Browser Boosters

Web browsers especially Firefox are built with plug-ins in mind. Thousands of these code snippets arc available, but here we present some of the most useful add-ons, plus a few tips that don't require any extra code.

Nuke Web ads: Though decried by many Webmasters for cutting into a lucrative revenue stream. Adblock Plus is practically a mandatory addition to Firefox, due to increasingly onerous glut of Web advertising. OE users can try AdMuncher free for 30 days and then pay $30. Put simply, Adblock Plus blocks ads—not just pop-up, but regular banners, towers, rich-media stuff, and Google ubiquitous advertisements. Adblock Plus doesn't stop everything, but it nabs enough that you'll mice the difference immediately.

Many PCs one set of bookmarks: If use numerous computers, you have undoubtedly had to deal with separate browsers on each of those PCs, each with its own set of bookmarks that must be managed separately. Unless you have a bookmark synchronizer, which is Foxmarks is one of a number of tools that can sync Firefox bookmarks among multiple machines. Just Foxmarks as an add-on to the Firefox installation on each system, never worry about manual syncing again. As a bonus, you can access your book-marks on the Foxmarks Web site, too.

Put an FTP app into Firefox: Even the most casual Web developer needs FTP application, but many of these are cumbersome and they require installing yet another full-blown program. FireFTP turns Firefox into an impromptu and speedy two-way FTP application. Once installed FireFTP appears in the Tools menu. Click it and a new FTP tab opens up offering simple two-pane system that lets you easily copy files between your desktop and your remote site.

Get a handle on downloaded files: If you are a download junkie who always has something in the queue to leech off the Web. You need a download manager to help handle every thing. FlashGet is a free and extremely popular download manager that can help you organize and queue up HTTP, FTP, BitTorrent, and other types of downloads, working in the background and letting you pause and resume downloads. It can even tell your computer to shut itself down when the downloading is done. It works on any browser.

Restore embedded passwords to IE URLs: Several years ago. Microsoft disallowed Internet Explorer to use an embedded password as part of a URL (of the format https://usermune:password@server.com/) when a user goes to a protected Website; instead the person must type in the password manually at the popup log-in screen. (This restriction was a response to phishers' employing phony password fields to deceive unsuspecting users.) Restoring IE's original ability takes a Registry tweak. Run Regedit and browse to the following Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\FEATURE_HTTP_USERNAME_PASSWORD_DISABLE

Here create two new DWORD values: iexplore.exe and explorer.exe. Leave the default DWORD value for each of these at '0'. Restart IE.

Grab a hard copy of any Web page: Did you (wet print a hard copy of a Web page only to have it come out garbled, missing images, and otherwise,nigh unreadable? One reason that may happen is because the newfangled Web 2.0 standards don’t play well with 0.1-era printers. Solution: Grab a screen shot of a Webpage and select Print. But how do you do that, when a single page has enough content to fill up three display screens? Simple: Install Screengrab for Firefox, which lets you save a full page, the visible portion of a page or just the tidbit you'd like to keep. IE Screenshot performs similar tricks for the Microsoft browser. Save images as digital files or print them out.

Company Web video: Various Web services let you punch in the URL of a YouTube flick or other Web video and receive a copy you can save to your hard drive. But they're often slow and buggy and you never know if they'll work on less popular video-sharing sites. Orbit Rich Media Downloader adds a context sensitive set of new menu items to your right mouse button in your Web browser. Now when you see a vid on Dailymotion or hear a so on MySpace that you like, just click to save it to your pc.

Save, protected media files: Some Websites cruelly disable the right click button on images and other media, preventing you from easily downloading them. Orbit (see above) is one workaround, but its overkill if all you want to do is to save an image occasionally. Good news: Firefox has a quick built in way to save protected media files with-out the hassle. Visit the Web page you want right click anywhere on the page (not in the image), and select View Page Info. Click the Media tab to see a list of all images on the page; scroll through the list (a preview will appear at the bottom of the window) and click Save As when you find that one you want.

One click to something new: Collected quotes of Albert Einstein? Winners of the “I Look Like My Dog” contest? Pictures of real-life sea monsters? All of these web pages can be yours at the touch of a button if you install StumbleUpon, a plug-in and toolbar available for both Firefox and Internet Explorer. StumbleUpon, like social news sites such as Digg, takes user submissions to point other users to cool stuff on the Web. Click the thumbs button if you like what you see or thumb down if you don't. Over time, StumbleUpon refines its suggestions for you, making it (eventually) the perfect time-waster and one that's always at your fingertips.

Easy access to deals and discounts: Smart shoppers perform a quick search for a coupon code before buying anything online, but forgetting to do so is easy. RegisteredCoupons.com’s toolbar for Internet Explorer simplifies bargain hunting by putting the information right where you're most likely to see it. A utilitarian drop-down box lets you select the retail outlet where you're shopping. Click the store in question and current coupon codes and promotions instantly arrive in their own window.

Relocate the Firefox sidebar: Want to move the sidebar to the right side of your screen? Edit your userChrome.css file or create a new one in your profile/chrome folder. Find it in C:\Documents and Settings\xxxxx\ApplicationData\Mozilla \Firefox\Profiles\yyyyyyyy.default\chrome. where xxxxx is your username, and yyyyyyyy is a random set of eight characters. (If you don't see the Application Data file in your user folder, go to the Tools menu, click FolderOptions and then the View tab and select Show Hidden Files and Folders) Rename the example file there userChrome.css and then add the following code to the bottom of the file:
/* Place the sidebar on the right edge of the
window */
hbox#browser {direction:rtl;}
hbox#browser > vbox {direction:ltr;}

Keep track of Adsense earnings: If you use Adsense on your Web site or blog you can use the Adsense Notifier Firefox plug-in to keep track of your daily earnings within the browser, in real time. Just check the bottom right corner for total ad impressions, CPM and your total daily earnings as they accrue.

*.* Source of Information : April 2008 PC World

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