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Firefox Essentials: 10 Must-Have Extensions

Editor's Note: This is the first installment of our "Firefox Essentials" series. Be sure not to miss the subsequent stories on understanding and managing your profiles and troubleshooting Firefox.

You probably know what Firefox extensions are and how they work. Here's the quick-and-dirty definition, from the Fox's mouth:

Extensions are small add-ons that add new functionality to Firefox. They can add anything from a toolbar button to a completely new feature. They allow the application to be customized to fit the personal needs of each user if they need additional features, while keeping Firefox small to download.


Firefox: Essential Extensions


•  Introduction

•  No More Ads

•  Flash Control Plus Three Tiny

   Gotta-Haves

•  Better Tabs, Downloads, And IE

•  Speed And Secrecy

•  Bonus: Search Plug-Ins

•  Quick-Click Chart

•  Image Gallery

The last time I checked, more than 970 extensions were available for download through addons.mozilla.org: Mozilla's official online source for All Things Firefox, also known as "AMO" to frequent visitors and lazy writers.

Click around AMO for a few minutes, and you'll get an idea of just how much creativity and hard work Mozilla has inspired among Firefox users. I won't bore you here with any lectures on the benefits of open-source software -- it's enough to know that you're looking at one of them, or rather hundreds of them, right on that site.

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