Options Menu Lets You Easily Edit Firefox Add-on Options

You may have installed several , many of them have provide users with options that can be changed and personalized.

However many times these options are need to be dug out by going to the extensions management tab in .


Sometime earlier we had told you about a More Tools menu to easily segregate add-on options from the regular Firefox options, the options menu add-on goes one step further by providing you with a easy dropdown menu listing all the available plugin options.

The next time you want to change options for any add-ons, click on the extensions icon next to address bar and choose the add-on you want to make changes to.

Please note, you will have to drag the options button to the toolbar to view it, if you aren’t aware how to do it, you can read our earlier article on how to customize Firefox toolbar.

Download Options Menu [via Mozilla Links]

Google Gears Officially Available For Firefox 3.5

A little while back we had written about a workaround for getting Google Gears to work in Firefox 3.5, however that version was a beta and might have had bugs, however mainstream users can now rejoice as Google Gears is now officially available for 3.5.

If you have been putting off the upgrade to FF 3.5 you don’t have to wait any longer, go to http://gears.google.com to download the latest version of the .


Tab Mix Plus Beta For Firefox 3.5

Tab Mix Plus is a popular that stopped working when 3.5 came out, many users were disappointed and did not upgrade for that.

However the developer of the add-on has been working on some beta versions that are compatible with Firefox 3.5.

If you have been putting up upgrading Firefox for this reason, you can safely do that now and use the beta version of Tab Mix Plus.

Download Tab Mix Plus beta (direct link to XPI), you can find more information about this version in the developers forum.

Hide Tabs In Firefox

In the past we have told you about several utilities like Windows hide tool, Blind Boss Key and TrayIt which allows users to quickly hide applications with a hotkey or minimize applications to tray.

HideTab is a which will allow you to hide individual tabs in , this can come in pretty useful, when you may want to keep pages open but do not want them to take a extra tab in the browser.

It can also be used to hide NSFW content from your boss and colleagues.


Once you have installed the add-on, you will see a tiny icon in the status bar, that will display all the hidden tabs. Individual tabs can be hidden by either right clicking the tab and selecting hide tab, or using the shortkey key Ctrl + Q.


You can use a hotkey Alt + Q to hide all the open tabs and open a default tab, which can be configured by changing the HideTab options. To unhide the tabs just use the Ctrl + Alt + Q hotkey.

If there are hidden tabs, the color or HideTab icon will automatically change to red.

Install HideTab Firefox Add-on

Create/Take Notes In Firefox

If you are a user, you might know that Opera has a inbuilt feature that allows you to create notes without leaving the browser, a similar feature is not available for though.

If you are someone who constantly keeps on researching and would not want to use desktop note taking softwares or web to-do lists managers, the list.it will definitely come in handy.

list.it is a simple, free, open-source (MIT-license) note-keeping tool to help you manage the tons of little information bits you need to keep track of each day.


list.it has several options and you can also synchronize your lists with a external server and also configure the for the add-on.

Though list.it does not have advanced features like clipping webpages, images etc, it is definitely worthwhile to install and use this add-on.

list.it is a collaboration with the University of Southampton and the Nokia Research Center, and is supported by the Web Science Research Initiative and the The National Science Foundation.

Download List.it Firefox add-on

Google Gears Add-on For Firefox 3.5

One of the biggest extension that stopped working on 3.5 was Google Gears, many users use it to access content offline in Google Reader and also for offline emails and various other services.


Though there is no official update for the , you can download and use the unofficial version of Google Gears for Firefox 3.5 on Mac, Linux and Windows PCs.

However this version of Gears is unofficial beta, so if you do not like to install unstable software you might want to keep away from it.

Download Unofficial Gears for Windows and Linux or Download  Unofficial Gears for Mac OS X (Intel only).

[via Lifehacker]

Remove Advertisements/Ad Banners From Orkut

the popular social networking site in India and Brazil just rolled out new changes to their interface where they are now showing ads right on the top of the page.

This has irked quite a few users, who were used to seeing their friends list in that position.


However if you are user a simple will solve your problems by removing the Orkut ads for you.

Download Orkut Advertising Banner Remover

10 Add-ons To Supercharge Blogging With Firefox

have always been adding some usefulness to in several areas, one of them is Blogging, here are some useful add-ons that will help you supercharge you blogging experience with Firefox.



1. ScribeFire (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1730)

It is one of the best add-on possible for blogging. It offers some powerful and amazing features which can be seen only in few desktop blogging clients and with its recent Integration with Zemanta, it has become more powerful than some desktop clients.

Some of its features are:

  • Ability to right click on a portion of selected text/photo from any webpage to create a new post using its editor window.
  • Ability to save your posts as drafts for future writing.
  • Integration with Blog directory services like Technorati and Ping-O-Matic and many more.
  • Ability to share the post to various social networks with a single click.
  • Support for Multiple Blogs.

ScribeFire is compatible with Blogger, WordPress.com, Movable Type, WordPress (Self Hosted).

2. Zemanta (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/7571)

Zemanta is a plugin which integrates with your blogging dashboard and populates your dashboard with contextual photos, tags and links to add to your blog post and enrich it, just by watching what you are writing in your post. If you want, you can also filter Zemanta for specific keywords which are not present in your post.

This add-on basically just adds a sidebar to your posting editor and allows you to use photos, tags and even links with a single click and use them in your post.

Image Editing

As a Tech Blogger, I need to keep taking screenshots of the various websites or online services that I blog about. This is where add-ons like Fireshot and Picnik comes into picture and help us a great deal.

3. Fireshot (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/5648)

It is one of the most popular add-on for creating screenshots of web pages either entirely or just the visible part of the webpage. This add-on also provides a host of editing and annotation tools, which can be very helpful in modifying the taken screenshots and insert text/ graphical annotations to it. The screenshot can then be saved in 4 different formats PNG, GIF, JPEG and BMP.

4. Screengrab (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1146)

An another popular add-on for web screenshots. You can capture the entire page or a particular selection as an screenshot and then convert it into a file later.

5. Picnik (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4889)

We all know that Picnik is an amazing web photo editor. This extension simply adds a option in your right context menu, to make it very easy to to edit the image in  Picnik. Through this add-on, you can also take screenshots of the current page and import them into Picnik for any editing of the image.


Every person who is into Blogging accept the fact that commenting is an important part of blogging as well. This add-on acts as an auto-fill and can help you in automatically filling out the Comment Forms on various blogs.

6. EasyComment (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/9095)

Once Installed, you just have to click on Easy Comment icon on the status bar of Firefox and insert all your details like Name, Email and Website address. That is all.
The next time you go to any website/blog and click on the Easy comment Icon, all the fields are Auto filled by this add-on and you just have to add your comment and press the Submit Button.


There are at times when you come across a great article but not in position to blog about it, and if you add it to bookmarks, there are chances of losing it if you have a huge list of bookmarks like me :)

7. Scrapbook (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/427)

This add-on gives you a collapsible sidebar on which you can drag drop the article or add it via right click context menu for later reading. You can also tag that particular page with your annotations, to help you identify it later.

Everything is stored in folder like structure, locally which can help you a great deal in organizing all your clipped stuff.

8. Read It Later (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/7661)

Sometimes you want to save a page which are of one time read only. In such cases, it is not worth putting it in your bookmarks. This Firefox extension will help you in such case. It allows you to save the required pages for further reading which will be of one time interest only.


9. Shareaholic ((https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/5457))

Shareaholic is a small nifty add-on which allows you to easily share your posts to various social networks very quickly.

It simply adds a button to both your toolbar and context menu that makes all the social networks like Digg, Stumbleupon, Delicious, Friendfeed and Twitter accessible. Shareholic also allows you to customize which network you want and you don’t. Shareaholic supports 30 social networks currently.

10. FireFTP (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/684)

For some reason, if you want to FTP to your site, this add-ons helps you a great deal. It is an integrated FTP Client within Firefox, which offers pretty good features like directory comparison, directories syncing while navigating, support for SFTP and SSL encryption, search/filtering, integrity checking, remote editing, support for dragging & dropping files, file hashing and many more.

This is a guest post by Vikas SN a Software Engineer and a Technology Blogger from the Bangalore who blogs at Techie Blues, where he writes about cool softwares and hack you can use, if you want your guest post featured on Techie Buzz, drop us a line through the contact us form.

Mass Installer Eases Up Setting Firefox Add-ons Over and Over Again

really add value to the browser by providing useful functionality that eventually help users, but setting up extensions on a new profile is really painful, this could be on your own PC or another PC that you are using.

There are several tools to backup Firefox bookmarks and settings or for that matter backup everything in Firefox and restore it, another useful and handy Firefox add-on called Mass Installer aims to solve a problem many of us face while installing your favorite add-ons in a different profile or new install of Firefox.


Mass Installer allows users to install a bunch of extensions with one single click, if you work at many different places or clean your profile frequently, you’ll be hunting and installing extensions more often than necessary.

Mass Installer tries to simplify this task by providing you with an option to specify a link to a local or online file which contains the list of extensions you want to install, this file may contain the link to the XPI of the add-on, one on each line.

To mass install extensions, open the options of Mass Installer and provide the location of the file, it should then install all the extensions listed in the file.

Download Mass Installer

Xmarks “Bring Your Own Server” BYOS Edition

XMarks is a nice way to synchronize and store your browser bookmarks online, however not many would feel comfortable storing their passwords and bookmarks on a third party server.

Here is some good news, Xmarks have now released a new version specifically for users who want to sync their data to their own servers.


The BYOS edition will allow users to specify their own servers where they can sync all their bookmarks and password and restore them or access them from multiple places.

The BYOS edition of Xmarks provides the following features;

  • Does not communicate with our servers except to open a tab in your browser after an upgrade to tell you what’s new.
  • Does not contain any Discovery features.
  • Will be upgraded much less frequently than our standard Xmarks add-ons.

Xmarks BYOS is currently only available as a , you will have to uninstall the older Xmarks add-on before you can start using Xmarks BYOS.

Introducing Xmarks Bring Your Own ServerBETA [Xmarks Blog]