Firefox add-ons to make your life easier

Firefox Quantum is Mozilla’s newest browser. These extensions and add-ons will make it even better

The Firefox browser already has a lot of useful functions built in. Quantum, the latest version of the browser from Mozilla, is one of its biggest overhauls ever. With these nine add-ons however, it can be made even more secure, practical and enjoyable to use for zero cost with just a few clicks.

Facebook/multi-account containers

Designed by Mozilla itself, this very timely add-on quarantines Facebook’s site in its own isolated tab, preventing it from absorbing some of your data. There is also a general-purpose version of this extension available, allowing multiple log-ins on the same service at the same time. Get them here and here.

Cite This!

While it won’t save you from citing any books by hand, you can at least automatically generate three kinds of citation for any web sources you have been using. It’s then ready to paste straight into your work, or you can alter it manually if needed. Install it here.

Unpaywall

Journals and scholarly articles are often hidden behind paywalls. This extension helps you find legal ways around them, by popping up with a link to a free version when you are looking at a locked article. Not only useful for saving money, but also time you might have spent searching for free papers yourself. It’s available here.

Speed Dial Lite

Instead of using a bar for your bookmarks, try this extension, which puts your favourited sites into a customisable grid. It keeps your browser window tidy as all the sites you need are then stored behind a single button at the top of the window. Download the extension here.

Tineye

If you have an image, but want to find a larger or unedited version, TinEye can help you by looking for precise matches, rather than just similar images as most search engines do. The extension adds a button to your right click context menu, letting you make searches quickly. Find it here.

LastPass

LastPass takes care of the logins for any account you link with it, creating complex passwords that it remembers for you. meaning you only need to remember just one password to access anything. It can also keep documents safe in your personal vault, which you can access across all your connected devices like the passwords. To install, click here.

ColorZilla

For the moments when you are browsing and happen upon the perfect colour for your latest design project, the ColorZilla extension can give you its exact values. The add-on will let you save a host of tones to then use in other apps, or make changes to it if it’s still not quite right. Find out more here.

Copy PlainText

When all you need is to copy some words from the web without any fancy formatting, this extension will let you do it with a right click, or a keyboard shortcut while still in the browser. A simple but very useful tool. Get it here.

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Adblock Plus

AdBlock Plus basically makes sure that ads that show up all over the internet (News, Facebook, Google, Youtube, …) are removed from your browsing experience.

If you hate ads, install this free extensions and your browsing experience. It’s the best on the market. To install, click here

Grammarly

Grammarly is one of those life saver extensions that helps you communicate more effectively.

After installing it in your Firefox browser, Grammarly will detect whenever you type some text and it will flag mistakes for you to correct. As it lives in your browser, it means that your spelling and grammar will be vetted on Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and nearly everywhere else you write on the web.

Whatever email, document or social media posts you write, Grammarly makes sure that your writing is clear, mistake-free and impactful.

Pocket

Pocket is a service that lets you save content from around the web so you can read them later.

I use this service all the time to save blog posts for later that I find during the day and read them on my smartphone via the mobile app during my commute back home in the evening.

Since Mozilla acquired Pocket in Feb 2017, they have completely integrated the extension in the default setup of Firefox Quantum so you don’t have to install anything. Simply look for the Pocket icon in the new address bar and register your free account.

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