Editors' Note: The Download Now link will prompt a local download of the Firefox extension. To install the extension directly, open the file using your Firefox browser.
This handy freeware Firefox add-on helps users clarify obscured links. SplitLink installs with all the ease of Firefox add-ons. Just download it, restart Firefox, and the add-on is ready to go. A multitabbed configuration interface offers easily set options and a nice set of Help window pop-ups.
SplitLink automatically removes elements that make it harder to see where a link is sending you. That's only part of this add-on's functions. With a single click, users can quickly set pop-up windows to open in the current window, new window, or new tabs. The add-on first operates on the pop-up URLs to filter out bad parameters or block unformatted URLs. One tab includes easy-to-set options to force pop-up size.
Testers were less happy with SplitLink's Customize options. A default set of rules govern altering the URLs for specific domains and parameters. Though the tab includes a method to add items to the list, the add-on neglects to offer instruction for the option.
Obscured URLs are a daily problem for some users. SplitLink goes a long way toward reducing this issue, and adds a useful bonus feature to help manage pop-ups.
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