Snap Links was one of the most useful Firefox 2 add-ons in my opinion and it was one of the few add-ons that I missed dearly after switching to Firefox 3.
The add-on can be installed with a little tweak of the install.rdf file that can be found in every Firefox add-on installation package but it turned out that doing this to the latest version, Snap Links 0.0.4, caused side effects like opening the right-click menu or disabling it for a certain time that made the workaround unusable.
I researched the issue and finally discovered a link to version 0.0.5 of Snap Links that is compatible to Firefox 3. Yes that is right, it is working perfectly and one can finally use it again to open multiple links in one fluid motion in Firefox.
Let me explain how Snap Links works for those of you who have not come into contact with it before.
By default, it provides an option to draw a rectangle with the right mouse button on the web page.
Every top level link in that rectangle will be opened in a new tab on release.
Mighty useful if you want to open the last ten forum posts or search results in a search engine, or download linked files on a page or open those ten funny image posts on Reddit in one go.
I discovered the link on Andrew Sherman's website who posted the link to the Snap Links 0.0.5 download.
Update: Snap Links is no more.It can be replaced by Multi Links which is compatible with all recent versions of the Firefox web browser. Multi Links offers similar functionality and should be your go-to extension for this from now on.
Multi Links offers extensive customization options. You can define exactly what you want done with links inside the rectangular area. The default opens them in new tabs but you can also have them opened in a new window, copy the information to the clipboard, add them as bookmarks or download those links.
Even better, you can define similar actions for middle and left mouse buttons, and add a key to the process (Shift for instance) so that the action is only executed when you tap on it.Advertisement
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