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Firefox 3.6 Tweaks

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My first blog post, thought I'd make it a informative.

Add Ons
AddBlock Plus - If you do only one thing, do this.
GreaseMonkey - A per-website-tweaking tool. Find scripts for the sites you want to tweak on

Options Menu basics
Tools > Options > Content > Advanced >
Untick "Move or Resize Windows" and "Disable or Replace Context menus". This will stop websites from messing with your browser window and stop them from disabling right click.

Tools > Options > Privacy >
All this is personal preference, but if you haven't done anything in here before you should.

Tools > Options > Advanced > General tab >
Tick "Search for text when I start typing" - no more Ctrl+F, this option just does it for you.
Tools > Options > Advanced > Network tab >
Increase Offline Storage from 50mb to something like 150mb

About:Config Advanced options - ok, here is where the fun starts.
Open a new tab and type in "about:config". From here you can change advanced settings and add your own configs.
Use the filter bar at the top to find the setting you want to change. If you cant find it you will need to add it. To do this, right click > New > String/Integer/Boolean (depending which setting it is you are adding)

Advanced Network Settings - These will make pages load faster, (if you are on 2 Mbs+).

  • network.http.max-connections [Integer]: Increase maximum number of simultaneous connections to 48.
  • network.http.max-connections-per-server [Integer]: Increase maximum connections per server from default 15 to 24.
  • network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server [Integer]: Increase maximum persistent connections per server from default 6 to 12.
  • network.http.pipelining [Boolean]: Change to True to enable HTTP Pipelining.
  • network.http.pipelining.maxrequests [Integer]: Increase from default 4 to 8.

Advanced Browser settings

  • browser.bookmarks.max_backups [Integer]: Reduce number of bookmark backups to speed up shutdown from 5 to 2.
  • browser.sessionstore.max_tabs_undo [Integer]: Reduce number of closed tabs you can undo from 10 to 4.
  • browser.sessionstore.max_windows_undo [Integer]: Reduce number of closed windows you can undo from 3 to 1.
  • browser.tabs.closeWindowWithLastTab [Boolean]: Change to False, so that Firefox doesn’t shut down when you close the last tab.
  • browser.urlbar.maxRichResults [Integer]: Reduce maximum number of results in Awesome Bar from 12 to 6.
  • dom.popup_maximum [Integer]: Reduce maximum number of simultaneous popups from 20 to 3 or 5.

And for my final act...

  • browser.blink_allowed [Boolean]: Set to false. This disables text blinking.
  • middlemouse.paste [Boolean]: Set to true. No more Ctrl+V
  • [Boolean]: Set to true. Will open search results in a new tab.
  • config.trim_on_minimize [Boolean]: Set to true. Now when you minimise firefox it will give back RAM. - You will need to create this entry.

Hope these tweaks help those people who have decided to stick it out with firefox while everyone else migrates to Chrome

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  1. Logan's Avatar
    Hugely useful and informative post bud! Very nice indeed


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