I have a real quick tip for you today, that should help more than a few of you having Flash problems with Firefox. If you ever notice that Flash files or videos are not exactly working right – you might want to first update the RealPlayer. You can download the latest version from real.com.
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Need to open a preferred set of App Tabs when Firefox is started? After my post about App Tabs, DarkMan72 mentioned that it still gave him trouble. If you clear your browser cookies often, App Tabs might give you problems. Here are his thoughts:
People often run into problems when Firefox updates, because some of their favorite add-ons no longer work. Well, it isn’t exactly that they will not work. It is the fact that the add-on developer hasn’t updated the add-on to meet the compatibility of the newer version of Firefox. In this article I’ll see what I can do to help you out when it comes to getting them re-enabled.
Firefox should remember passwords by default. If you have turned off or disabled this feature though, it might not. Every so often, I need to use the Firefox password manager to remember a password, and it seems that for the life of me I can not get it to do it. What might be the problem? Check your exceptions!
Facebook is a tool that some of us use everyday, so we might as well make it look the way we want and add new abilities that we really need, right? FaceTweak is an add-on for Firefox that promises to be the Ultimate Facebook Enhancer. With it, you can add tons of tweaks to the Facebook interface and engine to get more out of this social networking tool.
Want to make your misspelled words stand out a ‘bit more when composing a message in Firefox? It is easy to do with this quick about:config tweak. You can select no highlighting, a dotted line, long dots, a single straight line, a double underline or the default squiggly line.
Here is how you can make your spelling mistakes stand out more in Firefox.
Does it seem that Firefox 3.5 is a little sluggish when it starts on your Windows-powered machine?
Due to some unknown reason, Firefox on Windows pulls certain file locations for security reasons. In turn, having too many temporary, history or recent document files will slow down Firefox 3.5’s data generation process. A bug has been filed about this, but in the mean time – the best thing you can do to help fix it is to do a little house cleaning.
The fix here is to browse through and clear both Internet Explorer’s history and cache and Firefox’s history and cache as much as you can. You can find more help with this process at these resources:
I had not noticed this problem too much – then again, I have my Firefox temp files set to clear every time I close the browser and I hardly ever use Internet Explorer. How about you?
This problem was fixed in Firefox 3.5.1. To check for updates, be sure to go to Help > “Check for Updates…” in Firefox. Thanks to the Firefox development team for the speedy update!
One of the new features coming to Firefox 3.5 was tab tearing. What has become a nuisance for some, it lets you drag a tab outside of Firefox and launch in a new window. I kind of like the feature, however if you do not – there is an add-on that will help sooth your pain.
You will want to pickup the bug489729 add-on for Firefox. This oddly named extension comes with two main controls. You can:
- Disable Detach Tab – use this to disable tab tearing
- Enable Drop URL – use this to be able to drag a tab to your desktop to create a shortcut.
Now, what if you want to keep tab tearing, however you would like the ability to undo a tab detachment? Then you need to pick up the Undo Detach Tab add-on for Firefox. As the name says, it will add a context menu option where you can undo your tab tearing.
Ever have the problem of Firefox’s main browser window being a little messed up looking? What I am speaking of exactly is a large gray bar along the bottom, wish some red text in it. I have not run into this problem in a long time, but I know others have – so wanted to cover it and how to fix it.
First thing you should do is follow the common Firefox troubleshooting tips:
Check for Faulty Add-ons
Next, take a look at your extensions. It could be that one of your add-ons you have installed has a problem with it. First thing I want you to do when checking out your add-ons is to go to Tools > Add-ons and then click on the “Find Updates” button. See if updating any of your add-ons might help get rid of the issue.
The next suggestion would be to go to Tools > Add-ons, disable all the add-ons you have installed, and then restart Firefox. If the problem has gone away after that, you can then enable add-ons until the problem comes back. This should help you figure out which add-on is at fault. It could also be caused by a combination of add-ons, that do not play nice together, so do not rule that out as a possibility too.
Could it be Spyware/Malware?
This suggestion from mozillaZine might also be worth checking into:
If the problem is in Firefox on Windows, check for a file named m3ffxtbr.manifest in the “chrome” folder of your installation directory (usually “C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\chrome\m3ffxtbr.manifest”). If the file exists, delete it, then restart Firefox. This file is created by the “MyWebSearch Toolbar” (a form of spyware).
Be sure to check out this knowledge base post for more tips on working with this nasty problem. Now the last and nuclear step would be to do a fresh or clean install of Firefox to see if you can get rid of the problem that way. It is a drastic step, but has worked for me in the past.
- My Initial Firefox 4 Thoughts Jan/18
- RSS Feed Change, Please Read! Nov/05
- Goodbye Status Bar, Hello Add-on Bar Jan/19
- Optimized Firefox for Windows? Oct/20
- RIP Xmarks Sep/28
- MinimizeToTray Revived May/22
- Tab History Menu May/20
- Rapportive May/17
- YSlow May/15
- Self-Destructing Cookies May/14