Part of Firefox's appeal stems from its powerful add-ons system, which allows users to install plug-ins that add to the browser's functionality. Here are 40 extensions that will turbocharge your surfing experience. By automating tasks, providing more control over how websites are displayed, and adding new ways to search for information, these extensions will make Firefox faster and easier to use.
StartHQ transforms your new tab page into a productivity center, with quick links to your favorite social networks, websites, webmail, webapps and other online services. Users can easily add more links and services, and 'deep links' allow you to quickly reach commonly used functions and related locations like social media profiles or webmail inboxes.
It's amazing how much productive time we can fritter away checking social media, doing stray web searches, looking up dank memes or staring at cat photos. RescueTime is a Firefox extension that calls us out on this, logging our online time and showing us how often we visit certain sites, as well as how productive you actually are with your online hours.
The ScrapBook extension helps users easily save web pages and sites. Users can save entire pages or snippets, and then organize their collection within the ScrapBook sidebar like a bookmarks folder. Search and filter tools let you quickly browse through your collection to find what you're looking for, and a built in editor lets you work on saved text/HTML.
Download Plan is a Firefox downloads extension that allows users to schedule a download plan of files, allowing you to avoid peak hours or windows of time when you might have a throttled connection speed, among others. Users can set up download locations, schedule download times, queue up links and then fire and forget. Just leave your machine on and connected to the net, Download Plan does its work.
If you do a lot of graphic design work with websites, you know that getting the colors just right can make or break an entire project. ColorZilla is a handy tool that easily allows users to create exact color matches using an eyedropper tool that can output RGB and Pantone codes. ColorZilla also comes with a gradient generator, palette viewer, a web page color analyzer for quickly coming up with a site's palette, the ability to take colors from Flash objects and other helpful features.
Rather than having to fish around with the explorer window when saving files and links to your local drive, why not just save files to straight to pre-set folders like your photo library, ebooks directory and more? Save File To is a simple Firefox addon that does just that, adding options to save in custom directories in the right-click context menu and download interface.
Readability is a free streamlined reading app that trims away website clutter to present articles and website content into a neat, clean, easily readable view. The Readability addon allows users to Read Now (the clutter free view), save the article for reading later, or send articles to Kindle for easy reading on a dedicated reading app.