From The Tips Box: Firefox Add-Ons, Bookmark Notes

From The Tips Box: Firefox Add-Ons, Bookmark Notes

Readers offer their best tips for getting a Lion-style launchpad on your Mac, viewing all your Firefox add-ons at once, and adding notes to your web site bookmarks.

About the Tips Box: Every day we receive boatloads of great reader tips in our inbox, but for various reasons—maybe they’re a bit too niche, maybe we couldn’t find a good way to present it, or maybe we just couldn’t fit it in—the tip didn’t make the front page. From the Tips Box is where we round up some of our favourites for your buffet-style consumption. Got a tip of your own to share? Email it to tips at

Get OS 10.7 Lion’s Launchpad in 10.6

Roher4 shares an app that brings a bit of Lion goodness early:

Quick Pick is a OSX app that provides Lion functionality in Snow Leopard. It’s available in the Mac App store. It’s best described by using a screenshot, shown above.


Zoom In and Out on Firefox 4’s Extensions Page

PrairieMoon discovers a helpful feature in Firefox 4:

In FF4, I found that ctrl with +/- will magnify or reduce the size of text in the addons manager. I think there is at least one use for this. Right now, I have a lot of extensions installed. With this feature in the addons manager, I can zoom out enough to see them all. No scrolling needed.

This works on all web pages in Firefox, but now that the Extensions page is a normal tab instead of a separate little window, this feature now works there too.


Use Hashbangs to Store Notes in Bookmark URLs

Java-Princess lets us know a clever way to store information:

You can add a hashbang, #! to the end of any web address and the browser will ignore any text that comes after it, sort of like a comment in code. The browser leaves it to any javascript in the page to interpret it. So, if you have any bookmarked sites which need a login and will let you remember the username but not the password (my bank does this) you can add the password to the end of the web address by editing your bookmark or shortcut.

Example – your bank address in your bookmark:

New bookmark:!mypassword

Then all you need to do on your log in page is double click the password in the address bar and copy/paste it into the site password box.

Note that any site which uses hashbangs(like Twitter) won’t be compatible with this. Any php sites won’t work either and a couple of others too such as aspx pages. You can put any info you want up there such as site security questions etc, anything that’s a bind to keep typing in.

We do not really recommend using this to store your passwords—that’s pretty unsecure—but it could be pretty handy for storing other useful bits of information.


  • Anyone who uses this method to store important personal information such usernames and passwords! in URL deserves to be hacked into oblivion and have their identity stolen IMO.

    The problem of creating and remembering complicated and secure usernames/passwords securely and easily has already been solved…

    ie: LastPass has you covered for all browsers, on all platforms and most devices. Is free and secure. (providing you don’t choose “dogname” as your master password… but I guess anyone doing this falls under the category in my first response… )

    And there are others no so ubiquitous or free but just as good like 1Password and KeePass (free) and RoboForm.

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