Tech Tool Thursday: FireFox, Chrome, and Opera Add-ons

Last week I shared about choosing web browsers.  Now that you’ve downloaded Firefox, Chrome, and even Opera, there are some add-ons that will help you take shortcuts and give you access to items for later.

So how do you find and download add-ons in each of these browsers?  Here are some screen shots for each

Firefox

  • Open Firefox and click on Tools
  • When the menu drops down, click on Add-ons

  • A new tab or window will open
  • Scroll to the bottom and click on See more add-ons!
  • Search for add-ons using the search box

Chrome

  • Open Chrome and click on Chrome
  • When the menu drops down, click on Preferences

  • A new tab or window will open
  • Click on Extensions
  • Scroll to the bottom and click on Get more extensions
  • You are now in the Chrome Web Store where you can search for add-ons using the search box

Opera

  • Open Opera and click on Opera
  • When the menu drops down, click on Preferences
  • A new tab or window will open
  • Click on the puzzle piece

  • In the Extensions page, click on Get more extensions >
  • You search for add-ons using the search box

Ok, now you know how to add extensions to these browsers, here are some ideas of add-ons:

  1. Evernote
  2. Video download
  3. Audio download
  4. URL shortener (bit.ly)
  5. Eye Dropper
  6. Clear browsing data (cache) – very helpful if you run a lot of videos or games
  7. eBates
  8. Dropbox
  9. Google Drive and Google Docs
  10. Pinterest
  11. Toolbars (Diigo, Google)
  12. Themes – change the look of your browser

As you get used to adding software to your browsers, you’ll be able to add and delete them very easily.  Sometimes you never know if they work for you until you try them.


IMPORTANT NOTE: 

Pay attention to the rating systems and notes that are next to each add-on (extension).  This will clue you into the usefulness, compatibility, effectiveness of each add-on.

Leave a comment to let me know how this process is working for you.  By the way, once you go through these steps with one browser, you’ll be able to do it with any browser – even IE or Safari.