibes pages which gives my daily fixes….

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  8. Yehbut, the websites that I visit regularly tend to popup at the top of the auto-complete list in Firefox when I type in one or two letters in the location field, anyway. I can load half a dozen tabs with my “usual suspects” about as fast as I can hit cmd-T and a couple of keystrokes.

    Heh — I did a little meme a while back where I typed in each letter of the alphabet and posted the first entry in the autocomplete list for each one. It was a pretty good representation of me and my websurfing habits.

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