Tag Archives | about:config

Move Tabs to the Bottom

Change Default Tab Bar Location

A few Firefox versions ago, you used to be able to have your tabs under the location bar rather than on top of it.  If anybody is feeling nostalgic or simply preferred this way of browsing in Firefox, it is fairly easy to put tabs back on the bottom (rather than the top) of Firefox.

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Disable the New Tab Page

Disable New Tab Page in about:configWant to totally remove the new tab page feature in Firefox? With a  simple about:config tweak you can get it done. Why would you want to disable the new tab page? For some people, it could be a privacy concern – and I am really happy that the Mozilla guys left in a trigger in about:config to get this done.

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Moving Your Cache to RAM for Speed Boost

Speed up Firefox in about:config

By tweaking your browser cache settings from within about:config, you could see a ‘bit of a speed boost when it comes to using Firefox on a daily basis.  You see, when images are loaded by default, they can be cached so they don’t need to be redisplayed or looked for again. What we will be editing today will control the maximum amount of memory used for caching images.

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Turn Off Session Restore

Disable Session Restore in Firefox

Due to privacy concerns, some Firefox users may wish to disable or turn off the session restore feature in Firefox. As an example, if your computer is used by multiple users, the browser could crash while you are checking your Gmail account.  Rather than restoring Firefox, you decide to go do something else.  When somebody else comes in to launch Firefox, the browser will be restored to your inbox (due to fact that is where it crashed).  If you want a little more browsing privacy, here is how you disable the session restore feature in the browser.

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Firefox 3.6 Fix – Open New Tabs in Far Right

Fix New Open Link in New Tab Behavior in Firefox 3.6

New to Firefox 3.6, when you are on a page, and you want to open a link in a new tab – rather than opening the link in the far right of the tab bar, Firefox will now open the link right next to the tab you are in.  Now, while this might be convenient for some, it is a feature I don’t really need.  So here is how you can disable the new “Insert Related Tab After Current” tweak in Firefox 3.6.

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Best Firefox Tips and Add-ons of 2009

Best of Firefox Facts in 2009!

All in all, 2009 was a great year for Firefox.  It grew by leaps and bounds, and continues to be the best alternative browser out there.  Firefox Facts did pretty well in it’s own right too – surpassing the 7,000+ RSS subscriber mark.  So with today being the last day of 2009, let us all sit back and revisit some of the best posts of the year.

Here are 10 of the most read stories, tips, tutorials and reviews I have posted here in 2009.  Hope you check out some classics you might have missed, or revisit a favorite post or two.

How to Disable the New Tab Button

#10 – Love (or Disable) the New Tab Button in Firefox

Love it, or hate it – Firefox got one more addition to it’s browser that seems to have gotten a mixed reaction from the fans. The open new tab button rests at the end of your tab bar in Firefox 3.5 giving you an easier user interface to open a new tab.

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Move the Close Tab Button in Firefox

In an effort to simplify the Firefox interface, did you know you can make a few changes in the about:config page to move the close tab buttons around?  I’ll show you how to move it to the far right of the browser, in just six easy steps.

Before the tweak (notice the close tab button is on the tab itself)

Firefox's Normal Close a Tab Button

After the tweak (notice the close tab button has been moved to the far right)

Move the Close a Tab Button to the Far Right

Now what is the secret?  You just need to do a little editing in your about:config page.

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Speed Up Flash Videos in Firefox

Want to speed up your flash video watching?  By default, Firefox takes a sort of “snapshot” of whatever you are doing every ten seconds.  Why?  It is so that the browser can restore itself, just in case of a crash.  Now you might ask, what does this have to do with flash videos?  Well, the snapshot action is what is causing your ten second delay, at times, with watching flash videos on the Web.

So what is the solution?  Time to visit our good friend, the about:config

The quick fix for this problem, at least for my own sake, is to increase the time between each of the saves performed by session restore. By opening about:config in your Firefox address bar, then typing browser.sessionstore.interval in the filter box, you’ll see a value of 10000, which is in milliseconds. (Meaning your session is saved every 10 seconds.) I changed this to 300000, or every 5 minutes, as I don’t have the urgent need for tab restoration. If you feel like being more on the safe side, try increasing it to something a bit lower, say 120000, or every 2 minutes.

I gave it a shot, and it might not be a life changing experiance after doing so, but it does seem to make the videos play faster, especially if you have several Firefox tabs or windows open at the same time.