But one of the even better things about Firefox is the tremendous number of add-ons that encourage creativity, laziness, and the joy of daily time wasting.
If youre still using the standard version of the worlds most popular open-source browser, its time to customize. There are hundreds of add-ons that can help you make your browser your own. Here are 35 favorite extensions that can make your browser more colorful, more musical, more interesting, and most important more fun.
Firefox add-ons, by category:
1. ColorfulTabs As you might guess, ColorfulTabs turns each of your open browser tabs a different color. It can make it easier to find the tab you want, but mostly it just makes your screen prettylike a rainbow.
2. FoxSaver What do you get when you cross Firefox and a ScreenSaver? FoxSaver, of course. This add-on displays a series of non-offensive images in your browser window when Firefox is inactive. New images are added daily.
3. Tab Effect Want to jazz up the process of switching from one tab to another? This extension gives you a special cube effect every time you switch to a different tab.
4. Firefox Showcase If youve ever wished Firefox had a thumbnails feature like Internet Explorer, Firefox Showcase is for you. It displays miniature versions of all your open tabs in a single tab, window, or sidebar, so that you can easily navigate between them. You can also bookmark, reload, or close multiple sites at once.
5. Snap Shots Snap Shots lets you preview links before you click on them. Simply mouse-over a link to see a thumbnail of the target page before you click on it.
6. STOP in the name of love! The ordinary Stop button is just so ordinary. This Firefox add-on gives you a heart-shaped icon, so you can STOP in the name of love!
7. StumbleUponEver wish you could channel surf on the Internet? This collaborative searching tool is for you. It connects you to some best stuff on the Web and recommends new sites based on your interests.
8. Shareaholic Shareaholic makes it easy to submit links to digg, del.icio.us, facebook, google bookmarks, magnolia, reddit, stumbleupon, and twitter. Or e-mail the page with Bzzster.
9. Yoono While youre browsing, Yoono suggests other sites similar to the one youre viewing. When you find something great, save it to your scrapbook and share it with others.