Firefox 4 users can make a much better use of the status-bar (or new “add-on bar” as they call it) by installing some extension that shows useful information in this area. As in new Firefox 4.o add-on bar is supposed to be used by the Firefox extension developers to show some useful information to it’s users. One of the extremely useful extensions that I have come across recently is called StatusbarEx. After installation it adds some useful information to the Firefox add-on bar like Memory/CPU Usage, Network Speed which is shown by default at the bottom in the Firefox UI.
By default the information shows System free memory, Firefox memory usage, system and Firefox CPU usage as well as network speed. If a user clicks on the panel with a down arrow a small interface shows the real-time graph of the network bandwidth usage that can be very useful for some people. Furthermore users have also the option to turn on the text only mode where graphical bars are not shown, but the information is shown only in textual form. I found this very useful to keep an eye on the Firefox memory usage as well as the CPU usage as Firefox has habit of becoming a memory hog over time.
I think StatusbarEx is an essential add-on for the power users that want to keep a tap on all the vital signs of their favorite browser (which in this case is Firefox 4.0). Note that this extension is ONLY compatible with Firefox 4.0. You can download the latest version of the StatusbarEx from here.
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