I typically have 80-100 tabs open in Chrome at any given time. Occasionally, finding a specific tab in that forest can be a problem, but a couple of Chrome extensions make it a breeze to manage.
Tab Count adds a button that displays the total number of tabs that are open in Chrome. When the user clicks on the button, a drop down appears showing a clickable list of all the pages currently open. Clicking one of the links changes the focus to that tab.
That works for most things, but occasionally I’m working on something where I’ve got several articles open about the same subject but I can’t remember which one has the specific bit of information I wanted to reference.
Search Plus takes care of these problems. Click the Search Plus icon and a pop up search box appears. Type in any phrase and Search Plus will quickly give you a list of open tabs where that phrase appears. Click on a specific result, and the browser focus changes to that specific tab.
FoxyProxy is a Firefox add-on that helps automate management of proxies, including based on URL patterns. So, you can tell FoxyProxy to only use a proxy when visiting certain URLs, or use one proxy for certain URLs and a different proxy for other URLs. I primarily use it to post on a certain popular website that insists on IP banning me from doing so.
FoxyProxy’s features include,
- Animated statusbar/toolbar icons show you when a proxy is in use
- Define multiple proxies
- Define which proxy to use (or none!) for arbitrary URLs using wildcards, regular expressions, whitelists, blacklists, and other conveniences
- No more wondering whether a URL loaded through a proxy or not: FoxyProxy optionally logs all URLs, including which proxy was used (if any), which pattern was matched, timestamps, etc.
- Out-of-the-box support for Tor with the unique Tor Wizard – zero configuration!
- Temporarily or permanently dedicate all URLs to go through a particular proxy
- Temporarily or permanently disable use of a proxy
- Automatically add blocked sites to a proxy and have them reload through the proxy
- Optional status bar information about which proxy is currently in use
- Complete Proxy Auto-Config (PAC) support
- Download a link using one of your defined proxies with a simple right-click (coming soon)
- Unobtrusive presence, stable execution, premier support
- Optionally force Firefox to perform DNS lookups through a SOCKS4a/5 server. Note that Firefox without FoxyProxy always performs DNS lookups through a SOCKS5 server if you’ve defined one. Only with FoxyProxy can you instruct Firefox to not use defined SOCKS5 servers for DNS lookups.
I’ve had the Fireshot screenshot extension installed in Firefox for a long time now, but I mostly used it just to take the occasional shot of some web page or another in my browser and never really investigated its feature set. Holy cow.
Like a lot of screenshot utilities these days, Fireshot will take a screenshot of a webpage, including the portions not visible on the screen. Nothing real special there.
What kicks it up a notch is that Fireshot can take a full screen shot of every open tab! Hell yeah. Yes, I have a series of 27 or so pages I want to take a screen shot of every day. So, open a new Firefox browser, open all those pages, bookmark them as a group, then its just a matter of opening that bookmark and telling Fireshot to please take screenshots of all of them. Gone in 60 seconds.
Buttons if a Thunderbird extension that lets you add different buttons to the toolbar to extend the functionality. The specific need I had was to switch the default SMTP server when roaming around with my laptop. This extensions does the job nicely.