Posts Tagged ‘firefox add-ons’

How to Remove the PDF.JS PDF Viewer Extension in Firefox

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

If you’re unhappy with Firefox’s new PDF Viewer, here’s how to get rid of it …

Before I take a look at how you can remove the PDF Viewer extension in Firefox, I’d like to spend a moment talking about why it is necessary to write about it. Add-on removals should be straightforward operations after all. The big issue here is that you can’t remove add-ons installed by third party software from within Firefox. And third parties in this regard also means Mozilla, if the company decides to add an add-on to Firefox automatically. While you can disable those add-ons, you can’t remove them.


Manage Hosts Files from within Firefox

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Here’s an intriguing tool for Firefox users, that sounds like it would come in handy for web development …

The so called Hosts File can be used to redirect hostname requests to different IP addresses. It is often used to block access to websites or servers, to redirect requests to a new or local server, or by malicious attackers who redirect websites to honeypots and fake websites. Web developers can use the hosts file to work on moved websites before the DNS propagates.


Change the Color of the Firefox Scrollbar

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Just in case you’re unhappy with the color of the Firefox scroll bar, and you have some extra time on your hands …

The Firefox web browser displays a vertical or horizontal scrollbar at the right and lower edge of the browser whenever the page contents cannot be displayed all at once in the browser window. And while it is clearly visible on most web pages, users may encounter pages where the scrollbar is barely distinguishable from the page contents.


The Best Firefox Add-Ons of 2011

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Here’s a nice round-up of some of the more interesting Firefox add-ons from 2011 …

We have almost hit the one post per day mark in 2011, with 352 posts published that covered the Firefox browser in one way or another. Not all of the posts were add-on reviews though as we have covered Firefox news, updates, and cross-browser related news as well here on


Automate Firefox Downloads with Automatic Save Folder

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

If you spend a lot of time downloading music files and other stuff like that, this Firefox extension sounds like it could come in very handy.

While it is possible to configure the Firefox browser to download files automatically into one download folder on the system, it is not possible to customize this automated process further. Many users do not want all their downloads stored together in one folder, as they prefer different storage locations for downloads. This is for instance useful to sort files automatically in the right locations on the system to improve accessibility.


The 10 Most Popular Chrome, Firefox and Opera Extensions

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Not many surprises here; but it’s still kind of interesting to see what extensions others are using …

Browser extensions can improve a web browser’s functionality significantly. They can improve a user’s workflow on the web or add information to the browser that would otherwise not be directly accessible. When you look at popular extensions you will notice that they differ considerable between browsers.


Automatically Restart Firefox on High Memory Usage

Monday, December 12th, 2011

If you have problems with Firefox locking up due to high memory usage, you might want to try this add-on …

High memory usage can slow down a program or the operating system. While I personally never experienced that in Firefox on my computer systems, I know of users who did and still do. Finding the cause for the high memory usage in Firefox would obviously be the best solution for the issue. Sometimes though that is not possible.


Generate File Hashes Directly in Firefox

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Here’s an interesting add-on for Firebox; probably especially interesting to those of us who download a lot of large files …

Comparing file hashes of files that you have downloaded to your computer with those provided by the provider of said downloads can be a great way of verifying that a file is genuine and that it has not been tampered with by third parties. Security only works if the sources you get the files and hashes from is trustworthy. One example would be if you uploaded a file on a server to download it later to another computer. You’d generate the hash, upload the file and verify that the hash is identical to the one that you have generated before.


Display Open Tab Count in Firefox

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Here are two different Firefox add-ons that will count open tabs …

It is sometimes the little things that can make a big difference in day to day activities on a computer. The open tabs count of Firefox has gone up significantly on my computer system in recent times as I’m currently going through all 20k tags here on Ghacks to consolidate them. Firefox by default only displays a certain number of tabs in the visible area of the interface. The remaining tabs are hidden by default and can be displayed with the help of the back and forward buttons in the tab bar of the browser.


Add Bookmark Here – Better Firefox Bookmarking

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Firefox’s default bookmark manager does leave a bit to be desired … this looks like it would help though.

Web browser bookmarks seem to have lost much of their appeal in past years. The same can be said for bookmarking sites like Delicious which have seen a drop in user count. Question is: What are users doing instead? Are they posting interesting links to their social networking profiles to have them available there? This does not seem overly practical as it may take quite a while to find a link again, especially on a busy page or profile.