Essential Firefox 1.0 Extensions

My favourite web-browser, Firefox, is light-weight and extensible. I love that I’m able to add stuff to it, and customize my experience.

Recently I’ve been trying out the new 1.5 beta version (which is great, by the way), but I’ve had to switch back to 1.0 because of various incompatabilities. During this switch, I lost my extensions. Seeing as I have to install them all over again, I might as well compile a list of links right here. Maybe you’ll learn something. Maybe I will.


  • Tabbrowser Preferences
  • A light weight tab extender that allows you to force new windows to open in tabs instead of, well, new windows.

  • SessionSaver
  • Saves your Browsing session, including open tabs and textfield contents.

  • PageRank Status
  • Shows the Google PageRank in the statusbar.

  • IE View
  • Allows you to quickly open active page in Internet Explorer.

  • Web Developer Toolbar
  • I usually close the toolbar itself, but I do use the right-click context menu.

  • Plain Text Links
  • For web URLs that aren’t clickable, Plain Text Links allows you to select the text, then right-click and select “View URL in new Tab”.

  • Aardvark

Right-click, select “Start Aardvark”, and immediately block level HTML elements beneath the cursor are highlighted. Incredibly useful.

How’s your customization?

11 thoughts on “Essential Firefox 1.0 Extensions”

  1. AkaXakA says:

    All-In-One Sidebar – Clears up the clutter of the main bar and makes switching between bookmarks and sage far easier.

    Sage – Rss reader (you must have seen this coming, right?)

    Gmail Notifier – To notify me of my, ehm, gmail.

    Menu Editor – To clear up menu clutter (send link Who needs that?)

    Compact Menu – To clear up more clutter.

    Scrollbar Anywhere – Think adobe-type use-the-page-to-scroll. Works in the adobe and regular scrollbar way. A definate improvement to webbrowsing for sure. Highly recommended!

    Screen grab! – Adds the options ‘Save window/viewport/document as image’ to your context menu. Beats pasting it into photoshop seperately…

  2. Adblock for the love of everything holy!!

  3. Joen says:

    Adblock indeed.

    But it’s purposefully not on this list, because Adblock has cost me a day of debugging an obscure and strange bug where a JavaScript show/hide combined with some Flash content would work once, but not twice!

    So I haven’t used adblock since.

    But oh, how I miss it. I hope they fix the problem some time.

  4. Stefan says:

    Adblock – Most important 😉

    Add Bookmark here – Add bookmarks directly in the favourite menu

    BugMeNot – gives password/account to many sites

    downTHEMall! – Download content easily

    Enhanced History Manager – Better history management

    FlashGot – Downloading in combination with a downloadmanager

    GeoURL – shows GeoURL data in any site

    Gmail Notifier

    Greasmonkey – customize sites with scripts

    Linky – open many links at once (in tabs/windows)

    Resizeable Textarea

    ScrapBook – Save status of any website

    Web Developer – Most important

    Bookmarks Synchronizer – Very cool, synchronize bookmarks through FTP on many computers.

    Sort Bookmarks

    Tabbrowser Extentions – Many tabbing features

    Html Validator (based on Tidy) – Validate code on the fly

    View formatted source

    Content Style Switcher

  5. Neil Merton says:

    I can’t believe no-one’s mentioned good ol’ Colorzilla! 😉

  6. AkaXakA says:

    Colorzilla? Whachadowiththat?

  7. Neil Merton says:

    Colorzilla is, to quote:

    “Advanced Eyedropper, ColorPicker, Page Zoomer and other colorful goodies.”

    Find out more:

  8. OldGuy says:

    Okay, I’ll play…

    Disable Targets for Downloads

    Flat Bookmark Editing





    View Cookies


    IE View

    Bookmark Backup





    Always Remember Password

  9. Joen says:

    Some really good extensions here.

    I’ve added BugMeNot. Fantastic stuff.

    Some of them are really nice extensions, and perfect as just that: extensions.

    But they’re not all essential 🙂

    By essential I won’t upgrade to Firefox 1.5 until all essential plugins work there.

  10. AkaXakA says:

    And there’s even an extention to do just that Joen!

    Nightly Tester Tools

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