Firefox Add-on #1: OpenDownload and RunDownload
Do you ever find yourself resorting to Internet Explorer when you need to download a file, because you would rather simply “run” or “open” the file instead of having to save it to your hard drive? The “run” option is a feature many ex-IE users miss, and no one seems to know why Firefox (and even Chrome) still haven’t added the option. It becomes very annoying to have to take that additional step to clean out the downloaded files, or even just having them in your “Downloads” folder to begin with.
Firefox Add-On developers Tuxman and Josh Wenham have come to our rescue, though, with their handy OpenDownload and add-ons, respectively. They both do the same thing – insert a “run” button in the “Save File” dialog box when downloading files. If you choose the “Run” option, the file is saved into a temporary directory, and is then opened using the appropriate or assigned program specified for that file type, the same way Internet Explorer does. It’s that simple!
It’s also important to note that as of now, both add-ons are still “experimental,” which simply means you have to click the “Let me install this experimental add-on” check box before Firefox will allow you to install it. For me, it’s worth it just to have my “Downloads” directory cleaned up and free of every single file I’ve been able to “run” instead!
Firefox Add-on #2: Webmail Ad Blocker
Among the pet peeves of many users are those pesky text ads found on the right hand side of their email programs. Webmail Ad Blocker is a great Firefox add-on that was created precisely for this common annoyance. Although AdBlock Plus does block most ads, Webmail Ad Blocker is sure to take out anything AdBlock Plus might have missed. As a result, it also expands your screen space, to allow more room for reading and composing emails.
This add-on works with Gmail, Yahoo! Mail and Hotmail, and it allows you to tweak the settings to fit your needs. You can even use it to block other information, such as left-hand folders (Spam, Starred, etc.), footer information (like account information, copyright info, etc.), action buttons, stars, and even the mouseover highlight features in Gmail, and that’s only a few of the things you have the power to remove. It’s proven to be a great addition to AdBlock Plus, and a definite must-have for those who don’t use AdBlock at all.
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Do you know of some other similar add-ons, or add-ons you think everyone should know about? Tell us all about them in the comments!