NoSquint Plus for Firefox and Chrome

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 10, 2016

NoSquint Plus is a new add-on for the Firefox and Chrome web browser that is a fork of the very popular but no longer maintained NoSquint extension for Firefox.

NoSquint enabled you to customize color and zoom levels of websites individually. While Firefox allows you to make some changes to colors and zoom on a global level, it ships without options to customize the settings for individual sites.

NoSquint Plus stays true to the core of the original add-on both in the Firefox and the Chrome version.

The extension displays three icons in the main toolbar upon installation in Firefox, and a single icon in Chrome's toolbar.

Note: The extension opens a web page in Firefox upon installation that contains a thank you note, but it seems to do so only once right after installation.

NoSquint Plus

The Firefox icons provide you with zoom in, zoom out and zoom reset functionality, while the Chrome icon opens the site configuration panel instead. You may remove some or all of the icons from Firefox's main toolbar, but cannot remove the Chrome toolbar icon completely due to browser limitations.

Firefox users can open the options panel by right-clicking on a web page and selecting the NoSquint option that is provided there.

The extension remembers the zoom level automatically on a per-site basis, which means that you don't need to open the customization options for that.

The customization options are identical in both browsers. NoSquint applies the global settings to all sites by default which you may notice immediately as it ships with a zoom level of 120% instead of the default 100% that the browser's ship with.

NoSquint Plus custom settings

You may change the following settings on a per-site basis using NoSquint Plus:

  • Full page and Text zoom level.
  • Text and background color.
  • Disable background image.
  • Unvisited and visited link color.
  • Always underline links.

The settings are sufficient to make text or all content larger or smaller, to improve the readability of text and links.

This can be useful on sites that use hard to read color schemes for text or link, or a font size that is either too large or small.

Apart from making changes on a per-site basis, you may also change the global settings with a click on a link that is provided in the site customization menu.

NoSquint Plus global settings

The global settings are applied to any site you visit that you have not customized settings for or excluded from global setting use.

Apart from configuring zoom levels and colors, you may also change the zoom increment when using Ctrl-mousewheel to zoom in or out on a site, and set the preferred zoom method on top of that (either Full page zoom or Text zoom).

NoSquint Plus remembers custom settings across browsing sessions, but will delete them when a site is not visited for six months. You may disable the latter option, or switch to a per-session only configuration which resets all customization when the browser closes.

Chrome users may also switch from using the Chrome API as the zoom method to CSS API instead, but that is the only difference between the Firefox and Chrome version there.

Closing Words

NoSquint Plus is a useful browser extension for Firefox and Chrome. It provides you with options to improve the readability of sites on an individual site by site basis, for instance by increasing the text size on one site, text color on another, and making links look like links again on a third.

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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

  10. Anonymous said on September 28, 2023 at 8:19 am

    When will you put an end to the mess in the comments?

  11. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 9:36 am

    Ghacks comments have been broken for too long. What article did you see this comment on? Reply below. If we get to 20 different articles we should all stop using the site in protest.

    I posted this on [] so please reply if you see it on a different article.

    1. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 11:01 am

      Comment redirected me to [] which seems to be the ‘real’ article it is attached to

  12. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 10:48 am

    Comment redirected me to [] which seems to be the ‘real’ article it is attached to

  13. Mystique said on September 28, 2023 at 12:13 pm

    Article Title: Reddit enforces user activity tracking on site to push advertising revenue
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    No surprises here. This is just the beginning really. I cannot see a valid reason as to why anyone would continue to use the platform anymore when there are enough alternatives fill that void.

  14. justputthispostanywhere said on September 29, 2023 at 3:59 am

    I’m not sure if there is a point in commenting given that comments seem to appear under random posts now, but I’ll try… this comment is for

    My temporary “solution”, if you can call it that, is to use a VPN (Mullvad in my case) to sign up for and access Reddit via a European connection. I’m doing that with pretty much everything now, at least until the rest of the world catches up with GDPR. I don’t think GDPR is a magical privacy solution but it’s at least a first step.

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