How To Disable/Block Loading Images in Firefox?

Images are the heaviest components on a webpage and they can eat up a lot of internet bandwidth. If you are on a low bandwidth connection you can easily reduce bandwidth usage by disabling images from loading in .

Disabling images from loading is pretty simple and you do not need to add any . Follow the simple steps to disable images in Firefox.

Disable Images from Loading in Firefox

Step 1: Go to Tools -> Options in Firefox.


Step 2: Go to the content tab and de-select the checkbox next to Load images automatically.

Step 3: If you want certain sites to still load images you can click on the Exceptions button and add the URLs of the sites that you want images to load for.

That’s it the images will not load in Firefox unless you load it explicitly by right clicking on the image. If you are looking to block images for only certain sites you can always right click on a image on the page and select Block images from domain name….

Or a better solution would be to use the Image Block extension which will allow you to selectively block images on certain sites.

3 Firefox Add-ons for Screen Captures

As a web developer or a layman, internet users have long needed a quick-and-easy way to capture a browser window or a part of the page effectively. While for most, a simple Print-Screen+ paste to [insert favorite image editor here] works, power users demand the ability to post it to an online image host, or even have the ability to annotate it for other users. Listed below are three great Mozilla Firefox Add-ons that give you the ability to do just that.

  1. Screengrab: The simplest of the lot, Screengrab does what it says it grabsa screen, and either saves it to a file or to the clipboard. It can also capture paScreenGrabrts of the screen that you want a selection. If the browser has Java and Flash installed, then the add-on can save still-shots of a Flash or Java animations. It can also capture the entire (scrollable) page, or just the viewable part or even a draggable selection! This is a one-shot screen grabbing tool for all those who do not want to go through the trouble of Print-Screening the entire page.
  2. Fireshot: This is one of the best screenshot add-ons available simply because of the plethora of tools it comes bundled along with. Not only can you savefireshot the entire webpage as a PNG, JPG, BMP or GIF file, you can add textual and graphical annotations that can be immediately mailed off to a colleague or a friend wh o might be interested. You can directly upload the pages to an online image hosting service, along with the ability to print whatever you have just Fireshot! While the simple version is free, the Pro version costs $34.95 with some advanced functionality.
  3. Abduction : This is yet another screenabduction! capture add-on with a difference it adds a right-click menu item that can be used to capture the current website. The menu item comes as under Save Page as Imageand you can select what part of the page you wish to save as an image. A single click on an element will quickly select it, while a double click will select the entire page (visible as well as the non-visible portions). This is a great add-on for those looking for a clean and fast screen grabbing add-on for Firefox!

Learn More About Your Surfing Habits With About:Me

As the name suggests about:me is a Firefox extension which is all about you. In fact it’s only purpose is to tell you more about your own browsing trends. About:me utilizes the data stored in Firefox’s History to present detailed statistics about your surfing habits.

At first glance about:me reminds me of web metrics like Google Analytics. It may not be the most useful extension available, but it’s definitely visually appealing and interesting.

about:me - Activity Center

Using this extension is simple. Just type about:me in the address bar (awesome bar) and you will be presented with the Activity Center which displays your most visited sites and hourly browsing activity. About:me also monitors your downloads and presents various interesting data including the number of items downloaded every day and file types you most frequently download.

about:me - Downloads

about:me - Downloads History

About:me is still very young and a lot of exciting new features are in the pipeline. Planned features include tab stats, bookmark stats and extension usage patterns. If you interested in learning more about the extension checkout the project development page here.

You probably think that you are aware of your surfing habits. And you are probably right. Still, you may be surprised by some of the results thrown up by about:me. I definitely spend way more time than I had expected reading

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9 Awesome Firefox Add-ons For CSS

Stylesheets are an integral part of any web design project these days. In order to create a great stylesheet, it is important to have the right CSS tools. What can be better than having the power of CSS right within your browser?

These Firefox add-ons allow you to view, edit and play with CSS without leaving your browser.

  1. CSS Mate: Offers easy inline CSS editing. Each stylesheet loads into a separate tab.
  2. EditCSS: Puts a stylesheet modifier in your sidebar.
  3. Font Finder: See  full CSS text styling of the selected element. Simply highlight a single element (e.g. a paragraph or a strong tag ), right-click and select `Font Finder`, then marvel as the full CSS text styling of the selected element appears.
  4. JSView: View the actual JS or CSS files behind any source code. If the website you are viewing contains any external js/css files, an icon will appear that says “SS”, “JS”, or both. Each individual file can then be viewed by clicking on the filename.
  5. Firefinder: Find HTML elements matching chosen CSS selectors.
  6. Dust-Me Selectors: Finds unused CSS selectors from a single web page or entire site. It extracts all the selectors from all the stylesheets on the page you’re viewing, then analyzes that page to see which of those selectors are not used. The data is then stored so that when testing subsequent pages, selectors can be crossed off the list as they’re encountered.
  7. CSS Validator: Validates a web page for CSS using the W3C rules. Adds an option to the right-click context menu and to the Tools menu to allow for easy validation of the CSS of the current page.
  8. Firebug: Allows you to edit, debug and monitor CSS, Html and JavaScript live for any web page.
  9. Mozile: A WYSIWYG tool for editing XHTML and XML+CSS.

Add Thumbnails To Your Google Search Results With GooglePreview

Think Google results are too texty? Wish you could get more insight about a result before clicking on it? GooglePreview can solve that problem for you.

GooglePreview is a Firefox Add-on that adds thumbnails to all your search results in Google as well as Yahoo! This way, you can get more information about a search result and decide if it is the information you are really looking for. Not only that, GooglePreview also adds popularity rankings to your search results.

The only catch are the few sponsored advertisements that this Add-on inserts in your results. However, you can easily turn them off by going into settings. You can also turn off the popularity rankings or the thumbnails feature from the Add-on settings. If popularity is any measure of usefulness, this Firefox Add-on has been downloaded around 7 million times already.

Install this Add-on here.

Preview Zip Files Online Using ArchView

Opening zip files usually require downloading the whole archive and then decompressing it using a software. Things get even more inconvenient if there are a couple of corrupted files in the archive or if you only need one file from the archive but have to download the whole thing to get to that file.

ArchView is a Firefox Add-on that allows you to preview zip files online without even downloading them. Supported compressed formats are .rar and .zip. You can even use ArchView to preview .iso files. Once you have installed the add-on, clicking on any zip file would open it just like a windows explorer window and show the the content of the zip file.

It is a very useful tool to preview the contents of the zip file and save yourself from the hassle of downloading it every time. It supports HTTP, FTP and other file protocols.

Firefox 3.6 Gets a Graphical Tab Switcher

Firefox 3.5 may have been released only a few weeks ago, but Mozilla is already working hard on the next build of Firefox (codenamed Namoroka). Namoroka is expected to include a host of changes including site preferences, in-built Prism, session management and significant performance improvements. Firefox 3.6 is also expected to have better integration with Aero in Windows (Vista and Seven).

However, the most significant feature improvement for me is the addition of a Tab Switcher. If you use the Alt+Tab task switcher in Windows a lot, you are going to love it. Tab Switcher was originally planned for Firefox 3.0 and then 3.5 releases, but was dropped at the last moment on both occasions. The Tab Switcher is disabled by default in the latest nightly builds. However, you can easily enable it if you are eager to check it out. Download the latest nightly build and enter about:config in the address bar. Type browser.ctrlTab.previews in the Filter pane. Change the value for the highlighted property to true. Now press Ctrl+Tab buttons to activate Tab Previews.

The Tab Switcher functionality is similar to Opera’s, but instead of showing all open Tabs only shows the current tab and five most recently used tabs. There is also the option to “Show All Tabs”. This option displays all tabs along with a search box. Unfortunately you can’t directly trigger this feature which reduces its usefulness.

Firefox Namaroka - Tab Preview
Firefox Namaroka - All Tabs Preview

Firefox Namoroka is currently in early testing phase and may have serious stability and performance issues. But, if you feel adventurous you can download the latest nightly build from here.

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How To Change the Fonts Of Websites To Your Desired Font In Firefox

Ever wanted to read a webpage with the font you like?? Ever   wanted to change the font of a webpage you visited? Here is the solution..

This is a inbuilt feature in FF. Here is the simple illustration of how to carry out this.

  1. Go to the Tools>Options.. in from the Firefox menu bar.
  2. Move to the content tab in the dialog box.
  3. Under the “Fonts & Colors” option, click on the “Advanced” button.
  4. Uncheck the option “Allow pages to choose their own fonts instead of my font selection above” option.

    font change

  5. Then, select the desired font you want from the above lists and your job is done.
  6. You can now select the font of your own interest and check out how it looks on any website yo visit.

What’s Going Wrong With Opera?

I have been an ardent fan of Opera browser, both desktop and mobile, for a long time now, in fact have been using it from the time their desktop browser wans’t available for free, back in time the free version of Opera was ad-supported. Okay I am not here to discuss about my history with Opera but to discuss what’s going wrong with this very innovative browser.

Everything was going fine with Opera until they tried integrating a server inside the browser. Rather than inventing new things they should really concentrate on fixing the mess they are in now.

Oh by the way, did you know Opera was the first browser to come with tabbed browsing? They are really good with inventing and integrating new stuff inside their browser, but we need better browsing experience now. Here are some problem areas that I have been seeing with the latest versions of Opera.


The problem on browsing pages with Opera is that, AJAXIFIED pages do not respond as they should. Instead, in most of the cases it reloads the whole page. Well that defeats the purpose of AJAX and consumes more bandwidth.

Take the case of tweete. When you hit the reply button, ideally it shouldn’t reload the entire page but it does. Does that mean Opera doesn’t load the entire webpage at first instance? Does it ignore the AJAX codes thinking they are not necessary to load?

Here is an article by opera dev team asking to make minimal use of AJAX in a page but the article is dated back in 2008. If Flickr, a photo sharing site, didn’t use   unnecessary AJAX codes the page would look like this. That looks ugly right?


Opera has come up with a smarter way to solve the above problem of consuming more bandwidth usage by coming up with something awesome, Opera TURBO. It works on the similar lines of Operamini. But it works the best in Operamini and not on the desktop browser.

Somehow, Opera doesn’t remember cookies when the TURBO mode is turned ON. That’s quite annoying as you have to login again everytime you visit a new page on the same site.


No, I am not talking about Opera support here. They are simple awesome, no complaints there. What made Firefox, a buggy piece of software, a worldwide hit was marketing. And within few months of their marketing strategy(remember Google’s message to use Firefox? ), I could see millions of sites supporting and modifying their webpage for Firefox.

I have never seen Opera doing anything of such magnitude. Why? It’s the time when you can’t rely simply on innovations. You need to market it properly. Ask webmasters to support Opera browser. Ask sites to support Opera.

Sites like Zoomin, Inkfruit, Mumbai university site and most of the Indian government sites do not completely support Opera.


The reason Firefox became hit was Plugins. There is a lighter option for plugin in opera, javascript codes. But that’s not very helpful when trying to create something like StumbleUpon button.

The widgets in Opera hog up more memory than plugins in firefox. I don’t see what can be done with existing structure of Opera, but probably they could implement something for better integration of 3rd party codes in here.

That said, this does not mean my love for Opera has diminished even slightly. I just want it to give me a  better browsing experience. I would be more than happy to see Opera improving on these loopholes and making it a much better browser.

How To Completely Remove Tabs From Firefox

If you are one of those few people who find tabs annoying, or who feel that tabbed browsing makes Firefox slower, you will love this tip. You can actually completely turn off tabs in firefox by installing a cool Add-on called Tab Killer.

Tab Killer completely gets rid of tabs so whenever you try to open a new web page it opens in a new window instead of a new tab. You won’t even see the option of Open in new tab any more. It can also be very useful for people who want the features of Firefox but, transitioning from IE or Netscape, cannot get used to the multiple tabs logic. If after a few days you feel the need for tabs again, all you have to do is disable the plugin.

When you try to install Tab Killer, you will see the good old message. “This Add on is for older versions of Firefox”. Don’t worry though! It is exactly for times like these that we showed you how to install incompatible Addons.

Remember that if all you want is to open new pages in a new browser window instead of a new tab, you can always get that setting by going to Tools >> Options >> Tabs.