Every once in a while, I like to remind readers that I use Firefox as my default web browser. Internet Explorer is on my computer, of course, but normally I only use it at microsoft.com
I strongly recommend using IE when you go to www.microsoft.com. If you don’t, many of Microsoft’s web site features won’t work — or won’t work correctly. Too many of the Microsoft.com pages require that we allow the security-challenged ActiveX features of Internet Explorer in order for the web site to function properly — and ActiveX is Microsoft’s proprietary technology.
One of the features that I really like about Firefox is that Firefox allows its users to select and add Firefox Extensions, also called Firefox Add-ons, to add new or revised functions.
Should you just try any old Firefox Add-on that you find? NO! But, the Mozilla Foundation, the publishers of Firefox, have a repository of Add-ons that are available and have been tested.
Just start Firefox, click on Tools, then Add-ons. In the bottom right-hand corner, click on Get Extensions.
The Add-ons that I’m using are:
- OpenBook — a better bookmarks manager (favorites manager)
- SearchStatus — displays Google PageRank and Alexa Rankings (used by web developers)
- StumbleUpon — the toolbar for the StumbleUpon Web 2.0 site
- Tab Mix Plus — improving Firefox’s tabbed interface
- TinyURLCreator — right-click and make a tiny url for easy emailing of a short link
- View Source Chart — a logical way to view web page source code
- Web Developer — adds many features for web developers
- Whois — a "whois" domain registry lookup tool
- Image Zoom — zoom any web page image
- ColorZilla — exact identification of web page colors
Opera users, are you getting jealous? Check out this web page for a list of the Top 150 Popular Firefox Extensions and Opera Equivalents.