If you are using Firefox on your Windows PC, you can get much more than what web developers created for you on their web pages. Greasemonkey is a useful extension that helps you customize the way you view websites on your Firefox. It is an extension that helps augmented browsing by allowing users to install scripts that make on-the-fly changes to web page content after or before the page is loaded in the browser.
What is Greasemonkey
We talked about Greasemonkey in the above paragraph. Basically, it is an extension for the Firefox browser. It allows you to change the way websites function when you open them in your browser. The browser should be Firefox or something that is based on Firefox code.
NOTE: Not all browsers using Mozilla code will support Greasemonkey. For example, TOR will not, but EPIC may.
The extensions start running when you load a website or when you leave a website – based on how the user script is programmed to give you the desired performance. Greasemonkey is available for download in the Firefox extensions store as well as on sites like softensonic. If you are already using Firefox, the best and safest method would be to download Greasemonkey from the store. That way, you will steer clear of fake software that may ruin or hack your computing.
How to use Greasemonkey Scripts
Installation of Greasemonkey scripts is easier than you thought. Just as you add any extension or anything software, when you find a Greasemonkey script, click the install button against it or anywhere on the page. If possible, you may also drag and drop the script to the current website where you want the script applied.
But remember one important point – always download and use scripts from sources you trust completely!
Where to find Greasemonkey User Scripts
Some scripts are present on the Greasemonkey website: www.greasespot.net
There is a huge repository for Greasemonkey user scripts at: www.userscripts.org
When installing Greasemonkey scripts, make sure they are from the above two websites. If you see scripts on third-party websites, try to keep them away unless you fully trust the websites.
How to turn off Greasemonkey scripts on certain websites
To turn off Greasemonkey without removing it from Firefox, just click the monkey icon that appears towards the left side. The Greasemonkey icon is two parts: one is the monkeyface and the other is a drop-down list indicated by a down key. To toggle using and not using Greasemonkey, click on the monkey face icon.
Another option is to open the Extensions tab and disable it from there. You can later enable it when you wish to use it.
Greasemonkey: Useful Resources
- FAQ: http://wiki.greasespot.net/FAQ
- Troubleshooting Information: http://wiki.greasespot.net/Troubleshooting_(Users)
- To share script: http://wiki.greasespot.net/User_Script_Hosting
You can check the source code of GreaseMonkey on GitHub.
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