If you use the Internet daily for work or school, productivity is essential to your success. An effective strategy can be accomplished by using some great Firefox add-ons which allow your Web work to become faster, easier, and more efficient.
Tile Your Tabs
If you use multiple tabs at once and find yourself switching between them constantly, it might be beneficial to tile them instead of lining them up. Tile Tabs [No Longer Available] allows you to display your tabs in one window with a split screen. This is the perfect tool for comparing the content of two sites or copying data from one to another. You can choose to have two, three, four, or all tabs in a variety of layouts, each with its own scroll bar.
Here are some of the standout features of Tile Tabs:
- Sync scroll allows you to have all tiles scrolling at the same time.
- Vertical, horizontal, and grid layouts give you visual flexibility.
- Personalized menus let you only see those layouts you use most often.
- Keyboard shortcuts for layouts, scrolling, and new tabs allow you to tile your tabs quickly.
- Customizable splitters, skins, and tile borders are nice for showing tiles exactly as you like.
Tile Tabs is a terrific add-on for those who use more than one tab at a time.
Add Supercharged Shortcuts to Searches
How about making it easier to start a search? SME – Search Made Easy [No Longer Available] allows you to click a word on a Web page and choose a search option from the context menu. This is handy if you would like more information on a specific word, would like to find an image for that word, or would like to see a YouTube video related to the word. Instead of opening a new tab and searching, just double-click and go.
The options allow you to choose which default search engines and sites you would like to appear in the context menu. You can also assign a specific shortcut key to each one or add your own sites to the list. Search results can open in either a new tab or window for convenience.
SME – Search Made Easy makes your searching simpler.
Get a New Tab Full of Bookmarks
To make opening a bookmark really easy, Bookmark Tab [No Longer Available] displays your bookmarks each time you open a new tab. This makes it simple to get where you need to go very quickly. You can choose from Toolbar, Menu, and Unfiled for the display. You can also have it show a search box above your bookmark list, display opened folders as open, keep all bookmarks within their folders, or turn off the overview. You can also edit the stylesheet if you want a personalized look.
Bookmark Tab is just a nice shortcut add-on that makes opening a bookmark in a new tab efficient.
Make Your Home Button Useful
The handy UsableHomeButton Firefox add-on has a very simple goal. It links your Firefox Home button to whichever website you are currently visiting. So, by clicking your own Home button you will be taken to the home page of that site. Why? There are many sites that do not always make it easy to get back to their main page. Those that have an easy navigation or breadcrumbs are great. But, there are times when you cannot find your way to site’s home page. That’s when this very basic add-on can help.
A context menu is also added to your Firefox Home button with this add-on. One nice feature of the context menu is that it allows you to “forget” the current page or site, which will remove it from your browser history. If you click on “forget about the site”, any cookies related to it will be removed as well. You can also empty the current tab or go directly to the start page you have set in your Firefox options.
With UsableHomeButton you will never get lost trying to find your way home on a website again.
Which Firefox Add-ons Make You More Productive?
Whether you are comparing websites or just looking for shortcuts, this list is sure to have you on the right track. However, there are many other add-ons out there that help us each in different ways.
Which add-ons help you work more efficiently? Or, is there an add-on that you wish existed? If so, what would it do to help you be more productive?