Archive | February, 2009

Firefox’s Navigation Bar Keyboard Combo Cheat Sheet (for Macs)

giantapple Doing my part to share the knowledge around, a lot of people have requested that I do more to post alternative operating system keyboard combinations here.

So, for those of you who live the Apple lifestyle, here is the way you can navigate around the navigation bar without having to ever lay your fingers on your one button mouse.  If you know of any more (because as you can see, I am not a big Apple user) please share in the comments.  Would love to build up a database of more keyboard shortcuts for everybody to use.

Navigation Bar Keyboard Shortcuts

Choose Your OS: Windows | Linux | Mac OS

back Cmd + [ or Cmd + Left Arrow or Delete = Go Back a Page

forward Cmd + ] or Cmd + Right Arrow or Shift + Delete = Go Forward a Page

home Opt + Home = Go to your Homepage

reload F5 or Cmd + R = Reload a Page

stop Cmd + . or Esc = Stop a Page from Loading

print Cmd + P = Bring up the Print Options

downloads Cmd + J = Launch the Download Window

history Cmd + Shift + H = Open Your History in the Sidebar

bookmarks Cmd + B = Open Your Bookmarks in the Sidebar

new-tab Cmd + T = New Tab

new-window Cmd + N = New Browser Window

cut Cmd + X = Cut

copy Cmd + C = Copy

paste Cmd + V = Paste

For the Apple fans out there, here are a few more bonus keyboard combinations, that should help assist you in getting your browsing done a little faster.

  • Cmd + F = Find
  • Cmd + Home = Go to the Top of a Web Page
  • Cmd + End = Go to the Bottom of a Web Page
  • Cmd + Shift + T = Reopen the Last Closed Tab

Know of anymore Firefox keyboard shortcuts that would be useful for your fellow Apple fans to know?  Drop in a comment and share!

Firefox’s Navigation Bar Keyboard Combo Cheat Sheet (for Linux)

180px-TuxOut of user demand, I have decided to re-visit the Firefox navigation bar keyboard combo cheat sheet for some of the other operating systems out there.  Here are all the keyboard shortcuts for the standard navigation bar for the various Linux distros out there.  Hopefully all the most useful ones have made it onto the list, but if there is one I missed, please feel free to add it to the comments.

Navigation Bar Keyboard Shortcuts

Choose Your OS: Windows | Linux | Mac OS

back Alt + Left Arrow or Ctrl + [ = Go Back a Page

forward Alt + Right Arrow or Ctrl + ] = 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 + Y = 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

As a bonus, here are a few of my other favorite keyboard combos that you might want to memorize.

  • Ctrl + F5 or Ctrl + Shift + R = Reload the Page (overriding the cache)
  • Ctrl + F = Find (then use F3 to find again)
  • Alt + (1-8) = Select a Specific Tab (if you have eight or less open)

Have a favorite that didn’t make it onto the list?  Leave a comment and share it with the rest of us.

Back to Close

The Back to Close add-on for Firefox adds a simple ergonomic feature to Firefox I am sure a lot of people will enjoy.  When you are browsing via the browser or via a tab, if there is no history to go “back” to via the back button – it displays a “close” button instead.

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This simple change adds functionality back to the toolbar.  The extension also works with mouse gestures and and by configuring the back button on your mouse (if you have one) to the Alt + Left Arrow keyboard combination.  Users can also decide whether to show the toolbar icon via the options button in the add-on manager.

You can pick up Back to Close on the Firefox Add-ons site or check out more about the development behind it on it’s official web site

Firefox 3.1 May be Delayed?

all-firefox-logo-3-1-beta Firefox 3.1 may be delayed, due to some issues with TraceMonkey  – the new JavaScript backend for Firefox.  Of course, that is as reported by a recent PC World article.  What is all the hub-bub about?  Well, the story’s main source shared his concerns via a Firefox forum:

Firefox developer David Baron wondered how long Firefox 3.1 should be held up by TraceMonkey problems. "Without TraceMonkey, we probably could have shipped 3.1 final by now, or, if not now, within the next month," Baron said. "I think there should be a limit to the amount we’re willing to slip 3.1 to accommodate TraceMonkey, and I think we should decide what that limit is."

Personally, I think, if they need more time – heck, give them more time.  I would rather Firefox 3.1 be a little late and have all it’s ducks in a row rather than go into the, “Oh crap, we have to hurry up and get something out” mode.  Thankfully, Mike Shaver, Mozilla’s vice president of engineering said in the same article that, We’re always looking at all of our choices, but I don’t think it’s likely.  TraceMonkey is a big part of Firefox 3.1, and a big part of what we want to have for users."

So should Firefox stay on track, and just work through the delays as they happen, or rush out an in-between release to keep some people happy?

Pixlr – Free Online Photo Editor for Firefox

I couldn’t be more blunt with the headline, and it pretty much tells the entire story here.  Pixlr, a great online photo editor has now got an extension that will work with Firefox.  With it, you have access to import and edit any picture you find into the Pixlr web site.

Free Photo Editor Pixlr in Action

So who really needs Pixlr?  It is a great alternative for us normal people out there who may not need the entire Photoshop suite of tools, just a simple and easy to use editor.  Having it online and with easy access via Firefox makes it an even handier tool for the web developers out there to have access to.  The only thing you need to have to make it work is Flash. 

One more nice feature about the service is it is super quick.  Just playing around with the editor on its own, it loaded up in under two seconds easily.  To pick up the Firefox add-on for Pixlr, go check out the Firefox Add-on site.  To learn more about the Pixlr editor, be sure to visit pixlr.com.

TwitterFox Rocks

Twittering with TwitterFox After posting a review of Twitbin last week, I got a lot of people e-mailing me to check out another favorite Twitter tool in Firefox called TwitterFox.  This add-on for Firefox notifies you of your friends’ status on Twitter. 

Isn’t that what Twitbin did?  Yes, but Twitbin lived in your sidebar.  TwitterFox lives in your status bar.  The ever-so-small icon in the status bar will notify you when your friends update their own Twitter profiles.

Some of the features added to TwitterFox 1.7.6 include:

  • Supported Firefox 3.1b2
  • Added a context menu to each tweets which has: copy, re-tweet, open this tweet in new tab , delete tweet
  • Auto extract is.gd and bit.ly links.
  • Added Mark all as read menu item to main context menu.
  • Increased contrast of background color of read/unread messages.
  • Added in-reply-to-status-id parameter for status update.
  • Added da-DK, th-TH, vi-VN, ar-SA, ar, and kw-GB translations.
  • Bug fixes.

Need your first Twitter friend, or want to follow me and my Firefoxing ways? 

Follow me on Twitter at:  http://twitter.com/mitchkeeler

As you can see, there is a lot to love here for any Firefox/Twitter fan boy (or girl).  You can pickup TwiterFox via the Firefox Add-ons site or the official web site at TwitterFox.net

Twitbin – Best Twitterer for Firefox?

Twitbin Need an add-on for Firefox that will allow you to keep up with the latest news or posts from your Twitter friends?  Twitbin is probably the best and most popular Twitter extension for Firefox.  Now let me tell you why.

Twitbin sits in your Firefox sidebar, showing you all the latest tweets from your friends.  You can join in the conversation yourself too.  You can send messages, receive messages, share links and more. 

Some features of the newest 2.0 version of Twitbin include:

Apart from design changes, you can now favorite people as well as view only facorited posts. You can now Retweet by clicking the icon under the avatar, as well as favorite, @ reply, and go to the persons homepage (if they have one).

Here is a video showing you the how Twitbin works:


Twitbin Screencast from brbreslin on Vimeo.

You can pick up the extension on the Twitbin.com web site or the Firefox Add-ons site.  If you are new to Twitter, or if you just want to see what I am up to, feel free to follow me there as well. 

Learn to Manage Your Search Engines in Firefox

I got an e-mail from a reader of Firefox Facts, and they wanted to know  how can you re-organize your search engines in Firefox’s search box that lives in most people upper-right hand corner of Firefox.

This can easily be done via the built in search engine manager.

Manage Your Search Engines in Firefox

Click on Firefox’s search box, as if you were going to change search engines, and look at the bottom for a menu selection titled, “Manage Search Engines”.  Clicking it will bring up the Manage Search Engine List.  From here you can:

  • Edit Search Engine Keywords
  • Move Search Engines Up or Down
  • Remove a Search Engine
  • Restore the Default Search Engines
  • Get More Search Engines
  • Enable/Disable the “Show Search Suggestions”

There you have it.  Now Firefox has not always had this option.  Back in previous versions, you had to do some heavy duty hunting and pecking to really edit and organize your search engine selections.  This at least gives you a more user friendly interface, and I am all about the user friendly around here.

Firefox in Wine Faster Than Native

Firefox Linux/Wine Benchmarks For those of you out there that love to learn more about stats in the browser wars – here is a great post that may interest you. 

After some benchmarking, it appears Firefox running in Wine is faster than the native Firefox install.  To get even more geeky, they took Windows Firefox and then, “ran it on Fedora Linux using Wine 1.1.12 as provided by Fedora”.

Now how could this happen?  It seems like the most popular argument is that video driver support is not as good on Linux (in comparison with Windows).  You can check out the details here:

Check out the full results and let me know what you think!

A Mac-ish Theme I Actually Like for Firefox?

Every so often, I get an e-mail from somebody saying that I don’t check out enough Mac style themes.  While they might not be my favorite (due to a lot of them looking the same) I do have one favorite I would like to share.  ACE Safari Foxdie is one I think that anybody could be a fan of – no matter what your operating system of choice might be. 

ACE Safari Foxdie (Graphite) on Windows 

Download the version you want to use here:

Also, if you need a Thunderbird skin that matches, there are two more choices for you made by the same great developer, John Locke.  Check out ACE CuteBird (Blue) or ACE CuteBird (Graphite).  For more news, updates and information on John’s theme work, check out foxdie.us.