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Name Elkins
User since April 13, 2010
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Gmail Notifier (restartless)

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Works so flawlessly that it's easy to forget it's an add-on. Does everything you need, and none of the stuff you don't. Perfect, thank you.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on ( 

Tab Utilities Fixed

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Oh, thank you SO MUCH!

I hadn't realized how much I'd come to depend on these Tab Utilities until they suddenly stopped working. Seriously, I'd forgotten that they weren't Firefox's default behavior! You are a life-saver. Thank you!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.5.2015.03.30). 

Reload Plus

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic! Thank you.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on ( 

Personal Menu (Personal Firefox Button)

Not what it was, but still quite useful Rated 4 out of 5 stars


I don't know if you're still reading, but in case you are -- To put new items in the right-hand panel, single-click on anything in that panel just before you add the item. Newly-added items will always appear right above the previously selected item, so you just need to make sure that the thing so selected is something in the right-hand panel. It took me a while to figure out how to do it too. :) Some more intuitive way of doing this would be nice -- maybe something to think about for a later release.

This add-on is still quite useful, although it's not nearly the powerhouse it was before Australis. (A moment of silence for those lovely customizable history and bookmark buttons, sniff...) I've found that combining it with the "Menu Editor" add-on can really extend its functionality.


At last! At last! Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Oh, thank you! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I've been looking for an extension that does this for ages. And to think, all I needed was to hit on the right search terms to find this wonderful add-on.

I am assuming that the person who asked (paraphrasing) "Why would you want to do this?" is fortunate enough always to have a new and fast computer. I, alas, am not, and I was not having any fun at all sitting and waiting and pounding on the "abort load" button in vain while, even though the meat of the web page -- what I actually wanted to read -- had already loaded, I still had to wait forever while Firefox desperately tried to access Google and Facebook and Pinterest, and God only knows how many other annoying social media sites that never actually finish loading. As if I care how many stupid "plus ones" or "likes" a web page has received! I just want to read the *content*, y'know? But half the web pages I navigate to these days actually freeze up my computer with all those social media calls, forcing me to use drastic measures to shut Firefox down just to break the freeze.

You have saved my web browsing experience, and made it possible for me to return to sites that I had been forced to abandon altogether because of this problem. Now I can access them again. Hurrah!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on ( 

beautiful colors sparkles happy joy

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I have this as one of my favorites on rotation, and every time it comes up it makes me smile. The colors are just so cheerful, as are the sparkles. It puts a big stupid grin on my face. The "happy joy" in the title is funny, but also remarkably apt. Thanks for making it!

Unsorted Bookmarks Folder Menu

A "Can't Live Without It" Add-On Rated 5 out of 5 stars

The functionality this add-on provides is so intuitive and obvious that I forgot it was an add-on altogether. Then I upgraded my OS and reinstalled Firefox from scratch...and couldn't figure out why I couldn't see what was in my "Unsorted Bookmarks Folder" from the toolbar button. I only seemed to be able to access them through the library. What? I was so confused! It made no sense. Clearly, I thought, something must be broken.

Then I remembered that this add-on was necessary to make Firefox work logically.

Thank you so much for keeping this one updated and available. Without it, Firefox's bookmark folders don't really make very much sense.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on ( 

Stay-Open Menu

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Why is this not standard behavior for *all* apps with nested menus that work this way? Those impossible menus are part of the reason I stubbornly stuck with DOS for *years* after everyone else had moved on to the annoying GUIs...and then moved to Linux later on. Really, I wish I had something like this for my entire operating system. I'd need to memorize a lot fewer terminal commands, if I had.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.5.6). 

Personas Plus

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

It doesn't really do very much, does it? I like the ability to leaf through my "favorites," but aside from that it's mainly just bookmarks to the personas site. The same ones you can find on the Customize Firefox page. It works fine for me, but there's really just not a whole lot here.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.6.1). 

Adblock Plus

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I always forget this add-on is even there.

Until, that is, I try to surf the web on someone *else's* computer. At which point I go, "OMG, that site usually looks like *that?!*" How can people even stand to use the internet without AdBlock? I have no idea.

I haven't had to touch this thing in years. It blocks ads so completely for me that, like I said, I tend to forget it even exists. Which is exactly as it should be.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.3.2). 

Context Bookmarks

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

This is really very handy, especially when combined with the 'Add Bookmark Here' add-on. Combine the two, and it becomes simple to file away bookmarks both quickly and precisely.

It's good, but it could be *great* if only there were more options available. It would be nice, for example, to be able to choose whether the submenu should appear at the top or the bottom of the context menu. Also, as many others have said, the ability to choose a different folder as the root would be nice, given how much variation there is in how people prefer to organize their bookmarks (although for those whose bookmark ontologies are based on Unsorted Bookmarks, the "Unsorted Bookmarks Folder Menu," which puts the Unsorted Bookmarks Folder inside the Bookmarks Menu, clears that problem right up.)

Tab Utilities

Best of the big tab add-ons Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This is without a doubt the best of all the Tab Mix type add-ons. It does just about everything you could possibly want to do with tabs, and it plays nicely with all the add-ons that provide the few functions that it doesn't. It's not buggy, it doesn't slow Firefox down to a crawl, and it doesn't conflict with other add-ons. Be sure you look through the (extremely detailed!) options carefully: there are a number of unexpected bonus functions in there, and it's easy to miss them if you're not paying attention.

The only real criticism I have about this extension is that its multi-tag functions don't seem to show quite the same attention to detail as the rest. For example, the mechanism for selecting multiple tags is a bit awkward and confusing, and selected tags are not marked very clearly -- with any of the colored tags add-ons enabled, in fact, it's impossible to distinguish selected from non-selected tags at all. For this reason, I've kept the Multiple Tag Handler add-on enabled, in spite of the duplication of functions. In comments left on other reviews, the creator has hastened to point out that this add-on works well with Multiple Tag Handler, which makes me wonder whether he might not have done better to leave those functions out of this add-on altogether. As things stand, they seem, if not exactly haIf-hearted, then notably less perfectionist than the rest of the program.

The Menu Editor add-on is very useful if you have both these add-ons enabled; without it or some other way of paring the menus down, the tab context menu becomes very long and unwieldy indeed, with an astonishing number of duplications.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on ( 


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Many small details show that a lot of thought went into this add-on. I particularly liked the ability to muck about with the stylesheet from within the preference menu itself, or even to import one, and the ability to to export the output to another file was also nice.

An option I would very much like to see added would be some way to specify the format of the titles. The current behavior is to show the entire breadcrumb path of a sub-folder (eg, "Writing > Fiction > Poetry"). An option to show only the subfolder's name without the preceding breadcrumb trail (eg, "Poetry") would be nice, especially since the parent folder will so often have some dreadfully ugly name like "Bookmarks Toolbar." :)

I had a problem with the context menu link on Linux Ubuntu 8.04 with Firefox 3.6.13. The link reading "My Bookmarks Layout" does show up in the context menu, but its submenus won't display. There's a funny little line that shows up when you mouse over the link, which makes it look as if *something* is trying to happen, but the actual submenu doesn't appear. I tried it out on a clean profile just to make sure that the problem wasn't with another add-on and had the same problem, so I suspect that something could use a bit of fixing there.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on ( 

Menu Icons Plus

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Is the "use default icons whenever possible" option not available for Linux? I see it on the (Windows) screenshots, but not in my own options menu (Ubuntu 8.04).

This is a shame, as I actually quite like Firefox's Tango-inspired default Linux icon set, and would dearly love to have the option of telling Menu Icons Plus only to apply Tango where the Firefox default has no icon available. If that could happen in a future release, it would make this Linux user very happy.

This is a really nicely put-together add-on. I especially liked the well-written instructions on your site explaining how to go about creating a new icon set, complete with GIMP template for download and everything. Very helpful.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.9). 

TooManyTabs - Saves Your Memory

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This ranks right up there with AdBlock as one of my add-ons I could not live without. It has completely changed the way I do research on-line and it has sped it up enormously. I used to use temporary bookmark folders to store tabs that I knew I'd be wanting again, just not now, but the problem with that approach is that bookmarks don't disappear from their folders when you load them, which makes them a very poor tool for temporary storage. You end up doubling your workload with all the time you need to spend wasting deleting bookmarks once you're done with them, or sorting through them to file them into *new* temporary folders as the ontology you require inevitably shifts as your research progresses. It was a mess, and trying to use tags for that purpose was even messier.

This is the perfect solution. Really, the Too Many Tabs rows *are* just bookmark folders (literally - they're stored in Unsorted Bookmarks), but they're folders that empty and refill and shift function according to your needs without requiring any particular effort on your part. When you load a tab, it is deleted from its "row." If you want to put it back again, you just send it back, or you can put it in a different "row" -- or, of course, bookmark it for more permanent storage or delete it, just as you can any other tab. It's all the time-wasting deleting and resorting and refiling that this add-on eliminates, and it's incredible how much smoother and faster on-line research -- or even less formal web browsing -- goes with this tool.

Designate one row a "reading list," and you have a place to shove everything you want to read later. Or, if you like a more formal approach to your browsing routine, you could make seven rows, one for each day of the week, name them accordingly, fill them with the websites you like to visit on those days, and there you go - you now have a weekly browsing schedule all set up for you (just remember to put the tabs back for next week once you're finished with them!). There's so much flexibility to this system that it can be used for tons of different functions.

You could even use this as a substitute for Firefox's native bookmarks toolbar if you liked -- it has the advantage that you can choose to only show one row at at a time, yet also easily toggle between rows, making it far more flexible and useful than either the native bookmarks toolbar (is only one row long) or any of the add-on versions, like the Multiple Row Bookmarks Toolbar (takes up too much space at one time), or the various additional custom toolbars (can't be toggled nearly as conveniently).

I couldn't function without this add-on. I'm glad to hear that it's going to work with Firefox 4 because honestly, if it weren't, I'd probably just pass on the upgrade altogether.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on ( 


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I wish this add-on had a more descriptive name. The name is cute, but it is so lacking in descriptive power that I passed over this one for months, in spite of watching its popularity grow, because I just somehow assumed that it wouldn't do anything I wanted or needed. Boy, was I wrong! I've been wanting something like this for ages, especially since my creaky old computer has a tendency to shut down without provocation -- only then to hang when I try to restart it because it can't handle loading all of my tabs at once. And because I do a lot of research on-line, I often have a great many tabs open at once. This add-on has *eliminated* that problem, for which I am immensely grateful.

One thing I would love to see for it, though, is better coordination with other add-ons, as well as with some of Firefox's native restore functions. It doesn't seem to work with the Restore All Recently Closed Tabs function from the History menu, for example, nor with the "open all in tabs" function in the bookmark folders. A reviewer below me mentioned Multiple Tab Handler as well, to which I can only add: Yes! Yes, yes, yes! And Tab Utilities, too. I also regret its inability to work with my other Must Have on-line research tool, the Too Many Tabs add-on. Now that I'm used to Bar Tab's handling of multiple tabs on restart, I find it actively annoying to load up a row from Too Many Tabs only to watch as it tries to load all of them, all at once. If there were only some way to coordinate Bar Tab with Too Many Tabs (which might just be a matter of making it recognize 'open all in tabs' from the bookmark folders, now that I think of it; I dunno, I'm not a programmer), I would be the happiest camper alive.

View Source Chart

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This is such a useful tool. Now that I have it, I find myself using it all the time. I used to try to sketch out similar-looking charts on paper whenever I found myself getting confused trying to form a mental map of a bit of source code. This is much more convenient -- and the color coding helps a lot, too.

A toolbar button would be a really nice addition to the next version. Alt-V-Shift-V is a little tricky to type, and context menus or anything involving right-clicks can be quite difficult for those of us with motor coordination issues.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (3.02.1-signed). 

Hide Images

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

I like this one a lot. It's nice and simple, doesn't interact weirdly with any of my other add-ons (unlike a similar but far more complex image hider I replaced with this one a while back), and I really did appreciate the speed with which it got rid of those images. Zap! Zzzzzaaap!!! INSTANT zap! Most gratifying, that.

One thing I think you should seriously consider, though, is adding a reload function to the button and making it more of a toggle, so that when you click it a second time, it refreshes the page (thus restoring the images) for you. Of course I realize that this is no faster or easier than just clicking the reload button to refresh the page would be, but there's something so fundamentally intuitive about treating this sort of button as a two-way toggle switch that it is surprisingly off-putting when it turns out not, in fact, to work that way. Like fred below me said, "what about getting them *back?*" Even knowing full well that a refresh would restore the images, I still had a strange moment of panic the first time I clicked the button a second time to find that it had no effect, and even now that I understand that it is not meant to be a toggle, I *still* often find myself clicking the thing a second time when I want to reload the page...and always feeling somewhat unsettled when I am reminded - yet again! - that That Is Not The Way This One Works.

Rational? No, not very, but people very seldom are, you know, and I think that the one-way nature of the button could really hurt this add-on's popularity. I wouldn't be at all surprised if it caused some people to think that it was actually *broken,* rather than just not designed to work that way.

This user has a previous review of this add-on.

Hide Images

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

ETA: Sorry for the double-post. Something glitched.

Empty Cache Button

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I was sorry to hear about the Mozilla team's decision. In my opinion, this is the best of the cache clearing extensions. Clears cache and reloads, *and* gives you a message so you feel confident that it was really done -- all in one click. I don't think that any of the others do that.

I've been working on a web site this week, and this add-on has saved me a lot of time and bother. Thank you for maintaining it.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.3).