Now, by default – Firefox will check for updates automatically. However, here are the steps you need to take to make sure Firefox is running the latest and greatest version. It is very important that Firefox is running the latest version for a number of reasons. The biggest one is security.
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Were you upset when Firefox changed the way it started to show regular images in the browser? I don’t mean on a webpage, but when you look at a single image after typing it’s location into the address bar. Bug 376997 added a stylesheet to top-level images that forces the background to black and centers the image. This extension removes the stylesheet, returning the background to your configured default and removing the centering.
There are a lot of Firefox features that don’t get much press, or are quickly forgotten about. For example, did you know that you could switch to using Gmail or Yahoo! Mail as your default mail client (to handle those mailto links)?
To chance your settings, go to Tools, Options and then click on the Applications tab. From there, type “mail” into the text box to go to the default mail handler settings. From the drop down box, you should get several choices, Yahoo! Mail and Gmail being two of them. Choose the webmail application of your choice, hit the button labeled, “OK” and you are all set.
Now you are ready to use the webmail provider of your choice as your default e-mail application, as far as Firefox knows.
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.
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.
Bigger is not always better.
Sometimes keeping things a little more compact means that you have more room for the more important things.
That is where the Classic Compact Firefox theme is so valuable. It gives you that classic look of the Firefox theme but in miniature form.
A very compact version of Firefox’s default theme, which minimizes vertical space consumed by menu, tool, tab, find and status bars as much as possible without hurting overall appearance.
Well, ask and somebody will be nice enough to make it for you. Isn’t that how the old saying goes?
Well, that might not be the words exactly but I am just so excited that there is finally an emerald variation of the Cylence theme series for Firefox. The author of the theme Julien Saurin was nice enough to send it my way before it got listed on Mozilla’s Web site as well.
I have been using it for a while, and I think it is the best one yet. Of course, I love green – so that might have something to do with it as well.
Julien promised me that there would be more Cylence themes to come, and I was not disappointed to see them pop up on Mozilla’s Web site a few days ago.
Here is the list thus far:
For those of you who do not know, the Cylence themes are a different variation of the default Firefox theme. They provide a polished look, tinted with at least one color for good measure.
Only question I have is where is my emerald theme? :)
When I saw the first Cylence theme for Firefox, I was in love. It was the basic default Firefox theme, but in a cool and dark exterior. It make my browsing experience look even slicker than it already was.
There is a new one out now, and it has a more “purple” feeling to it. The new Saphir Variation of the Cylence theme is a thing of beauty. They took what worked in the first one and added a new color to the mix – plain and simple.
What is next? Personally I would like to see an “emerald” version.
The Cylence Theme might look a little familer to you. It is the new default Firefox 2 theme, but with a darker edge to it. Personally, I have not found that many good looking themes when it comes to Firefox 2 – so finding a different “flavor” of the default is a nice thing to see. It delivers you all the form and functionality of the default theme – and has a metallic look to it.