Mozilla Instant Preview :Mozilla Instant Preview is Firefox’s answer to Google Instant. The add-on once installed, will start loading any entry you highlight in the AwesomeBar, thus giving you an instant preview of the page. So, if you start typing “twitter” in the address bar, you’ll see a bunch of suggestions depending on your history. Now, when you highlight a particular suggestion, a preview of the page will show up in the background.Here’s a screenshot of Instant preview in action.
I opened a blank page and just typed in the word twitter; upon highlighting the first suggestion ( using the down arrow key), Twitter’s homepage loaded instantly in the background. Then when I highlighted the third suggestion, it’s preview showed up much quicker than I expected. Finally, when I hit the Esc key, I was back to the blank page. Overall, this is a great experimental feature which if developed further might give Firefox a definite edge over Google Chrome. Being in experimental stages, Instant Preview is not quite finished yet, but there are no major bugs as far as I can see. So, go ahead and give it a shot.
Download : Instant Preview
Colorful Search tabs: Many times we want to look something up on Wikipedia or Twitter, but end up searching for it on Google instead. Also, things get tedious when we have to search for something on multiple sites. Search tabs is an innovative Mozilla experiment which aims to solve that problem. Whenever you search for something using your search bar or the default search engine, this add-on puts colorful tabs at the bottom, which on clicking, will perform the same search but with a different provider. The colors of the tabs correspond to various popular search engines; for example, red represents ebay, grey represents Wikipedia, blue represents Twitter and so on. On clicking a particular tab, the search results open in a new tab, so it gets easy to compare the search results.
Download : Search Tabs
Recall Monkey : Firefox’s AwesomeBar is a powerful tool that looks through your history and bookmarks to give you the best results possible. But what if you only wanted to search through your history? Well, the Ctrl+H thing does work, but it’s not that quick. Recall Monkey is a new add-on that lets you search through your history right from the address bar. Once installed, just prefix r before your query and you’ll get results based only on your browsing history. You can also prioritize your favorite sites, so that search becomes even more relevant.
Download : Recall Monkey
Less Chrome HD : If you’re looking to save some valuable screen space, this add-on is all you ever wanted. Less Chrome HD is an experimental add-on which hides the location bar navigation when it’s not needed. That is, once you move your cursor away from the tabs, the address bar and the navigation buttons disappear, showing only the tab bar. Now, when you hover over the tabs, the navigation bar will reappear, thus presenting itself only when it’s really needed. Overall, a great add-on, which might become a default feature in Firefox someday.
Download : Less Chrome HD
So, those were the best 5 Mozilla Labs add-ons around. Though these experiments are in their infancy right now, it would be great if more and more people could install them and give some valuable feedback. Firefox Sync and Personas too started out as experiments before becoming default features. If you’re using Firefox 4 or higher, these add-ons can be installed without the need to restart your browser. So, go ahead and try them out.
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