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Firefox Tricks

Firefox Tricks

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get the following cool firefox tricks.
1) more screen space. make your icons small. go to view - toolbars - customize and
check the use small icons box.
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2) smart keywords. if there s a search you use a lot (let s say imdb.com s people
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search), this is an awesome tool that not many people use. right-click on the
search box, select add a keyword for this search , give the keyword a name and an
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easy-to-type and easy-to-remember shortcut name (let s say actor ) and save it.
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now, when you want to do an actor search, go to firefox s address bar, type
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actor and the name of the actor and press return. instant search! you can do
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this with any search box.

3) keyboard shortcuts. this is where you become a real jedi. it just takes a
little while to learn these, but once you do, your browsing will be super fast.
here are some of the most common (and my personal favs):

* spacebar (page down)
* shift-spacebar (page up)
* ctrl+f (find)
* alt-n (find next)
* ctrl+d (bookmark page)
* ctrl+t (new tab)
* ctrl+k (go to search box)
* ctrl+l (go to address bar)
* ctrl+= (increase text size)
* ctrl+- (decrease text size)
* ctrl-w (close tab)
* f5 (reload)
* alt-home (go to home page)

4) auto-complete. this is another keyboard shortcut, but it s not commonly known
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and very useful. go to the address bar (control-l) and type the name of the site
without the www or the .com . let s say google . then press control-enter, and
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it will automatically fill in the www and the .com and take you there - like
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magic! for .net addresses, press shift-enter, and for .org addresses, press
control-shift-enter.
5) tab navigation. instead of using the mouse to select different tabs that you
have open, use the keyboard. here are the shortcuts:

* ctrl+tab (rotate forward among tabs)
* ctrl+shft+tab (rotate to the previous tab)
* ctrl+1-9 (choose a number to jump to a specific tab)

6) mouse shortcuts. sometimes you re already using your mouse and it s easier to
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use a mouse shortcut than to go back to the keyboard. master these cool ones:

* middle click on link (opens in new tab)
* shift-scroll down (previous page)
* shift-scroll up (next page)
* ctrl-scroll up (decrease text size)
* ctrl-scroll down (increase text size)
* middle click on a tab (closes tab)

7) delete items from address bar history. firefox s ability to automatically show
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previous urls you ve visited, as you type, in the address bar s drop-down history
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menu is very cool. but sometimes you just don t want those urls to show up (i
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won t ask why). go to the address bar (ctrl-l), start typing an address, and the
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drop-down menu will appear with the urls of pages you ve visited with those
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letters in them. use the down-arrow to go down to an address you want to delete,
and press the delete key to make it disappear.
8) user chrome. if you really want to trick out your firefox, you ll want to
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create a userchrome.css file and customize your browser. it s a bit complicated to
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get into here, but check out this tutorial.
9) create a user.js file. another way to customize firefox, creating a user.js
file can really speed up your browsing. you ll need to create a text file named
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user.js in your profile folder (see this to find out where the profile folder is) and see this example user.js file that you can modify. created by techlifeweb.com, this example explains some of the things you can do in its comments.

10) about:config. the true power user s tool, about.config isn t something to mess
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with if you don t know what a setting does. you can get to the main configuration
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screen by putting about:config in the browser s address bar. see mozillazine s
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about:config tips and screenshots.

11) add a keyword for a bookmark. go to your bookmarks much faster by giving them keywords. right-click the bookmark and then select properties. put a short keyword in the keyword field, save it, and now you can type that keyword in the address bar and it will go to that bookmark.

12) speed up firefox. if you have a broadband connection (and most of us do), you
can use pipelining to speed up your page loads. this allows firefox to load
multiple things on a page at once, instead of one at a time (by default, it s

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optimized for dialup connections). here s how:
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* type about:config into the address bar and hit return. type network.http
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in the filter field, and change the following settings (double-click on them to
change them):
* set network.http.pipelining to true
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* set network.http.proxy.pipelining to true
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* set network.http.pipelining.maxrequests to a number like 30. this will
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allow it to make 30 requests at once.
* also, right-click anywhere and select new-> integer. name it
nglayout.initialpaint.delay and set its value to 0?. this value is the amount
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of time the browser waits before it acts on information it receives.

13) limit ram usage. if firefox takes up too much memory on your computer, you can
limit the amount of ram it is allowed to us. again, go to about:config, filter
browser.cache and select browser.cache.disk.capacity . it s set to 50000, but

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you can lower it, depending on how much memory you have. try 15000 if you have
between 512mb and 1gb ram.

14) reduce ram usage further for when firefox is minimized. this setting will move
firefox to your hard drive when you minimize it, taking up much less memory. and
there is no noticeable difference in speed when you restore firefox, so it s

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definitely worth a go. again, go to about:config, right-click anywhere and select
new-> boolean. name it config.trim_on_minimize and set it to true. you have to
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restart firefox for these settings to take effect.
15) move or remove the close tab button. do you accidentally click on the close
button of firefox s tabs? you can move them or remove them, again through
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about:config. edit the preference for browser.tabs.closebuttons . here are the
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meanings of each value:

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