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.
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.
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.
Or we could choose computing dictionary.
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!
…with an additional step…
…to get your final 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.
Powered by ScribeFire.
Launchy is a very cool Windows utility. What it does for you is elegant in its simplicity and yet powerful enough to replace many of your day-to-day actions. Once you’ve installed Launchy, you activate it by Alt-Space (assuming default “hot” key).
Lets look at some examples of its features:
- Go to a URL
Start typing http or www and Launchy will change its icon to a world (for the Internet).
Finish typing your URL, such as http://www.fairtax.org. When you hit Enter, your browser will display the page.
- Search Google
Start typing goo and press tab and enter your search terms, such as darfur.
When you press Enter, your search results will appear in your browser.
- Check the weather
Start typing wea, press tab once Weather is displayed and enter a location, such as Apex NC.
When you press Enter, a weather forecast for that location will appear in your browser.
- Run an application on your desktop or go to a bookmark
Start typing some string, e.g. calc and pause. Launchy will present a set of possible matches to what you want to do!
Your results will vary of course, but on my system Launchy found the Windows calculator, the OpenOffice Calc spreadsheet application, and a couple of Firefox bookmarks that contain “calc” somewhere in them. Nice.
- Look up a definition of a word
Start typing dict, hit tab, and enter a word, such as throes.
Press Enter and the definition opens in your browser.
- Look up a movie on Netflix
Start typing netf, hit tab, and enter a movie title, such as Life as a House.
Hit Enter and the search results appear in your browser.
- Shop on Amazon
Got a book title that was mentioned on a web page? You could use HyperWords or stick with Launchy. Start typing ama, hit tab when Amazon shows up, and enter what you’re looking for, such as fairtax boortz.
Hit Enter and the result is opened in your browser.
- Look something up on Wikipedia
Start typing wik and press tab when Wikipedia shows up, then enter your search string such as fairtax.
Press Enter and your results are again presented in your browser.
To do some administrative and configuration actions, you bring up Launchy (Alt-Space) and press the right mouse button (assuming a righthanded mouse configuration). A menu will appear.
The skin I use is the default – I tried some others, but I liked the default the best. One nice feature you can access through the menu is the Directories option.
This allows you to specify what you want Launchy to find on your system. You can include music, pictures, or whatever else you typically want to access. When you use Launchy to find files and directories, you just start typing as you would on Windows: c: then hit tab and the slash appears for you. Continue typing until you see what you want, e.g. c:\mag in my case.
When you find the directory location you want, hit Enter and an explorer window will open.
You can read more about Launchy in the readme PDF that’s installed with it.
That’s it for our look at Launchy. Now, it’s your turn… I know there are people out there using Launchy. What cool things have you tried that I haven’t listed? Help me out here!