Firefox Extensions Worth Checking Into


Every serious user of the Firefox browser has his or her own favorite Firefox extensions. Since last week’s release of the official version of Firefox 3 quite a few stories have been turning up around the web on extensions tuned specifically for the new version. Here are a few good examples of extension coverage done in recent days.

PC World has a pretty good list of five business-friendly extensions. Its list focuses mostly on extensions tuned for Firefox 3. It includes LinkedIn Companion for Firefox 3.1.1TwitterFoxColorful TabsDelicious Bookmarks, and Google Preview.

Of these, Colorful Tabs and Google Preview are particularly useful. Colorful Tabs makes it easy to differentiate between tabs in the browser, and is great if you work with a lot of tabs open. Google Preview thumbnails of web sites into Google and Yahoo search results page, which can be a time-saver when sifting search results.

Webware also has a few good Firefox extension finds this week. Check out their story on CookiePie, which is designed to let you seamlessly work with two different Gmail accounts open. Webare also has a good story on mastering bookmarks in Firefox 3.

Finally, this blog has done a good collection of extensions, and over on the OStatic blog, dedicated to open source, you can find more useful Firefox extensions, including good input in the comments from readers. There is also a collection of over 40 tips on how to get more out of the browser there.

Do you have any good extension recommendations? What has been your experience using extensions with version 3?


Mike Lizun

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allan branch

Firefox 3 was so slow for me, I deleted it and went back to FF2. I’m on a Mac, maybe the PC version is better.

Mike Gunderloy

You can launch Firefox with the -safe-mode switch to disable all extensions. This should get you into the addon dialog to remove the troublesome ones.

George Donnelly

Once you convert your firefox profile to Firefox 3, it’s not possible to take it back to 2. A lot breaks.

That said, you can start a fresh profile and move just the things you need, like signons and cookies for example.

I got burned early on with the FF3 betas, but the release works great for me. Make sure you’re using the latest version of FF 3 and search around for beta releases of the plugins you need for FF3.

Good luck, the performance boost in FF 3 is worth the trouble of upgrading.


I’ve had nothing but troubles with Firefox 3’s add-ons. As I write here, the add-on window has crashed again, it does this EVERY time I open it.

There are some old Firefox 2 add-ons sitting there, which not only don’t work, but seem to be causing the crashes — but I can’t get far enough to remove them.

I hope Firefox3 doesn’t turn out to be Mozilla’s Vista.

Incidentally, does anyone know if it’s possible to go back to Firefox 2?

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