Make Tech Easier » Firefox http://www.maketecheasier.com Uncomplicating the complicated, making life easier Thu, 07 Nov 2013 06:45:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.1 FindBar Tweak for Firefox Lets You Search For Text in All Tabshttp://www.maketecheasier.com/search-for-text-in-all-tabs-firefox/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/search-for-text-in-all-tabs-firefox/#respond Fri, 01 Nov 2013 21:25:52 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=82955 The FindBar Tweak add-on for Firefox lets you instantly search for text in all tabs and windows, as opposed to just a single tab. Here's how.

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findbar-tweak-thumbIf you’re a regular internet user, then you’re probably familiar with the “Control + F” (or “Cmd + F”) search shortcut that works in all modern browsers. It’s an invaluable keyboard shortcut that brings up the find bar at the top or bottom of a web page (depending on the browser you’re using), and lets you search for text within the web page you’re browsing.

While this is extremely useful and a huge time-saver when it comes to finding specific words on the current tab, FindBar Tweak for Firefox lets you go a step further. This add-on gives you the ability to search for text in all of your tabs, not just the current one.

The current find bar in Firefox without FindBar Tweak.

To use it, install the add-on (no restart needed) and you should immediately see a “find in all tabs” option when you bring up the find bar. To search for text in all tabs, click on “Find in All Tabs” at the end of the bar to open a search results window. Enter the text that you’re looking for and you’ll see the results for all your open tabs.

Use FindBar Tweak to search for text in all tabs and windows in Firefox.

If you have multiple windows open, FindBar Tweak will look through the tabs in those windows as well. Click on an item and you’ll immediately be taken to where it is on the page  – even if it’s in another tab or window. If you keep a lot of tabs open at all times, this tool is sure to help boost your productivity.

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Preview Firefox Tabs without Clicking on Themhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/preview-firefox-tabs/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/preview-firefox-tabs/#respond Mon, 21 Oct 2013 21:25:34 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=82202 If you have a large amount of tabs open in Firefox, wouldn't it be much easier if you could preview your Firefox tabs just by hovering your mouse over them? Here's how you can do it.

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Preview Your Firefox Tabs without Clicking on Them with Tab ScopeIf you are one who often has a large amount of tabs open in Firefox, you may not like having to click on a tab just to see what’s on it. Wouldn’t it be much easier and save you time if you could simply preview your Firefox tabs just by hovering your mouse over there?

Tab Scope is an add-on that does this for you with ease. Just install it and you’ll get lightweight previews for your tabs.

1. Install the Tab Scope add-on for Firefox; you will need to restart your browser.

2. The add-on works right out of the box, so you’ll immediately be able to preview your Firefox tabs just by hovering your move over them. You can also customize the addon within its Preferences.

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3. Press “Shift + Ctrl + A” (or “Shift+ Cmd + A” for Mac) to open up the Addons Manager, and click on Preferences next to Tab Scope to open options.

You can change things such as the appearance and alignment of the preview popup, the wait time to show popup, the width and height of the popup, zoom ratio and more. Click close when you’re done to see your new changes.

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Prevent Blank Tabs from Opening When Downloading Files in Firefoxhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/prevent-blank-tabs-when-dowloading-files-firefox/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/prevent-blank-tabs-when-dowloading-files-firefox/#comments Sun, 20 Oct 2013 14:50:13 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=82141 When you download a file in Firefox, a blank tab will open for no reason. Wouldn't it be better if it didn't happen at all. Here's how to put an end to it.

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Prevent Blank Tabs from Opening When Dowloading Files in FirefoxHave you ever noticed that often when you download a file in Firefox, a blank untitled tab will open for no reason? It’s not a huge nuisance since you can simply close the tab and go back to what you were doing, but of course it would be better if it didn’t happen at all.

Tab Mix Plus is a very popular Firefox addon, and probably the best addon for managing tabs. One of its features that you can enable is “prevent blank tabs when downloading files” in Firefox, which will solve our problem.

You will first need to download the Tab Mix Plus add-on. Now go to the Add-ons Manager by pressing “Ctrl + Shift + A” (CMD+Shift+A on Mac) and click on preferences next to Tab Mix Plus.

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On the first main tab, enable the “prevent blank tabs when downloading files” option. Tab Mix Plus includes many other features that you may want to use as well, making it even more useful.

When you’re done click on “OK.” You should no longer see those pointless blank tabs when downloading files.

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Quickly Minimize Memory Usage in Firefox (Without Installing Another Addon)http://www.maketecheasier.com/quick-tips/minimize-memory-usage-in-firefox/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/quick-tips/minimize-memory-usage-in-firefox/#comments Thu, 08 Aug 2013 19:00:05 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?post_type=quick-tips&p=79292 While there are tons of addons that you can install in Firefox to minimize its memory usage, sometime you may just want to use a simple method without installing yet another extension. Since Firefox 22 there is a native feature that allows you to quickly minimize the memory usage of Firefox.

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While there are tons of addons that you can install in Firefox to minimize its memory usage, sometime you may just want to use a simple method without installing yet another extension. Since Firefox 22 there is a native feature that allows you to quickly minimize the memory usage of Firefox.

1. Open your Firefox browser and type “about:memory” in the URL bar.

2. In the page that show up, you should see a “Minimize Memory Usage” button. If you hover your mouse over it, you will see a description of what it does. Basically, it will trigger a global garbage collection and flush the various cache.

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When it is done cleaning up the memory usage, it will show a message “Memory minimization completed”.

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That’s it.

Note: You won’t see any effect on a freshly open browser. However, on a browser that have been opened for a long time and has many active tabs, you should see that your Firefox is taking up lesser resources now.

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Protect Your Online Privacy with PrivacyFixhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/protect-online-privacy-with-privacyfix/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/protect-online-privacy-with-privacyfix/#comments Mon, 22 Jul 2013 21:25:54 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=78385 Chrome and Firefox users have several reliable solutions to protect their online privacy, one of which is aptly named "PrivacyFix". Let's see what it has to offer.

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privacyfix-lockIn the wake of recent security scandals, internet users have been on high alert and searching for ways to protect themselves from…well, the people who claim to only want to protect them. Browser add-ons that attempt to provide some measure of this much-wanted security are seeing higher-than-average traffic, but how do you which one is right for you?

While I can not shield you from PRISM, Chrome and Firefox users do have several excellent and reliable solutions that offer some measure of online privacy, one of which is aptly named “PrivacyFix”. We have previously looked at solutions such as Ghostery and Abine, but what does this one have to offer?

Head over to the site to grab the extension. The add-on promises to work on social networks, search results and even provide data on what you are worth, in real dollars, to places like Google, Facebook and others – and yes, the sites do place a monetary value on each of us. Sadly I am worth only a $1.99 to the social giant – hopefully my wife sees greater value.

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Once the app is installed, a web page or tab opens automatically and begins rattling off information to you. This is where I learned I was sadly undervalued by Facebook. Google, however places a bit more monetization on my life.

Beyond simple money, the service also alerts me that Google is tracking me on 43 percent of the sites I visit. It even lets me know the other potential privacy flaws, such as my social accounts being public (intentional), tracking and other web sites I visit that can cause additional issues.

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The more important parts contained within this page is the ability to prevent these things from happening. To the right of each and every bit of information is a button that allows the user to fix the problem.

If you want to return to the page that contain all of your information, it is easier to do than you may think. Simply click on the link that is contained within the add-ons area of Chrome (to the right of the toolbar) and click on PrivacyFix. This produces a drop-down toolbar with a number of options contained within it.

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Click the three bars at the top right of this to return to the information page and revisit where you are at with all of the various services that are wrestling for your data.

PrivacyFixis one small piece of a much larger puzzle that has unfolded in recent weeks. As I previously stated, this will not protect you from the evils recently unveiled, but can certainly provide a buffer for your online life. Likely, you will need to combine this with other tools to gain some measure of security.

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Speed Dial with Full Online Sync For Firefoxhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/speed-dial-sync-firefox/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/speed-dial-sync-firefox/#respond Sat, 20 Jul 2013 21:25:16 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?post_type=post-ideas&p=78005 Even being a veteran browser, Firefox has not been able to implement the Speed Dial function well. That’s where FVD Speed Dial comes into play. This fully functional Firefox addon fundamentally changes the Speed Dial feature to what it should have been all along.

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fvd-speed-dial-for-firefoxWhen Firefox introduced the Speed Dial feature, users thought they’d finally be able to control the new tab page the way they wanted. However, Firefox’s idea of a functional Speed Dial is very different to what users need. It only shows the history of your recently accessed pages and doesn’t even allow you to specify what you want. That’s where FVD Speed Dial comes into play. This fully functional Firefox addon fundamentally changes the Speed Dial feature to what it should have been all along.

You can download FVD Speed Dial from Mozilla’s web site.

FVD Speed Dial follows the normal add-on installation process like other Firefox add-ons. You’ll need to restart your browser before using it.

FVD Speed Dial comes with a lot of settings for you to customize the add-on.

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This is what sets FVD Speed Dial above every other Firefox Speed Dial add-on out there.

Click on the “Gear Icon” in the Speed Dial page to get started.

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Global Options lets you deal with General and Appearance related settings.

From here, you can enable the various features of FVD Speed Dial, along with choosing the default mode the new tab page opens to.

The Appearance settings give you the power to change the way the Speed Dial layout looks and feels.

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You can change the sizing of dials, so that your most used dials are larger than the rest of the dials for easy access.

You’re also able to change the way dials scroll, as well as the overall theme between light and dark in the Speed Dial.

The Speed Dial settings let you enable popular groups and create dial groups.

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Click “Manage” to create your own dials and organize them.

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This lets you create your own groups for your Speed Dial that give you quick access to the sites and services you want.

Most Visited settings change the amount of sites shown in the Speed Dial, how they’re ordered and what time period they’re calculated from.

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Recently Closed settings allow you to change how many tabs are shown at a time.

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Background lets you choose a background color or image to use on the Speed Dial.

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Text Color lets you further customize the color scheme of the Speed Dial by giving you options for every type of text it uses.

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One of the best features included in FVD Speed Dial is EverSync integration. This lets you sync your dials so that you can access them in any Firefox browser, no matter the computer you use.

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You’ll need to install the EverSync add-on into Firefox either from its settings page or this link.

EverSync needs you to restart Firefox to use it. It also syncs more than just your Speed Dial; it syncs you bookmarks and other Firefox data if set up properly.

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You don’t have to sign up for EverSync to let it store your Speed Dials and other data from Firefox. Signing up for an account just gives you some security, so it’s up to you. Otherwise, you can just use EverSync to backup and restore your Speed Dials bookmarks and more. The process is the same for each type of backup and restore.

Click the “Speed Dial” tab and click “Backup Dials.”

Clicking “Restore Dials” will let you choose a backup to restore in Firefox.

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You can select the backup want to restore and it’ll be auto-downloaded and loaded into your Speed Dial tab.

Clicking “Enable Auto-Backup” will let EverSync auto-backup your Speed Dial regularly so you don’t have to manually do it when you make changes.

Part of the Sync settings include the ability to import and export the entirety of your Speed Dial settings.

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This, in conjunction with the EverSync backup, gives you a full backup of FVD Speed Dial’s settings.

FVD Speed Dials’ settings also let you use a passcode to secure your dials. If you share a browser or PC with others, enabling this feature can help protect your Firefox Speed Dials.

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All you need to do is create a passcode, enter a recovery e-mail and click “Create PassCode.”

Whenever you access the Speed Dial, you’ll need to enter your passcode before gaining access to everything it has to offer in Firefox.

After going through the settings for FVD Speed Dial, you gain access to a fully functional Speed Dial that should have been designed for Firefox users from the get go. Speed Dial sync, backup and more can be yours in Firefox with FVD Speed Dial.

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How to Pop Out Videos In Firefoxhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/pop-out-videos-in-firefox/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/pop-out-videos-in-firefox/#comments Sun, 14 Jul 2013 14:50:05 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=74390 One of the way to multitask is to pop out videos to new windows so you can watch them and work at the same time. In Firefox, this can be done with PopVideo.

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popvideo-thumbThe problem with watching videos in your browser is that it prevents you from multi-tasking, i.e. do other work while watching the video. You often have to remain in the current tab and finish watching the video before you can resume your work in another browser tab. While you can pull out the tab to load in a new window, it is a troublesome process and the video always don’t scale well. What if you can easily pop out videos to windows of their own so you can watch it and do other things at the same time? Wouldn’t that be great?

PopVideo is a simple extension for Firefox that does one thing and did it well – it pops out video to a new resizeable window so you can keep it in sight while working on other stuff.

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The usage is very simple. After you have installed it, when you hover your mouse over any video, you will see a blue video icon at the top right corner of the video.

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Simply click on this icon and the video will pop out onto its own window. As you resize the window, the video will resize itself too, so you can adjust it to the perfect width that does not distract you from your work.

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Once you have popped out the video, the original video will be replaced with a placeholder image. When you click on this placeholder image, the popped out window will close and the video will be restored to the original window/tab. One thing though, it doesn’t resume the video to where you stopped previously on the popped out window.

For the PopVideo configuration option, you can get it to save the number of play history and whether there should only be one popup window at any time. You can also get it to close the original tab when the video is popped out.

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The good thing about PopVideo is that it supports Adblock Plus and FlashBlock too. So if you have those extensions installed, you can watch your popped out videos without ads and save time, bandwidth and frustration.

I have tried PopVideo on various video sites, such as Youtube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, Youku.com, Tudou and videos that are embedded on sites. They all worked perfectly. As long as it can detect a video element on the page, it will be able to pop it out.

PopVideo is a useful extension for regular video watchers. If you are learning from online courses, this extension will be great as it allows you to watch the video and apply what you learnt at the same time. I am sure there are tons of ways to make good use of this extension. Try it out and let us know if it works for you.

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Make the Firefox Download Panel More Usefulhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/make-firefox-download-panel-more-useful/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/make-firefox-download-panel-more-useful/#respond Tue, 09 Jul 2013 21:25:10 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?post_type=post-ideas&p=77197 When Firefox introduced the Download Panel in Build 20, they didn't include any customization options for it. While the Download Panel was a welcome addition to the browser, the add-on Download Panel Tweaks makes it more functional in Firefox.

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DownloadPanelTweaks-thumbWhen Firefox introduced the Download Panel in Build 20, they didn’t include any customization options for it. While the Download Panel was a welcome addition to the browser, the add-on Download Panel Tweaks makes it more functional in Firefox.

1. Download and install the Download Panel Tweaks from Firefox’s add-on database.

You won’t have to restart your browser to start using the add-on.

2. Open the Firefox add-on options for Download Panel Tweaks.

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This is the control center for customizing your Download Panel.

3. You can change the number of download items to display up to ten.

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Firefox’s default is only three at a time.

4. You can also change the maximum height of the Download Panel, as well as reduce the height of the download rows.

This can be beneficial if you’re working on a smaller screen or simply want to see more information in the Download Panel.

5. If you check the box next to “Use alternative panel styling,” you’ll be able to use a Download Panel with a white background and squares as its corners.

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The add-on developer has warned users that it was tested on a Windows XP Classic theme. Since there are no customization options for the alternative panel styling, it may not look right for your Firefox theme. If it doesn’t, just disable it.

6. Checking the box next to “Ctrl+J toggles panel” allows you to take advantage of a keyboard shortcut that opens the Download Panel as opposed to the Download Library in Firefox.

Keyboard shortcuts are always a more efficient way to use features within programs, browsers and your computer in general. This allows you to quickly gain access to the Download Panel instead of having to click the icon to open it.

7. You can choose to disable the green arrow that shows when pausing or resuming a download.

8. You’re also able to change the time format for your downloads in the Download Panel.

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By default, Firefox displays the download time like this: 3 minutes, 27 seconds.

Now, you can control how it looks by choosing a time format.

9. Download Panel Tweaks lets you change the format of the panel status lines, too.

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You can rearrange the formatting or eliminate some of it as necessary. Depending on the theme you use, you may want to leave the formatting as is to match the scheme.

As soon as you make changes to the Download Panel Tweaks options, they’ll be immediately enabled in Firefox.

Download Panel Tweaks adds some much needed functionality to the Download Panel in Firefox. However, the one thing missing that I’d like to see is an ability to delete a file from the Download Panel itself, not the Library. Whether Firefox adds this feature or Download Panel Tweaks incorporates it, this is a feature that is needed.

One of the reasons Firefox has been eclipsed by browsers, such as Chrome, is because of incomplete features like the Download Panel. While the Download Panel for Firefox is a good addition, the Download Panel Tweaks makes it even better.

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Use Bloody Vikings! to Quickly Create a Disposable Email in Firefoxhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/quickly-create-disposable-email-in-firefox/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/quickly-create-disposable-email-in-firefox/#comments Thu, 04 Jul 2013 21:25:37 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?post_type=post-ideas&p=77196 Disposable email addresses can be used to check out mailing lists, prevent spam and help avoid having to give out your real email address. Bloody Vikings! for Firefox enables you to create disposable email addresses quickly and efficiently within your browser.

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BloodVikings-thumbDisposable email addresses can be used to check out mailing lists, prevent spam and help avoid having to give out your real email address. Bloody Vikings! for Firefox enables you to create disposable email addresses quickly and efficiently within your browser.

1. install the Bloody Vikings! add-on from Mozilla’s web site.

Firefox will need to be restarted to get Bloody Vikings! up and running.

2. After restarting the browser, head to the add-on settings for Bloody Vikings! and open them up.

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You’ll see a list of all the supported disposable email address services. You can learn more about each by clicking the “About” link beside each service. 10minutemail.com and Anonbox.net are the recommended Bloody Vikings! disposable email sites of choice, but do note that Anonbox.net doesn’t play well with Firefox version 22.

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You’ll also able to copy disposable email address to the clipboard automatically as well as log the account history of the addresses you have created from here.

3. Click “Pin mailbox as app tab.” This will pin whatever service you choose to use to the browser window. This’ll come in handy later.

4. Head to a web site you might need a disposable email address for and right-click where you would normally type in your email.

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5. Click on “Bloody Vikings!” to open its list of disposable email services.

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6. From here, you can choose what service you want to use. This can be based on the recommendations Bloody Vikings! gave you in the settings or from your personal experience. Choose a service by selecting it.

7. Since we clicked “Pin mailbox as app tab” in the Bloody Vikings! settings, the disposable email address will be created in a background tab in Firefox.

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The disposable email address will automatically be inserted into the email box on the web site. From here, you can use it as you see fit.

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8. Click on the pinned tab created by Bloody Vikings!.

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Each service will have a different layout and interface to use while taking advantage of the disposable email address. Keep in mind that each site also has rules and time limits for using the service, so you may want to check each one out to make note of which one will be the right one to use for certain circumstances.

If you need to use another disposable email address, you can follow the steps again. If you use another service, a separate pinned tab will open up so you can switch between them as necessary. Until you unpin the tabs, they’ll stay open for easy access to your disposable email addresses as long as they’re still active accounts.

Disposable email addresses serve a variety of purposes. No matter what you need one for, taking advantage of how quick and easy it is to make one in Firefox with Bloody Vikings! can alleviate some of your privacy concerns online.

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Manage Gmail from a Dedicated Panel in Firefoxhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/manage-gmail-from-a-dedicated-panel-in-firefox/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/manage-gmail-from-a-dedicated-panel-in-firefox/#comments Wed, 03 Jul 2013 21:25:27 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?post_type=post-ideas&p=77198 We’re always looking for ways to better manage Gmail, whether it’s using Gmail offline or automatically backing up your Gmail attachments to the cloud. If you use Firefox, you can take advantage of Gmail panel to manage your e-mail account in a single panel.

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GmailPanel-thumbWe’re always looking for ways to better manage Gmail, whether it’s using Gmail offline or automatically backing up your Gmail attachments to the cloud. If you use Firefox, you can take advantage of Gmail panel to manage your e-mail account in a single panel.

1. Install Gmail panel from Firefox’s add-on repository.

After restarting your browser, you’ll want to manually head to Gmail before using the add-on. You’ll need to enable Gmail Labs to show notifications for Gmail panel to utilize them to alert you to new e-mails.

2. Click on the “Gear Icon” in Gmail, then click on “Settings.”

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3. Locate the “Labs” tab and search for “Unread message icon.”

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Make sure to enable the Lab, then click “Save Changes.” This lab is now live and will work with Gmail panel to give you live notifications as you receive e-mail.

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You can work with Gmail panel in three ways: You can right-click the Gmail panel icon to open a dropdown menu that gives you access to Gmail.

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You can also just click the icon to open the panel or set up a keyboard shortcut to quickly open Gmail panel.

4. The first time you use Gmail panel, you’ll need to log in.

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As long as you check the “Stay signed in” box, you’ll stay logged in as long as you don’t clear your cache when you exit Firefox. Gmail panel doesn’t play well with password managers, so you’ll have to copy and paste your password as opposed to dragging and dropping it into the box.

Now that you’re logged in, you’ll see Gmail is now in a panel within your browser. You can read e-mails, compose e-mails and use Gmail like you’re used to. There’s no change in the functionality of Gmail; you’re simply using it in its own dedicated panel.

If you click on any other Google service, such as Calendar or Drive, that service will load in the window behind the panel. If you click away from the panel at any time, it’ll close until you open it again.

5. Hovering over the top right hand corner of the panel will open a menu that allows you to close the Gmail panel, refresh it or pin it.

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Pinning the Gmail panel will keep it open even after navigating to another window in Firefox.

6. If you head to Firefox’s add-on settings for Gmail panel, you can customize a variety of features related to the add-on, including the keyboard shortcut needed to use the add-on.

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The Gmail panel can be moved around within the browser, but it can’t be manually resized without doing so in the settings. The first two settings you’ll work with – Panel width and Panel height – allow you to change just that.

Depending on your computer’s resolution, it may take some tweaking to get the size just right. Keep in mind that if your panel is larger than your Firefox window, the panel will still open to its full size.

7. We advise you set a time delay within the settings. This changes how quickly Firefox opens Gmail panel when you open the browser. This can drastically increase the speed when opening Firefox. In our tests with Gmail panel, we noted that its initial use made Firefox seem to drag a bit. When we increased the delay to 18, Firefox opened like it normally would.

8. Gmail panel’s add-on settings will also let you change the frequency it checks for new e-mail. This can be every minute to every hour; it all depends on how often you check your e-mail.

9. Gmail panel lets you set a keyboard shortcut and modifier to let you open and close the panel as necessary.

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You can use the modifiers to choose a keystroke that when tied together with the Key, will open or close Gmail panel. You will need to restart Firefox to make the keyboard shortcut work.

10. When you receive a new e-mail, Gmail panel will notify you of it.

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You can turn this off or can enable it to just show you the notification once instead of each time your e-mail is checked.

Unfortunately at this time, you can’t manage more than one account in Gmail panel which makes it useless for Gmail power users. It will always open the secondary accounts in a new browser tab as opposed to the Gmail panel.

Gmail panel lets you manage Gmail the way you normally do within Firefox but by providing you a dedicated window to do so. This can help you check e-mail and still take care of things in the background as you use the Web.

How do you manage Gmail in Firefox? Let us know in the comments below.

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How to Integrate KeePass With Chrome and Firefox in Ubuntuhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/integrate-keepass-with-browser-in-ubuntu/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/integrate-keepass-with-browser-in-ubuntu/#comments Wed, 03 Jul 2013 14:50:46 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=77237 We have often said that you should use a complicated and unique password for each and every of your account. You can do so with the aid of KeePass desktop password manager. This article will show you how to integrate KeePass with Chrome and Firefox in Ubuntu so you don't have to remember any password again.

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keepass-logoWe have often said that you should use a complicated and unique password for each and every of your account. However, unless you have a great memory, you are not going to be able to remember them all. That is why tools like Password Manager come in handy. KeePass is a very handy and useful desktop password manager that allows you to record down all your passwords and store them in a safe place. The only troublesome thing about it is that you always have to switch to this app, search and copy the password, before you can paste it into the login form. In this article, we will show you how to integrate KeePass with Chrome and Firefox in Ubuntu.

The advantage of integrating KeePass to your browser is that you can get it to auto-fill your login form everytime you visit a website. it saves you the effort to switch to and forth between the browser and the password manager. While you can achieve the same functionality using LastPass, you have to know that LastPass stores all your confidential data on their cloud servers. That means, if their servers are down or hacked into, your data are gone.

KeePass is mainly for Windows and it makes use of the .NET framework which is difficult to setup in other OS. In Linux, there is a port over of the KeePass 2 which you can install. However, it makes use of mono libraries which many people will frown upon. If you don’t wish to install a bunch of mono libraries in your computer, you can try out KeePassX instead, which is only compatible with KeePass 1.x database format.

This tutorial will deal with the port over version of KeePass 2.

1. Install KeePass 2 in Ubuntu

sudo apt-get install keepass2 mono-complete

Note that the mono-complete module is necessary for the browser integration and it will install a whole lot of mono libraries.

2. Download the KeepassHttp module from its Github page. Extract the zipped files to your Home folder. Open it and you should see a “KeePassHttp.plgx” file. That is the only file we need from this folder.

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3. Open a terminal. We need to copy the “KeePassHttp.plgx” file to the KeePass2 plugins folder.

sudo mkdir /usr/lib/keepass2/plugins
sudo mv ~/keepasshttp/KeePassHttp.plgx /usr/lib/keepass2/plugins/

4. Next, open your Keepass 2. If you see a “KeePassHttp Options” under the Tools menu, then the plugin is working.

5. Lastly, install ChromelPass for Chrome or PasslFox for Firefox. Restart the browser if necessary.

6. After the restart, ChromelPass or PasslFox will prompt you to connect with KeePassHttp. This will generate an encryption key which will be stored in your KeePass2 database.

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7. Once connected, you will find an option in the context menu that allows you to fill in username and password automatically.

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That’s it. Your Keepass is now integrated with Chrome and/or Firefox now.

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Access SSH Server From the Browser With FireSSHhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/access-ssh-server-from-the-browser/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/access-ssh-server-from-the-browser/#respond Wed, 26 Jun 2013 14:50:18 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=76889 When it comes to SSH, it always involves the terminal or a SSH client (like Putty for Windows). This tends to scare people off. What if you can access SSH server from the browser, and with a user-friendly interface? Will that be more attractive to you?

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firessh-thumbWhen it comes to SSH, it always involves the terminal or a SSH client (like Putty for Windows). This tends to scare people off. In fact, anything that needs to be done in the terminal always give people the scare. Now, what if you can access SSH server from the browser, and with a user-friendly interface? Will that be more attractive to you?

FireSSH is a browser extension for both Firefox and Google Chrome that allows you to access your SSH server directly in the browser. It is written entirely in Javascript and it comes with a simple user interface for you to manage your account.

If you are a Firefox user, you can find the FireSSH extension here. Once installed (and browser restarted), you can go to “Tools -> Web Developer -> FireSSH” to launch the app.

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This will open the Account Manager where you can select the SSH server to connect to, or create a new SSH connection profile. The good thing is that you only need to enter your login credential once and it will save them to the record.

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Alternatively, you can also type “ssh://ip-address” into the address bar to quickly connect to any remote server.

This is what you will see after you have connected.

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Once you are connected to your SSH server, you can proceed to run commands like you usually do in the terminal.

Copy/Paste feature is also supported by FireSSH and can be accessed by right-clicking the mouse.

In the Account Manger, if you go to the Options menu (accessible from the Tools button), there are several things that you can customize. You can configure whether it should run in a new window, new Tab or window grouping. At the Interface tab, you can configure the look and feel of the text and background. The connection tab is the one that provides the most useful option. You can set it to keep connection alive while idle (this is something we mentioned before, but it works by default here) and if it disconnected, it will attempt to reconnect again. FireSSH will also work even if you are behind a proxy. You just need to provide the Proxy information and it can tunnel itself through.

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Last, but not least, there is an Import/Export tool where you can export your settings from one Firefox browser and import to another Firefox browser.

You can install FireSSH for Google Chrome here. This is a Web app for Google Chrome, so if you are using Ubuntu, you can easily pin it to the Unity Launcher.

While the functionality of FireSSH for Chrome is similar to the Firefox version, there are some features that are lacking in this Chrome version. First of all, Google Chrome omnibar doesn’t support the “ssh://” protocol, so you can’t type in the omnibar a command like this “ssh://ip-address” to quickly connect to the SSH server.

Secondly, it doesn’t support the Import/Export feature. If you are running Chrome on several machine, you won’t be able to export FireSSH data from one and import to another.

Thirdly, as of this post, it doesn’t seem to have a “Paste” feature. You can only copy, but not paste.

The good thing about FireSSH is that it is cross platforms compatible. You can use it in Mac, Windows or Linux if you have Firefox or Google Chrome installed. The Firefox version is a more capable extension than the Chrome version. If you are using both Firefox and Chrome, I would advise you to use the Firefox version instead.

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Easily Customize the Addon Bar In Firefox With Puzzle Piecehttp://www.maketecheasier.com/customize-addon-bar-firefox/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/customize-addon-bar-firefox/#respond Fri, 21 Jun 2013 23:25:09 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=75663 Add-ons make customizing Firefox a near limitless endeavor, but what if you want to customize your add-ons? Wait for it - there's an add-on for that. Puzzle Piece allows you to customize the addon bar in Firefox. It takes the default Firefox addon bar and shrinks it into a small little panel that can display the same content without the waste.

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PuzzlePiece-thumbAdd-ons make customizing Firefox a near limitless endeavor, but what if you want to customize your add-ons? Wait for it – there’s an add-on for that. This may seem like add-on Inception, but don’t fret, it’s much less confusing than that particular film. Puzzle Piece allows you to customize the addon bar in Firefox. It takes the Firefox add-on bar that usually appears at the bottom of your window and shrinks it into a small little panel that can display the same content without the waste. It saves space, is more accessible, and it’s remarkably easy to set up.

When you install add-ons in Firefox, some place icons in a toolbar that extends across the bottom of your web browser. Here’s how it looks by default on an Ubuntu desktop.

Firefox The Puzzle Piece Default Bar

This, frankly, just is not modern UI design. Not only is it dated, it wastes many valuable pixels that could be better spent showing more web content. To alleviate this, let’s hop over to the Firefox add-ons site and download Puzzle Piece. After it is installed, this is what your new add-ons bar will look.

Customize Addon Bar Firefox with Puzzle Piece

This new bar is substantially smaller, but since it overlays the website you’re browsing, it can be a tad intrusive. This is not a problem. Simply click on the green puzzle piece to set the bar to auto-hide. The addons bar will then disappear and re-appear using a smooth, yet subtle, fade animation. It’s seamless and – dare I say – a little fun to click on.

The Puzzle Piece Autohide Add-ons Bar

Your new add-ons bar can be repositioned to appear in the left-hand corner instead. To do this, just right-click on the puzzle piece icon and select The Puzzle Piece Options. The following window will appear.

Puzzle Piece Firefox Preferences Menu

Unchecking the top option will move the add-ons bar to the left side of the browser. Rechecking the box will return it to its original position. It happens instantaneously, so feel free to move the bar back and forth to get a feel for which side suits you best.

Firefox Add-On Left Move

If neither side pleases you, the Puzzle Piece also empowers you to be rid of Firefox’s add-on bar entirely. Return to the preference menu and check the “Move the add-on bar into the location bar” option.

Puzzle Piece Location Firefox

Your add-on bar will then disappear. The icons previously docked on this bar will appear inside of Firefox’s location bar instead. They should line up to the right of the current URL, adjacent to the bookmarking star.

Puzzle Piece Location Bar

The green puzzle piece is still visible inside the location bar. Clicking on this icon auto-hides the icons just as it did before. Right-clicking continues to present Puzzle Piece’s options.

We’ve long accepted that web browsers are necessary to peruse the internet, but that doesn’t mean we enjoy looking at them. That is why many extensions are available for Firefox that reduce the amount of clutter we have to tolerate around a webpage. The Puzzle Piece makes it possible to install as many add-ons as you want and easily access them without adding an unwanted bar at the bottom of your window. It’s just one more tool to help you reclaim your web browsing experience. If you know of other tools that help in this endeavor, share them with us below.

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How to Create QR Codes From The Context Menu In Your Browserhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/create-qr-codes-from-context-menu/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/create-qr-codes-from-context-menu/#respond Sun, 02 Jun 2013 21:25:59 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=74218 QR codes are becoming increasingly popular these days. In this article, we will show you how you can quickly create QR codes directly from your browser's context menu.

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create-qr-codes-smallQR codes are becoming increasingly popular these days. With these QR Codes, you can easily encode links, images, text etc. which can be shared with anyone who has a Smartphone or a device capable of scanning them. In this article, we will show you how you can quickly create QR codes directly from your browser’s context menu.

QR Coder is a very handy add-on for Mozilla Firefox that allows users to convert links, images and text selection to QR codes with a single click. Once the QR code is generated, you can save it to your computer and share them with anyone you want.

Go to Firefox Add-ons Repository and install QR Coder. You should see a new option the context menu. All you have to do is right click on the element you want to share and select “Encode URL to QR Code”.

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You will also find a QR code icon in the address bar. Click this icon to convert the web page you are browsing to QR Code.

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QR Code Generator is a very handy extension for Google Chrome that allows users to generate QR Codes from the context menu. Go to Chrome Web Store and install QR Code Generator. Once installed, just open any link or website you want to convert into a QR code, right click on it and select “Generate QR Code”.

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The displayed code can be saved and shared via email. You can also customize the size of the code from extension settings.

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QR Codes can be really convenient when you want to share images or other data with anyone on the go. The extensions mentioned above works great and are really simple to use. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

Image Credit: Geolocation Specific QR Code

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Open Applications Without Leaving Firefoxhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/open-applications-without-leaving-firefox/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/open-applications-without-leaving-firefox/#respond Wed, 15 May 2013 21:25:25 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=72663 here are times when you have to open different applications while browsing. In Firefox, you can use the Easy Access add-on to open applications without leaving Firefox.

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open-programs-firefox-smallThere are times when you have to open different applications while browsing. As a writer, I have to open Notepad or some other writing programs to jot down points and other ideas. However, this can be an annoying task sometimes. To open them, you have to open the application from the Start Menu or the desktop shortcut if you have created one. Obviously, you can pin those programs to your taskbar, but that’s not the best solution. You don’t want your taskbar to be full of applications that  you use.

If you are a Firefox user and are experiencing the same problem, you should try the Easy Access add-on for Mozilla Firefox. What this add-on does is that it adds a quick menu to open applications without leaving Firefox. These programs can include My Computer, Pain, Notepad, etc. If you want, you can even customize the quick access menu and add any application you want to your Firefox taskbar.

First of all, go to Mozilla Add-on repository and install Easy Access for Firefox. Once installed, you will notice a small wheel icon in the add-on bar (lower right corner of Firefox). Click on it, and it will show you the default apps that come with the add-on. If you want to add any other program to the list of shortcuts, you can do so by going to the add-on settings. Click on the wheel icon and go to ”Manage Your Easy Access”.

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When you open “Manage Your Easy Access”, it will show you two tabs: “Add to Add on Bar” and “Customize Your Quick Launch’. Add To Add on Bar contains shortcuts to some of the most commonly used programs in Windows such as Calculator, Notepad, Paint, My Computer, etc. If you want to add any of these programs, just check the box right next to the program and click Ok.

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If you want to customize the easy access menu and add some other program, open Customize your Quick Launch and click on Add EasyAccess.

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All you have to do is browse the location of the program you want to open. It will automatically add the name of the app, but you can edit it if you want. After adding the required information, click Ok and you are done. Now, the selected shortcut will appear on the add-on bar.

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EasyAccess for Firefox is a very handy add-on that can make it easy to open applications without closing Firefox. It’s simple and one click away. The add-on does exactly what it says, and during my testing, I didn’t come across any issues or problems with the add-on.

If you tried EasyAccess for Firefox, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

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How To Create Temporary Bookmarks In Firefoxhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/create-temporary-bookmarks-in-firefox/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/create-temporary-bookmarks-in-firefox/#respond Tue, 14 May 2013 23:25:57 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=72358 If you don't want note-taking apps for simply saving web pages, try this neat Firefox add-on called Temporary Bookmarks. This add-on allows you to bookmark webpages and clear them when you close the browser, or after a specified amount of time.

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temporary-bookmarks-iconThere are a lot of curating apps for browsers that let you save web clips and store them for future reference, but these are usually cross-platform apps that require you to create an account so you can access your saved web content from anywhere. If you don’t want note-taking apps for simply saving web pages, try this neat Firefox add-on called Temporary Bookmarks. This add-on allows you to bookmark webpages and clear them when you close the browser, or after a specified amount of time.

Since Temporary Bookmarks is a Firefox add-on, it doesn’t require a login or account for you to use it. You only have to download it from the Add-on store. After this, you can then start saving web pages into a bookmark folder called Temporary Bookmarks.

To do this, just right-click on any link in a website and select “Add to Temporary Bookmarks.” One thing I noticed is that this option is only visible when you right click a link from a web page, and not from the URL address bar.

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To locate your saved bookmarks, find the Bookmark icon on the top of the browser (a square with a star inside). Click on this and go to Bookmarks bar. If you already have the Bookmarks bar visible on the top of the browser, then you should be able to find the folder from there. Look for the folder labeled as Temporary Bookmarks. You should see all the links saved here.

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By default, the add-on is set to get rid of the bookmarks after one day, but you can change this setting by going to the add-on’s Preferences page. To do this, click on the Firefox menu button on the top left corner, click on “Add-ons”, and select Options right beside the name of the add-on.

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Here, you can change when or what action is required for Firefox to delete the bookmarks. You have an option to delete the bookmarks when the browser closes, or choose from a number of days from one to seven. I tried setting it to remove bookmarks when I close the browser, and sure enough, the bookmarks were gone when I restarted it.

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One notable feature is that you can also remove bookmarks saved in other bookmark folders. Click on the drop down beside “Remove bookmarks in” to view the complete list. If you have other bookmark folders that need cleaning up, then this add-on can help you do just that.

Temporary Bookmarks is a no-brainer solution for users who don’t want to sign up for a note-taking app, or who don’t want to store web content for too long on their browsers. It’s easy to use, and a good way to also prevent the browser from getting too congested with data. It also encourages a user to be organized when browsing the web, without having to clean up after. If you tend to pile up your bookmarks and don’t have time to organize or delete them, then this add-on is definitely a great tool for that.

Image credit: An image of a nice clock with time to bookmark us by BigStockPhoto

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Setting Multiple Home Page For Firefoxhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/quick-tips/setting-multiple-home-page-for-firefox/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/quick-tips/setting-multiple-home-page-for-firefox/#respond Fri, 10 May 2013 04:37:01 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?post_type=quick-tips&p=72467 Do you know you can set multiple websites as the home page in Firefox? Here is how you do it: 1. Go to the “Preferences -> General” section in Firefox. 2. At the Home Page input field, enter the URL of the websites that you want to set as home page, separating each URL with […]

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Do you know you can set multiple websites as the home page in Firefox? Here is how you do it:

1. Go to the “Preferences -> General” section in Firefox.

2. At the Home Page input field, enter the URL of the websites that you want to set as home page, separating each URL with a “|” symbol. For example: http://maketecheasier.com|http://google.com.

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3. When you click the “Home’ icon in Firefox, a couple of tabs will open, each loading one URL that you entered.

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Simple Trick to Make Firefox Run Fasterhttp://www.maketecheasier.com/quick-tips/firefox-remove-tab-animation/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/quick-tips/firefox-remove-tab-animation/#respond Sun, 05 May 2013 10:13:06 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?post_type=quick-tips&p=71980 There are tons of ways to make Firefox runs faster. One of the ways is to turn off the tabs animation so the opening and closing of tabs will be immediate and doesn’t take up much memory. In Firefox, open a new tab and type “about:config” in the address bar. Search for “browser.tabs.aimate” and double […]

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There are tons of ways to make Firefox runs faster. One of the ways is to turn off the tabs animation so the opening and closing of tabs will be immediate and doesn’t take up much memory.

In Firefox, open a new tab and type “about:config” in the address bar.

Search for “browser.tabs.aimate” and double click to change the value to “false”.

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Close the tab. That’s it.

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Analyze Writing Errors with SlickWrite for Firefox and Chromehttp://www.maketecheasier.com/analyze-writing-errors-with-slickwrite/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/analyze-writing-errors-with-slickwrite/#respond Wed, 01 May 2013 14:50:23 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?p=71023 Most spelling and grammar checkers in word processors spot obvious writing errors, but not the less obvious ones. Slick Write is a web service that analyzes writing errors as well as performs the usual spelling and grammar check.

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slickwrite-logoWriting for any purpose requires a great deal of editing and proofreading. Most spelling and grammar checkers in word processors spot obvious writing errors, but not the less obvious ones. Slick Write is a web service with add-ons available for Firefox and Chrome. It’s a versatile tool that analyzes writing errors as well as performs the usual spelling and grammar check.

If you want immediate access to Slick Write’s writing tool, then you’ll need to install the add-on in Firefox or Chrome. The installation requires a restart for Firefox, but not for Chrome.

After installing the add-on, you should see a pen icon in the top right corner of the browser, but the easier way to access the tool is from the contextual menu (right-click). You can right-click at the end of the text you want to analyze, or you can highlight a portion of the text.

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Click on Analyze Writing. This should open a new tab that leads to the Slick Write analysis page. The page has a few tabs on top, and there are four major areas of analysis: Critique, Structure, Flow and Stats.

The page opens to the Critique tab by default. Critique identifies flaws within the writing including double words, unnecessary adverbs, overwriting and other stylistic errors. The errors are highlighted by color depending on the type of error, and mousing over them will analyze writing errors by identifying what’s wrong with the word or phrase.

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The Structure tab analyzes all sentences and categorizes them into Simple, Compound, or Compound-complex sentences. Hovering the mouse over a sentence shows the type of sentence structure, along with the word count. To know more about the sentence type, you can click on the sentence to get a brief explanation.

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The Flow tab is a graphical representation of the distribution of sentence type, length and word length within the text. Colored bars called meters are shown for each sentence, with a rating for each analysis. Click on a meter to know more about the statistic shown.

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Finally, the Stats tab is divided into Aggregate, Phrases and Words. Aggregate is a statistics summary which includes word count, average word length, paragraph count, unique words, and more. You can further filter it down to the next two tabs, Phrases and Words. Under Words, you can see words that are repeated all throughout the text.

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If you want to see all editing features, you can click on the Configure tab to enable or disable certain functions. Click on a function to know more about it. There are presets and the default one is set to Fiction, but you can click on Custom to make your own settings.

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Additionally, if you want to edit the text within the Slick Write interface, you can click on the Edit tab and do it from there.

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Slick Write’s vast and flexible features are perfect for creating excellent written work. It doesn’t require a lot of tweaks or steps. In a matter of a few clicks, an overwhelming amount of information is presented in an organized manner that is easily understood. Any writing task can be daunting, but not when you have this tool handy in your browser to analyze writing errors.

Do you have a favorite way to check for writing errors in Firefox and Chrome. Tell us about them in the comments section.

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Do a Quick Search In Firefox With A Keystrokoehttp://www.maketecheasier.com/quick-tips/do-a-quick-search-in-firefox-with-a-keystrokoe/ http://www.maketecheasier.com/quick-tips/do-a-quick-search-in-firefox-with-a-keystrokoe/#respond Tue, 30 Apr 2013 02:22:22 +0000 http://www.maketecheasier.com/?post_type=quick-tips&p=71413 In Firefox, you can press the “/” key in your keyboard (when your cursor is not in any input field) to quickly activate the Quick Search bar. Alternatively, you can go to “Preferences -> Advanced -> General and tick the box “Search for text when I start typing”. This will allow you to search for […]

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In Firefox, you can press the “/” key in your keyboard (when your cursor is not in any input field) to quickly activate the Quick Search bar.

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Alternatively, you can go to “Preferences -> Advanced -> General and tick the box “Search for text when I start typing”. This will allow you to search for text in the website when you type.

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