How to Install Add-ons to Add Features to Mozilla Firefox
Add-ons and extensions play a significant role transforming users web browsing experience. They also add structure and appeal to the application, which adds on the web browser’s efficiency and efficacy. Mozilla Firefox comes with an in built browser interface, specifically devoted to add-ons, for quick and easy installation. For users who don’t like the default extensions, can simply apply manual installment settings to the browser.
With the new Hotstop Shield of Mozilla Firefox add-on, users no longer need to install separate programs to add extensions on the browser. It provides security through encryption, privacy, by securing your IP address, accessibility and also offers an advertisement free browsing with just a single change of setting.
Mozilla Firefox Add-on library, consists of over 6000 extensions, which are capable to provide you access to your most used accounts, by creating a button on the tool-bar. They offer over 500 themes, which can be used to change the browser’s outlook whichever way the user might like.
Who develops these Add-ons?
These add-ons are created by numerous developers, around the world, who are selling them here to earn some profit. ‘AMO’, addons.mozilla.org, has developers ranging from big corporate to plain hobbyists. However, these add-ons get listed on the website after undergoing several tests, to match and maintain the quality of the website.
What is an add-on?
Add-ons are similar to apps that you install on add whistles and bells on Mozilla Firefox. Some of these add-ons might be served in the form of price comparison, weather details, music listening, Facebook update, and other apps. They provide the user with easy accessibility to their favorite sites, where you can be directed to the website by a single click on the button created on Firefox tool-bar. You can easily add and remove these add-ons, which make them so popular. They increase user efficiency by their quickness and efficiency. It offers powerful apps, which are best at securing your data, giving you a safe web browsing experience, for instance Hopspot Shield.
Types of Add-Ons
They are categorized in three basic types:
These are basically updates, which add new features to Mozilla Firefox or the existing add-ons on the browser. You can make your web browsing experience better by using extensions for blocking advertisements, downloading videos, integrate social media website like Twitter or Facebook and add other cool features from other browsers. This might also include basic updates in your photo editing or music listening software.
Mozilla Firefox add-ons offer two types of appearance modifications: complete themes, which can be used to change the look of main menus and buttons, and background themes, which, like the name suggests, strips the background design, offering varied image choices. You can use it to decorate browser tab and menu bar. You can customize the default style of the browser, by giving it a personal touch using themes provided by the company. You can download all these themes from multiple websites.
They can be used to support multiple types of Internet content. Plug-ins generally offer patented formats, which include Silverlight and Flash, which are used for developing and editing audio, video, presentation and online games etc. Several companies in the market are creating and distributing Plug-ins with varied features. After the release of its Firefox version 52, the company has ended support for all NPAPI plug-ins, apart from Flash in 2017 March. Mozilla Firefox is compatible with almost every software and application, which is available in the market currently. Making its add-ons more user efficient.
How to Install add-ons on Mozilla Firefox.
Installing add-ons on Mozilla Firefox is a pretty easy task. Here is a list of steps you need to follow, to create a new extension and theme on your add-on.
Step #1 – Open Firefox window.
Step #2 – Click the menu button, in the top right corner of your screen.
Step #3 – Select ‘Add-ons’. The Add-ons management tab will open.
Step #4 – In your management tab, click on ‘Get Add-ons’ panel.
A list of popular add-ons will appear on the screen, where you can select the desired feature, you are looking for. You can see a wide variety of add-ons, by clicking on ‘See more add-ons’. It will direct you to addons.mozilla.org, where you can explore more add-ons based on your requirement.
Step #5 – In order to install a new feature, select the gray colored toggle button next to the add-on, which will be activated by the click turning green. In order to delete any add on, repeat the process, by selecting the now green toggle, which will turn gray again. You can also ‘disable’ or ‘remove’ extensions, by selecting ‘Extension’, in the left side of the screen below ‘Get Add-ons’.
Note: Some extensions of these add-ons automatically place a button in your tool-bar after the installation. Fortunately, you can customize or remove them from the menu, by going to ‘Customize Firefox buttons, controls and tool-bars’. In case you want to delete the add-ons permanently you can repeat step #5 and disable or remove it, by going into the Add-ons management bar.
How to view installed add-ons:
Step #1 – Open Mozilla Firefox window.
Step #2 – Click on the menu button, at the top right corner.
Step #3 – Select Add-ons. Your Add-on management tab will open.
Step #4 – Select Appearance, Plug-ins or Extension panels, which ever category’s add-on you want to view.
Mozilla Firefox allows you to add any new extension to its outlook, where you can easily use or delete them according to your requirement. It is a great way to adopt the quick working of the internet. It’s like creating shortcuts, on your browser tool-bar, which will offer you flash notifications and easy accessibility. You can use these add-ons as applications, to modify your browser, as well to develop new content, which can be through blog writing or editing. Mozilla Firefox, add-ons are smart, easy and fast, thus making them popular among users.