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Strider
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My favorites:

Googlepedia
Displays the relevant Wikipedia article for your search term on the right side of the screen. This is awesome because most of the time I end up going to wikipedia anyway when I search for something. I also like how when you click on a link in the wikipedia article, it also does a search on that word or phrase as well. The only drawback with this is(and most people won't call this a drawback) that it doesn't display any google adwords ads. Which most of the time I don't care about, but sometimes they're actually useful.

Answers
Alt-Click any word to bring up the Answers.com definition of that word in a small bubble. Close it or just click back on the page and it disappears. I look up the definitions of lots words, so this is super convenient and time saving.

There's one that's not actually an extension, it's a feature in the Options Menu, under the advanced tab. "Search for text when you start typing". Which does exactly that. It opens up one of those find text on this page bars at the bottom of the browser when you start typing anything. It of course does not do this when the cursor is located in any sort of text box.

What are yours? I've never really been searching for add-ons, so I'm sure there's plenty cool stuff out there that I don't know about.

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UBB Ignore
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The two I mainly use are:
Adblock Plus
Bugmenot

I also use foxytunes (controls music players from inside the browser), Restart firefox, and fireFTP

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Download Statusbar
Downloads appear in a status bar at the bottom of the window instead of opening a new window over the stuff you're looking at.

NoScript
Enables scripting for specific domains. Or, rather, blocks scripting on all domains except for those that you approve, thus removing annoyances such as in-line text ads (where words in articles are automatically turned into ad links) that Adblock can't touch.

Tab Mix Plus
Enables you to choose any option you could possibly want for displaying pages in tabs. Includes session management features that are far superior to those built-in to Firefox 2.0, as well as menu customizations and a free kitchen sink.

IE Tab
Displays web pages in Firefox using Internet Explorer's rendering engine (Windows only). You're still viewing the page in Firefox, but the page behaves as if you had opened it in Internet Explorer. Be warned, though: This actually uses Internet Explorer to view pages, meaning ActiveX controls work, and none of your other add-ons that modify the page's appearance (including Adblock and NoScript) are active while IE Tab is in use.

All-in-One Gestures
Navigate pages using small and quick mouse movements. This saves you from having to move the mouse pointer all the way to the back button. Also useful for closing tabs really fast without having to hit the small close button or use the keyboard.

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Firebug
Anyone who does any kind of web design/develop must have this.

Flashblock
Blocks all flash. In place of the flash object, the flash logo is displayed. Clicking on it will allow the flash object to load.

Fasterfox
Performance tweaks.

Flashgot
Great download manager.

Del.icio.us
I don't think I would be using my del.icio.us account with any regularity if it wasn't for this extension.

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SpellBound
In-page spell check utility. It underlines misspelled words and gives you a replace function like a standard word program, all within the web page.

Makes my forum posts much more likely to be spelling error free.

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Add Bookmark Here
This is a simple extension which makes it easy to add bookmark to a bookmark folder.

Paste Quote
This lets you paste what's in your clipboard, but with [ quote] [ /quote] brackets around it.

[ January 02, 2007, 10:54 AM: Message edited by: mr_porteiro_head ]

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These extensions are SO cool!
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Web Developer Extension

Now that's essential as a web developer!

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Euripides
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That one is pure gold, Troubadour!
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Spellbound doesn't work with the newer versions of Firefox. [Frown]
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As far as I know, Firefox 2 has spellcheck built in. As I type this, it's underlining "spellcheck" in a small dotted red line. [Smile]
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Nope...I use it, and mine doesn't. [Smile] Not automatically, like that, anyway.


Well, it highlights them, but doesn't offer automatic suggestions. I like it that way. [Smile]

[ January 02, 2007, 11:37 PM: Message edited by: Kwea ]

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ricree101
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quote:
Originally posted by Kwea:

Well, it highlights them, but doesn't offer automatic suggestions. I like it that way. [Smile]

Right click on the underlined word to get suggestions.


quote:
Originally posted by Bekenn:

NoScript
Enables scripting for specific domains. Or, rather, blocks scripting on all domains except for those that you approve, thus removing annoyances such as in-line text ads (where words in articles are automatically turned into ad links) that Adblock can't touch.

Can it function as a blacklist instead. It sounds useful, but I'd probably prefer everything enabled by default.


Also, an interesting and related article just showed up on Digg.

10 Useful Firefox Extensions That Donít Get Glamorised

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Bekenn
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quote:
Originally posted by ricree101:
Can it function as a blacklist instead. It sounds useful, but I'd probably prefer everything enabled by default.

If so, I'm not aware of how to enable that. There's an option labeled "Allow scripts Globally," but that just turns off filtering altogether and is intended to be used only for small periods of time.

That said, I would also have expected a blacklist to be more worthwhile, but the whitelisting approach has turned out to be far more useful thanks to the incredibly simple NoScript button located in the status bar. When clicked, it displays a list of domains hosting scripts on the page you're currently viewing; simply click on a domain to add or remove it from the whitelist. The page then reloads with your changes. It's very simple, and within a couple of days, you'll hardly need to change anything.

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quote:
Originally posted by Bekenn:
All-in-One Gestures
Navigate pages using small and quick mouse movements.

quote:
This saves you from having to move the mouse pointer all the way to the back button.
Backspace or CTRL + ←

quote:
Also useful for closing tabs really fast without having to hit the small close button or use the keyboard.
CTRL + F4
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Teshi
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I used to have an extension that when I opened a new tab it opened it on the same site that I opened the tab from. I don't know how to do that anymore (since I got the new computer).

How do I do it?

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quote:
Originally posted by ricree101:

Also, an interesting and related article just showed up on Digg.

10 Useful Firefox Extensions That Donít Get Glamorised

Ah, #1 of the 10 is what I would have posted, Colorful Tabs. VideoDownloader is also handy.
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Tante Shvester
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Cool Iris lets you see the linky without opening the window. And it is faster than opening a window (or tab). Just mouse over the linky. Sweet!
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Omitting the stuff that (I think) other people already have posted

Adblock
Adblock Filterset.G Updater - automatically updates (a big) filter set for Adblock
Canadian English Dictionary - You need at least one dictionary for Firefox 2's spell-checking to work
Flashblock - Play Flash animations only when you want them (more useful when I did not have Adblock)
Google Browser Sync - Synchronise bookmarks across many different computers
Tab Catalog - Emulates IE's cool tab preview feature

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Strider
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hey! this thread is pretty cool. [Smile]
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