50 Firefox Extensions to Turn Google Into the Ultimate Research Tool

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Is Firefox the best browser for researching with Google? After you try out these top 50 Firefox extensions for Google research you might just be convinced.

Firefox Extensions to Turn Google Into a Speed Machine

Add a few extra cylinders to your research by checking out these top Firefox extensions to increase speed.

1. Adblock Plus: Hate pages that take forever to download? Then turn on Adblock to get rid of ads and banners. There is even a YouTube video that shows you more.

2. SmarterFox: This all in one tools is a must see for anyone who loves speed. It lets you get faster, parallelized downloads, auto-load the next page when you reach the end, instantly search from the URL bar or pop-up bubble, and more. You can even customize it to your liking to enable or disable any aspect.

3. Hyperwords: Why waste time copying and pasting when Hyperwords does it all? Simply right click any word to get tons of options including references and translate. You can instantly look it up on sites like Wikipedia, Google, and many others.

4. Google Preview: Don’t navigate away from a page until you’re sure with the help of this extension. It inserts preview images and popularity ranks of web sites into the Google and Yahoo search results pages. You can even disable or enable it from your status bar with a click.

5. Cool Previews: Similar to the above, you can preview links and images without leaving your current page or tab. Just mouse over any link, and a separate preview window immediately appears to show you the content. It is also customizable to how and when the preview window opens.

6. Tab Mix Plus: Speed up your tabbed research with the help of this extension and its impressive tabbing capabilities. Features include duplicating tabs, controlling tab focus, tab clicking options, undo closed windows, and much more. It even includes a full-featured session manager with crash recovery.

7. Stumble Upon: Don’t waste time browsing through loads of sites. Stumble Upon automatically discovers web sites based on your interests, learns what you like, and brings you more. There are even recommended sites from over 8 million users.

8. Gmail Manager: Stop navigating away from your research to check the email with the help of this extension. It shows when you receive new mail notifications, along with viewing account details such as unread messages, drafts, spam, space used, and new mail snippets. It even works with multiple Gmail accounts.

Firefox Extensions to Turn Google Into a Download Master

Don’t leave all your research on the web. Use these Firefox extensions to turn online content into offline at lightning fast speeds.

9. FlashGot: Download all the links, movies, and audio clips of a page at the maximum speed with a single click. This extension uses lightweight and reliable external download managers and is a popular choice. It even offers a Build Gallery, which helps to create full media galleries in one page for easy and fast “download all.”

10. Video Download Helper: This extension is an easy way to download and convert Web videos from hundreds of sites. Compatible with YouTube, Myspace, Google videos, DailyMotion, iFilm, and others. It even works for audio and picture galleries.

11. Download Statusbar: Downloads getting in the way of your research? Then get this extension to view and manage downloads from a tidy status bar. The homepage also comes with loads of help for anyone with questions.

12. DownThemAll!: This extension features an advanced accelerator that increases speed up to 400%. It also allows you to pause and resume downloads at any time. A sophisticated window shows you the progress of downloads and gives you many options.

13. Easy YouTube Video Downloader: This extension is ideal for those who work solely within YouTube. It allows you to download videos with a single button as FLV, 3GP, and MP4. The downloader also stands out for its ability to convert into HD.

14. Scrapbook: Save Web pages and manage your collection with this extension. Key features are lightness, speed, accuracy, and multi-language support. You can also save snippets of pages or even the entire site.

15. PDF Download: Bypass those pesky and lengthy PDF downloads with a simple click. You can also save or email a web page as a PDF. Works best with Firefox 2 or Google Chrome.

16. Read It Later: Too busy to read or even view all of that information? Then get Read It Later to save it for you to access whenever you want. New features include one click saving for pages, URLs, and more.

Firefox Extensions to Turn Google Into a Work of Art

Step away from the boring versions of Google and Firefox, and check out these extensions that area a feast for the worn-out eyes.

17. Cooliris: This futuristic 3D wall will have you wondering why you didn’t convert sooner. Effortlessly scroll an infinite wall of your content from Facebook, Google Images, YouTube, Flickr, and hundreds more. There is even an instructional video on the homepage with an impressive demonstration.

18. FoxTab: Similar to the above, a simple key stroke or mouse gesture provides you with a fascinating 3D thumbnail view layout, which then lets you easily flip between your opened tabs. With advanced features such as grouping and filtering pages by title domain or url, FoxTab is an excellent tool for both novice and power users. It even comes with six different layouts to choose from.

19. AnyColor: Change Firefox to Any Color with the help of this extension. It even allows you to create your own personalized theme. Advanced users can tinker with appearance.url, masterCSS, selectedPreset, and more.

20. Personas: Individualize your browser with hundreds of different artist’s designs. It even allows you to customize your own skin for a personalized Firefox experience. Visit the gallery to get dozens of beautiful images.

21. IE View: Do you have a shared computer and one prefers Internet Explorer? Then try IE View which allows the current page or a selected link to be opened in Internet Explorer. Right-clicking a link includes an “Open link target in IE” menu item and other options.

22. Firefox Showcase: Turn your tabs into thumbnails in a single window, tab, or sidebar. It also includes a Find Bar that filters the thumbnails and the capability to select them just like files. It even has a manual if you need more help or want to learn more.

23. Colorful Tabs: Choose the newest version of this extension or get loads of help for Firefox on the homepage. The extension turns each tab a different color for easy viewing and less confusion. There is even a flock version here.

Firefox Extensions to Turn Google Into a Vault

Stop spyware, spam, and more with the help of these Firefox security extensions.

24. NoScript: Winner of the “2006 PC World Class Award,” this tool provides extra protection to your Firefox. It allows JavaScript, Java and other executable content to run only from trusted domains of your choice. It even protects against cross-site scripting attacks and Clickjacking attempts.

25. Xmarks: Formerly known as Foxmarks, this extension helps you keep your bookmarks and passwords backed up and synchronized. You can also backup your information and sync across multiple computers. It even works with Internet Explorer and Safari.

26. WOT: Also known as Web of Trust, it warns you about risky websites that try to scam visitors, deliver malware, or send spam. WOT’s color-coded icons show you ratings for 21 million websites and help you avoid the dangerous sites. There are even up to the minute ratings and comments on the homepage.

27. FEBE: With all these extensions on your computer, losing them due to a crash or error could be devastating. Back them all up using this extension which allows you to quickly and easily backup your Firefox extensions. It even goes beyond backing up and into rebuilding your extensions and synchronizing your office and home browsers.

28. Close N Forget: Do one simple, yet important, thing with this extension. Close the current tab and “forget” about the visit. It suppress cookies and, if configured so, the whole domain’s pages from the browser’s history.

29. HistoryBlock: Addons like Stealther enable a mode which can be turned on or off, whereas HistoryBlock is constantly blocking blacklisted domains. Click the “Options” button and add a hostname to be blocked. You can also simply right-click on a page and hit “Block This!” to automatically add it to the blacklist.

Firefox Extensions to Turn Google Into a Link Master

Because no research is complete without tons of links, get these Firefox extensions to make the most of them.

30. Linky: Got a Google page with tons of links? Then get Linky to open or download all or selected links. It even works with image links and web addresses found in the text in different tabs or windows.

31. ErrorZilla: Use this Firefox extension for when broken links and error pages show up. It allows you to turn the page into a Google cache, a ping, a trace route, and a whois lookup. It even allows an archival snapshot from the wayback machine.

32. Linkification: Got text on page that you wish was a clickable link? Then use this extension to do just that. It converts text links into genuine, clickable links.

33. ImTranslator: With this extension you can enter multilingual text, translate in different languages, print results, and send email. Compatible with 1,640 languages! It even has spell check and options for unreadable messages. Ideal for links in different languages.

34. Speed Dial: Don’t waste time typing or bookmarking with this extension that gives you direct access to your most visited websites. A Speed Dial button is added to your toolbar and nine different websites can be instantly visited. You can even configure it to open sites in new windows, tabs, and other options.

35. Tagmarks: Add a set of icons to the quick bookmarks, which allow you to quickly add tags by clicking on each icon. It can even assign frequently-used tags to the current URL. You can click on as many tags as you want, and it automatically assigns text tags.

Firefox Extensions to Make Google Fun

Research doesn’t have to be boring anymore by checking out these Firefox extensions.

36. TwitterFox: Don’t lose track of your Twitter updates by getting this extension. It adds a tiny icon on the status bar that notifies you when your friends update their status. You can even use it to update your own tweets.

37. FoxyTunes: Listen to music while you surf the web directly from Firefox with this extension. Get music from almost any media player including iTunes and Windows Media Player. It also finds lyrics, covers, videos, bios, and more.

38. Fire.fm: An up and comer in music extensions, Fire.fm gives you access to the extensive music library on Last.fm, which gives free radio to the U.S., U.K., and Germany. You can also add tags to music, listen to a friend’s favorites, and more.

39. Pencil: This extension turns your Firefox 3 browser into a sketching tool with just a 400-kilobyte installation package. It comes with built in stencils, on screen editing, adding external objects, and more. It also does more complex tasks such as GUI and PNG.

40. Reasy: Sick of reading text? Then download Reasy to make a pop up for any text you select in Firefox and play it to you using Rapid Sequential Visual Presentation. You can even configure the speed at which it reads.

41. PONG!: Try playing a round of this original video game while waiting for a download or inspiration. It allows you to play against people across the world or invite a friend to. There is also the option to customize the game in many ways.

Advanced Firefox Extensions to Turn Google Into the Ultimate Research Tool

Web developers and others will enjoy these extensions to customize Firefox, Google, and the web itself into anything they desire.

42. Grease Monkey: This extension allows you to customize the way web pages look and function using Java. Hundreds of scripts are already available for free. And the advanced user can also write their own.

43. Firebug: Integrate with Firefox to put a wealth of development tools at your fingertips while during browsing. You can edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any web page. There is even a Lite Version for IE, Opera, or Safari.

44. Stylish: This extension lets you install and manage user styles. You can fix ugly sites, customize the look of your browser or mail client, or just have fun. There are even scripts already written if you don’t feel like designing your own.

45. ietab: Ideal for Firefox users who run on Windows. If Microsoft isn’t letting you visit from Firefox, get this extension to fool it and others into thinking it’s Internet Explorer. You can even view these IE only pages in a separate tab.

46. Web Developer: Add a menu and a toolbar with various web developer tools to Firefox with Web Developer. Work with CSS and more directly from your browser. It even works with Flock, Seamonkey, and all three of the major platforms.

47. FireFTP: Get easy and intuitive access to FTP servers with this extension. Along with transferring your files quickly and efficiently, it also includes more advanced features such as: directory comparison, syncing directories while navigating, remote editing, drag & drop, and much more

48. FoxyProxy: This advanced proxy management replaces Firefox’s limited capabilities. It automates the process of connection settings, gives animated icons, advanced logging, and more. It is even available in 25 different languages.

49. FireShot: Did Google find a page that you want to incorporate into your research? Then use FireShot to not only capture it, but it allows you to quickly modify web captures and insert text and graphical annotations. Useful for web designers, testers, and content reviewers, along with researchers.

50. Ubiquity: You don’t have to be an advanced user to turn Firefox into a custom research tool with this extension. With only a couple keystrokes, it lets you use language to instruct your browser to do tasks such as add maps to your email, edit any page, Twitter, search, and much more. There are even tutorials on how to use, customize, and even author it.

With the days of the library being the only ultimate research tool closed, researchers can now use a combination of Firefox and Google to speed things up, download it all, create artistic images, while remaining safe throughout it all.