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Filter Items In Google Reader

As you know, Apple has announced its much hyped tablet computer, iPad, and this news has turned almost everyone crazy. This is a totally disgusting situation for some of us (like me) who are not interested in iPad and want to focus on other things. My RSS reader is overloaded with articles covering the Apple tablet, and I hope this situation will remain the same for next few days.

If you are looking for any solution to reduce the RSS load in Google Reader, thankfully here is a Greasemonkey script which filters unwanted content based on keywords. This greasemonkey script, Google Reader Filter, helps you to focus on interesting topics by filtering blogposts with provided keywords.

How to use Google Reader Filter?

Install the userscript from here and reload the Google Reader page. Now, a link named Filter Settingswill appear on top right corner of the page.

Filter items in Google Reader

Click this link and provide keywords and regex to exclude. All RSS items that match the provided keywords will be displayed with dull gray text, so that they don’t attract much of attention.


Another interesting feature of this script is its ability to highlight entries with selected keywords. It increases the visibility of those items. For example, if you have added a keyword JavaScript to the Highlights column blogposts with the keyword JavaScript will be highlighted with a lime background.


So the next time you face a situation like this, use this userscript to increase your productivity. Google Reader Filter requires the Greasemonkey add-on for Firefox and works wherever Firefox does.

TOCMonkey Adds A Table Of Contents At Any Web page

TOCMonkey is a Greasemonkey script for Firefox users, which creates a table of contents at any web page. This enhances page navigation, and users can find information easily on any website.

How to use TOCMonkey?

To use TOCMonkey, you need to install the Greasemonkey add-on for Firefox first. Once you have this add-on, install TOCMonkey from developer Zoran’s site. After installing TOCMonkey, you can use it on any web page to generate a table of contents. You need to run the User Script command to generate the table of contents.

Run user script command to generate TOC

To execute the command, right click on the monkey icon at status bar and select User Script Commands > TOCMonkey: Add Table Of Contents from the menu (see above screenshot). Now, you will notice a small semi-transparent button at the top-right corner of the page with label TOC.   Hover the mouse over the button and a Wikipedia style table of contents will appear.

TOC at Techie Buzz homepage

Techie Buzz Verdict

Certainly, TOCMonkey increase readability of web pages but it is not the perfect solution yet. It uses heading tags (h1, h2 etc.) to generate TOC, hence it may not perform well on some pages.

Techie Buzz Rating: 2/5

Link: TOCMonkey

Export Facebook Phonebook as CSV File

If you are a user, many of your friends might have phone numbers which they share with you. If you have a large number of friends, copying and pasting them to your external contact list can be quite a pain.

Export Facebook Phonebook is a handy script which will allow you to export all the phone numbers and few other additional details like Name, City, etc from your Facebook account as a CSV file.

The script does not work out of the box as it is for two reasons. First is because Facebook does not use outright URL’s, and instead appends the navigation to the current URL. So in order for this to work, you will have to directly load the phonebook URL. Also the shortcut key assigned for this script Ctrl + Shift + Dis the browser’s bookmark shortcut, which does not get overridden.

Export your Facebook Phonebook as CSV

Step 1: Install the Greasemonkey add-on for Firefox if required, and then install the Export Facebook Phonebook Userscript.

Step 2: Login to Facebook and click on this URL to open the Facebook Phonebook page.


Step 3: Go to the Greasemonkey menu and select Export Facebook Phonebookfrom the User Script Commands sub-menu. Clicking on this should update the current page in rapid succession, however, that is the script scraping the phonebook from Facebook.

Step 4: Once all the Phonebook entries have been imported, you will see an option to download the the contents as a CSV file. The full CSV file contains the following details:

Name,City,State,Phone #,Network / Other Info,Contact Result,Notes / Next Step,Who Calls,Month to call back,Year,Who’s List

Techie Buzz Verdict

We have tested and found that this script works without any problems, however, this might not be valid according to Facebook TOS. The export process is pretty fast and you might consider using this if you have a large number of contacts whose phone numbers you want to export and use externally.

There is a slight problem with the URL which is tracked by the script and the problem that the shortcut which does not work, because of which it will not work out of the box in . However, you can modify the line below to change the dto something else as the shortcut key.

GM_registerMenuCommand("Export Facebook Phonebook", doExport, "d", "control shift","f");

Ratings: 2.5/5 (Good)

Gleebox lets you Navigate the Web Using Your Keyboard

If you want to quickly navigate the web using only your keyboard, Gleebox can be helpful. It takes a keyboard centric approach to browsing, allowing you to perform the common mouse actions using your keyboard.

Gleebox is available for Firefox as a Grease monkey script and for Google chrome as an extension. Once the installation is over you can start using it by pressing the Gkey which brings Gleebox into focus. Following is the list of shortcut keys to work with:

  • Tab: moves to the next selected element.
  • Shift + Tab: moves to the previous selected element.
  • Enter: launch a link or execute a command.
  • Shift + Enter: opens a link in a new tab (only in Firefox at the moment. In Chrome, it depends upon the ‘target’ attribute of link)
  • Esc: quit using Gleebox if it is focused. If the Gleebox button isn’t highlighted, simply press Gto quit.

More advanced commands can be found from the user manual page.

The interesting thing about Gleebox is that when you enter any text in a page, it searches for links on the current page that matches with the text. If it finds any links, the link is highlighted and to open it, just press the return key.

In case there is no link matching with the text you have entered, Gleebox goes further and performs a search on Google. Watch the following screen cast to have an idea how Gleebox works:

Techie-Buzz Verdict

Gleebox works great but it may conflict with sites which have their own keyboard shortcuts defined (e.g Gmail, Google reader etc).

Techie-Buzz rating: 3/5 (average)

Disable Google’s Fade-in Animation on Google Homepage

Google recently changed their homepage to a barebone search box. You will see links and other options whenever you fade into the page. However, not many users like this, and would prefer to see the old homepage.


If you are one of them, here is a script called Disable Google Fade-incan come in handy. Once you install the script, the fade-in effect will be completely disabled.

This Greasemonkey script should work out of the box on with Greasemonkey add-on installed. Most new versions of will allow you to install Greasemonkey scripts as , however, if you are using a older version, read our earlier tutorial on installing Greasmonkey user scripts in Chrome. , and Safari users, please refer to our earlier tutorial on running User scripts in Opera, IE and Safari.

Disable Google Fade-in Script [via Google OS]

Matt Monkey Tries to Emulate Greasemonkey in Google Chrome

already supports user scripts. However, installing scripts is not that pleasant in Chrome and there is no guarantee that all the scripts will work.

Matt Monkey is a , which wants to become the Greasemonkey add-on for Chrome, by trying to make it easier for you to add scripts. However, I found it to be much more complicated than using this simple copy to user scripts folder.

Once you install the extension, you have to go to the extensions page, either by typing chrome://extensions/ in the location bar, or selecting extensions from the wrench menu.


In the extensions page, find the extension and click on the options button to add a Greasemonkey script to Google Chrome. Clicking on the options button will launch a interface to add a Greasemonkey script to Chrome.


The interface provides users with several input areas to fill in information about the Greasemonkey script, sadly you have to manually copy each of these fields from the user scripts into the input area.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Matt Monkey is definitely promising when it comes to adding Greasemonkey scripts to Google Chrome, however, it makes it much more complicated than the regular method. We spotted a few problems in the extension, if these are tackled it might be a very useful tool for Chrome users.

Problem Number 1: You need to visit the extensions page every time you want to add a Greasemonkey script to Chrome. The developer could easily provide the same option through the toolstrip.

Problem Number 2: It would be good if the developer could just provide a single input area to copy the script and then copy it over to User Scripts folder (which may not be possible). However, the developer could also parse the data and auto-generate all the fields. Greasemonkey scripts follow a standard for the fields the developer is prompting us to input manually, it would not be hard for him to parse the data.

Problem Number 3: Most of the information provided is not in English, which makes it really hard to understand what the options are.

Hopefully these problems will be sorted out by the developer, and we will have a good enough greasemonkey user scripts manager for Chrome.

Rating: 0.5/5 (Poor)

Matt Monkey [English Translation]

Get Rid of Explore Feature in Google Reader

Google recently added a new feature to called Explore, which suggests new feeds to users based on their reading habits.

google_reader_explore removed_explore_section

Many users apparently did not like this new feature, and there is no way to opt-out of the Explore feature as of now. If you are one of the disgruntled users, who do not want to have this thrown on your face, you can get rid of Explore in Google Reader by using a script for .

This works on too, however you need to add a new start switch to Chrome. You can find the instructions on how to install Greasemonkey scripts in Chrome. You will need to edit the script, once you have saved it in the User scripts folder for Chrome.


Just change the .tld to whichever Top level domain you use to access Google Reader in Chrome, in my example I changed .tld to .com. You might have to do the same in Firefox too. Thanks Shiva

Download Google Reader Remove Explore

Open PDF, PPT and TIFF Google Docs Viewer

More often than not, you will come across webpages which include files, PowerPoint files and TIFF files for downloads. Instead of downloading the files to your local disk, you can view them directly in your web browser using the newly introduced Google Docs viewer, with the help of a handy script.

Once you have installed this script, it will scan the webpage for PDF, PPT, TIFF, and TIF links, and prefix "http://docs.google.com/viewer?url=" to the URL. When you click on the link, it will automatically open in Google Docs Viewer.



In addition to that Google has also introduced a new feature in search, where users can directly view PDF files from search results in Viewer.

Google Docs viewer is definitely a really good service at allows you to open and view files online with ease. Have you used Google Docs Viewer? Do let us know your thoughts about it.

How To Restore The Original Flickr Logo [Scrape Off ‘From Yahoo’]

flickr-yahoo-logo Some days back, a slight change happened at Flickr. A small Yahoo logo was added to the Flickr logo so that it reads Flickr from Yahoo!. We say, it’s fine if Yahoo wants to remind people of that fact that it owns the largest photo community on the web; we are absolutely cool with it. But the fundamental fact here is that as techcrunch puts it – Flickr users, many of whom are techy hipsters, just don’t mix well with middle America Yahoo.

The change was met with a lot of criticism. People thronged to Flickr’s forums and tweeted how being owned by Yahoo is something to be ashamed of. Ultimately, it’s the company’s sole decision to select the way they wish to brand their products. If the Yahoo branding looks hip on your screen, that’s great; if not, let’s get a greasemonkey to do the job.

Flickr user,  aspherical element, must be really troubled with Yahoo intervening his place of tranquility. He picked up the task of creating a greasemonkey script that scrapes off the yahoo branding and brings back the original logo. If you follow the same league, get the Greasemonkey script here. As a necessary rule, you’ll need Firefox and the Greasemonkey addon installed (Or Google Chrome if you’re geeky enough to enable scripts)

Restore/Revert Back Old Google Search Box and Font Size

Google recently rolled out new changes to the homepage where they increased the the size of the search box and the size of the font to make it a lot more larger.

The bigger font is definitely not appealing and I guess many of you might agree with me, if you are looking to revert back to the old search box and font size in Google you can do so by using a script.


Once you have installed the script it will revert back the size of the search box and font size to the one we are all so used to.

The script works in both and , but you will have to enable userscript support in Google Chrome before you can use it.

Download Google Search – un-S-U-P-E-R-sized [via gOS]

Remove Extra White Space Margin From Google Search Results

Quite recently Google rolled out some changes to their search results page, however one of the change is quite annoying.

It adds some extra white space to the left hand side margin of the results page as you can see in the screenshot below.


If you do not like the extra space in the margin, you can get rid of it by using a script, that will work on with Greasemonkey installed.

In addition to removing the extra white space in the margins, it will also change the new Google logo and use the older one.

Download Google Old Google Greasemonkey Script

Unmask Hidden Password Fields

In the past we had told you about a tool to recover passwords for desktop softwares by unmasking them, however if you are using , we came across a interesting script that will allow you to unmask the password fields and display it as plain text when you mouse over them.

This could be pretty useful when you want to verify that you have typed in the correct password before actually hitting the login messages.


Once you have installed the Greasemonkey script, you can unmask password by moving your mouse over the password field, removing the mouse from the password field will mask the password again.

Download Mouse Over Password Userscript

Watch Videos and Preview Images Inline In Twitter

is quickly becoming a place to share everything under the hood, but with that it is also becoming more and more difficult to keep up with content shared with you, for example, if one of your friends posts a URL of a video or shares a picture with you, you still have to click on the link and load another URL before you can actually view the video or image.


Related: Share Music and Videos on Twitter

If you rant about having to do that, we just came across a cool script for , that allows you to preview videos and images and load them inline, while you are browsing your twitter timeline, saving you time and efforts to launch a new browser window, just to take a look at what your friends are sharing.


TwitterMedia is a script I would recommend Twitter users to use without thinking, it is going to save you a lot of time and efforts after all.

BTW don’t forget to follow me @keithdsouza or our update bot @techiebuzzer on twitter :-).

Download TwitterMedia Userscript

View Experts Exchange Answers Without Having A Account [Hacks and Mods]

Update: Experts Exchange always displays the accepted solution on the page itself, you just have to keep scrolling to the bottom of the page or press the shortcut key Ctrl + End to view the solution. Thanks to Adam for pointing this out in the comments.

Update #2: Another comment by Nirmal suggests that you can only view the answers if you are visiting the site from Google Search, if you do not see the answer using the above method, copy the URL or title of the EE forum and search for it in Google, click on the EE link to view the answer using the above method, this should work 99.9% of the time.

Experts Exchange is one of the biggest forums on the internet, and many Google search results have links to experts exchange on the first page.

Experts Exchange Google Search Results

However Experts Exchange is not free and you will have to signup and pay to view the answers given by the Experts, this is pretty annoying considering there are several helpful forums out there.

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Get Old Layout For Facebook

The new layout released by definitely has very few lovers, and people are looking for ways to change back to the old layout, however Facebook does not officially allow users to switch back to the old design yet.

Original Facebook Layout



However there is a way in which you can go back to a older layout in Facebook, however this option is only available for with the add-on installed.

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