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The two essential Firefox extensions


Firefox 3 is good. Firefox 3, plus the right extensions, is great.

Now, a lot of people publish lists of ‘best’ extensions. It’s quick and easy to make these lists. One difference between my list and some of those “99 Must Have, Best Firefox Extensions!” is that is the real list of the extensions that I use every day. These don’t just sound good, they work well. These are the extensions that have transformed Firefox for me from just a mere Web browser to an essential part of my electronic office.

To me there are two essential Firefox extensions. I would no more run Firefox without it than I would run Internet Explorer. The first of these is Google’s Toolbar for Firefox. This isn’t so much a mere extension as it is a bridge to an entire library of useful Web tools I’m not fond of sticking toolbars on my browser. I’d rather have the screen real-estate for the Web site I’m visiting. When it comes to the Google Toolbar, though, it’s no brainier. I install Firefox, I install the Google Toolbar. It’s that simple.

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