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Mouse Tips for Firefox Fans

Best Browser Mouse Tips

There is a lot you can do with Firefox when it comes to the mouse.  Now, most of the time people focus on all the keyboard shortcuts you can do with Firefox – however, the mouse shortcuts are equally as cool. 

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How to Unhide Firefox Toolbars in Full Screen

Firefox in Full Screen Mode

Recently, I needed to use Firefox in full screen mode, but ran into an annoyance you might have seen.  While the presentation was nice, seeing the web page stretch across my entire monitor when I hit the F11 key, I did not want the address bar and tab bar to disappear.

So, now the question I needed to answer is how can I always show the navigation toolbar and the tabs toolbar when browsing in full screen mode in Firefox?

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Simple Boss Key

Add a Panic Button to Firefox What are you to do when your just about to be caught looking at something you shouldn’t while you are using Firefox at work?  In need of a panic button?  There’s no need at all, as long as you have the Simple Boss Key add-on for Firefox installed. 

Once installed, all you have to do is quickly hit the F12 button to minimize the current browser window.  One more useful tip to know if that is switches to focusing on the first tab, so even if something peeks at your operating system’s task bar – they won’t know what you were looking at before.  So with that said, you should make sure tab number one is always looking at something work related, just in case.

A very neat and simple extension to make sure you don’t get in trouble for browsing where you shouldn’t at work – pick up the Simple Boss Key from the Firefox add-ons web site.

How to Split Firefox into Multiple Frames

When multiple tabs in your browser are not enough, try splitting your browsing area instead.  Split Browser, an add-on for Firefox, divides up the context area of the browser in many ways.  Want an over the top example?

Split Browser in Action

That might be a little extreme, but it does help to point out that this extension will let you split your browser up however you see fit to do so.

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Grab and Drag Scrolling

Do you like being able to virtually grab a page and scroll up or down it in your browser?  Now, some other programs have this ability (such as most PDF readers out there) however the web browser does not, until now.  The Grab and Drag add-on for Firefox will enable grab and drag scrolling, flick gestures, and momentum scrolling in Firefox.

This comes in really handy for tablet PCs, where your pen is taking the place of your mouse.  You can though use it with your mouse too, as it comes ready for 1, 2, or 3 button mouse support.

Grab and Drag gives Firefox a new way to browse, and also has plenty of options to tweak till you get it just the way you want it.  You can pick it up on the Firefox Add-ons site or MozDev.org.

Easier Access to Private Browsing

Here is a quick tip that is not that well known.  If you want to start private browsing in a hurry, and you don’t have time to dive through the menus to start it (Tools > Start Private Browsing) then just type about:privatebrowsing into your address bar.

are you really sure?

There you have it.  Once you have done so, it will ask you if you want to switch into Firefox’s private browsing mode.  You could also save about:privatebrowsing as a bookmark, so you have easy one click access to the private browsing mode, without adding any extra add-ons to Firefox.

Now here is my challenge to all of you out there, does anybody know a quick way to stop private browsing, and return your browser back to normal (other than the traditional menu method).  If you do, leave it in the comments!

Add a Recently Closed Tab Button to Firefox

Recently Closed Tab ButtonSure, keyboard shortcuts are handy to have – but sometimes a button is even better.  The Closed Tabs Button add-on for Firefox will give you an easy one button access to all of your recently closed tabs.  If you are tired of going to History > Recently Closed Tabs just to undo a closed tab, then this extension is for you!

Not only does this add-on give you a fancy new button, it also gives you a new keyboard shortcut to access the most recently closed tab (CTRL+SHIFT+Z). 

After installing the extension, to add it to your own browser interface you must add the button by going to View > Toolbars > Customize, then drag and drop the button anywhere on the toolbar.

The Closed Tab Button add-on for Firefox might be a little on the simple side, however when there is just a little problem to be fixed – nice to see an extension that gets the job done right without too much bloat.

Mouseless Browsing with Firefox

Mouseless Web SurfingWho needs a mouse? The real hardcore Firefox users can get it all done with just a few clicks on the keyboard – yo. Oh you didn’t know? Using a mouse with Firefox is so old school now. With the help of the Mouseless Browsing extention for Firefox all you need is a keyboard, a browser and some fingers that are ready for game time!

The major goal of this tool is to make it where you can browse through the Web using the number pad to navigate through links. You would hit “1” to go to the first link, “2” to go to the second, and so on and so forth. Here is a little more on the process from the extension developer.

You can configure to use the numpad exclusively for Mouseless Browsing. In that mode you can trigger actions even the focus is on a textfield or selectbox. The output is suppressed. If you not use the exclusive mode then triggering actions by typing ids don’t work if the focus is on a textfield or a selectbox. Entering the id while holding the CTRL-Key triggers the action in any case. You can toggle between the two modes by pressing the num-key twice within 1 sec.

It might take a little ‘bit of time to configure the extension to your liking but once you do I could see anybody using this as an alternative way to browse around any web page. Also be sure to check out the official site for Mouseless Browsing to get some more configuration help and advice.