The Best Firefox Add-Ons Of 2011 - gHacks Tech News

The Best Firefox Add-Ons Of 2011

We have almost hit the one post per day mark in 2011, with 352 posts published that covered the Firefox browser in one way or another. Not all of the posts were add-on reviews though as we have covered Firefox news, updates, and cross-browser related news as well here on

What better way to start the New Year with a look back at some of the best Firefox add-ons that we have reviewed here in 2011. Please note that this list may include add-ons that have been around for a longer time. The only qualifying factor is whether they have been reviewed on Ghacks in 2011 or not.

Each add-on is listed with its name, a short description, link to the review and direct link to the Mozilla Add-ons repository.

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The Best Firefox Add-Ons Of 2011

Add Bookmark Here - Better Firefox bookmarking. [link]

Add-on Compatibility Reporter - Force Firefox add-on compatibility. [link]

Boounce - An extension that can be used to switch between search engines in the browser.[link]

Clearly - A readability extension for the Firefox browser. [link]

Dormancy - Unload Firefox tabs that are not used for a set amount of time. [link]

Firefox Image Preview - Display larger image previews on mouse over. [link]

Gui Config Access about:config preferences in a better interface. [link]

History Disable Button - Disable the recording of history in the browser selectively. [link]

HTTPS Everywhere - Force HTTPS connections for select sites that support it to increase browser security. [link]

Multi Links - Open multiple links at once based on your own preferences. [link]

Preferences Cleaner - Delete preferences from uninstalled add-ons to speed up the browser start. [Update: the extension is no longer available.]

Save File To - Allows you to save files to user-defined folders based on file type. [link]

Scriptish - A Greasemonkey fork, promises better performance. [link]

Session Manager - Save and load Firefox sessions manually or automatically. [link]

What's That Preference - Links Firefox preferences in the about:config listing to MozillaZine Knowledge Base article. [link]

Is anything missing on that list? Let us know in the comments.

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    1. Threshold said on January 1, 2012 at 12:37 pm

      Ummmh I bet Martin is asleep drunk in some Straße and this has been published by a Martin-bot.

      As for addons I have most of these but TabGroups Manager should be in the list since it’s still much better than Panorama which hasn’t received any improvements since its inception.

      Buon Anno! :)

      1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 1, 2012 at 1:04 pm

        Martin-bot, would be really nice to have. Unfortunately though, it is unlikely that something like this will be available in the next years. Happy new year to you too.

    2. Henry said on January 1, 2012 at 5:48 pm

      Tab Mix Plus, this year and every year!

    3. WebHybrid said on January 1, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      A dash of visual excitement, while not affecting browser function, can nonetheless brighten your day…

      NewScrollbars (aka NoiaScrollbars)

      All this does is enable *snappy new scrollbars* – seven color choices, each with a white or black background. Enjoy.

    4. ilev said on January 1, 2012 at 7:55 pm

      Where is Adblock +
      Where is NoScript ?

      1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 1, 2012 at 8:51 pm

        I have only listed add-ons that I have reviewed in 2011.

    5. Matt said on January 2, 2012 at 4:06 am

      Of the extensions listed, I use Add-on Compatibility Reporter, HTTPS Everywhere, and Scriptish. I’ve been keeping Clearly in mind for a tryout since it was featured here recently.

    6. Jangly Mark said on January 2, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      For me, the essentials are :

      Adblock Plus (does what it says on the tin),
      Noscript (for MUCH safer browsing),
      Stylish (If, like me, white sheet backgrounds give you eyestrain, you can re-design/recolour websites that you visit regularly – I’ve even got the URL bar navy blue with yellow text!)

      Also, for Facebook users, Social Fixer is great!!! You can get your newsfeed into perfect chronological order, avoid using Facebook’s godawful photo viewer, put your news feed into tabs, hide the ticker/sponsored stories…and…ooh…loads more…

    7. akn said on January 10, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      I use
      Block Images – blocks images in website from loading, convenient while browsing in office :P

      Read Later – Saves the page and can be read later, also have sync with Iphone, Android

    8. Dan said on January 30, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      All-in-one gestures
      Save Session
      Multiple Tab Handler

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