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Tips to increase Firefox capacities

Using Firefox is very simple and comfortable. It offers many different innovative features like the tabbed browsing, the automatic update, and comfortable system to manage all personal data, including browsing history, cookies, Web form entries and passwords.

In addition, everyone can install some add-ons which extend the funcionalities of the standard browser. Here is a list of recommended extensions:
Colorful Tabs helps to distinguish among different tabs;
ColorZilla helps you pick the code of colours used in a the page you are visinting;
CSSViewer if you want to see the CSS of the site you are visiting;
CustomizeGoogle to allow you to make the same research on Google and other search engine;
Deepest Sender to blog directly from you browser without going to the blog site; to add links to you account;
DictionarySearch to right click on a word in a webpage and search for it on Google;
FoxClocks to see timezones in a small box;
Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer to store your bookmarks and share them wherever you are, whatever pc you are using;
Full Screen to have a full screen view button;
Gmail Manager to help monitor your Gmail account without going to the it;
Google Calendar Notifier to monitor your Google calendar without going there;
Google Notebook to collect notes;
GooglePreview to see a preview image of the site searched on Google;
IE Tab to see a webpage at the IE way;
LinkPreview to preview the site a link is going to;
Linky to open more links at a time;
ListZilla to list your extensions;
mozcc to verify copyrights of the page you are visiting;
Options Menu to visualize quickly the options of your installed extensions;
PDF Download to choose whether to open or download a PDF file;
Print/Print Preview to visualize a button to see the preview of your prints;
ScrapBook to easily save webpages;
Screen grab! to grab a screenshot image;
Tab Mix Plus mainly to restore previous sessions;
Web Developer to work on a web page and study it;
Yoono to share with other people your preferences.

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Why I do choose Firefox as my favourite browser

I see many people around talking about Firefox and IE. Personally, this is something very important for my job and I have my idea: I spend my time on the Internet to understand it and to be able to suggest my colleagues how to use it properly to better their job. So, the first question for me is: “how to browse the Web” which means: “how to work everyday”.

I don’t want to tell you “what” to choose and I don’t want to replicate the usual discussion about choosing one browser or the other. I just want to proceed a different way, with the following question: “what do I need when I browse the web?”. And my answers are:
– I particularly appreciate innovation and speed. I like to have the possibility to go deeper in a website or a webpage and be able to analyze more things than a usual surfer does. to do that, I need specific instruments.

– Second, I like customizable environments which make me feel “at home”. Changing colors, icons, buttons, toolbars, etc. is a way to make mine something I use so a lot.

– Third, I have my ideas and philosophy and I appreciate when I find support and correspondence to them during my job. I like them and I support them the way I can.

So, now that I have cleared my needs, let’s see what fits with them:

– First, evolution: Firefox is a relatively new product with many different versions and evolutions during the past two years and many more to come. IE is very static and has not changed much during last five years. Moreover, Firefox provided features not adopted by IE like the tab-browsing, a better bookmarks management, an easy way to control security options and an interesting way to plug-in new extensions.

– Second, customization. With Firefox I can reshape almost everything in the tool, from look and feel to functionality. IE does not permit anything like that.

– Third, I like the “open source philosophy“. Firefox is an open source product while IE is not at all.

At the end of this discussion, I ‘m sure it is quite clear what browser I’m using…