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Fixing Firefox Popup Annoyances

Two popup window annoyances that come up are when you yourself can not resize a window because the designer has locked it down to that one shape and size and when a web site resizes your windows or moves them around without asking. We will start with that one first.

Stop Resizing and Moving My Firefox Browser

Want to stop the ability for web sites to resize your browser window or move it around? In Firefox go to Tools, then Options the the Content tab. Where you see the check mark box for “Enable JavaScript” hit the Advanced button next to it. Here you can enable or disable the ability for web sites to resize or move your existing window.

Turn Back on My Ability to Resize Any Popup Myself

Now the second situation you might find yourself in is when you want to resize the window but the designer locked it down so that you can’t. Thanks to gHacks.net though for finding this next tweak, you can override the “cannot resize popup” setting when you run into popups that can not be resized.

There is however a way in Firefox to override the “cannot resize popup” setting which in turn makes it possible to resize any popup that you might come across. To do so you need to type about:config in the address bar of Firefox and filter for the term dom.disable_window_open_feature.resizable. Set the value of this setting to true to be able to resize all windows in Firefox.

Restart Firefox and you should be able to resize those popup windows on any web site.

How to Backup Firefox?

I have been getting several e-mails in this month wanting to know my suggestions and tips on what the best way is to backup your Firefox install.

FEBE (Firefox Environment Backup Extension)

Well my number one tip would be to use one extension that will make the job of backing up or syncing Firefox between two machines a lot easier. FEBE (Firefox Environment Backup Extension) allows you to quickly and easily backup your Firefox extensions and settings. It will actually rebuild your extensions individually into installable .xpi files. That makes synchronizing your office and home browsers a cake walk.

One more cool thing about FEBE is that it can preform on demand or scheduled backups for daily, weekly, or monthly unattended runs.

Google Browser Sync

Now if your using two computers on a day to day basis and you want to keep things in sync, a side effect of something like Google Browser Sync extension is that it keeps everything saved onto the other computer.

As long as you get your sync order straight – you could save your settings on your laptop Firefox install, then go back and reinstall Firefox on your desktop – put in the Google Browser Sync extension and everything should get moved back over as it was (as far as settings, bookmarks and cookies go). You’ll still need to reinstall your extensions however.

Backup by Hand (aka the hard way)

Last but not least, you could backup your Firefox by hand. What you want to do is make a copy of your Firefox profile folder. Depending on your operating system it might be in different locations.

Might want to check this page at MozillaZine for more information about where the profile folder is for your computer.