Everytime I come across a cool Firefox plug-in, I want to install it and use it right away.
This is even more true when I want to perform a task (like, say, grab the color code of a cool looking color from a web site), then search if a Firefox plugin exists to do that, find one, and then install it.
I almost always have at least 10 different browser windows open, with many of them having more than one active tab. So, unless I close all open browser windows (and tabs), and re-open Firefox again, I can’t get to use my newly installed plug-in.
So, here’s a cool trick that I came up with, that you can use to install a plug-in, and still get back to where you were, without losing track of the sites that you had open.
- Do just one of the following to get to the Task Manager:
Press “Ctrl + Shift + Esc” to get the “Task Manager”
– OR –
Do a right-click on your task bar, and select “Task Manager”
– OR –
Press “Ctrl + Alt + Delete” and then select “Task Manager”
- From the “Process” tab, select “Firefox” (just click on any item first, and then keep pressing the “F” key till you get to “Firefox”
- Click on “End Process”, which will immediately and forcefully close all open Firefox tabs and windows, but worry not.
- Launch Firefox now and you will be asked if you want to restore the “crashed” session (see image below)
- Click on the “Restore Session” button
- Gwala – all previously open Firefox tabs and windows will re-open one by one (you may have to log back into some sites that don’t use sessions to remember your login)
So, you can now use your newly installed Firefox plug-in, and you also didn’t lose any open windows.
– Ravi Jayagopal / LinkOverLoad.com