The Virtues of Firefox Session Restore

by on 07/20/2009 in Internet, Tech

There are many add-ons to help you when you need to rush through a Firefox browsing session and see something you want to read, but don’t have the time to do so.

There is the add-on “Wired Marker” (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6219) that let’s you mark up web pages and keeps a list of those web pages with the mark ups and allows you to go back to them. This is particularly useful for things like forum postings and blog comments, where the mark up allows you to remember just exactly why you wanted to come back to the page. Before I started using this, I’d often go back to a forum posting I had meant to comment on and I’d forget just what I wanted to comment on. I’d find myself saying “What in the heck did I want to say in this thread?”

Then there’s “Scrapbook” (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/427). This add on allows you to save an entire web page so that you can read it off line or come back to it later on line. In the online circumstance, it will even allow you to mark up the page with comments, but you actually have to do this in the offline save, and then you can call it up and put it in a tab beside the online page. It’s a little Rube Goldberg-like and kind of tedious, but it is sort of an enhanced bookmark.

And then there’s an add-on called “Read It Later” (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/7661). Basically it’s just what it says. If you run across something you want to read and then discard after you read it, it’s good for that circumstance instead of cluttering up your bookmarks with what is really “temporary” bookmarks.”

Finally, there’s an add-on called “Dog Ears” (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4482). This one is pretty bare bones. If you see something on a web page you want to come back to, you can mark it with Dog Ears.

And then there’s just plain old bookmarking.

I’ve used all of the add-ons, and of course bookmarks. But here’s the deal. Unless you make it a point to go back to these web sites, the listings can get lengthy and old fast. For example, at one time I had a “Read It Later” list that numbered 66, with the first in the list going back several months. Looking at it, I found myself saying “What in the heck did I save that for?” So if you don’t keep up on these things, the lists grow long and pretty much outdated.

I finally decided the best way to do this was to use Firefox’s built in “Session Restore” feature. If I was in a hurry and saw something I wanted to come back to, I left the tab open when I closed Firefox. That way, the next time I opened Firefox, those tabs were fresh and staring me in the face. It’s sort of like a nag screen . . . a constant reminder. Eventually, I’d open up so many tabs just to clear out the clutter (not to mention the slow loading time for all those open tabs), I’d either do what I was thinking of doing or just flat out close the tab. It’s amazing how clutter will get you focused on priorities.

With those add-ons, the clutter is hidden and you’re more likely to allow it to accumulate. With the Session Restore feature, it’s either deal with it or dump it!

14 Responses to “The Virtues of Firefox Session Restore”

  1. BunnygotBlog

    Jul 20th, 2009

    I hear ya! We both did it yesterday and Thumper had a worst time with it then I did.Then I have to use a lot of programs at one time on this computer. He finally got it working after being frustrated.
    Thanks for the heads up, at least if mine acts up we can fix it.

    • Frank J

      Jul 20th, 2009

      Bunny,

      I am happy to hear and if there’s ever something you may have an issue with, please contact me by visiting the sharks page. My email is located there.

  2. BunnygotBlog

    Jul 20th, 2009

    Thanks so much, Frank.

  3. Great Idea Frank, I need an add-on that that stops time so I can get everything done. Where is that one?

    • Haha! I think I need the same thing :D

      Thanks for the add-ons Bob!

    • Voice of the Teens

      Jul 23rd, 2009

      LoL, :) even I’ve been looking for such an add-on from long.
      @Bob see now the lookers for such add-on increasing, You need to work hard to find one such! ;)

  4. Lea

    Jul 20th, 2009

    I was aware that Firefox reinstates tab that where open when the browser was closed, but I wasn’t aware of Gclips for bookmarking. I already have a Google account and I like the idea of not having to add more on my browser bookmarks. Thanks for the tip Frank.

  5. Amy Rich

    Jul 21st, 2009

    Hi there!
    I am a new user of Firefox and was exploring all its features and just came across your blog, it was very informative to me as now i dont have to go through all its add on’s instead now i will just use the one i want to some out of which you have mentioned here very clearly.

  6. dox

    Jul 21st, 2009

    Thanks so much, Frankpiotfhrki

    • Frank J

      Jul 21st, 2009

      dox,

      You are welcome!

  7. Robert

    Jul 22nd, 2009

    I was using Firefox as my default browser for quite sometime but i never knew that it has certain features which can be very useful to me,I really like the read it later and Dog ears Add on’s, previously it was very annoying to reopen the same web page to continue my reading but now it will not be so, thanks to you.

    • Frank J

      Jul 22nd, 2009

      Robert,

      This post is very useful and I am glad Bob published it as I learned a thing or two as well.

  8. McLaughlin

    Jul 23rd, 2009

    while I agree with your post, this is a great feature that I use all the time, I have to insult FF. With the release of version 3.5 and 3.5.1 I’ve been forced to move away from Firefox.

    The new version slows my PC & actually crashes Windows. I have a list of about 10 complaints, but those 2 are the top of the list.

    If you are using an older version of Firefox, DO NOT UPGRADE.

    • Frank J

      Jul 23rd, 2009

      I experienced the same issue with performance with 3.5. My PC is not slow, but some apps are when they are open with FF.