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Safari in Firefox

Friday, June 29th, 2007 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet
 
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Q:
I read your article last week about the Safari Web browser now being available for Windows. I looked a little more into it and I like what Safari does, but I really don’t want to stop using Firefox. Is there any way I can get some of Safari’s features in Firefox? Please let me know!

A:
That’s an excellent question! And to be honest, at first, I said no way. I thought each browser was made strictly for itself and that was it. I mean, each browser has its own advantages and disadvantages, but I never thought there would be a way to actually share some of those features with other browsers. Well, after searching around on our message board for awhile, I found out that I was wrong. Yes, I know, it came as a shock to me too. (Oh, come on, you know I’m only kidding!)

So, I’m happy to report that if you use Firefox as your main Web browser and you don’t want to get rid of it, but you’re also interested in what Safari can do, you can have the best of both worlds! Now, I understand that some of you may still be a little skeptical about this. You’re probably thinking that Safari can’t be that good and there’s no reason to even mess with it. Well, that may be true, but I promise you, there are a few Safari features you may be interested in checking out.

The one most touted by Apple is its speed. It’s said that Safari beats out both Internet Explorer and Firefox in the speed category. Safari is able to render Web sites much quicker and without error. Along with that, there are a few other features that Safari offers that IE and Firefox don’t even come close to. I’m going to explain those to you right now. And just so we’re clear, these are three of Safari’s features that you can get for your Firefox browser as well. Alright, let’s get started!

1.) Safari’s Loading Address Bar – You can get this feature in Firefox with an application called Fission. It works to display the progress bar (the bar that shows you how fast a Web site is loading) as a solid color, just like Safari does. You can also trade in an image to show the progress if you want. You can even change the location of the bar if you don’t like where it’s positioned at any one time. You can get Fission for yourself by clicking here. Just click on the Install Now button to begin the process.

2.) Safari’s Resizeable Text Fields – If you do a lot of typing in Firefox, you probably use text boxes, right? Well, have those ever ended up being just a little too small for you? If so, you can now resize them with the Resizeable Form Fields extension. With it, you can resize text areas, single text fields, select boxes and even certain frames. This one is too cool to pass up if you’re an avid typer. Get it here!

3.) Safari’s SnapBack – With SnapBack, you are able to return to your page of origin with just one click. So, basically, if you’re on a Web site and you click through a bunch of different pages in a short time, you can then use the SnapBack feature to return to the very first page you started on. That way, you don’t have to retrace your steps a million times just to get where you want to go. In Firefox, you can do the very same thing with the How’d I Get Here? extension. With that, you can do the quick click thing with not only pages, but also with tabs, which is a pretty cool bonus. If you’re interested, just click here to install it.

Well, there you have it. Three of the most popular Safari features brought right to your Firefox browser. It’s the perfect solution for getting what you want from Safari, while staying with the comforts you know and love from Firefox. You gotta love it!

~ Erin

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