5 Firefox Extensions I Can’t Live Without

In the Rain

Having a new computer, I had to do a fresh install of all my favourite software, including Firefox. While Firefox is good on its own, I was so used to having all the additional features that Firefox extensions provide that my life felt incomplete when one of them was missing. It may sound overdramatic, but it's true! Especially since I spend most of my time in front of the computer.

I thought of writing this post because I didn't find the last extension that I wanted and sorely missed until this morning. I'll let you know which one it is as the list progresses. So here's my list of five Firefox extensions I can't live without (in no particular oder):

  1. Greasemonkey
    I'm using some user scripts that make viewing my Flickr comments easier and allow me to download videos from YouTube. Can't do that without Greasemonkey.
  2. Paste and Go
    It's so much easier to just paste URLs into the address box or to paste search terms into the search box without having to press enter. So I'm lazy. Sue me. You won't get much.
  3. TinyURL Creator
    This one comes in handy when I need to share all the cool cameras I came across on eBay with Troy. That's all I need this extension for, really. But I browse eBay so much I can't live without this extension.
  4. Copy Plain Text
    I don't like it when I paste something to an email I'm writing on Thunderbird and the copied text appears all formatted because I'm a text-only email kind of girl. This extension helps get rid of that annoyance.
  5. text/plain
    For the life of me, I couldn't remember the name of this extension so I had to try out a bunch of text URL converter extensions before I finally re-acquainted with this one today. The thing is, I don't want Firefox to convert text URLs to hyperlinks. I just want to be able to select a text URL/email address and then decide what I want to do with it, which is exactly what this extension allows me to do.

Honourable mention goes to Adblock, TabMixPlus, Web Developer, and BugMeNot, but other than Adblock and TabMixPlus (that I think are on everybody's list), I don't really use the other extensions all that often. Does the search selected text feature come with Firefox or from an extension? That's another feature I can't live without. Oh, and I just installed an extension called VideoDownloader. I think it works even better than the Greasemonkey script I've been using. Sweet.

I only have 12 extensions in total installed on Firefox so these are really my top 5 extensions. For such a hardcore Internet user, my needs are quite simple and I think it shows. If you're a Firefox user, what are your favourite extensions? Is there any extensions you think I wouldn't be able to live without if I had them installed? Let me know and I'll check it out.


  1. Harris
    August 30, 2006

    The exten­sions that I couldn’t live with­out are Web­mail Com­pose and Spell­bound. I have a bunch of oth­ers, but I use those the most.
    I may try Copy Plain Text. I usu­al­ly copy the text, paste it into notepad and then copy that. Copy Plain Text sounds much bet­ter.

  2. Webgrrl
    August 30, 2006

    i cant live with­out Xin­ha Here!

    Xin­ha Here! is a wrap­per for the Xin­ha HTML edi­tor that enables WYSIWYG edit­ing in any HTML textarea and text input ele­ments. Xin­ha Here! opens Xin­ha edi­tor on the client side. This allows you to edit the field data in a WYSIWYG edi­tor on any web­site with­out cop­ing and past­ing to a sec­ondary edi­tor.

  3. marie b.
    August 30, 2006

    Ses­sion Saver, X Ray and Spell­bound are my Top Three, along with IE-Tab, gTrans­late and some men­tioned here already.

  4. SMooSH
    August 31, 2006

    IE Tab is a top ranker for me.…
    Most­ly because at work there are some web apps we use that were not pro­grammed in a fire­fox friend­ly man­ner.
    Some­how IE seems much less evel wrapped in a fire­fox blan­ket…

  5. SMooSH
    August 31, 2006

    Evel…maybe I should get a spell check­er exten­sion… :)

  6. Sidhu
    September 11, 2006

    Noscript is an absolute must for me…some ppl may not like it though..FoxIT is cool, InfoRSS is a must but can be dis­tract­ing sometimes..but one thing I’VE on near­ly 3 desktop/laptops I work is Noia-extreme the­me, I’ve hard­ly seen any oth­er the­me in fire­fox since 2 years, I nev­er get bored of it..here’s a ery old relat­ed post though..

  7. Foghorn
    September 22, 2006

    Adblock Plus 0.7.x is bet­ter Adblock and more easy to use:
    And this Ook? Video Ook:
    is sweet exten­sion, with only 1 click, you can down­load video from YouTube and from sim­i­lar sites.
    is good down­load man­ager and UnPlug
    can down­load almost any embed­ded video or flash.

  8. OnTheTech
    February 26, 2007

    Thank You for post­ing the “Copy plain text” exten­sion. It was exact­ly what I was look­ing for!


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