LinkSidebar is a useful FireFox addon that allows to view, search and test hyperlinks in a web page.
Let’s give it a test drive, shall we?
It took me a few minutes to figure out how to actually open the sidebar after the installation. It turned out I should have used the shortcut key [Ctrl+Shift+L] or the view menu (View->Sidebar->Links).
LinkSidebar allows the user to:
- See all hyperlinks in the current web page, including any hyperlinks inside frames;
- See the total number of hyperlinks in the current webpage.
Clicking on each link in the sidebar will open the page in a new tab.
You can customize the columns to show the anchor text of each link, its URL and domain:
You can search a handy SEARCH option to filter on-page links by a keyword:
Two handy advanced search operators are supported:
- You can use quotes to find the exact phrase.
- You can use a minus (-) sign before any word to exclude links containing that word from the results.
For example, to search for all the links to youtube videos except videos of cats, type “youtube -cats” in the search box.
Further on, you can select links in the list (to select many links hold CTRL and click the links you want to select) to be able to:
- Highlight them on the page;
- Test them:
To summarize, the addon allows to:
- Search the links in the current webpage (to find / filter links by a keyword in the URL path and anchor text);
- Select multiple links to open in tabs or copy locations for all selected links;
- Test links in the webpage, filtering out unwanted links with quick and easy searches;
- Highlight selected link on a page.