Archive | August, 2008

Firefox’s Navigation Bar Keyboard Combo Cheat Sheet

Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows Users We have covered a lot keyboard shortcuts thus far, but today I wanted to cover some of the default tasks you might want to do.  Replicating the navigation toolbar, here are the tasks and then the tips on how to get them done quicker with a few strokes of the keyboard keys.

Navigation Bar Keyboard Shortcuts

Choose Your OS: Windows | Linux | Mac OS

back Alt + Left Arrow or Backspace = Go Back a Page

forward Alt + Right Arrow or Shift + Backspace = Go Forward a Page

home Alt + Home = Go to your Homepage

reload F5 or Ctrl + R = Reload a Page

stop Esc = Stop a Page from Loading

print Ctrl + P = Bring up the Print Options

downloads Ctrl + J = Launch the Download Window

history Ctrl + H = Open Your History in the Sidebar

bookmarks Ctrl + B = Open Your Bookmarks in the Sidebar

new-tab Ctrl + T = New Tab

new-window Ctrl + N = New Browser Window

cut Ctrl + X = Cut

copy Ctrl + C = Copy

paste Ctrl + V = Paste

There is at least one (and sometimes two) keyboard combinations you can use to get the navigation toolbar tasks done.  Anymore keyboard tips you’d like me to go over as we all become Firefox keyboard ninjas?

Save Your Lost Tabs

save-that-lost-tab What was that tab you closed about three tabs back again? Could it have been the fourth tab back, before you got your coffee? If you find yourself using the Ctrl + Shift + T keyboard combination to bring up lost tabs a lot, there is a better way to get the job done.  The Undo Closed Tabs Button add-on for Firefox gives you a few ways to save your lost tabs.

This extension allows you to undo closed tabs via a toolbar and/or tab bar button or the right-click context menu. Also it comes with a much easier keyboard combination of its own to remember, Ctrl + Shift + Z.   You must add the toolbar button by going to View -> Toolbars -> Customize, then drag and drop the icon where you want it on the toolbar.

Save your lost tabs, and save yourself a lot of wear and tear on your Ctrl and Shift keys while you are at it.  Your keyboard will thank you!

Gmail Redesigned (plus some more neat features)

I have shown you before, the awesome Stylish user style Gmail Redesigned before.  The version two of this awe inspiring graphical facelift just adds to the greatness that was already there.

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There are three additional scripts you can add to Firefox though that promise to make it even more customized to suit your needs.

Remember before you get started with any of these, you will need to pick up the Stylish add-on for Firefox.  To check out more Stylish tweaks and tips, also be sure to check the Firefox Facts archives.

Update – You can now get this great style as an add-on on the Firefox Add-ons web site too.

Fast Dial – Quick Check Your Favorite Sites

There are a number of add-ons for Firefox that clone Opera’s Speed Dial feature.  There is one add-on with a different twist.  Most open your tabs in this fashion, but Fast Dial does something different.

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This extension will replace your “about:blank” page with a panel of thumbnails of your favorite web sites.  To add sites to the page, all you do is click on an empty cell, assign a URL and click OK.

You can also add sites by right-clicking on the bookmark for them and selecting “Add to Fast Dial”.  (you can do this on open tabs too!)

Where does this come in handy? Well let us say you are hitting Ctrl+T to open a new window.  You are no longer greeted by an empty window.  Instead you have a window with your own personal favorites list inside.  Fast Dial is a unique bookmarking extension that I think a lot of people will get a lot of use out of.

Firefox at Nearly 20 Percent Market Share

Browser Market Share, by the Numbers

The team at Net Applications via their Market Share service have collected some very interesting numbers as it pertains to the current generation browser wars. 

With browser market share, Firefox is at 19.22% across all operating systems.  In third place is Safari at 6.14% – which shows you it pays to trick people into downloading your browser.  Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is still the king of the mountain though with 73.02% of the market cornered.

Breaking down the Firefox numbers even further, it appears Firefox 2 is still used by 13.02% of the people while Firefox 3 is at 5.67%. 

So overall, it is safe to say that everything is going good in Mozilla land.  It seems like every time I check out a survey or poll like this, the number keep going up and up a few percentages every time.  The browser wars are still heating up which in turn is good for all of us, regardless of the browser you use.

Foxmarks Gets the Bookmark Syncing Right

It took me a long time to give Foxmarks a second shot.  All I remember from the first time around I used it was I didn’t like it.  Seems as if it bugged me a lot or didn’t want to work.

Having given it a round two now, I am happy to say I have done so.

After the death of Google Browser Sync, I was looking for a new way to keep my bookmarks on my desktop and my bookmarks on my laptop the same.  Foxmarks does the trick with what they call Seamless Sync.  I have not had to mess with it once since I installed it. It just works.

With a service or extension like this I’d like to pretend it isn’t even there, and Foxmarks makes it very easy to do just that.  Some of the other nice features of Foxmarks are:

  • Easy Backup & Restore
  • Web Access to your Saved Links
  • Mobile Access
  • Share Bookmarks with Friends
  • Import & Export Your Saved Links

I am delighted to say that Foxmarks has earned a spot on my hall of fame add-ons list for being one heck of a nice addition to Firefox.  If your looking to keep your bookmarks synced up, there is no better solution out there right now.