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Navigate Paged Websites with comfort

Every blog does it. Google does it. Many newspapers and web magazines do it. Ebay does it. Amazon does it. All have their website divided into pages. If you take Google for example they divide the search results on different pages.

Magazines divide their articles into chapters that generate more page impressions and display more advertisement at the same time so that they can generate more revenue.

Users normally navigate those websites by clicking on the numbered pages at the bottom of a particular page which can be quite confusing sometimes.

You can sometimes work around this, for instance by changing the number of results on a Google search result page, or by loading the print version of an article that is split by a website. The print pages usually combine all split pages again so that you can read the article without having to click on links to go to the next part.

Next Please is a small Firefox add-on which makes it more convenient to navigate paged websites. The add-on adds several buttons to the web browser which you can use to navigate paged websites more comfortably. The four buttons load the first page, the last page, the next page and the previous page with a click each.

next please add-on

I decided to move them from their own toolbar to my main toolbar and get rid of the Next Please toolbar completely to save space in the browser window.

To do so simply right-click a blank place in one of the browser toolbars and select customize from the context menu. Now you can drag and drop the buttons to a different location or away from the toolbars in case you do not want to use them at all. Users who do not have that much space can use keyboard shortcuts instead and get rid of the buttons altogether.

next please

You may wonder how the extension works. That's easy to explain. The add-on searches for phrases, words or images on websites that lead to the next, previous, first and last page. What I like is that you can add phrases and images to the add-on to further customize it and make it work for your favorite websites as well.

It is for instance possible to add the navigational elements of your favorite website to the configuration, or words of a different language in case you are also browsing non-English pages on the web.

The most recent version of the extension supports keyboard shortcuts and mouse gestures which you can use to navigate back or forth on the Internet as well.

All in all a handy extension which saves you from having to locate and click on navigational elements on websites.

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  1. archer said on November 14, 2007 at 1:39 am
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    martin, i’m trying really hard not to be stupid again, but try as i might, i can’t get this to work.

    for instance, when clicking “next please” button when on your home page, i arrive at the “next here” installation page. same using the context menu or keyboard.

  2. Martin said on November 14, 2007 at 1:45 am
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    Archer this is not stupid at all. I tested it of course before writing the article. If you look at the phrases that are used to define the next links on a page you will find the phrase “Next” there.

    If a link happens to have that name the add-on assumes that it is pointing to the next page of the article but in this case it is pointing to the Next Please add-on homepage.

    Try it on the second page of Ghacks instead and you will see that this is working perfectly there.

  3. archer said on November 14, 2007 at 2:24 am
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    that’s hilarious, martin! not being a genius, such as yourself, i didn’t even consider the nearly obvious. pretty funny, though, that a link to the app on a site extolling it would inadvertently cause the appearance of malfunction–at leat to the semi-intelligent.

    btw, i thought my previous comment regarding stupidity was obviously self-referential.

    “next please” is definitely not stupid.
    thanks for yet another great find.

  4. Martin said on November 14, 2007 at 9:10 am
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    Archer I understood what you meant with stupid and I can really say that you are not. I did not know as well that it would behave this way until you mentioned it, thanks for that.

    Keep up the questions please, they are wonderful.

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