Do you use Firefox?

If you only use the buggy Internet Explorer from Microsoft then I am afraid this article is not for you.

However if, like me, you are a Firefox Browser user, then I will tell you about a new add-on I have discovered called Scrapbook. This add-on is for anyone who uses the Internet for research. It allows you to copy anything from a few words to entire web pages into a folder of your choice under the scrapbook root folder, and adds the date you captured it, and the URL (website address) you captured it from.

I have a general folder for ideas for blogs, a specific folder for any project I am working on, a politics folder, a “Sayings” folder and so on.

I am only touching on its capabilities here to “whet your whistle” but suffice to say it can do so much more and comes with a 51 page (A4/American Quarto) PDF tutorial. Work through that and you will increase your productivity by 100%.

Other add-ons I find useful include “All-In-One Sidebar”, “Foxmarks Bookmark” and “Googlepedia.

The All-in-One Sidebar creates the sidebar to open your add-ons, history, sites you’ve visited and lots more. Extremely useful.

Foxmarks allows you to synchronise all your bookmarks with your area on their website each session. This will enable you to download them again if you have an accident with your browser and lose them all. It also enables you to synchronise your bookmarks between your home, work and notebook computer – worth its weight in gold.

Googlepedia is also very useful. When you search on Google, all your search info opens up on the left half of your screen and, if there is anything on Wikipedia that matches your search criteria, then a Wikipedia page opens up on the right hand side of the screen.

I use more add-ons but these are the four which I think may be useful to a greater number of people. The rest are particular to my own needs.

As most of you know, Firefox is open-source which means the raw code is available for anyone to look at and copy. Microsoft has copied the Firefox system of tabs along the top for its V.7.xx of Internet Explorer for example. Anyway, I digress. Because all the code is available, thousands of programmers have written add-ons to make Firefox work in a specific way that is of use to them. And these are all available on the Firefox site for anyone to copy. I use twenty, but have come across people who have used more than double that amount.

The following link takes you to the Scrapbook page. There is a button to take you to the Firefox official add-in page to download the add-on (you should only ever download add-ons from the Firefox add-on page) and underneath this is a link to open the PDF Tutorial.


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