Useeful Firefox Tricks
Useeful Firefox Tricks
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, itâ€™s optimized for dialup connections). Hereâ€™s how:
* Type â€œabout:configâ€ into the address bar and hit return. Type â€œnetwork.httpâ€ in the filter field, and change the following settings (double-click on them to change them):
* Set â€œnetwork.http.pipeliningâ€ to â€œtrueâ€
* Set â€œnetwork.http.proxy.pipeliningâ€ to â€œtrueâ€
* Set â€œnetwork.http.pipelining.maxrequestsâ€ to a number like 30. This will allow it to make 30 requests at once.
* Also, right-click anywhere and select New-> Integer. Name it â€œnglayout.initialpaint.delayâ€ and set its value to â€œ0″. This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it receives.
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 :
* 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)
Sometimes youâ€™re already using your mouse and itâ€™s easier to 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)
This is another keyboard shortcut, but itâ€™s not commonly known and very useful. Go to the address bar (Control-L) and type the name of the site without the â€œwwwâ€ or the â€œ.comâ€. Letâ€™s say â€œgoogleâ€. Then press Control-Enter, and it will automatically fill in the â€œwwwâ€ and the â€œ.comâ€ and take you there - like magic! For .net addresses, press Shift-Enter, and for .org addresses, press Control-Shift-Enter.
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)
Delete items from address bar history.
Firefoxâ€™s ability to automatically show previous URLs youâ€™ve visited, as you type, in the address barâ€™s drop-down history menu is very cool. But sometimes you just donâ€™t want those URLs to show up (I wonâ€™t ask why). Go to the address bar (Ctrl-L), start typing an address, and the drop-down menu will appear with the URLs of pages youâ€™ve visited with those 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.
If you really want to trick out your Firefox, youâ€™ll want to create a UserChrome.css file and customize your browser. Itâ€™s a bit complicated to get into here, but check out this tutorial.
Create a user.js file.
Another way to customize Firefox, creating a user.js file can really speed up your browsing. Youâ€™ll need to create a text file named 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.
The true power userâ€™s tool, about.config isnâ€™t something to mess with if you donâ€™t know what a setting does. You can get to the main configuration screen by putting about:config in the browserâ€™s address bar. See Mozillazineâ€™s about:config tips and screenshots.
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.
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 â€œbrowser.cacheâ€ and select â€œbrowser.cache.disk.capacityâ€. Itâ€™s set to 50000, but you can lower it, depending on how much memory you have. Try 15000 if you have between 512MB and 1GB ram.
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 itâ€™s definitely worth a go. Again, go to about:config, right-click anywhere and select New-> Boolean. Name it â€œconfig.trim_on_minimizeâ€ and set it to TRUE. You have to restart Firefox for these settings to take effect.