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Can Firefox Fix JavaScript Issues?

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I really hate it when JavaScript goes bad. Here is an E-mail I got from Sal last week. Seems he is having some JavaScript woes of his own.

Hi Mitch, love the Web site. I want to switch to Firefox, but is there any way it can keep all these resizing windows and JavaScript tricks people do cut down to a minimum at least. I really hate them and wish I could browse without them. Thanks!

Sure Sal, the first thing I would have you do is go into Options menu and then click on the content tab. There you can see there is a check mark to enable or disable JavaScript. I would leave it enabled for now, but if you click on the “Advanced” button right next to it you should be able to customize what exactly you allow JavaScript to do (or not do) via the browser.

As far as extensions saving the day, there is always the NoScript extension for Firefox. It allows you to turn on JavaScript permissions on a per-page basis. This might be the best way to go if you want to make sure you don’t have unwanted JavaScript woes from specific Web sites out there.

A Most Wanted Monday

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I figured today I would post some of the most wanted Firefox Facts that I have gotten and have not been able to answer. This way at least, we can get the ideas out there so that if there is a solution – we can find an answer. On the other hand, if there isn’t a solution, then at least we have created a place for extension writers to gain some inspiration.

Bob – how about being able to type an email now for a specified later delivery? (via Google’s gMail)

Ken – This is a simple one, but… I’d love it if the mouse-over tab color were different than the active tab color. Right now they’re the same. And if the mouse is over the [X], then it’s lit up the same way. I keep closing what I think is the active tab I’m currently looking at when it’s merely the one my mouse happens to be over. Frustrating.

Zeke – Need an easy way to resize the font for the “bookmarks” sidebar.

Evgeny – I would really like to have an extension for quick sending e-mail from GMail.

Jens – I want to know what week it is, in my statusbar. That feature is for some reason not included in “date & time” in Windows, not even in Google calendar, and not in my mobile phone. Why?

Seymour – What I would love to find is an extension that would display Bookmark folders in several columns next to each-other even filling up the whole screen; then I could more easily mouse over to the appropriate folder which then would expand when I moused over to it.

Have an answer to any of these requests? Leave a comment!

Need a Meebo Firefox Extension

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Here is another request sent my way by MagnoliaSouth. It seems that there is no known or good Firefox extensions for Meebo. For those of you who don’t know, Meebo is one of those super Ajax Web 2.0 solutions. This one allows you to login to various instant messaging services right from the Web all in one spot.

It could work like a small pop up, a toolbar or whatever. As it is, I can open it in another tab, but that’s not ideal. Having it viewable at all times is much better. Naturally the option to hide it should be available as well.

Now the Meebo extension is interesting, there is one that I was able to hunt down – but it isn’t for Firefox 2.

http://gis.stcstm.org/meebo-extension/

If there is anybody out there that wants to update this extension or write a new one to do the same thing, go for it. Now you could use it if you installed the Nightly Tester Tools extension first.

You can find it here:

http://www.oxymoronical.com/web/firefox/nightly

Have a better suggest or fix? Leave a comment and let us know about it please!

Have another feature request or suggestion you’d like to see built into Firefox by default or added by an extension? Let me know about it and I’ll feature it on Firefox Facts and maybe even find you a solution to your problem (if you have one).

Update: “Hey there, you might have known about this or someone might have mentioned it already… You can bookmark meebo.com and then edit its properties (right click the bookmark, choose properties). There will be a checkbox for loading it in the sidebar.

From what I can tell, this will accomplish the same thing as that Flock extension. All the same ‘warnings’ apply though – any time you change sidebars, or close the sidebar, you will be signed out of Meebo.”

Thanks to Sean for sending this solution in!

Quicker Searching in Firefox

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This week, Roman writes in and wants to know of a way to do quicker searching via Firefox and not have to start at the beginning of the document to do it.

In IE, because it doesn’t search as you type, you can highlight a piece of text, and then press ctrl-F and have it search below your selection first, then it gets to the bottom of the page and searches the part of the page before your selection. in firefox, i find that the search as you type feature always starts at the top of the page. Is there a workaround?

For the quick searching that you need, I have found that using Firefox’s quick search would be the best way to go. It isn’t the same as the search that you get with Ctrl+F though. For this one all you need to hit is the / key.

Quick Finder

This one will give you the search you need to start where you are on the page. Also after you are done with it, it disappears out of sight. Hope that helps!

Have another feature request or suggestion you’d like to see built into Firefox by default or added by an extension? Let me know about it and I’ll feature it on Firefox Facts and maybe even find you a solution to your problem (if you have one).

Feature Request: Minimize to Taskbar

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Well I got my first request, and I am going to do my best to get it answered. Chris in Georgia writes:

When I’m forced to use IE, I use a ‘skin’ called Greenbrowser. It includes a great feature that allows me to hotkey it to minimized, using “CTRL `” I’ve searched and searched for something like it for Firefox (including searching on Firefox Facts). I’ve also searched for the ability to set up custom hotkeys in FF, to no avail. Do you know if this exists? If not, where could I put this as an extension suggestion for those out there who do extensions?

Yes, this can be done with the Firefox extension MinimizeToTray. Install this into your browser and you will be able to send Firefox down to the system tray to keep it from taking up task bar space. How can you bring it back up? Well you could use your mouse and click on the icon or you could use the keyboard combo Ctrl+Shift+M.

Have another feature request or suggestion you’d like to see built into Firefox by default or added by an extension? Let me know about it and I’ll feature it on Firefox Facts and maybe even find you a solution to your problem (if you have one).

Firefox Most Wanted

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I want to start up something new here. With all the Firefox Facts fans out there and myself, I think we can do some good and help some folks.

Are you looking for Firefox to do something that it has not done before? Are you having trouble finding the perfect extension to fix your issue? Do you have a request for a Firefox feature that has not been seen before? If you fall into any of these camps – drop me an E-mail at mitch@mitchkeeler.com or use our “submit a tip” link and let me know.

If we get enough, I might make the Firefox Most Wanted a regular feature here on the Web site. Get to it, send me your most wanted requests from the folks at Mozilla and I’ll do my best to either let the world know about it or find a solution for your problem.