Miscellaneous

How To Split Firefox into Different Windows/Tabs And See Everything At Once

If you work with many websites, or want to keep track of many different websites, and would like to do that simultaneously, then the default Firefox probably wouldn’t cut it for you. Safari has live bookmarks that may do what you want, but in my personal opinion, these following Firefox add-ons do a much better job.

Firefox Splitter (Formerly Split Browser)

Firefox Splitter is an add-on that allows you to browse with multiple tabs open at once in front of you (instead of having just one tab open in the foreground). This would be really useful to watch a video while web browsing, or allowing you to monitor your stock portfolio, or the latest news while you surf the net in another tab.

firefox splitter splitbrowser screenshot

http://piro.sakura.ne.jp/xul/_splitbrowser.html.en

Showcase

Showcase allows you to manage your current Firefox tabs and windows by showing them as thumbnails in a single window, tab or in a sidebar.

firefox showcase screenshot

http://showcase.uworks.net/

Speed Dial

Made by the same people that gave you Showcase, µWorks. Speed Dial gives you the ability to have a home page or tab where you can put your favorite sites, and show a (live) screenshot of every website.

firefox speeddial screenshot

http://speeddial.uworks.net/

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Miscellaneous

How To Fix PDF Files Showing Up As A Blank Page in FireFox

Recently, I realized that any PDF files that I was trying to view in my browser suddenly could not display. Whenever I click on a link to view a PDF file, I end up seeing a blank page. I didn’t do anything to Firefox, nor to Adobe Reader, and when I went to Tools > Options > Applications, everything was still under Adobe, so I didn’t understand what happened.

foxit pdf

It was until I went to Tools > Add-ons > Plugins that I realized that Foxit had installed a PDF viewer plugin. So I disabled it immediately from the menu. Problem was, the plugin was still there because there wasn’t an option to uninstall it, and I didn’t like having it hang around.

The solution was to physically delete the plugin, and this you can do by searching for “npFoxitReaderplugin.dll”, or by going to your Mozilla Firefox plugins directory (should be in your program files folder, /Mozilla Firefox/Plugins), and then deleting the offending .dll file. Once you do that, just restart Firefox, and you should have your PDF displaying properly now.

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