Firefox for Power Users – Greasemonkey [Part 4]

FirefoxEver wanted to make a few tweaks to your favourite websites? Greasemonkey is for you!

Hot user scripts
Google Monkeyr – Google search results formatted how you like. Now also directly compatible with Opera and Chrome.
RSS+Atom Feed Subscribe Button Generator – Finds RSS and/or Atom links on a page and inserts feed subscription links for use by aggregators.

[Attention] This article is in progress. Help make it better by contributing your favourite userscripts in the comments.

Firefox for Power Users – Change the Look [Part 3]

FirefoxPart three of our Firefox for Power Users series shows you how to change the look and feel of your favourite browser to really make it your own.

The simplest way to personalise your Firefox is to use Personas. Personas are easy-to-use themes that let you personalize the look of your Firefox without even having to restart. There are thousands of Personas to choose from, with more added every day. Visit the Personas gallery and start looking for designs that fit your style.

Themes offer even more radical changes to how Firefox looks. They not only change the background but the look and feel of all the buttons and menus too. Head over the the Themes gallery to take a look.

The Stylish addon goes beyond what has previously been possible, even with themes. It allows you to not only style Firefox but also any web page. Just like the Greasemonkey addon (which we’ll be covering in a future tutorial), Stylish uses “user scripts” or in this case “user styles” submitted to the Userstyles website.
User styles are basically themes for web sites. The Google search page a little too bright for you? No problem, make it black instead with a userscript.

Let us know if you have some great customisations in the comments here or on Facebook and remember to share this post with your networks.

Firefox for Power Users [Series]

FirefoxOver the coming weeks, we’ll be producing a series of tutorials to show you how to take using Firefox to the next level. These will include:

  1. Addons – An overview of some useful and just plain cool addons.
  2. Search – Tips to save you time when searching your favourite sites.
  3. Change the Look – Customise the look and feel of Firefox to your liking.
  4. Greasemonkey – Mentioned in the addons chapter, it is so powerful it deserves a better explanation.

Let us know if you have any particular part of Firefox you would like to see covered in the comments here or on Facebook.

Get notifications on Firefox 4’s App Tabs

Firefox logoThe new App Tabs feature in Firefox 4 is great at saving you some screen space but notifications from sites like Facebook or Gmail no longer appear. Here’s how to get them back (sort of).

Now your App Tabs will highlight when you have a new notification. They still don’t show the number of notifications but it’s better than nothing. We’ll update this post if we hear of a better solution.

Let us know what you think in the comments.