Firefox Add-Ons

Do you use Firefox? We’d like to devote this entry to sharing our favorite add-ons. Everyone has different web browsing needs and preferences, and Firefox is great because it lets us customize our browsers to support these via add-ons, themes, and so forth.

Please comment to share your favorites and they will be added to the list.

Bill’s favorites:
read it later “allows you to save pages of interest to read later. It eliminates cluttering of bookmarks with sites that are merely of a one-time interest.”

Firebug “integrates with Firefox to put a wealth of development tools at your fingertips while you browse. You can edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any web page.”

Dublin Core Viewer “Displays Dublin Core Metadata embedded in HTML/XHTML documents with META and LINK elements (as per”

Juliana’s favorites:
Add Bookmark Here adds a handy “add bookmark here” option to the bookmarks menu, so that if you want to put something in a specific folder, you can do that simply by clicking that option in the menu for that folder.

Zotero is an invaluable citation management tool. Grab bibliographic information from journal databases, Worldcat, and websites, and integrate them into ITD has a Zotero Tutorial with links to further resources, and conducts occasional Zotero workshops.

Looking for more?

Firefox’s Recommended Add-ons, with some examples:

Morning Coffee is good if you regularly visit the same websites daily (or on a particular day, since you can set different routines for different days) and would like to open all of them at once in tabs for quick access. Examples of how this can be used: You could set up all the tabs you typically use for doing work for class (e.g. Moodle, email, library homepage, etc.), or some folks over at the Champaign Public Library use this to set up the tabs commonly used at the reference desk computers (e.g. reference homepage, meeting room reservations,, IMDB) .

Twitterfox can be used to update Twitter and read your friends’ updates without going to the Twitter website.

AdBlock Plus is popular for blocking ads.

Firefox’s List of Popular Add-ons may also be a good place to browse.

Updated 4/16/2009:

Dan K’s Favorites:

Twitterfox, Firebug , and for security nothing is better than NoScript. For fun, Colorful Tabs.

Dan L’s Favorites:
My favorite Firefox add-on is Web Developer, which allows you to view , like CSS, of any specific part of a webpage.

Sam's Favorites:
It’s simple, but I like the Status-bar scientific calculator. I know I’ve got a calculator widget on my dashboard, but this is nice when I have a lot of windows open already.

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