My recommended Firefox Add-ons

Here’s all the Firefox Add-ons that I’m using and like.  Some of them are in the official recommended list, some aren’t.  This isn’t necessarily all the ones I like, I may find more that I like later.  Anyways, here goes:

  • about:me
    Collates your Firefox History into a cool-looking page with graphs (type about:me into the address box).  As I write this, it shows the following things:  Most visited Sites, Hourly Browsing Activity, Download Media Types, Daily Download Trends.  Screenshots below.
  • Add-On Collector
    Makes it easier to add Add-Ons to a collection, either for sharing or backup or whatever.
  • autoHideStatusbar
    Pretty self explanatory:  hides the status bar at the bottom unless you hover your mouse a customizable distance from the bottom, defaulted to 5 pixels.  Perfect for me, I work on a netbook. Every little bit of extra space is good.
  • Better Gmail 2
    Some stuff to make Gmail look and work better.  On a side note, my favorite Gmail theme is Shiny.
  • Better GReader
    I use this one a LOT.  Some of my favorite features:  minimalist view (maximized space for viewing articles, again good for my netbook) and clicking on the title of a feed pulls up the page in that tap.  Screenshots below.
  • Cooliris
    A really cool  looking (I actually liked the older version better, though) ‘Wall’ for viewing photos or videos, off of any page with pictures (hover over a picture then click the Cooliris icon that comes up) or from your computer (open the Cooliris page, then choose My Computer) or, once the Cooliris page is open, you can search sites like YouTube, Hulu, DeviantART, Google Images, etc.  Screenshots below.
  • Download Statusbar
    Shows downloads in a bar on top of the statusbar, instead of in the normal pop-up window.  I love it, I do a lot of downloading programs and things.  Screenshots below.
  • FaviconizeTab
    Shrinks an open tab to just its Favicon.  I use it for Google Reader, with the Unread Count in Favicon from Better GReader and for Gmail with the Unread Count in Favicon from Better Gmail 2, so that I can see if I have new mail but still have lots of room for other tabs.  Screenshots below.
  • Fission
    Shows how much a page is loaded in the address bar, like in Safari.  Eye candy.  Screenshots below.
  • Hide Menubar
    Um… Hides the menubar.  Bring it back up temporarily by pressing Alt.  Good for my netbook.  Screenshots below.
  • InvisibleHand
    One of my favorites, InvisibleHand checks the item you’re looking at on Amazon, Newegg, TigerDirect, Target, etc. and tells you if there’s a better deal on any other site.  I have saved quite a bit with it.
  • Personas for Firefox
    I don’t use this one too much, I have the heaven.cube theme installed, but it’s still awesome.  Dresses up your browser with one click.  Nothing but eye candy. 
  • StumbleUpon Toolbar
    I usually have this hidden, with custom shortcuts for Stumbling, Liking, and Disliking (Ctrl+F1, Ctrl+Shift+F1, and Ctrl+Shift+1, respectively).  StumbleUpon is awesome.
  • Stylish
    Lets you install a whole bunch of user scripts, instantly (click Install then click OK) that change how a site looks.  I have a grey-and-black-and-red colored Facebook at the moment, for example

And there you go.  You can download everything here at an Add-on Collection I made, if you want.

Screenshots:

about:me page
about me page

GReader page from title
greader

Cooliris Wall – searching DeviantART
cooliris deviantart page

Download Statusbar
download statusbar

Faviconized Tabs
favoconized tab

Fission loading bar – about halfway loaded
fission bar

Look, Ma!  No Menubar!
no menu bar

Please excuse the weird vertical stretching on the last picture.  I don’t know why it does that.

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    • Alex
    • September 14th, 2009

    I figured out why it was not working. I don't have firefox.

    • Robert
    • September 14th, 2009

    Wow, alex… Nice. What do you have? IE or Chrome?

    • Dani
    • September 22nd, 2009

    Great list. Billeo is another add-on that deserves a mention. It's a great password manager and a real time saver. It securely saves my passwords and I can easily edit or delete them anytime. The tool is VeriSign secured and TRUSTe certified. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/12715 Another add-on is Clipmarks – Easily save portions of webpage with this extension https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1407

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