The 10 Best Firefox Addons You Probably Aren’t Using

Sandy Writtenhouse 11-05-2016

The list is lengthy for those popular brands and well-known names we see as options on the Firefox Add-ons site. But, popularity is not always a true tell of a brilliant extension 5 Must-Have Firefox Addons for Faster Web Browsing Firefox's speed and performance can sometimes suffer. And while there are browsing efficiency tips you can use to smooth it out, you'll probably want to kick it up a few more notches. Read More . Many that have terrific features and can make our lives easier simply go unnoticed, sort of like that awesome email that gets buried in our inbox. So, let’s take a look at some of those hidden gems.



The Cool Kids

There are many big name Firefox add-ons 25 Firefox Addons That Will Make You More Productive For those who use Firefox, we have suggestions and add-ons that can assist you in successfully satisfying your productivity resolution. Read More that everyone seems to use. Whether it is because of brand recognition, reliability and features, or pure word of mouth, here are a few examples of those popular extensions.


For useful note-taking and page-clipping, both Pocket and Evernote Web Clipper top the list. Since Pocket is part of your Firefox toolbar by default and available across platforms, this makes it super convenient. Evernote Web Clipper syncs with Evernote which can be accessed from the Web and most any mobile device, making it extremely useful This Simple Process Will Make You Insanely Productive On Any Browser Do you know how you can jump on your favorite browser, clip an article, take screen shots, save bookmarks, add reminders, and have notifications with all the details pop up in your calendar? Read More as well.



For task lists and to-dos, Add to Wunderlist and Todoist battle it out with a close amount of users each for the Firefox Add-on. These tools, just like Pocket and Evernote Web Clipper, are available across platforms so staying up to date with tasks How to Use New Wunderlist Folders to Boost Your To-Do List Wunderlist got a big update with two new features essential for a good to-do app: organizing and quickly adding tasks. Do these help it become the productivity app of your choice? Read More and reminders is a breeze.



Screen Shots

For simple captures of a Web page, Easy Screenshot from MozillaOnline is a widely-used add-on. With over two million users, this handy tool lets you capture entire pages and save them right to your desktop. Can millions of users really be wrong?



Then of course, we have the host of Google add-ons with third-party companies and developers that use Google services for their Firefox extensions. Google Translator for Firefox, Google Image Search, Google Hangouts, and Google Docs Viewer all show where that brand recognition comes into play.



The Nerdy Kids

Now that we have covered some of the major players on the Firefox Add-ons site, it is time to take a look at several extensions that have not quite made it to the cool kids’ table yet. These perform the same tasks as the big name add-ons do, but are simply not widely used for some reason.


With only 1,000 Firefox users, the Note Board add-on is a terrific note-taking option. With a free account, you can create multiple boards, add various notes, upload images, share and embed boards, and customize the fonts and backgrounds.



Note Board is easily accessed with a click of the button in your toolbar or directly via the Web. You can also download Note Board to your mobile device for free on both iOS and Android. So, for a step away from the boring or ordinary note-takers, Note Board gives a nice visual display and is easy to use. For ad-free options on both the Web and mobile apps, you can check out the premium version for $1.99.


When it comes to tasks and to-do, the use of Firefox add-ons can get a little stickier. Most people want or need a list manager that they can access from virtually anywhere including the Web and mobile. However, there is an option accessible on these platforms that appears to be still underused on Firefox. Toodledo [No Longer Available] has less than 2,000 users for its browser extension, but does offer robust features.


With the Toodledo add-on, you can quickly add tasks to your list with a click, however, you can add much more than a simple name for your to-do or URL. The extension allows you to select a folder, have it repeat, and set the priority. You can also add a due date, length, and tag. The add-on even provides a handy sidebar to view your Toodledo Hotlist.


Screen Shots

For screen shots, some may have heard of Nimbus Screen Capture. With just over 100,000 users it does get a bit of attention, although not as much as Easy Screenshot, or Full Web Page Screenshots, but it is just as powerful.


This Firefox add-on lets you capture part of the page or the entire one with a click. You can save your screen shots as .JPEG or .PNG, select the image quality, and set up keyboard shortcuts. You also have options to annotate your screen shots with drawing tools, text, shapes, notes, colors, and then save, print, or copy in a snap.

More Great Add-Ons

  • For Web research or site comparisons, Similar Sites is a handy tool for showing you sites like the one you are visiting.
  • For closing all your tabs at one time, Tab Grenade [No Longer Available] can handle the load plus lets you reconnect to links quickly.
  • For comparison shopping, Shoptimate is a terrific add-on. Browse, compare, get price alerts, and set up a wish list. This add-on will pop up automatically while you are shopping, so you do not have to lift a finger to use it.
  • For a pop-up preview of your open tabs, Tab Preview [No Longer Available] is really convenient. Whether you have tons of tabs open at once or use compact tabs, this add-on lets you get a fast glance of the site just by mousing over your tabs.
  • For sending pages, files, images, and text to other browsers, mobile devices, different computers, or even your friends, Pushbullet is an awesome add-on.


Do You Have a Hidden Gem?

Is there a Firefox extension that goes unnoticed, yet you cannot live without? Or, do you prefer to stick with the big name add-ons rather than trying out the less used ones? If so, why?

Feel free to share your comments with us below, especially if you have a hidden gem of your own!

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  1. Toni Peji?
    August 27, 2016 at 11:45 am

    iMacros is useful for automating your browser to do repetitive tasks. And LastPass is useful for managing your passwords.

  2. Ray Trygstad
    May 13, 2016 at 4:09 am

    Hack the Web - a fork of an older add-on called Aardvark - lets you selective delete page elements for view or isolate the main div of the page. It's perfect for scraping all the gobbledegook off of a page before you print it. I would never be without it.

    I am also a huge fan of Down Them All, which allows you to download all the linked elements on a page - perfect for grabbing photos from a gallery, or all the PDF files from the NIST SP 800-series page.

    I seriously miss Googlebar for Firefox, a very powerful third-party Google toolbar that is no longer supported.

    • Sandy Writtenhouse
      May 23, 2016 at 8:34 pm

      Hi Ray,

      Thanks for the suggestions. I'm definitely going to take a look - I have heard of Hack the Wed, it sounds really handy.

      Thanks again!

  3. Anonymous
    May 12, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    I think that Lightbeam is also a good addon for Firefox. It shows you your Internet footprint and you can enable tracking protection with it.

    • Sandy Writtenhouse
      May 23, 2016 at 8:34 pm

      Hi Daniel,

      I have heard a lot about Lightbeam, that's a great suggestion!


  4. aasd
    May 12, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    You completely missed out "Tab Groups" which is now an extension. It makes tabs management very very simple and elegant.

    May also point out that color picker and full-page screenshot is now part of Firefox developer tools (accessible via F12 shortcut)?

    • Sandy Writtenhouse
      May 23, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      Hi aasd,

      Thanks for the info - is Tab Groups your favorite one for managing your tabs?

      Thanks for your comments!

  5. Anonymous
    May 12, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Considering All The 6 Browsers I Work With, FEBE Is The Most Awesome Extension I Know.

    The Only Feature I Use, Is The Saving Of Already Installed FF Extensions As Individual .XPI Files.

    I Wish There Was An Equivalent Extension, For All The CHROME Clones, Capable Of Saving .CRX And .NEX Files.


    • Anonymous
      May 12, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      Rather than saving XPI files, you could also make an account and a personal collection on Mozilla's addons site, or just do what I do and completely replace the default Firefox user profile with one that I've preconfigured to remove garbage and configure the addons I want as I see fit. If you don't know how to do it yourself, tools like MozBackup can be very helpful in that respect.

      Chrome in my experience does not respect changes to its user profile made outside of user interaction or Apps Administrator policy, something I find endlessly aggravating.

      • Anonymous
        May 12, 2016 at 3:23 pm

        Do Not Look At CHROME Alone - There Are Lots Of CHROME Clones, With Different Policies, And I Use 4 Of Them Myself.

        OPERA15+ Is A CHROME Clone And My Main Browser.

        FF Is Just My Backup Browser, And It Is Losing Importance.

        A Few Versions Back, FF Was My Only Browser Allowing Me ( Although With A Warning ) To Visit Sites With HTTPS Issues.

        Now, FF Has Copied All CHROME Clones, And Is Starting To Block Them Completely Giving Me No Option To Carry On, Too.

        Thank You For Responding.

        • Anonymous
          May 12, 2016 at 4:30 pm

          Try Palemoon. It's derived from Firefox 25, so it pre-dates most of the huge stupidity that Mozilla has inflicted on Firefox in the last couple years.

        • Anonymous
          May 12, 2016 at 4:56 pm

          It Is Already In My Free Future **Shopping** List.


          I Dump Browsers Whenever They Seriously Disregard Backwards Compatibilities:

          A - I Dumped IE8 When I Found The Wonderful World Of Extensions With FF,

          B - I Dumped FF When Version 4 Broke Most Earlier Extensions,

          C - I Dumped CHROME When They Started To Block ( Without Giving Power Users Any Option Around It ) Extensions Not Included In Their Web Store.

          I Am Sure OPERA15+ Will Make Me Go Fishing Again Sometime In The Near Future.

          Thank You, Again.

  6. Anonymous
    May 12, 2016 at 7:38 am

    It goes without saying that Adblock Plus is an absolute must.

    Two other goodies are RightToClick (which stops those pesky web sites disabling right click) and Flash and Video Downloader, which does what it says on the tin. Flashblock is userful to and works fine with the aforementioned downloader, allowing you to be selective in what flash you see.

  7. Anonymous
    May 12, 2016 at 12:41 am

    Yes, these are 10 FF add-ons. The designation "best" is very subjective and depends on one's needs. Many people wouldn't give these 10 a second look