I'm always looking for ways to improve my workflow. This often involves changing a manual task into a semi-automated or fully-automated task.
Take copying urls and loading them in a web browser for example. Say you received a website address in a messenger or email client that you want to open with a specific browser.
You need to copy the website url, paste it into the address form of the web browser and click on the go button to do so. Some users press enter instead of clicking on go to speed up the process. That's optimization right there.
Paste and Go for Firefox goes a step further. The extension automates this by sending the pasted text right to the web server where it is processed. It works on all forms including the Firefox address bar and search bar.
The extension has mainly been designed for Firefox users who do not use keyboard shortcuts to paste text or data into form fields. Experienced users that use Ctrl-v-enter to paste and submit the text will most likely see no, or only a marginal, gain.
Firefox users who click on the go button manually after pasting the text into the form with the mouse context menu can speed up their workflow quite a bit though.
Paste and Go is compatible with all versions of the Firefox browser from Firefox 2 to the latest Firefox 4. It can be directly installed from the official Mozilla Firefox add-on repository.
Update: Paste and Go has been discontinued. The add-on is no longer available at the Mozilla website. An alternative called PasteGo is available now which is actively developed. While it does not offer the same workflow, it does offer options to immediately paste and go to urls or paste and search in the Firefox web browser. PasteGo is available at the Mozilla firefox Add-On website as well.
Update 2: Mozilla has built paste and go functionality in the Firefox 4 web browser. All versions of Firefox from version 4 on include that functionality by default, so that you do not need an add-on anymore for it.
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