Friday, October 2, 2009

Firefox extension: Simple Boss Key

When people come over to your desk, maybe you do not want them to see what you are browsing. This extension helps you quickly minimize your browser to the taskbar.

When the key F12 is pressed, the browser will first bring the first tab to the front and then get minimized to the taskbar. If the first tab was opened with a serious page, its title would be shown by the Firefox's icon in the taskbar. So even somebody peeks at your taskbar, he could not tell what you were actually browsing.

This Firefox extension has been submitted to

After you install it, it will appear in the Extensions tab of the Add-ons dialogue (accessed from Menu Tools->Add-ons->Extensions).

The extension is very simple and does not need configurations. If you click the Options button, you will see a dialogue with brief instruction and tips.

Does writing a Firefox extension have to be complicated? This one gives an example of how simple it could be. You are encouraged to read and play with the code. Read my another post Learn how to create a Firefox extension in 10 minutes to see how I built it.

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  1. pls add this extension for 3.5.3 version

  2. Have you tried the latest version 1.2? It supports Firefox 3.5.3.

  3. If you have installed an old version, you have to manually install the new version from website. The automatic update won't work because the extension is currently marked as experimental by

    If you like this extension, you could help it complete the experimental stage sooner by adding your comments at