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By Anne Chen  |  Posted 2004-11-22 Print this article Print

As an open-source application, Firefox benefits from a large and enthusiastic developer community. There are close to 100 extensions available for Firefox that do everything from boosting search capabilities to creating blogs. Many of these extensions can be found at Here are some that help overcome some of the limitations we found in Firefox.
  • IE View This Firefox extension makes it simple for users to quickly switch to Internet Explorer when they come across a site or application that wont work with Firefox. When combined with the extension FirefoxView, IE View helps site developers easily test how their pages work in both browsers.
  • Fireftp Firefoxs lack of FTP upload features can be quickly fixed with this useful extension, which makes it possible for users to load and manage files stored on FTP servers.
  • User Agent Switcher This extremely useful extension makes it possible to change how Firefox presents itself to Web sites. By using this extension to switch the user agent to IE, users often can effectively browse Web sites that would not normally load in any non-IE Web browser. Click here to read about more Firefox extensions. Senior Writer Anne Chen can be reached at

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    As a senior writer for eWEEK Labs, Anne writes articles pertaining to IT professionals and the best practices for technology implementation. Anne covers the deployment issues and the business drivers related to technologies including databases, wireless, security and network operating systems. Anne joined eWeek in 1999 as a writer for eWeek's eBiz Strategies section before moving over to Labs in 2001. Prior to eWeek, she covered business and technology at the San Jose Mercury News and at the Contra Costa Times.

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