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Browse Internet Faster with InterClue – the Firefox addon

I love Firefox. And the single most important factor is its Open Source Architecture, which allows third party developers to develop Firefox addons, which seamless integrate with Firefox to give you huge versatility.

My latest find is InterClue, the nice Firefox Addon, which is a smart way to browse Internet so as to cut your time spent as well as your bandwidth uses.

InterClue allows you to browse Internet faster. It gives you a smart snapshot of a link, if you hover your mouse over it. I find it far better than a similar product Snap. Snap was a headache. It really added to the clutter on a web page, and I found it to be really annoying to browse a page having Snap enabled on it.


Browse Internet Faster with InterClue - the Firefox addonBut InterClue is much better. If you unintentionally hover your mouse over a link, it just pops up a small icon besides the link. And when you hover the mouse over that icon, then only the snapshot screen is opened. Far better than Snap.

Besides this, InterClue gives you much more information than Snap. It also gives information about the meta data of the page. See the screenshot, to know the power of InterClue.

Interclue can give you:

  • A text content summary
  • A small snapshot of the page
  • Sizes and dates of linked files
  • Usefule stats and metadata
  • Next actions – save, email…
  • And more. Check the options!

Despite its powerful features, many people don’t like InterClue, because they think that it obstructs their vision.

But I liked it.

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How to get rid off Firefox Restore Session Dialog Box

This blog has earlier carried a post on how to Restore last session in Firefox. Firefox restores session automatically, which you had opened last time, in case of system crash or some unexpected errors. But this tip explained how you can do that every time you open firefox.

But after that post, I had received mixed reactions.

A few of my readers have appreciated that cool tip and found that very useful. But yesterday, I was contacted by a reader, who found this feature bothering him too much. He even wanted to get rid off the built-in feature of Firefox, where it prompts you to restore firefox session after it had closed due to some unexpected error or a system crash. So, how to do that.

How to get rid off Firefox Restore Session Dialog Box


This is even easier. You just have to change the value of the browser.sessionstore.enabled flag. It’s easy.

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  • Type about:config in your Firefox Address bar.
  • Select browser.sessionstore.enable
  • Double click to change the setting to false

Simple. Now you will no longer get the Firefox Restore Session Dialog Box.

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Latest Mozilla Firefox 3 Skins

Firefox Skins, they fascinate me.

This is the beauty of an Open Source software like Firefox browser, that there are thousands of independent developers like you and me, who develop their own source codes, which can be seamlessly integrated with the main program. And this feature gives the flexibility to the main software to suit every requirement and taste.

With the release of Firefox 3 RC1, more and more developers are concentrating on creating firefox addons specially mozilla Firefox 3 skins.

Here I am listing three of the recently created (updated) fire fox 3 skins (also known as firefox 3 themes), which I fell in love. Hope you may also be linking them.



1 Phoenity Modern

Updated May 22, 2008 | 4,010 weekly downloads | 908,907 total downloads

It is based on the extremely popular SeaMonkey Modern Firefox theme. There are a lot of other versions available on the Modern Theme. I specially liked the soft touch and smoother buttons on this firefox skin. However this skin is only for Firefox 3 RC1 and NOT compatible with Firefox 2.0.0.x and Nightly Builds.

2 Metal Lion – Andromeda

Updated May 21, 2008 | 8,809 weekly downloads | 33,560 total downloads

Clean, professional firefox 3 theme that uses ‘native’ backgrounds, which are typically based on the OS theme in use. In the latest update for Firefox 3 RC1, new images for bookmarks, sidebar/findbar close buttons and Bookmark Organizer navigation have been added.

3 Nautipolis for Firefox

Updated May 25, 2008 | 2,833 weekly downloads | 655,623 total downloads

Based on icons from art.gnome.org, this forefix 3 theme includes support for personas, stumbleupon, chatzilla, download manager, TabMixPlus, fission/fusion, forecastfox, googlebar, googlepreview and many other features. I like its elegance and refineness.

Use them, you might fall in love with these latest Mozilla firefox 3 skins.

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My favourite Mozilla Firefox Skins

What are Mozilla Firefox Skins

Mozilla Firefox is the preferred browser for millions today, despite the release of strong competitors like IE7 and Safari. The one most important aspect of Mozilla Firefox, which makes it the preferred browser of “informed netizens” is its open source nature.

This allows it to seamlessly integrate thousands of small applications and utilities, called Firefox Extensions, which are developed by independent small developers and teams of them.


One such type of extension is Mozilla Firefox Skins, a.k.a. Firefox Themes. Skins for Mozilla firefox are custom graphical appearances (GUIs) that can be applied to Firefox in order to suit the different tastes of different user. Applying a skin changes the look and feel of Firefox — some skins merely make it more aesthetically pleasing, but others can rearrange elements of the interface, potentially making it easier to use.

Where to find Skins for Mozilla Firefox


The biggest source where you can download latest Mozilla Firefox skins and Firefox themes is obviously the Mozilla Addon site, you can find hundreds of fire fox skins and themes. But this is not the end. There are lots of other websites, which allow you to download and use free skins for Mozila Fire Fox. Two of the most popular sites are Customize.org and Skinbase.org.

Which are my favorite Mozila Firefox Skins

I love them all. I have a passion for them. I don’t have any count of how many of them I have tried, but the five coolest foxfire skins, which I like most are the following.

Macfox II graphite – (Firefox skin Mac) This theme imitates the MacOS X user interface. It’s not perfect — let’s be honest, none of the Mac-ish themes are — but it comes very close.

Abstract ClassicDefinitely try this one. It’s one of the best. It has a glassy look with bright blue buttons and shaded toolbars… awesome.

CobaltThis one’s very similar to Abstract Classic, only with a few seemingly random differences. For example, the tabs are more rounded.

Vista Aero– This Firefox skin makes the browser look almost identical to Internet Explorer 7. If you’re new to Firefox or just like the IE7 look better, give this one a spin.

Blue Ice– An attractive theme with ice-blue buttons. I prefer themes with a bit more flare, but for those of you who like simple, clean themes, this one is perfect.

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Restore last session in Firefox – Recover, Save Tabs

firefox logoI love firefox. So much that I am working on a dedicated blog on it.

Firefox is today the preferred browser for millions and millions of the web surfers. The best part of this fast and secure browser is its open source nature, which allows thousands of developers to create firefox extensions, firefox addon, firefox skins, firefox dictionaries and much more, which seamlessly integrate with your browser to give it a personalized touch.

And, it is fully supported by Google, the undisputed DON of Internet.

If you haven’t yet started using Firefox, then you can . And if you have been using Firefox, then there is a great set of free web tools from Google just for you. You can

Coming back, the present post is about the tip on…

Restoring last session in firefox

Firefox users know that one of most useful features of Firefox is its ability to restore the last session, by opening all the tabs, which were open when your system crashed and you lost the track. But this happens only if your system halted on its own. If you yourself exit Firefox, then the firefox will start from its home page.

But you can change this setting easily so that even if you exit firefox manually, it will open all the tabs next time, which were open when your pressed the Close button.

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  • Click on Tools menu > options.
  • Click on the Main tab.
  • Change the setting in “When Firefox Starts” field to “Show my windows and tabs from last time”.
  • Save your settings.

This feature of firefox is really useful. You know small things do wonders to add your browsing experience.

How to remove firefox restore session feature (Edit)

Even if you do not implement the above given trick, Firefox restores the last session in case it closes due to some error or system crash. There are certain times, when you want to disable that feature. Check our post on How to get rid off Firefox Restore Session Dialog Box.

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TinyMenu | Foxfire addon for getting more desktop space

foxfire addonsFirefox is known for its addons. They provide you the flexibility and customization, which makes foxfire a near-perfect browser (I know nothing is perfect). If you have not yet switched to Firefox, the preferred browser of millions, then .

But there are two sides of the coin. And foxfire addons are no exception.

If they make your life comfortable, they also make your browser window a cluttered space, with every new addition demanding its own space, leaving little for the actual web page.

How to get more desktop space

For this, follow these tips.

  1. Hide all the unnecessary toolbars, which are not in use at present. You may not be willing to remove all the installed toolbars, but be honest, you certainly don’t need all of them simultaneously. Why not hide the unused one for now. If you need them later, you can unhide that. [e.g. your StubleUpon toolbar]
  2. Customize the toolbars, and remove all the buttons, which you don’t use often. For customization, you can use View > Toolbars > Customization.
  3. Merge the toolbars. This will save more space for you.
  4. Use smaller icons for your buttons. This option in the form of a check box is available in the Customization window, which you got in step 2 above.
  5. And finally, Use TinyMenu. This is a firefox extension, which rearranges the menu bar in a vertical drop down menu. The rest of the space in the menu bar can be used for merging other toolbars. TinyMenu is really useful. I love it.

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How to install xpi firefox addons

foxfire addonsFire fox is the preferred browser of millions round the world.

And one of the reason of its vast popularity, specially amongst the high internet usage group, is its open source nature, which allows it to integrate the third party created software pieces in the forms of Fire fox addons.

These fire fox addons are generally tested by the Mozilla community and made available via a secured connection through Mozilla Add-ons site. But sometimes these addons are also provided by the third party directly. Some of these developers provide you the direct link, which install the installs firefox addon in your firefox browser, but sometimes the addon developer provide you a download link, which just downloads the addon to your PC without installing it. This downloaded file is in the form of an .xpi file (for firefox extension) and .jar file (for firefox themes).

How to install .xpi or .jar files

There are three methods.

  1. Use File > Open and then browse the .xpi / .jar file.
  2. Go to Tools menu > Addon, which will open the Addon window. Now drag the icon of the .xpi / .jar file in this window. This will start the installation procedure.
  3. Create an install button in your Add-on manager window.
  • Open a new tab.
  • Enter about:config in the address
  • Search for extensions.hideInstallButton and Double click it to change it to false
  • This will make a Install button available to you in your Add-on window, which you can use to install any .xpi or .jar file.

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