I thought it might be interesting to share the list of my favorite Firefox extensions. These are the ones that are currently installed in my Firefox profile. I’ve tried others, but these are the ones that I use regularly. If you have recommendations for additional extensions, add a note in the comments. Be sure to include a link (in HTML format, if you know how) and a description of what the extension does.
Copernic Desktop Search Toolbar – After trying X1 again for a while, I’ve returned to Copernic. It’s free, fast, and seems to work better than just about any other desktop search tool.
AI Roboform Toolbar for Firefox – I can’t imagine using the Web without Roboform.
Tabbrowser Preferences – Adds a few nice options to the Tabbed Browsing Options dialog box, such as the ability to choose whether new searches open in their own tab in the background.
Tab Clicking Options – Allows you to redefine mouse actions for working with tabs. Fully compatible with TabBrowser Preferences.
IE View – Indispensable. For sites that require IE, you can right-click on a link or on the page itself and open the URL in an IE window.
FirefoxView – Adds a right-click menu option to IE so you can open the current page in Firefox.
PDF Download – Gives you the option to open a PDF link in a new tab, save the file, or view it as HTML. The best part is that you can see the file size before it opens – no more waiting while your browser tries to download a 50MB PDF file.
SessionSaver .2 – Another indispensable extension, this one saves all the tabs in your session so you can reload them on demand (it provides excellent crash protection, too). The SnapBack menu allows you to reopen a tab you closed accidentally.
All-In-One Sidebar – Lets you view bookmarks, downloads, extensions, and more in a sidebar tab similar to IE’s Explorer bars. The more I use this, this more I like it.
Download Manager Tweak – Fixes some annoyances in the default behavior for file downloads.
Google Toolbar for Firefox – The only reason I use this is for its on-the-fly spell-checker, which works brilliantly with Web forms.
ScrapBook – Save URLs and snippets from Web pages for reuse later. Handy.
PubSub Sidebar – Quick access to PubSub searches. I’m not using this one very much these days.
Copy URL + – Awesome. Adds the option to save formatted links, snippets of text, graphics, and other bits from the current Web page to the Clipboard. If you blog, this is a must. Be sure to read the documentation on how to extend it.
ChromEdit – A nice front end for editing the Firefox user profile. I don’t use it often but appreciate it on the rare occasions when I do need it.
BugMeNot – You visit a Web page that wants you to provide a bunch of personal information just so you can view a news clip. Annoying, isn’t it? Instead, with this extension installed you right-click, choose BugMeNot, and fill in a user name and password from the public store at bugmenot.com. If the first one doesn’t work, try again. Amazingly useful.