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Entrecard Time Saver: Firefox Snap Links Extension

May 30th, 2008

firefox-logo-small.jpgentrecard-logo-small.jpgThose of us who are active with the Entrecard system often have occasions where we need to visit several websites within a short period of time so that we can complete our daily drops more efficiently. Many sites now have lists of links that allow us to click through directly to pages displaying an Entrecard widget. When encountering such lists, I would normally use the middle-click (mouse wheel) button to open each site in a new tab. However, approximately two months ago I discovered a Firefox extension that makes this process even faster.

It’s called Snap Links and can be downloaded from the Mozilla site here. This handy little application allows you to open whole groups of sites at one time by holding down the right mouse button and dragging the dotted green box that appears over the links to all of the desired sites. Here is a screenshot of the Snap Links extension in action:

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After you have dragged the box over all of the links that you would otherwise want to click on, simply let go of the right mouse button and each of the sites will open in separate tabs.

Note that the actions described above are the default settings; it is possible, for example, to have Firefox open the selected links in multiple windows instead of tabs, open all links in tabs but in a different window, copy the links to the clipboard, bookmark them, or download them. You can also change the settings to control the color and thickness of the drawing or selection rectangles, designate which mouse button you use to initiate the selection, and tweak a few other advanced options. These settings can be accessed after you have downloaded the extension by going to Tools >> Add-ons >> Snap Links >> Options from your Firefox browser menu.

For power-dropping Entrecarders, this spares us the hassle of having to click on as many as 300 links per day and allows us to make more efficient use of our time. Snap links can also be used with the results pages of your favorite search engine. Simply drag the box over the desired number of results, let it go, and wait for the pages to load in their tabs. After clicking on each tab and viewing the pages, you can quickly close any of them that are not relevant to your research by using the middle click button. Along with savvy use of keywords and search parameters, this can allow you to find information quickly and effectively while saving you some wear and tear on your all-important clicking finger.


Related article: Useful Firefox Extensions


7 Responses to “Entrecard Time Saver: Firefox Snap Links Extension”

  1. comment number 1 by: James

    Thanks for dropping by, interesting post. Do not hesitate to visit my other 3 weblog sites avalable via “My Profile” on the blog.

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  2. comment number 2 by: Tony

    Very cool. Thanks.

  3. comment number 3 by: Elizabeth

    I use the Firefox Linky Add-on, it’s similar to this one, and it sure makes the drop list a lot easier to do!

  4. comment number 4 by: kRiZ cPEc

    I use cooliris preview to “preview” all entrecarders who have dropped a card in my inbox the previous day and then click the open in a new tab button on the preview screen, after that I drop back on each of them and click backward button on the FF to go to another site and repeat the procedure until I have dropped back at all of them.

  5. comment number 5 by: bloggista

    Hmmm, haven’t seen this one yet, though I’m using Linky - a Firefox addon to open multiple links at once. Have to check this out.

  6. comment number 6 by: Squeaky

    I like the idea of opening multiple tabs, that is nice for sure. I will have to give this plugin a try, thanks for sharing…

  7. comment number 7 by: tashabud

    Thanks for advertising in my site.

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