The long-awaited Firefox 4 is finally here, not only is Mozilla Firefox 4 fast, feature-rich, and secure, but it’s also the most customizable Firefox ever. Whether you’re an add-on aficionado or just getting started with personalization, the brand new Add-ons Manager, restartless Firefox add ons, and automatic updates make finding and using add-ons a breeze. And with hundreds of thousands of add-ons updated for this version, there’s no better time to make Firefox your own with a time-saving notifier or stylish.
Discovering, installing, and managing Firefox add ons is simple with the new Firefox add ons Manager in Firefox 4. The tab-based layout allows ample room to view your installed Firefox add ons and search for new ones. The Get Add-ons pane now features the favorite picks and even recommends add-ons for you based on those you currently use. In today’s post, I will feature some great and useful add-ons that works perfectly and compatible with Firefox 4.
Firefox add ons you will not like to miss
Personal Menu provides you a couple of new helpful items that available to be put into Firefox Menu: Bookmark Items, History Items, Configuration(about:config), Restart.
In addition, you may create toolbar-box (let you put toolbar-buttons inside), sub-menus and split-menus to organize your Firefox Menu!
2. Adblock Plus
Adblock Plus allows you to regain control of the internet and view the web the way you want to. The add-on is supported by over forty filter subscriptions in dozens of languages which automatically configure it for purposes ranging from removing online advertising to blocking all known malware domains. Adblock Plus also allows you to customize your filters with the assistance of a variety of useful features, including a context option for images, a block tab for Flash and Java objects, and a list of blockable items to remove scripts and stylesheets.
Barlesque is an extension for Mozilla Firefox 4.x that reclaims useful window space by collapsing the wide grey add-on bar into a neat set of add-on buttons. This extension is Firefox 4.x-only, as add-on bar is a new feature.
4. Tab Scope
Shows a popup on tabs and enables you to preview and navigate tab contents through popup. Major features are:
– Real-time preview of tab contents
– Navigate (Back/Forward/Reload/Stop) through popup
– Scroll pages or frames in preview with mouse wheel
– Click links or buttons directly in preview
– Automatically show preview for tabs opened in background
That status bar was removed in Firefox 4.0. While some of the status bar items did find new homes, some did not, and you might not like where they ended up. Status-4-Evar aims to bring back (some of) the old status bar items, give you more control over the built-in Firefox features, and provide new alternatives.
Capture the whole page or any portion, annotate it with rectangles, circles, arrows, lines and text, blur sensitive info, one-click upload to share.
Despite its compact size, Download Statusbar packs in more useful features than the standard download window. The fully customizable interface auto-hides when not in use, allowing full control without interruption.
8. Tab Badge
Adds a small badge to your tabs to alert you to (for example) new messages on Facebook. The badge is also visible when the tabs are pinned so you can see when there’s something new available.
Move Firefox Button to anywhere you want, and make it also available in Full Screen mode, or when Menu Bar is showing.
A simple restartless add-on that displays information about your search behavior that deactivates itself after running.
11. Web Developer
The Web Developer extension adds various web developer tools to a browser.
12. TabGroups Menu
This add on adds a menu showing all tabs grouped by tabgroups (panorama/tabcandy groups) to the menubar and to the tabview (panorama) button (for those who have the menubar hidden).
13. Vertical Toolbar
Vertical Toolbar is a Firefox extension which adds a vertical toolbar at the edge of the window. Major features are:
– Add vertical toolbar at the edge of the window
– Automatically hide the vertical toolbar
– Many additional toolbar buttons
14. Gmail Manager
The original Gmail notifier for multiple accounts. Allows you to receive new mail notifications along with viewing account details including unread messages, saved drafts, spam messages, labels with new mail, space used, and new mail snippets.
FoxySpider is your personal web crawler! It can crawl into a given web site and retrieve what you really want (video clips, images, music files, etc.). FoxySpider displays the located items in a well-structured thumbnail gallery for ease of use.
The most important add-on to fix the blurry fonts issue in Firefox 4.
KwiClick delivers search results from your favorite services directly to you, so there is no need to open new tabs or go back and forth between pages. KwiClick helps you complete tasks more efficiently.
LastPass is a free online password manager and Form Filler that makes your web browsing easier and more secure. LastPass supports IE and Firefox as Plugins (Opera, Safari, Chrome, iPhone, Opera Mini via Bookmarklets), allows you to import from every major password storage vendor and export too, captures passwords that other managers won’t including many AJAX forms, and allows you to make strong passwords easily.
F1 is a browser extension that allows you to share links in a fast and fun way. Share links from within the browser, from any webpage, using the same services you already know and love. F1 is made by Mozilla Messaging.
Apture Highlights is a free tool, built from the ground up to let you take the power of Google search, and the richness YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, and Wikipedia with you to any site. Just highlight a phrase on any site to reveal the web’s best content without ever leaving the page. Fast, powerful, and fun.
Share links from within the browser, from any webpage, with anyone, using the same services you already know and love like Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Evernote, Delicious, Digg, and more from one simple all-in-one browser add-on.
This restartless add-on removes the usual location bar, search bar, and tabs to give the whole window to the web content. It provides the search functionality in a dashboard to find your top sites, tabs, history, and do web search.
24. Thumbnail Zoom
The add on shows a floating panel with the full size of a thumbnail, when hovering over an image or thumbnail from the following sites: Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Amazon, Picasa, Flickr, LinkedIn, Hi5, Twitpic, deviantART, PhotoBucket, Tagged, Last.fm, Wikipedia, YouTube, DailyMile and Google Images.
Change location of Status Bar Icons, Firefox Menu Button and Menu Bar and more.
26. Quickfox Notes
QuickFox Notes is a multi-tab note taking add-on for Firefox that uses the integrated bookmarks system or a single sqlite database to store notes. Consequently, XMarks, Dropbox, or any other software can be employed to sync notes!
I hope you liked all of the above Firefox add ons and that you will drop a comment if your favorite add on was left out!
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