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ffixer-logoFacebook is the second most popular website on the internet according to Alexa, so I can probably assume most of you are already using it.  If that’s the case, you can add dozens of features to Facebook with FFixer, a highly customizable script for Firefox and Chrome.

FFixer adds great features such as the ability to view the full versions of thumbnails by hovering your mouse over the image, better photo albums, and keyboard shortcuts (just like Gmail).

Follow me through this guide to see how it all works!

Getting Started

Installation for FFixer is different depending on the browser you’re using, so make sure to follow the correct procedure below.

Mozilla Firefox

Step one: FFixer is a Javascript application and requires the Greasemonkey add-on to operate.  Head over to the Greasemonkey add-on page and click the bright green Add to Firefox button as shown below.

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features of facebook

After installing Greasemonkey, you will need to restart Firefox by closing all browser windows and re-opening the browser.  Alternatively, you can click Restart Firefox in the add-on installation window (all of your open windows will be saved and re-opened).

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Step two: Go to the FFixer Userscripts page and click the green Install button as shown below.

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You will then receive an installation prompt where you will need to click Install again.

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After the script installs, you’ll notice a brief message in your toolbar next to the little monkey icon.  FFixer is now installed and will be active on Facebook!

ffixer-installed

Google Chrome

Note: Although FFixer wasn’t natively written for Chrome, I ported it over and it seems to work great.  Please note that some unexpected behavior may occur when using the Chrome version.

Installing FFixer in Chrome is very easy.  Just head to the FFixer Chrome Extension page and click the blue Install button.

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You will need to confirm the installation by clicking the Install button in the dialog box.

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After the script is installed, you’ll notice a brief message in the top right corner of the browser window.  FFixer is now installed and will be active on Facebook!

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Features of Facebook

Quickly View Full-sized Images

This, by far, is my feature and the one I use the most in FFixer.  To view any full-sized version of an image, just hover your mouse over the image.  This works for profile pictures, photo album thumbnails, and even images from external sites.

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Better Photo Albums

You can view photo albums with all full-sized images by clicking the Show Big Pictures link at the top of any photo album.  (This feature can be enabled by default in the Facebook Account menu ““> Configure FFixer ““> Pictures tab ““> Automatically show bigger album pictures when the page opens”¦)

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If you’re dealing with a multi-page album, you can click the All button near the album navigation to view the entire album in a single page.  (This feature can be enabled by default in the Facebook Account menu ““> Configure FFixer ““> Pictures tab ““> Automatically load thumbnails for all images in an album on a single page”¦).

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Homepage & Feed Customization

Facebook includes a lot of information on the homepage, and FFixer allows you to decide exactly what appears on your screen.  To customize the homepage, open the Facebook Account menu, select Configure FFixer, and click the Home Page tab.  In this menu, you can enable or disable anything that appears on the homepage.

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If you want to filter certain stories from the News Feed, click the Feeds tab and enable or disable any items you like.

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Bookmarks

This newly-added feature of FFixer allows you to bookmark any Facebook Profile or Page for quick viewing in the future.  This feature can also be disabled in the FFixer settings under the Menus/Chat tab.

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Keyboard Shortcuts

If you’ve ever used keyboard shortcuts in Gmail, you know how quickly you can move while using them (and how addictive they can be!).  For example, you can jump directly to your inbox by typing I (these are case sensitive), or go directly to your profile by typing P.

For a complete list of keyboard shortcuts, open the Facebook Fixer settings and select the Keyboard Shortcuts tab.

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Video Downloads

FFixer gives you the ability to download any video uploaded to Facebook.  When viewing a video, simply click the Download Video link near the bottom of the page.

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DOZENS Of Other Features

FFixer includes more features than I could ever include in this article.  Spend some time in the FFixer settings menu to see what it’s capable of, and check out a couple more great features like automatic Calendar integration for birthdays, screen names converted into a clickable link in profiles, and enhanced chat settings.

Let us know what you think in the comments, and be sure to check out the rest of our articles about Facebook!

Image credit: mfinleydesigns

  1. Erulez
    June 12, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    suitswiww , mantef Add on nya....Thanks!!!!

  2. computer tricks
    May 6, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Intresting

  3. bri
    April 24, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    test

  4. bri
    April 24, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Great add-on. Thanks for pointing it out.

  5. Aibek
    April 24, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Thanks Evan,

    Btw, did you have a chance to test any of the scripts both on FF and IE?

  6. Evan Wondrasek
    April 24, 2010 at 7:37 am

    Great find Aibek. Compatibility of scripts is key as you mention, but many authors of popular scripts have taken steps to make their script cross-browser compatible lately. This is why FFixer works so well in Chrome.

    Hopefully others continue this practice!

  7. Aibek
    April 22, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Talking about Greasemonkey for IE, there is a tool called GM4IE [ http://www.gm4ie.com/index.htm... ]. Though the number of available user scripts for it is rather limited. An unfortunately the Firefox Greasemonkey scripts aren't compatible with it.

  8. Dustin Harper
    April 22, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Awesome, I have something in Chrome that makes it look better, but this is 10x better! Thanks!

  9. warebeach
    April 22, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Just change your browser Flock.com it does all this automatically

  10. warebeach
    April 22, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Just change your browser Flock.com it does all this automatically

  11. smazr
    April 22, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Does it work on IE?

    • Dustin Harper
      April 22, 2010 at 3:31 pm

      Nope, you need Grease Monkey addon, which doesn't work with IE, as far as I know.

      • Aibek
        April 22, 2010 at 6:11 pm

        Talking about Greasemonkey for IE, there is a tool called GM4IE [ http://www.gm4ie.com/index.html ]. Though the number of available user scripts for it is rather limited. An unfortunately the Firefox Greasemonkey scripts aren't compatible with it.

        • Evan Wondrasek
          April 24, 2010 at 5:37 am

          Great find Aibek. Compatibility of scripts is key as you mention, but many authors of popular scripts have taken steps to make their script cross-browser compatible lately. This is why FFixer works so well in Chrome.

          Hopefully others continue this practice!

        • Aibek
          April 24, 2010 at 11:32 am

          Thanks Evan,

          Btw, did you have a chance to test any of the scripts both on FF and IE?

  12. Rajeeva
    April 22, 2010 at 2:19 am

    Seems promising. Going to install and see it for myself.

  13. Andrew
    April 21, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Been using it for a long time and love it!

  14. Stian Helnes
    April 21, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Love this! :D

  15. Mark O'Neill
    April 21, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    I installed this last night after editing your article. I really like it and it works perfectly on Chrome. Good job porting it over.

  16. Jonathan Bennett
    April 21, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    This is sweet! Facebook may consider adding that thumbnail feature into their native app... it's nice to have.

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