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Default In Depth: 100 tips to help you work smarter with Firefox

In Depth: 100 tips to help you work smarter with Firefox I did not write this,i just Copy and Pasted this from a Sticky Thread from another website I visit.But its useful .Maybe is should be a sticky here.
The beauty of using Firefox is the control that it extends to users, and there are almost limitless ways that it can be tweaked, hacked and mastered to improve speed usability and productivity.

The affinity developers have with Firefox also means that there are thousands of add-ons which can make Firefox into whatever you want it to be.
There are so many ways to get more from Firefox - here are our 100 favourite tips, tweaks and add-ons to get the most from your favourite browser.
Firefox performance tips

1. Enable pipelining

Browsers are normally very polite, sending a request to a server then waiting for a response before continuing. Pipelining is a more aggressive technique that lets them send multiple requests before any responses are received, often reducing page download times.
To enable it, type about:config in the address bar, double-click network.http.pipelining and network.http.proxy.pipelining so their values are set to true, then double-click network.http.pipelining.maxrequests and set this to 8.
Keep in mind that some servers don't support pipelining, though, and if you regularly visit a lot of these then the tweak can actually reduce performance. Set network.http.pipelining and network.http.proxy.pipelining to false again if you have any problems.

2. Render quickly

Large, complex web pages can take a while to download. Firefox doesn't want to keep you waiting, so by default will display what it's received so far every 0.12 seconds (the "content notify interval". While this helps the browser feel snappy, frequent redraws increase the total page load time, so a longer content notify interval will improve performance.
Type about:config and press [Enter], then right-click (Apple users ctrl-click) somewhere in the window and select New > Integer. Type content.notify.interval as your preference name, click OK, enter 500000 (that's five hundred thousand, not fifty thousand) and click OK again.
Right-click again in the window and select New > Boolean. This time create a value called content.notify.ontimer and set it to True to finish the job.

3. Faster loading

If you haven't moved your mouse or touched the keyboard for 0.75 seconds (the content switch threshold) then Firefox enters a low frequency interrupt mode, which means its interface becomes less responsive but your page loads more quickly. Reducing the content switch threshold can improve performance, then, and it only takes a moment.
Type about:config and press [Enter], right-click in the window and select New > Integer. Type content.switch.threshold, click OK, enter 250000 (a quarter of a second) and click OK to finish.

4. No interruptions

You can take the last step even further by telling Firefox to ignore user interface events altogether until the current page has been downloaded. This is a little drastic as Firefox could remain unresponsive for quite some time, but try this and see how it works for you.
Type about:config, press [Enter], right-click in the window and select New > Boolean. Type content.interrupt.parsing, click OK, set the value to False and click OK.

5. Block Flash

Intrusive Flash animations are everywhere, popping up over the content you actually want to read and slowing down your browsing. Fortunately there's a very easy solution. Install the Flashblock extension and it'll block all Flash applets from loading, so web pages will display much more quickly. And if you discover some Flash content that isn't entirely useless, just click its placeholder to download and view the applet as normal.

6. Increase the cache size

As you browse the web so Firefox stores site images and scripts in a local memory cache, where they can be speedily retrieved if you revisit the same page. If you have plenty of RAM (2GB or more), leave Firefox running all the time and regularly return to pages then you can improve performance by increasing this cache size. Type about:config and press [Enter], then right-click anywhere in the window and select New > Integer. Type browser.cache.memory.capacity, click OK, enter 65536 and click OK, then restart your browser to get the new, larger cache.

7. Enable TraceMonkey

TraceMonkey is a new Firefox feature that converts slow java script into super-speedy x86 code, and so lets it run some functions anything up to 20 times faster than the current version. It's still buggy so isn't available in the regular Firefox download yet, but if you're willing to risk the odd crash or two then there's an easy way to try it out.
Install the latest Firefox nightly build, launch it, type about:config in the address bar and press Enter. Type JIT in the filter box, then double-click java and java script.options.jit.content to change their values to true, and that's it - you're running the fastest Firefox java script engine ever.

8. Compress data

If you've a slow internet connection then it may feel like you'll never get Firefox to perform properly, but that's not necessarily true. Install and this clever Java applet will re-route your web traffic through its own server, compressing it at the same time, so there's much less to download. And it can even compress JPEGs by allowing you to reduce their quality. This all helps to cut your data transfer, useful if you're on a limited 1GB-per-month account, and can at best double your browsing performance.
9. Reduce RAM usage when Firefox is minimized
Go to about:config, right-click anywhere and select New-> Boolean. Name it "config.trim_on_minimize" and set it to TRUE.

10. Tune up Firefox

FireTune enables you to optimise Firefox's settings, based on your computer and internet connection.

Firefox productivity tips

11. Auto-complete websites

Go to the address bar (Control-L) and type the name of the site without the "www" or the ".com". Press Control-Enter, and it will automatically fill in the "www" and the ".com" and take you there. For .net addresses, press Shift-Enter, and for .org addresses, press Control-Shift-Enter.

12. Turn your bookmarks into 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.

13. Speed up your downloads

Download Manager Tweak Extension adds extra functionality to the existing Download Manager to help you download faster.

14. Search faster

To search with lightning speed just highlight the word or phrase with your mouse and drag the highlighted text into the search bar. Firefox will then automatically load up the search in a new tab, so you can stay informed faster.

15. All-in-one Sidebar

All-in-one Sidebar makes Firefox's Sidebar more useful by displaying pretty much anything you might want: source code, downloads, add-ons, page info, entire web pages...

16. Stealther

Jealous of Safari's Porn Mode - ahem, Private Browsing? Now you can have it, too, with Stealther.

17. Web Developer Toolbar

The name's a clue: the Web Developer Toolbar adds a toolbar containing useful tools for web developers.

18. Instapaper

Grab Instapaper's bookmarklet and you can store interesting things to read later. You can view pages without ads or other distractions, and it works on phones as well as PCs.

19. FireFTP

FireFTP is an excellent bit of charityware - it's free, but donations are encouraged. It puts a fully featured FTP program right inside your browser.

20. Greasemonkey

The Swiss Army Knife of the internet, Greasemonkey enables you to bend sites to your will through the power of java script.

21. Tab Mix Plus

Get complete control over Firefox's tab handling, from the way tabs look to the way they work, with Tab Mix Plus.

22. User Agent Switcher

Browser sniffers stopping you from seeing sites? Pretend you're using a rubbish browser by changing the user agent string with User Agent Switcher.

23. IE View

Sometimes you need to view or test a page in IE. IE View is a Windows-only extension that makes it a one-click job.

24. IE Tab

Does much the same as IE View, but opens IE within a Firefox tab. Once again IE Tab is Windows-only.

25. Sage

Firefox's RSS support is pretty basic. Sage gives you a fully-featured RSS and Atom feed reader that's a joy to use.

26. HideBad

Pretend you're busy working with this excellent boss key. Not only does HideBad replace the current tabs with safe ones, but it zaps your browsing history, too.

27. Download Statusbar

Keep track of and control your file downloads without leaving the main browser window with Download Statusbar.

28. DownThemAll

Download every link or linked image from a web page in one fell swoop, filtering out unwanted file types automatically with DownThemAll.

29. FoxyTunes

FoxyTunes lets you control your music player, or take advantage of Yahoo's online MP3 player, while you wander around the web.

30. Gmail Space

So unofficial that Google will probably kill you if it catches you using it, Gmail Space turns Gmail into an online hard disk.

31. StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon is the easy way to discover sites that other people liked.

32. NoScript

Eliminate annoyances and security risks by blocking scripts and other executable content from sites you don't trust with NoScript.

33. BugMeNot

Don't want to register to read an article? BugMeNot gives you other people's logins.

34. Fast Video Download

Download embedded video clips with Fast Video Download so you can watch them at your leisure.

35. ScribeFire

ScribeFire is a superb in-browser blog editor that works with everything from LiveJournal to and

36. BetterSearch

BetterSearch adds previews to search results so you don't end up on irrelevant, malicious or obscene websites. Unless that's what you're looking for...

37. Stop time wasting

Serial time wasters will love LeechBlock, an add-on which lets you block access to sites which waste your time during specific periods of the day.

38. Adblock Plus

Adblock Plus eliminates invasive ads and makes some sites look very weird as a result.

39. Nuke Anything Enhanced

Before you print use Nuke Anything to strip out any objects or text you don't want displayed to save on wasted ink, paper and time.

40. Highlight multiple text

This trick is similar to selecting different files which are not stacked together in Windows explorer using the Ctrl button. In Firefox 3 when you want to select multiple areas of text without having to repeatedly copy and paste, click on the Ctrl button and use your mouse to select multiple areas of text.

41. Don't ride your luck with automatic search

When you type a keyword into the navigation bar, Firefox will perform an I'm Feeling Lucky search and load a new web page. You can make it list the search results instead by opening the about:config, finding and double-clicking the keyword.URL entry and entering ''

42. Inline search smarter

Select Tools, Options. Click the Advanced icon and then the General tab. Check Search for text when I start typing, and click OK. Now you don't have to press Ctrl-F to find a word. Just start typing and matches will be found automatically.

43. Hack Firefox to get a minimalist interface for your netbook

If you've a netbook then you might want to free up screen space, create a cleaner, simpler browser, or just redesign the program to better suit your needs. Here's how to hack Firefox to get a minimalist interface for your netbook.

44. Create your own Firefox theme

With a seemingly endless collection of add-ons, extensions and extras, Firefox is one of the most customisable browsers. But you can take your customisations even further by changing the graphics and adding your own add-ons and extensions. Here's how to create your own Firefox theme.

45. Create a new profile

The Profile Manager is meant for advanced users who don't want other user's add-ons cluttering their set up. To access it, close Firefox, go to Start > Run and enter "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" -profilemanager. If you've installed Firefox in another directory, browse to its location. In the Profile manager, click Create Profile, name it and then you're back at the Profile Manager, where you'll see your new profile on the list.

46. Make a desktop shortcut to your profile

Right-click the desktop and click New > Shortcut. Browse and locate
firefox.exe. C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe is the default location. Type -P yourprofilename -no-remote into the box after the file path.

47. Get the answer fast

With the Answers add-on just hold ALT and click a word, to be presented with an information bubble with the meaning or answer in seconds.

48. Get the weather

Keep an eye on weather with the help of ForecastFox. Once you've relaunched Firefox, you'll be prompted for your location, and you'll soon have little weather symbols adorning your Firefox window.

49. I can hear music

FoxyTunes links in with most popular music players to enable you to control
your player from within Firefox itself. Once installed, the media controls appear on the bottom rim of the Firefox window.

50. Take a note

QuickNote makes it possible to select some text, right-click it and send it to QuickNote with the URL appended to the end. Perfect if those who use the web for research purposes - like us.

Firefox money-saving tips

51. Firefox Companion for eb*y

The eb*y Companion shows auctions in the sidebar and alerts you when anything happens, helping you to strike at the right moment.

52. Amazon Shopper

Amazon's prices change from day to day, so tell this nifty plug-in what you're willing to pay. When the price drops, it'll let you know.

53. RetailMeNot

Discover whether discount codes are available for the site you're visiting. RetailMeNot is a collaborative effort, so the more people that use it the more useful it gets.

54. Yapta

Flight finder Yapta includes the main European carriers, although it's best for transatlantic or US travel. The tracking feature lets you know if any flights drop in price.

55. Exch

Planning to buy currency? Timing is everything. Exch carries out currency conversions and shows you graphs of the underlying trends.

56. CraigZilla

Find bargains on Craigslist from your status bar: select your region and what you're looking for, and CraigZilla fetches and filters the listings accordingly.

57. One-Click-Best-Deal

Despite the rubbish name, this is pretty handy: select and right-click on a product name, and One-Click-Best-Deal checks to see if it-can-find-it-cheaper.

58. Spellcheck

If you post on forums or use online forms to enter information, you may
wish to have the safety net of a spellchecking tool. Spellbound is one of the best.

Firefox security and privacy tips

59. Delete items from address bar history

While it's very handy to have your recently visited pages autocompleted as you type, it's not always desirable. Go to the address bar (Ctrl-L), start typing an address, and the drop-down menu will appear with the URLs of pages you've visited. You can highlight and delete these at will, for maximum privacy.

60. Protect your PC from malware
You don't have to visit the seedy side of the web to pick up a virus - even the best social networking sites regularly host all kinds of malware. But you can reduce the chance of infection by installing NoScript. This handy add-on blocks java script, Java, Flash and other executable content from running unless you explicitly allow it, and is a great way to keep yourself safe online.

61. Speedily search for images

Browse Google images and your results are split into blocks of 21. But use CoolIris and you'll get all your results displayed on a 3D photo wall, a much faster and easier way to find the images you need. It only works with some sites, unfortunately, but as these include Google, Flickr, Picasa, Yahoo, Photobucket, Facebook and MySpace then you'll still have plenty to browse. Especially as it searches and displays YouTube videos, too. Give it a try.

62. Easily open multiple links

Sometimes your image searches will lead you to forums or websites with large thumbnail galleries. You could do the right-click "open link in new tab" thing for every thumbnail, but it's much easier to use Linky. Just select the thumbnails you want to view, right-click an empty part of the page, and click Linky > Open All Image Links In Tabs to open them automatically. A real time-saver.

63. Watch videos in your sidebar

Organising your images is easy. Videos? That's more of a challenge, but YouPlayer can help, at least with the big sites (YouTube, Google Video, MySpace and Metacafe). Drag and drop video links into the playlist and you can play them in your sidebar, without having to revisit the original site each time. It can download videos, too, but if that's your main interest then we'd recommend a more specialist tool like Video DownloadHelper.

64. Keep your bookmarks online
If others make use of your PC occasionally then you might not want them to see your more, hmm, specialist bookmarks. Use StartAid and you can save your favourite sites online, instead. The service imports your existing bookmarks so it's easy to get started, and you can then access them from any convenient PC.

65. Go covert

One of the best privacy add-ons is Ghostfox, which not only hides your browsing using emergency mouse gestures, but can display Firefox within programs such as Paint for the ultimate in covert browsing,

66. At-a-glance download monitoring

When you're downloading several large files then it can be annoying to keep switching to the download window to see how they're progressing. But there is another way. Install the Download Status Bar and every download generates a new button on the status bar, so it's visible whatever tab you happen to be using. Each button includes a progress bar for easy download monitoring, and you can right-click the button for options to pause or cancel the download.

67. Use Master Password

Firefox will remember your passwords, but it's not really secure unless you use the Firefox master password. To set this up, select Tools, Options and click the Security icon. Check Remember passwords for sites and Use a master password. The first time you log on enter this, and then password fields will be autocompleted.

68. Don't record your browsing history

Make sure no trace of your activity is left by checking "Always clear my private data when I close Firefox".

69. Get paranoid

Torbutton will allow you to connect and disconnect from the Tor anonymity network. Tor scatters your browser requests across the internet for ultimate privacy.

70. Don't get tracked

Using the Tools menu, click on Options, select the Privacy tab. Ensure that 'Accept third-party cookies' is unchecked, and the 'Keep until' option is set to 'I close Firefox'.

71. Disable 3rd Party Images

On websites the content you receive from the website is called 1st party content and content drawn from other websites is called 3rd party content. This thrird party content has cause privacy problems, so it's possible to block it. Got to "about:config" and filter for 'permissions.default.image' double click it and set the default value to 3. This could stop Google from returning image results so be careful.

Mouse gestures

72. Control Firefox with your mouse

A massive time saver, Mouse Gestures enables you to navigate with a quick flick of the mouse while holding the right mouse button down.

73. Go one page forward in the browsing history

Hold the right mouse button down and move mouse to the right

74. Go back a page in the browsing history

Hold the right mouse button down and flick mouse to left

75. Close the active tab

Hold the right mouse button down and move the mouse down and to the right in an L motion

76. Open the link crossed by the gesture in a new browser window

Hold the right mouse button down and flick the mouse downwards

77. Open links in tabs

Making any gesture ending with a straight Right-Up-Left movement opens all crossed links in tabs.

Keyboard shortcuts

78. Autocomplete .com URL


79. Autocomplete .net URL


80. Autocomplete .org URL


81. Open Active Downloads


82. Select Location Bar

Alt+D/ F6 /Ctrl+L

83. Bookmark All Tabs


84. Bookmark This Page




86. Caret Browsing


87. History


88. Clear Private Data


89. Rotate forward among tabs


90. Rotate to the previous tab


91. Choose a number to jump to a specific tab


Mouse shortcuts

92. Open link in Background Tab

Ctrl+Left-click Middle-click

93. Open link in Foreground Tab

Ctrl+Shift+Left-click/ Shift+Middle-click

94. Open in New Window


95. Copy Tab or Bookmark


96. Paste URL and Go

Middle-click on Tab

97. Reload and overwrite cache

Shift+Reload button

98. Scroll line by line


99. New tab

Double-Click on Tab Bar

100. Close Tab

Middle-click on tab

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