Linky goodness

Open links and more with this nifty Firefox add-on.

Linky is a free Firefox add-on that increases your power over hyperlinks. You can use it open all or some of the links on a given page, including images--even links on different tabs.

Linky installs normally; when we restarted Firefox, it was listed among our add-ons. We clicked Options, which called up a dialog with tabs for General and Advanced settings as well as an About tab with links to the developer's Web site. We selected several General options, such as the ability to open both new tabs and windows, show all images, and copy links to the Clipboard. We also entered a download directory in the Advanced tab, which offered a Validator address, image extension choices, and a few other options. We clicked OK and browsed to a Web page, right-clicked a hyperlink, and clicked Linky on the context menu. Linky displayed an extensive list of link types, with active links highlighted. We clicked Open selected links in tabs, and the Select Links dialog opened with our link listed and selected. A drop-down list labeled Commands offered a wide variety of actions, everything from sorting entries to bookmarking links. We clicked Open selected links, and the link opened in a new tab. Next we navigated to a gallery page and selected Open all images in one tab, and this time the Select Links dialog displayed links to all 15 images on the page. We clicked Open selected links, and an Untitled tab opened with all the images displayed. We were also able to open links in new windows, show just links, show linked images, copy or download links, and other combinations. To select just a few links to open, we simply unchecked the boxes of the links we didn't want to open, and Linky did the rest.

Linky is another great little add-on that adds power and flexibility to Firefox. It greatly expands your ability to select, open, and view links from the context menu.

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