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Tired of typical web editing?

Have I got a Firefox add-on for you! You can use your favorite editor any time you’re presented with a (typically small, hard to use) edit box on a web page. Just install It’s All Text! in Firefox and a small edit button will appear whenever your cursor is within the edit box.


Before you use the button, you need to indicate your editor. To do this, right click on the edit button and select Preferences…


In the resulting dialog, choose Browse and select your browser program of choice. In my case, I use Notepad++ (highly recommended).


That’s it! We’re all set to use the plugin. When you see the edit button, merely select it and the text (if any) in the edit box will be sent to your editor!


Enter your text as desired.


and save it in your editor as often as you like (in this case via Ctrl-S). The edit box in the browser will turn yellow temporarily to tell you the changes have been made!


That’s it! Much nicer than these teeny-tiny edit boxes! Enjoy.


May 11, 2007 Posted by | Firefox, Mozilla, Tools | Leave a comment

Firefox: Dictionary Tooltip

Dictionary Tooltip is a Firefox add-on that makes it easy to look up words on a web page in the Firefox browser. Once installed, double clicking on a word in your browser will make a small “book” icon appear just below the word.

v2 icon

If you position your cursor over this icon, a dictionary lookup on the selected word will be attempted and displayed in a resulting dialog.

Note: to dismiss the dialog, just click outside the dialog or press Esc.


In this case, no definition was found, so alternatives are offered. Lets try Wikipedia in this case.

v2 wiki

Or we could choose computing dictionary.

tech result

Most words will be found immediately…and it is smart enough to find variants of words.


And you can search again from within the dialog just by double clicking!


Acronyms work…

v2 acronym

…with an additional step…

acronym result

v2 action

…to get your final result.

action result result

As an added bonus, you can choose the reference to use.



Note: If you use Hyperwords in combination with Dictionary Tooltip, you will want to configure Hyperwords so that its menu comes up with select + F2. Otherwise, you end up with both coming up on double click.

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April 14, 2007 Posted by | Firefox, Mozilla, Tools | 3 Comments