Enter browser extensions! These are little tools that you add to your browser's program to give you more functionality or personality...well...not you, but your web browser! I use Firefox for my primary browser and I think it is by far the best browser around for someone like me that visits a ton of sites, and does a lot of production with Web 2.0. I use extensions to bookmark and manage important web sites, to extract video from websites (so I can show them without needing Internet access) and for other needs or wants.
Here is a small collection of browser extensions I use to make my life easier...and more fun!
1. Delicious Bookmarks
If you bookmark websites to your Delicious account often, which I do, this tool is really a must! I can simply click on the "Tag" button when I want to save a site to Delicious. I add my tags, and click save. If I want to visit my bookmarks, I click on the checker board button. I don't use this...but if you want to see your Delicious bookmarks permanently, you can click on the sidebar button and it will extend your window and add a little sidebar window of all your Delicious sites.
2. Easy YouTube Video DownloaderYou won't see this as a button in your web browser, but after you install it and then visit YouTube...you will have a new button called "Download As..." under any video you watch...and you can choose from a variety of file types to convert the video into.
5. Google Shortcuts
If you look at the picture above, you can see that directly below my main toolbar (where my address bar is) is a complete toolbar with shortcuts to all my Google tools: Gmail, Create a new Gmail Email, Google Reader, Google search, Image search, Calendar, YouTube, Picasa, Blogger, and several Docs buttons (create for specific Docs tools). There are so many Google tools and you can customize all of them to fit your needs. Now, I don't have to set iGoogle as my home page, I can get to it anytime by clicking on my iGoogle button. Big grin for this extension.
6. New Tab King
Seven is probably enough to get you interested in themes, but know that there are way too many extensions to count available to you and for all different purposes. My recommendation is to try one or two at a time, if it works, great, if not...you just uninstall it.
You can access your extensions by going to Tools > Add-Ons in your browser software. Here you can search for extensions, set the preferences for each extension and remove those that you don't use or that aren't working for you.
Explore, be adventurous and let me know what you Add-On.