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Windows 7: WinFox: Give Firefox jumplist functionality

20 May 2009   #1

Windows 10 Tech Preview 9926 x64
WinFox: Give Firefox jumplist functionality

If you have Windows 7 and Mozilla Firefox 3.1 beta (or the upcoming Firefox 3.5), then you should know about Winfox. Winfox allows you to use those new super cool taskbar features built-in to the Jumplists with Firefox. I’m sure you know how Internet Explorer in Windows 7 lets you access your frequently used sites and tasks with just a right click of the taskbar, right? With Winfox, you can do the same with Firefox. Pin frequently used sites, get your top fifteen visited sites, and easy access to launching Firefox from the taskbar. You can even drag a page from your favorites or navigation toolbar (by dragging the favicon) within Firefox to pin it to the taskbar! With Winfox, Windows 7 just got more personal for Firefox.

  • Windows 7 (32 bit or 64 bit, choose your download based on processor architecture)
  • At least Mozilla Firefox 3.0
Note: Winfox must be running to update your top fifteen visited sites
Tips: Pin Winfox to your taskbar to utilize easy launch and access to your Firefox Jumplist.
If you have a suggestion or bug to report, please leave a comment on this post. Thanks!

  • Recent Items support (limited to fifteen items)
  • Tasks support
  • Pin support
  • FirefoxURL handling (dragging Firefox pages)
  • Auto-detection of the Firefox directory and user profile
  • FavIcon support (downloads top fifteen favicons to your Firefox Cache directory)
  • Launch Firefox by clicking on the Winfox icon (if Winfox is running)
  • Linking of all open Firefox windows – Sets all Firefox windows to use Winfox (only if Winfox is running)
  • Play around, I’m sure you’ll find more.

It's available in both x86 and x64 and seems to work well with FF 3.1b3. When I tried it with 3.5b4 and 3.5b5 it would crash within 30 seconds of launching, although the jump list functionality would continue working until FF was closed.

Hopefully the FF 3.5 RC due out on the 29th with have jumplist functionality, but somehow I doubt it.

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21 May 2009   #2

7600 x86

is this a standalone program? hrmm. i think i'll wait until Mozilla, or some clever plugin developer, adds this to firefox. it doesn't really give much more functionality than is already present - i have several urls pinned to my jumplist right now, and if i feel like it, could change the icons to the site's favicon manually... these few extra perks, i think, are not quite worth running a background app for.

but thanks for the post! good to see these things are starting to emerge
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21 May 2009   #3

Windows 7 Build 7100 (x64)

So far as I can tell, it doesn't run in teh background unless you are running Firefox. Its a cool addon. I don't think jumplists will make 3.5, simply because when it comes out 7 will most likely still be pre-RTM. Maybe 3.6?
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22 May 2009   #4

Windows 10 Tech Preview 9926 x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mSeliga View Post
So far as I can tell, it doesn't run in teh background unless you are running Firefox. Its a cool addon. I don't think jumplists will make 3.5, simply because when it comes out 7 will most likely still be pre-RTM. Maybe 3.6?
Yeah, I'm guessing 3.6 as well...with the way things are going, though, 3.6 won't be out until 2010 sometime.
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