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Firefox is damn handy, I have to say, if only for the plethora of handy extensions (or add-ons as they prefer to call them these days).

So, taking my web development cap off for a minute, here are details of the non-techy extensions I use. Bear in mind that I use Firefox 2.

Bookmark Duplicate Detector
If you have a lot of bookmarks (as I do) then ensuring you’re not duplicating them is a handy feature to have.

British English Dictionary
If you have Firefox 2, ensure you have this or else the built-in spell check facility won’t work.

Allows you to download screen contents on mass. Not of much very often but invaluable when you do need it.

Tweaks your Firefox to run quicker.

A great service that syncs your bookmarks between different computers. I use this to sync between my work laptop and my PC at home.

IE Tab
Allows you to open a page, within Firefox, but with Internet Explorer. Useful for those pages that just don’t work properly with Firefox (including Windows Update).

This will display Creative Commons licence details for a website at the bottom of Firefox. If you’re interested in CC, then this is an essential.

At work we access the network via Proxy. But if I use my work laptop at home, I will often connect directly, which requires the proxy turning off. This provides a simple button for turning the proxy on and off.

A service, provided by McAfee and a team of volunteers, to warn you about “dodgy” sites. As well as a button at the bottom of the Firefox window, it also displays status indicators when using search engines such as Google.

The only thing I don’t like about the tabbing facilities in Firefox is that a new tab opens to an empty page. This add-on allows you to change this plus more than you can wave a stick at.

There are also lots of add-ons available that will, for example, turn off website adverts. I don’t use these however because they are essentially blocking the source of income for many sites and services. If nobody responded to advertising then most of what we use for free would end up a paid service.

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