Firefox Tricks

10/07/2011 09:38


Everyone's favorite open-source browser, Firefox is just great out of the box. And with the addition of some awesome extensions available out there, the browser becomes better and better.

But look under the hood, and there are a number of hidden (and some not-so-secret) tips for a crank Firefox up and pimp your browser. Do it faster, cooler, more efficient. Get a Jedi Master to be the next Firefox tricks.

1) More screen space. Make your icons small. Go to View - Toolbars - Customize and check "Use small icons" box.

2) keywords smart. If there is a search using a lot (let's say 's people search), it is a wonderful tool that few people use. Right click on the search box, select "Add keyword for this search", give the keyword a name and an easy-to-type and easy to remember shortcut name (let's say "actor" ) and save it. Now, when you want to search player, go to the address bar of Firefox, type "actor" and the name of the actor, and press Enter. Instant Search! You can do this with any search box.

3) Keyboard shortcuts. There will be a true Jedi. It just takes a little 'time to learn, but when you do not, your browser is super fast. Here are some of the most common:

Spacebar (page down) Shift-SPACE (page up) Ctrl + F (Find), Alt-F (find next) Ctrl + D (bookmark page) Ctrl + T (new tab) Ctrl + K (go to the box research) Ctrl + L (Go Bar) Ctrl + = (Click to enlarge the text size) Ctrl + - (decrease text size) Ctrl-W (close tab) F5 (reload) Alt-Home (return home)

4) Auto-completion. This is another shortcut, but it is not well known and very useful. Go to the address bar (Control-L), and write the name of the site without "www" or. "Com". Let's say "google". Then press Ctrl + Enter, and it will automatically fill in the "www" and "com." And you there - like magic! For. Net addresses, press Shift-Enter, and. Org addresses, press Ctrl-Shift-Enter.

Navigation part 5). Instead of using the mouse to select the tabs you have open, use the keyboard. Here are the shortcuts:

Ctrl + Tab (rotate forward among tabs) Ctrl + Shift + Tab (rotate to the previous tab) Ctrl 1-9 (choose a number to access a specific tab)

6) Mouse shortcuts. Sometimes you're already using the mouse, and is easier to use a mouse shortcut than to go back to the keyboard. Mastery of these cool of them:

Click This (opens in a new tab) scroll down the Shift key (above) Shift scroll up (next page) Ctrl-scroll up (decrease text size) Ctrl, click at this, scroll down (increase text size) in a tab (closes tab)

7) Delete items from the history of the address bar. Firefox's ability to automatically display the URLs you've visited, writing in the pull-down menu in the history of the address bar is very cool. But sometimes you do not want to appear URL (I will not ask why). Go to the address bar (Ctrl-L), start typing an address, menu will appear with the URLs of pages you've visited with those letters in them. Use the down arrow to go to an address you want to delete and press the Delete key to delete.

8) User chrome. If you really want to decorate your Firefox, you can create and edit the userChrome.css file browser. It 'a little' hard to get 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 navigation. You need to create a text file called user.js in the profile folder (see this to know where the profile folder) and see what an example user.js file that can be changed. Created by, this example explains some of the things you can do in your comments.

10) about: config. True power users tool, about.config should not be confused if you do not know what the setting is. To access the main configuration screen by putting about: config in the address bar of your browser. See the MozillaZine 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 choose 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), you can use pipelining to speed up page loading. This allows the download page for Firefox, the more things at once, instead of one at a time (by default, is optimized for dialup connections). To do this:

Type "about: config" in address bar and press Enter. Type "network.http" in the filter field and change the following settings (double click to change):

Set "network.http.pipelining" to "true"

Set "network.http.proxy.pipelining" to "true"

Set "network.http.pipelining.maxrequests" for a series of 30 similar it will be possible 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 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 is located at 50000, but you can count on, how much memory you have. Try 15000, if you have between 512 and 1 GB of RAM.

14) Reduce RAM usage even more because when Firefox is minimized. This setting activates the hard drive when Firefox is minimized by taking a lot less memory. And there is no significant difference in speed when you restore Firefox, so it's definitely worth going. Again, go to about: config, right-click and select New> Boolean. The name "config.trim_on_minimize" and set it to TRUE. You must restart Firefox, these settings take effect.