How to Work Smarter and Faster in Firefox: 4 Tactics to Try Today

Sandy Writtenhouse 09-04-2015

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 10 Most Productive New Tab Extensions For Google Chrome When you start a new tab in a browser, are you looking to go somewhere or are you looking for information to come to you? Google Chrome has many extensions to make it productive. Read More 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.

Tile Tabs Options

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 How To Set Up YouTube For Better Learning If you are not using YouTube to expand your mind and learn new skills, it's time to catch up. There's so much free knowledge available out there. Why not take advantage of it? Read More 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 How Do Search Engines Work? To many people, Google IS the internet. It's arguably the most important invention since the Internet itself. And while search engines have changed a lot since, the underlying principles are still the same. Read More 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.

SME - Search Made Easy Options

Get a New Tab Full of Bookmarks

To make opening a bookmark A Complete Guide to Managing Firefox Bookmarks Learn how to create, organize, and manage your bookmarks in Firefox so you don't end up with a cluttered, chaotic collection. Read More 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.

Bookmark Tab Options


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 Make Your File Context Menu More Useful With FileMenu Tools As Chris recently described, Windows has its fair share of annoyances. By far, one of those annoyances that bugs me the most is the file right-click menu. It's a beast that seems to change and... Read More 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 Get Things Done: 10 Inspiring Videos To Boost Your Productivity Instead of you going through each video channel on YouTube, we thought we'd ease the burden and recommend a few choice clips that will tell you how to boost your productivity. Read More ? Or, is there an add-on that you wish existed? If so, what would it do to help you be more productive?

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  1. Brenda
    February 11, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    I use Extension List Dumper 2 add-on to generate a list of all my add-ons. The resulting html file includes details you'll need to reinstall them as well as associated links to take you to the add-on install page.

    I also use Scrapbook X extensively. It's a "collectors" dream. Let's me collect small bit's or whole websites and view them in the original formatting. Also provides link back to the source which I find so useful. I'd say it's the add-on I use the most.

    Also really like the add-on to Customize your New Tab Home Page.
    Organize all your Bookmarks/Websites, RSS/News feeds, notes, to-do's, mail & social updates in one place.

  2. nobler
    April 11, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Best tip: change to PaleMoon.

  3. S J Wright
    April 10, 2015 at 9:10 am

    > If You Need To Reinstall Any Browser From Scratch, And Can Not Remember All Extensions Names That You Have Used In The Past, Then (…)

    Sign in to your Google account and Chrome does it for you too. Done.

    • A41202813GMAIL
      April 11, 2015 at 7:57 pm

      Not If Those Extensions Were Yanked From The CHROME Web Store.

      And I Need The .NEX Or .CRX Files To Install Those Extensions In Any Clone Browser Of CHROME.

      I Am Using OPERA15+, And The Yanked Extensions In CHROME Are Not ( Yet ) Blocked By OPERA15+ - The One And Only Reason I Switched From CHROME.


  4. Gavin
    April 10, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Most websites, you can click on the website logo to get to the home page.

  5. A41202813GMAIL
    April 9, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    If You Need To Reinstall Any Browser From Scratch, And Can Not Remember All Extensions Names That You Have Used In The Past, Then Having Those Extensions Archived In Individual Files Is A Life Saver.

    If You Are Using FF, There Is An Extension Called *FEBE* That Can Make That Task Really Easy.

    Among Other Features, It Can Save Individual .XPI Files For Every Single Extension Already Installed In Your PC.

    I Wish All Other Most Popular Browsers Had Some Sort Of *FEBE* Clone Extension Working For Them, Too.


    • B.O.B.
      April 10, 2015 at 1:28 am

      Why? Do. You. Capitalize. Every. Word? Are. You. Using. A. Headline-Writing . Extension?

    • Deere
      April 10, 2015 at 7:46 am

      > If You Need To Reinstall Any Browser From Scratch, And Can Not Remember All Extensions Names That You Have Used In The Past, Then (...)

      Use Firefox sync. Done.

    • charmingguy
      April 10, 2015 at 10:33 am

      FF Sync ONLY saves bookmarked sites!. FEBE basically saves everything related to one' s browser. For example all add-ons.

    • A41202813GMAIL
      April 11, 2015 at 7:49 pm


      It Is The Output Of An Extension For CHROME.


  6. Doc
    April 9, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    One annoying bug of Tile Tabs I've noticed is that, after you "untile" tabs, the Tile Tabs border on the favicon doesn't go away.