Essential Browsing Firefox Extensions

I have a few essential firefox extensions on my browser I would like to share with you. These are the first extensions I suggest to install whenever I get a friend to convert to firefox. They make browsing speedy and convinient.

Update: Now compiled the 50 Best Firefox Extensions for Power Surfing, which you should check out first.

All-in-One Gestures
Execute common commands using mouse gestures, rocker navigation, scroll wheel navigation and page scrolling.

Google toolbar for Firefox, with many of the features of the IE version.

Tabbrowser Preferences
Enables enhanced control for some aspects of tabbed browsing.

PDF Download
Allows to choose whether you want to view a PDF file inside the browser (as PDF or HTML) or you want to download it.

Foxy Tunes
Listen to Music and control your favorite media player without ever leaving the browser.

Super Drag and Go
Drag a link or anything like a url (e.g. “” ), and throw it to anywhere blank on the webpage to open the it in a new tab.

Adsense Notifier
Displays your adsense earnings on the statusbar.

Adds “View page in Internet Explorer” links to the content and link context menu. Handy for previewing pages in IE, loading up IE-only pages

Target Alert
Provides visual cues for the destinations of hyperlinks.

Gmail Notifier
A notifier for Gmail accounts.

These next ones are for webdesigners –
Web Developer
Adds a menu and a toolbar with various web developer tools. Must for web designers.

Advanced Eyedropper, ColorPicker, Page Zoomer and other colorful goodies. Get a color reading from any point in your browser, quickly adjust this color and paste it into another program.

Update: Readers Choice
Using the numerous free filter repositories available on the net and the intuitive blocking tools, you are able to customise your Firefox so that the most annoying ads are not displayed.

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About the Author: P Chandra is editor of QOT, one of India's earliest tech bloggers since 2004. A tech enthusiast with expertise in coding, WordPress, web tools, SEO and DIY hacks. He is designing websites for over 20 years.