Plugins and Extensions

Whichever browser you choose to access the web, it will not have all the features built into it that you may want. For example, I have yet to find a browser that can display PDF documents in the browser or play Flash animations in web pages with just the web browser itself. There is no problem with that because firstly, browsers will offer for download any file that they do not know how to display so that you can open them in some other program that you have which does know how to handle that type of file, and secondly, you can install plugins into your browser that will allow some file types to be handled within the browser.

There are several plugins that are almost mandatory to have installed in your browser in order for you to make proper use of all of the features that are commonly found on web sites. These include

Depending on which browser you are using there may be other plugins or browser extensions that are worth adding into your browser in order to extend the functionality of your browser. For example if you are running Internet Explorer 6 (or later) then the IE7Pro plugin adds many feature to your browser that other browsers provide that IE is lacking. Firefox has a huge number of extensions available allowing you to customise the browser to work exactly the way you want it to work.

Selecting and installing the appropriate plugins/extensions for your browser will allow you to customise your browser so that it works the way you want and will make for a much better experience when you are accessing the web.

 

This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.

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