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Thursday, May 31, 2007

A Guide to Installing Greasemonkey on Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Opera

Since I've been posting so much about Greasemonkey recently, I thought it would be a good idea to create a comprehensive reference that readers new to Greasemonkey can refer back to.

First off, Greasemonkey is a browser extension that lets you change the way websites look and behave. That means you can add extra features to your favorite sites or eliminate features that you don't want. This is done through scripts that you can install or create on your own.

To use a Greasemonkey script, you need to install some special software on your browser of choice. The following guides will walk you through how to install Greasemonkey scripts on Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Opera.

Internet Explorer
1. Download and install Trixie.
2. Restart IE.
3. Then save the script you want to use into the Scripts folder. The default directory will look something like this: C:\Program Files\Bhelpuri\Trixie\Scripts.
4. Now go to the Tools menu in IE and click on "Trixie Options".
5. An options window will pop up with a list of the scripts that are installed. Click "Reload Scripts" and make sure your new script shows up in the list. Make sure to check the box next to it if it isn't checked already.
6. Click "OK".

However, fair warning: not all Greasemonkey scripts work in IE.

1. Download and install Greasemonkey.
2. Restart Firefox.
3. Click on the link to the script you want to download. It'll probably be labeled "Install this script" or something similar.
4. A window should pop up with a countdown. Click Install after it ends.
5. That's it!

1. Download your script to a directory of your choice, i.e. C:\Scripts.
2. Open Opera, and go to Tools->Preferences.
3. Click on the "Advanced" tab and select "Content".
4. Now click "JavaScript Options..." and set "User JavaScript files" to the directory you chose before.

If you're looking for Greasemonkey scripts to download, Userscripts.org has a vast collection.


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I can't make it work on Opera, what is I doing wrong? I am doing it exacly as it is writen here!

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