Migrating from Opera to Firefox 3
Whether you're doing a permanent migration or just want your familiar Opera environment in your version of Firefox 3, here are some extensions and notes that will help you on your way.
Note: This article deals with Opera 9.5x and Firefox 3.x. It is not intended for users of Firefox 2 or lower.
The only reason I've even bothered to try Firefox 3 was because it FINALLY had "real" screen zooming (not that horrible Text Size Zooming crap). For me, screen scaling is a make-or-break feature.
Only available in FF3 (and still a little bit buggy in spots in the beta 4 build) use CTRL+ and CTRL- to scale (or hold CTRL and scroll the mouse wheel).
If you're like me and want screen scaling without a trip to the keyboard, use the Zoom Toolbar extension. You can't do percentages, but you can go up and down (as well as reset) in small increments. (Go to CUSTOMIZE after installation and drag the controls to a toolbar)
If you've taken to using the Opera Notes feature to store commonly used bits of text, you will find Firefox doesn't have that. The closest extension I could find is called InFormEnter (yes, you can get rid of the annoying blue arrow that the extension puts by text fields). If you are using it as more of a 'collection of information that ties back to it's website', then get the Scrapbook extension for Firefox.
Want your tabs on the bottom like me? UI Tweaker is the extension you will want to pick up.
Opera innovates, Firefox replicates. Speed Dial functionality is available via the Speed Dial extension.
Looking for simple, easy mouse gesture emulation? Try Mouse Gestures Redox extension. Yes, you can get rid of the annoying "confirmation" message in the top left corner.
Here is an area where Firefox kicks Opera's ass. AdBlock Plus extension (coupled with their built in black list) will serve you well.
Go To URL
Many times there are links in the body of a webpage that aren't real links - they are just plain text. Opera offers a right click "Go To URL" option. For FF, get the Linkification extension that will convert textual links to REAL links.
Opera uses the PERIOD key (.) to initiate inline find. Use the FORWARD SLASH (/) to duplicate the behavior.
Password Saving (aka The Wand)
Opera allows password saving regardless of the "autocomplete=off" tag on password/login fields (often used by banks). Firefox does not. So if you find you cannot save your bank login, go here:
https://www.squarefree.com/bookmarkl...ember_password Drag the Remember Passwords button to a toolbar. Now go to your bank page, click the REMEMBER PASSWORDS button, then login. You can save your password.
Quick Address Box Search (aka "g search")
Firefox has Google's built in by default, so if you're using to typing "g <search term>" in the address box, you can still do that. You will need to use the Manage Search Engines option to add the "keywords" (like z for Amazon, e for eBay, etc) to each search engine.
Try the QuickProxy extension to get a toggle switch for your proxy server.
You can import a lot of things from Opera to Firefox including history, cache, bookmarks, etc). You cannot import NOTES or WANDS - be ready to re-enter that crap.
Alas, at this time, the golden chalice of Firefox's sidebar extensions ALL-IN-ONE Sidebar doesn't work with FF3b4. Hopefully it will soon, and we can add it here. EDIT: I learned how to hack extensions to install on B4. This is now solved (it was rated up to B3, and it works fine in B4)
Toolbar Button Pack
You will find Firefox has next to NO buttons available for customization. Install the Toolbar Button Pack and get some functionality.
Multiple Document Interface (MDI)
Simulatable with the Split Browser extension. Note: This must be hacked to work under B4 as it is only certified to B3. Forgot how much I was going to miss this.
Cut and Paste
Cutting and pasting can be far more robust in FF than Opera. If you cut stuff from web page in FF and paste it into a rich text enabled field (like the edit boxes here or the WYSIWYG boxes in the editor area), it retains the HTML formatting. Nice.
More notes as I discover them.
My ToDo List:
- Get the NEW TAB button on the actual tab bar.
- Trashcan/CTRL-Z Functionality
- Get Hot Click capability in FF