What are Firefox Add-ons and How to manage it

 

Add-ons are customizable features which you can install or add on Firefox to increase its functionality, usability, and improve your World Wide Web browsing experience. With the help of Add-ons, a user can adjust productivity, modify behavior, and customize Firefox according to their needs.

When you download, install, and run a Firefox you only get to surf the web, bookmark sites, save passwords, etc. but you won’t be able to block ads from certain websites, connect to a VPN, change themes, and many more kinds of stuff which can only be done after installing Add-ons.

Add-ons add more features to the Mozilla Firefox web browser to make it more potent in terms of performance, browsing experience, and security. Before we go ahead and show you how to install, disable, or delete an Add-on in Firefox, let us tell you more about the different types of Add-ons.

Different Types of Add-ons on Mozilla Firefox: –

Firefox Add-ons are classified into different types which are known as Extensions, Plug-ins, Themes, Dictionaries, and Search Engines. Let us take a look at their functionalities.

  1. Extensions: These are mini-programs which add more features to the Firefox browser. You can block ads, add translators, count your time spend on websites like Facebook and increase productivity.
  2. Plug-ins: The Firefox Plug-ins are more like extensions which helps you do a specific task on Firefox like the Adobe Flash plug-in which helps in watching videos, animations, and playing games online on Firefox.
  3. Themes: If you are looking to add wallpaper, give your Firefox a new look, and personalize the overall appearance of the browser, then you need to install Themes from Add-ons.
  4. Dictionaries: Firefox comes with an inbuilt dictionary which can check spelling mistakes on any websites or online documents you access on Firefox. Unfortunately, due to licensing reasons, it doesn’t support many locales languages. You can check and install a dictionary for your preferred language.
  5. Search Engines: Firefox comes with pre-installed search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo. The default search engine on Firefox is Google you can change the default search engine on Firefox by going to settings and changing the default search engine.

These are the different types of Add-ons which add more functionality to your Mozilla Firefox browser. Next, we are going to show you how to install Add-ons on Firefox.

How to Install Add-ons/Extensions on Firefox

The process of installing an Add-on or Extension in Firefox is pretty simple, and even if you are not much familiar with the user-interface of the Firefox browser, you can easily install it. Just follow the steps shown below in this article. Before you go ahead and install an Add-on, make sure that your Firefox is up to date and has the latest version installed.

How to check the version of Firefox you are using

  1. Open Firefox New Window on your computer.
  2. Click on the Menu button at the top-right corner of Firefox, just below the X sign.
  3. At the bottom Click on Help and select About Firefox.
  4. A dialog box “About Mozilla Firefox” will open and an auto-update will run to check the version of Firefox installed on your pc/laptop.
  5. If the Firefox is not up to date, then it automatically downloads the updated once you open the About Mozilla Firefox Window.
  6. When the download is completed Click on Restart to install the latest version of Firefox.

Once you’ve updated you Firefox or confirmed that the latest version of Firefox is installed on your pc/laptop, follow the instructions below to install Add-ons.

How to Install Add-ons/Extensions in Firefox

  1. Open Firefox New Window on your pc/laptop.
  2. Click on the Menu button at the top-right corner of Firefox, just below the X sign.
  3. Click on Add-ons.
  4. On the search addons.mozilla.org search for an Add-on. In our case, we’ll install Adblock.
  5. Type Adblock inside the search box and hit the Enter button from your keyboard.
  6. A new window will open with the list of Adblock Extensions.
  7. Click on Extension you want to install.
  8. Click + Add to Firefox.
  9. Click on Add on the Popup which appeared at the top.
  10. On the right side, just beside the search tab, an option will appear. Tick the check-box to allow the extension to run in private mode and then click on Okay, Got It.
  11. The Add-on/Extension will appear on the top right side in the Firefox just ahead of the Menu icon.

How to Download an Add-on/Extension without Installing

  1. Open Firefox New Window on your pc/laptop.
  2. Click on the Menu button at the top-right corner of Firefox, just below the X sign.
  3. Click on Add-ons.
  4. On the search addons.mozilla.org search for an Add-on and hit the Enter Button on your Keyboard.
  5. A new window will open along with Add-on/Extension. Click on it.
  6. Right Click on + Add to Firefox and Click on Save Link As. (XPI File .xpi)
  7. Select the Folder you want to save the extension.
  8. Click on Save.

How to Install Add-on/Extension in Firefox Manually

  1. Select and Hold the extension you’ve saved in the computer.
  2. Drag and Drop it in Firefox.
  3. Click on Add.
  4. Check Allow this extension to run in private mode and Click Okay, Got It.
  5. The Add-on/Extension will appear on the top right side in the Firefox just ahead of the Menu icon.

How to upload an Add-on/Extension in Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open Firefox New Window on your pc/laptop.
  2. Click on the Menu button at the top-right corner of Firefox, just below the X sign.
  3. Click on Add-ons.
  4. Just below the search box, you can see settings with a gear icon. Click on it.
  5. Now Click Install Add-on from File.
  6. Open the folder where you’ve saved the downloaded Add-on. (XPI file .xpi)
  7. Choose the file and click on Open.
  8. Click on Add.
  9. Check Allow this extension to run in private mode and Click Okay, Got It.
  10. The Add-on/Extension will appear on the top right side in the Firefox just ahead of the Menu icon.

How to Manage an Add-on/Extension in Firefox

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Right Click on Add-on/Extension you want to manage.
  3. Click on Manage Extension.
  4. On the Details Tab, you’ll find the details about the extension.
  5. Scroll Down to turn on and off automatic updates.
  6. Choose whether to run an extension on Private Window or not.
  7. Click on permission tab at the top to check which type of permissions the extension has access or control of in your pc/laptop.

How to Disable Add-ons/Extensions in Firefox

  1. Open Firefox New Window on your pc/laptop.
  2. Click on the Menu button at the top-right corner of Firefox, just below the X sign.
  3. Click on Add-ons. Or go to this address on Firefox about:addons.
  4. Under Enabled Menu, click on 3 dots icon on the Add-on tab which you want to disable.
  5. Click on Disable.
  6. To enable the Add-on/Extension scroll down to Disabled Menu.
  7. Click on 3 dots on the right side of the extension and Click on Enable.

How to Delete Add-ons/Extensions in Firefox

There two straightforward and simple ways to delete and remove Add-on/Extension from the Firefox. Follow the steps below.

Step 1: – From Menu Bar

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Right Click on the Add-on you want to delete.
  3. Click on Remove Extension.
  4. If you found an extension to be harmful, you can also report it to Firefox using the above method.

Step 2: – From Settings.

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Click on the Menu button.
  3. Click Add-ons.
  4. Click on the 3 dots beside the extension you want to remove.
  5. Select Remove.
  6. Check the box if you want to report the extension for suspicious behavior.
  7. Click on Remove.

How to Install Themes on Firefox?

Themes changes the overall look, feel. and appearance of the Mozilla Firefox browser. To install a theme on the Firefox browser you need to follow the steps below: –

  1. Open Firefox and Click on the Menu button
  2. Click on Options
  3. Click Extensions and Themes
  4. You can search for a theme or you can install recommended themes on Firefox
Top 5 Most Recommended Firefox Add-ons in 2019..

Firefox is one of the most loved browsers among the users and has outstanding built-in features. Firefox uses less computer memory in comparison to other web browsers and delivers better speed and results. Firefox extensions or add-ons are the ones which make the browser favorite among different users; they are more powerful than the Chrome extensions.

Here is the list of some of the popular Firefox add-ons and their functions: –

  1. Adblock Plus: It is one of the most popular Firefox browser extension which helps to remove all obtrusive ads from your browser experience like banners, pop-ups, pop-under, YouTube ads, Facebook ads, etc. This extension is also used for a content filter. Adblock Plus can also fix the issue of memory leaking.
  2. Grammarly: Grammarly is a writing tool that helps you to detect several types of writing errors like grammar, punctuation, spell check, plagiarism, sentence structure, and writing style. An online grammar checker and proofreading tool like Grammarly can help you avoid typing and grammatical errors. It also provides real-time suggestions and guidelines to correct these mistakes. Grammarly is useful both for native speakers of English and for those who do not write in the English language.
  3. Ghostery: It is a free and open-source privacy and security-related browser extension. Which help’s you to experience smart browsing by giving tracking technologies to speed up page load, control over ads, eliminate clutter and data protection? It also allows its users to quickly detect and control JavaScript “tags” and “trackers”.
  4. I Don’t Care About Cookies: “I don’t care about cookies” browser extension helps you to remove annoying cookie warnings from almost all websites that save you thousands of unnecessary clicks. Most sites require user permission before using the tracking cookie.
  5. LightShot: It is the fastest way to take a customizable screenshot and share it in just a few clicks. This is a useful and easy to use tool which allows taking screenshots of any part of the screen and editing it in the same time.
Conclusion

We hope that you’ve got a fair amount of knowledge regarding how to manage Firefox Add-ons from installation to deactivation everything. What makes Firefox our favorite browser is its ability to complete a task with unnecessary usage of CPU memories.

Now go ahead and try installing extension and themes on Firefox and play with to get the most from the browser. Also, if you liked the article, then kindly share it to social media and help in reaching it to the right audience. Subscribe to our blog to get Tech related solutions.

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