I am going off the beaten path here today. Instead of listing my Firefox Extension picks this week, I am going to highlight one particular extension.
Like the Gmail HTML Signature extension I featured earlier, this Firefox extension deserves special attention.
Site Launcher is an experimental add-on that is going to change the way you use Firefox. If you have used Enso or Launchy, you are probably used to launching applications with the help of a few hotkeys.
Site Launcher extension brings you the ability to launch your favorite sites with a few hotkeys. This is a delight to use if you don’t like going to your mouse everytime to navigate. And if you are on the computer and Firefox all day like me, you are gonna love this.
How Site Launcher Works
Site Launcher has a Manage Shortcuts screen that comes with a set of default popular sites like Gmail, Google Reader, Facebook, Flickr, etc. Each site is configured with a single character. For eg: m for Gmail, f for Facebook, r for Google Reader, etc.
Once configured, you can launch the Launcher window that shows you a screen with all the sites you have and the shortcuts. This makes it incredibly useful so you don’t have to remember the keys all the time.
For instance, if you wanted to launch Gmail, you don’t have to click on the location bar or even CTRL+L and type the whole address. You just press CTRL+Space (you can change this) and the Site Launcher screen pops up. Now you press m to launch Gmail.
In fact if you can remember the keywords for your most frequent sites, you don’t even have to launch he Site Launcher screen. Instead you can use the Direct to Site Hotkey to launch the site directly. For eg: Alt+Shift+m to open Gmail.
Site Launcher Features
- You are not limited to alphabets a-z, you can also 0-9 and any other character
- Highly customizable appearance – screen color, text color, spacing, column size, etc.
- Optional visual effects – transparency, rounded corners, gradients for those who love eye candy
- Order of sites in the Launcher can be done manually or automatically
- Set Launcher to open site in current or new tab
- You can set Launcher to appear on startup or homepage
One thing that would make this awesome extension complete would be the ability to export and import settings. I use multiple computers and it would be nice to do all the setup in one computer and just import into others. Plus, it will serve as a backup in case I need to re-install Firefox.
Although an experimental add-on, Site Launcher is heading straight to my list of Top Firefox Extensions.