Ten Must-Have Firefox Add-ons

If you spend any length of time online, like most of us do, you probably want a a reliable, safe and enjoyable browsing experience.  That’s why I use Mozilla Firefox. It’s safe, secure and almost never goes down or freezes. It also offers a ton of add-ons that brings greater function and fun to browsing to the web.  Here are ten favorites of the ones I use:

1. Stop Autoplay. This is one of my favorite add-ons. 🙂 I can’t stand it when I go to a website only to find videos or music playing without warning. It’s worse when I have to search the website just to find the autoplayer so I can pause it or shut if off. This add-on prevents that. 🙂 If you do want to watch the video or listen to the music, all you have to do is click the little play arrow.

2. Extended Copy Menu. This add-on adds more functionality to the pop-up menu when you do a right click. It enables you to copy as plain text, or HTML.  This is very helpful when you want to just copy the text of something from a webpage or something without all the added formatting.

3. Read it Later. This add-on allows you to save webpages to read later with just one click. It saves the pages in a reading list that you can read online, offline or even on your phone.

4. Reminder Fox. This allows you to add reminders and to-dos right in your browser. This works really well for me because I always forget to open yahoo or Gmail calendar and I don’t like the extra email reminders. 🙂 With this add-on you can easily set dates and reminders and they discretely show up on the corner of your browser.

5. Aviary Talon. This is yet another snipping tool that allows you to take screen captures and and edit images right in your browser. This is fast and easy and allows you to save the images to your computer, host online and/or edit in a basic image editor.

6. Xmarks Sync. If you own more than computer, this add-on is a definite must-have! This add-on backs up and synchronizes bookmarks, passwords and even your history across browsers and computers. Whenever you close the browser, and you’ve made changed your bookmarks in any way, Xmarks pops up and asks you if you want to synchronize them.

7. LastPass. This add-on is a free, secure password manager and form-filler. You can import your passwords from almost any source, and with a master password, you only have to login once, and than it will automatically fill in your forms and passwords.

8. TwitterBar. If you are active on Twitter you will love this add-on. I used to use it all the time; but, alas, I haven’t been posting on Twitter in a while (do hope to get active on it again, soon, though!). In any case, this add-on allows you to post updates to twitter right from your Firefox address bar. You can even post to multiple Twitter accounts if you have them.

9. ColorfulTabs. This is a fun but useful add-on. Each time you open a new tab, ColorfulTabs opens it in a new color. It helps each tab to stand out more clearly and looks nice, too. 🙂

10. Update Notifier. Once you’ve installed all these wonderful add-ons, you are going to want to keep them updated. That’s where this add-on comes in. As its name says, it will notify you whenever your add-ons has updates available.

Your turn! What’s your favorite add-on for Firefox? Do share in the comments!

(Linked to Top Ten Tuesday and Works for me Wednesday.)