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  • Install various extensions for firefox to enhance browsing

Firefox makes it easy for programmers to make "extensions" which modify Firefox to add cool and innovative features. Below are the extensions I use and recommend to other people.

For each of the below links, click it using firefox and then click the install now link. If the installer does not pop up, you may have to close Firefox and then re-open it. Once the installer is done, you will have to close all instances of Firefox and then re-open them to use the extension.

IEView is great for those few web sites which are not coded to W3C HTML standards and therefore only work properly in IE. Once installed, you can right click a page or a link and click "view in IE". It will launch the page or link in Internet Explorer. Alternatively, you can click tools->"Always view this page in IE" when on a page and it will always open that page in IE. This allows you to have links in Firefox for sites you always use in IE.

Ad-Block Plus allows you to block advertisements from loading on a page. It is a little tricky to use as you need to understand wildcards and what sections of sites are advertisements. If you do, I highly suggest this extension. Once installed, you can right click on an advertisement and click "Adblock Image" (or "adblock IFrame" if available). A window will pop up, and you can use a * wildcard to block out the entire advertisement folder or advertisement server. This Page has a list of items you can add to the AdBlock preferences to block most advertisements (scroll down to the "installation" section).

Forecast Fox adds the weather to the bottom right of your browser, including a radar when you mouse over it. It will also alert you when a severe weather alert is active for your area.

Download Statusbar makes your downloads easier to manage by listing them at the bottom of the window. After a file is downloaded, you can remove it from the status bar by right clicking on the item and clearing it from the bar.

Google Preview is a great tool for those of you who use Google. It adds a preview image of web sites to the left of every Google search. It is so simple, yet so amazing.

Gmail Notifier. If you are not using Gmail as your primary email address, please Read This Page on why your email address may be tying you to your ISP. Once you get a Gmail account, install this extension, it allows you to be notified of new emails at your Gmail account.

Click here to go through the other extensions available and see if there are any that would benefit you.



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