One of my readers Rico posted a link to the excellent Hyperwords extension for Firefox in the comments of my article about the Easy Gestures extension and I was heading out immediately to take a look and see if the extension was really that good as he claimed it to be. I know that many of my readers have some gems up their sleeves that they seldom share but when they do I'm often in for a surprise.
Hyperwords is giving you access to commands and searches that are able to interact with words on every page that can be accessed with Firefox. Just mark text on a website and the Hyperwords menu pops up automatically with a lot of choices such as translating the text, looking it up at various sites and maps, converting numbers or emailing it.
It is possible to change the default action that is required to make the Hyperwords menu appear which I would recommend. I sometimes mark text for others reasons which is why I changed it to appear only when I mark text and press F2 as well.
This extension is a great asset for everyone who is working with Firefox. It does not really matter if you are a blogger, researching information for the University or a working on sites that are in a language that you do not speak fluently. Should be useful for almost everyone out there.
Update: Hyperwords for Firefox is no longer available. The developer has however made the application available under a different name, Liquid Words for the Firefox web browser. It needs to be noted that the extension is no longer supported or maintained by its author. The extension should however be compatible with all recent versions of the Firefox web browser. There is however no guarantee that it will remain compatible.Advertisement
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