How to Get Productive With FireFox

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Firefox is one of the top browsers you can get nowadays. Get your productivity on with FireFox! Here is a simple guide on how to do it. Install these add-ons and get ready to get productive.

 

Using FastestFox, an Extension for Firefox

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FastestFox will speed up your repetitive browser tasks such as downloading items and opening new tabs so you save time. It can be found here:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/9825/

 

Install Extension

To install the extension, visit the link above and click the Add to Firefox button.

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Verify that you want to install the plugin by clicking the Install Now button (note, the button in the image below that says Install (4) will change to Install Now once it is loaded.

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Restart Firefox to complete the installation.

 

Configure Extension

Once Firefox restarts, it will open a pop-up showing all of your extensions. Locate & click FastestFox in the list and then click the options button.

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There are four tabs where you can set the various options. Below is a quick look at each one, the selection options are the default settings.

To remove an option, uncheck the box next to it. To add an option, check the box. Be sure to always click the OK button after making changes on each tab.

You will see options like “linkify text URLs”, which means any links that are not active on a website will become clickable links. You can also add “Related Articles” on Wikipedia, add Amazon to search results and more.

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Extension in Action

Here are some of the extension features in action.

Definitions: As your searching, if you need to know the definition of a word, simply highlight the word. If you need further explanation, you can select one of the icons such as Wikipedia to be taken to their related page.

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Downloads: If you order products that have multiple download links or need to download all of the images on a web page, simply right-click on the page and select “download page links” or “download page images”. This will download all of the items at once rather than clicking each individual link or image.

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View Next Page: When you’re visiting a web page that has pagination activated, at the bottom, you normally have to click “next” to view the next page as shown here…

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FastestFox will automatically load the next page so you don’t have to click. When you scroll to the bottom of the page, you will see this image in the bottom, right corner of your browser…11-loading-next-page

Once it loads, you’ll see a gray bar with the page number and the page content below it as shown here.

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Convert Text Links: Some websites post content with links, but the links aren’t clickable. FastestFox will convert those inactive links into clickable links so you can click to visit the new page without having to copy/paste or type the URL into your search bar.

Refined Searches: Easily refine your searches. Example, if you go to Google and search for Hickory Nuts, you’ll see a list of things of refined terms to narrow your search as shown here:

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Search Different Locations: You can search different places such as Yahoo, Amazon, Twitter and others for a particular topic. Using our Hickory Nuts example, in the image below, you can see the popup search options beneath the main search box.14-search-sites

 

How to Use FireFTP

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FireFTP is a quick and easy way to access your FTP server from your web browser. It can be found here:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/684/

 

Install Extension

To install the extension, visit the link above and click the Add to Firefox button.

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 Verify you want the extension installed by clicking on the name and then “Install Now”.

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Configure Extension

Once Firefox restarts, it will open a pop-up showing all of your extensions. Locate & click FireFTP in the list and then click the options button.

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Once you click that, you will be able to modify any general and more advanced settings that you’d like including remembering passwords, timeout time, transfer file mode and more. We are going to proceed with the default settings of FireFTP.

 

Using FireFTP

To use FireFTP, go to “Tools -> FireFTP” and the program will open in your browser. On the top left of the program, click “Create an account”.

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A window will pop-up open and you can create your account details. By default, FireFTP will remember this information, including the password. If you don’t want it to remember your passwords, you can change that in your “Options”.

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Enter your new site information & click OK

  • Account Name: Something you will recognize or use the domain name.
  • Category: If you have multiple sites you can add categories to keep things organized. Just type it in the Category box if you haven’t added the category yet.
  • Host: Usually ftp.your-site.com or it may be a set of numbers in front of it
  • Login: Username provided by your web host or that you chose when setting up the site
  • Password: Password you chose when setting up the site
  • Anonymous: Unless your web host requires it, do not check this box.

Once you click, “OK”, go to “Connect” in the top left of the program:

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This will open up your site and you will see the site files on the right side of your screen.

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Your local files (the files on your computer) appear on the left. You can navigate to the folder you want to use.

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Now you’re ready to either upload files to your website or download them back to your computer. To do this, you can simple drag and drop files from the left to right or vice-versa.  In the image below, we are moving the index.html file on our computer to the website.

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If you want to copy multiple files, just select the ones you want by left clicking your mouse, while holding down the CTRL key.

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Then right click your mouse and select “Download” (or “Upload” if you are moving files from your computer to your website). This will send your files to your computer.

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Whether you upload or download, it only copies the file. It doesn’t move them from one place to another. If you want to delete a file, all you have to do is choose “Delete” from the dropdown menu shown above. You can also rename files, cut and paste, view the page on the web and more.

 

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