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Want to know how to manually backup your bookmarks? Automatic systems aside, there is nothing better than diving in and manually backing your content up file by file. This way you know it is taken care of for sure. Also, many people say you don’t really have a file backed up unless you have two backups for a file. So, I thought I would take a minute to walk you through the steps of backing up your bookmarks.
Are you using Firefox’s built in Sync feature? This great addition to the Firefox browser will keep your addons, bookmarks, passwords, preferences, history and tabs in sync between multiple computers or machines. However, once you get it set up – it can be hard to find out where you need to go to access it or change your settings.
Website cookies are things that most people don’t worry about. However, it is important to know what they are used for and how you can control what information they store about out. Cookies are small files stored on your computer (placed there by websites) so that they can remember certain settings or statuses. By default, cookies are enabled in Firefox.
Now, most of the time, when I see Firefox asking if I want to save my tabs for the next time Firefox starts, I quickly click through whatever I have to do to turn this extra warning off. However, I was thinking the other day, I wonder how I could toggle this interesting Firefox feature on or off again?
New Tab Homepage is a very simple and lightweight add-on for Firefox. When you open a new tab in Firefox, it will open your default homepage – rather than an empty tab. While I am using Firefox, I frequently go back to my homepage to check my mail or the latest updates in my RSS reader – so this extension seems like a very obvious evolution of the opening a new tab process.
By default, Firefox has a pretty good pop-up blocker. It gets the job done. Sometimes, it does too good of a job and blocks a pop-up on a webpage where you want to see a pop-up though. Today, I will be showing you how to allow pop-ups for a certain domain from within Firefox.
Every so often, you might need to find your Firefox profile folder to do some tweaking or maintenance of your own. In the past, this has lead to diving through your operating system’s folders and after twenty clicks, finding the information you need. Since Firefox 3.6 there is a much easier way to open your profile folder, with no additional extensions installed.
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.
Want to have Firefox just clear out the un-important stuff when you start browsing? Now, this is highly based in my opinion – and I do have to say that one man’s un-important data might be another man’s stuff he can’t miss.
I’ll share with you though how I have my browser setup to clear some un-important data each time I close the browser.
Mitch’s Clear History When Firefox Closes Settings
Go to Tools, and then click on Options.
Next, go to the Privacy tab and select “Use custom settings for history” from the drop down menu.
Put a check mark in the box for, “Clear history when Firefox closes” and then click on the button labeled, Settings.
Make sure you add a check mark for only the following boxes:
- Browsing History
- Download History
- Forms & Search History
Then hit the button labeled, “OK” to continue. On the Options window, also click the button labeled, “OK” and you are all set.
This way I have Firefox setup to clear everything except for my saved passwords and login sessions that are enabled by cookies. Your setup might be different, and if it is – feel free to share in the comments.