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Clear Junk When Firefox Closes

Clearing History Settings in Firefox 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
  • Cache

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. 

Easy Access to Hidden Firefox Settings

gui:config in actionIf you need to edit some of the advanced preferences of Firefox, and you need a neater way to get that done, gui:config is right for you. 

This extension of Firefox will give you a lot of the “about:config” preferences, in an easy to navigate menu box.  It displays the options, included in the current version, using checkboxes, dropdown lists and textboxes.

If you want to check out all the advanced settings that gui:config makes available to you, Lifehacker has done a nice gallery of each tab you see in the screenshot above.

I would consider this extension well worth trying out, at least.  The add-on, gui:config is a must have for anybody who likes to tweak and customize their browsing experience.  You can find out more about the development at:  http://guiconfig.freedig.org/.

Foxmarks Introduces Password Sync

One of my favorite features of the old Google Browser Sync was the ability to sync my passwords between my laptop and desktop computers.  Till now, no other program has gotten that right.  That was the case till Foxmarks decided to roll out this new feature.

Password Synchronization is an optional feature for the newest version of Foxmarks that allows you to simply and securely synchronize your saved passwords. 

password-sync

Since this feature is turned off by default, how do you activate it? 

  1. Open the Foxmarks Settings dialog (located in Tools > Foxmarks > Settings…).
  2. Click on the “Sync” tab.
  3. Select the checkbox labeled “Passwords”. You will be guided through a quick and easy password synchronization setup flow.

Big congrats goes out to Foxmarks for making a damn good add-on even better.

Spell Check All Text Fields in Firefox

What do you do about misspelling words in text boxes?  Well, you use the built-in Firefox spell check feature.  However, by default it does not work with ALL text fields.  That can simply be rectified though your about:config settings.

spell-check-everything

Just type in about:config into your address bar to get started.  Next, into the filter text box, type in layout.spell.  That should bring up the preference name layout.spellcheckDefault. Right-click it, and then select “Modify”.  Change the 1 (default value) to 2 and you should be all set. 

Firefox’s built in spell check will now check all text fields, no matter where or how they are used on the web site in question. 

How to Backup Stylish Styles

Backup Your User StylesI enjoy using the Stylish extension to make a lot of little edits to various web sites I visit around the web. The biggest would probably be Gmail – and I would rather not lose all the user style edits I have done just in case the worst might happen.

The other day I was re-installing Firefox on my main machine here, and I needed to backup the edits and user styles I had downloaded and created. I searched and searched, and finally found the place which it is saved to. It is not an easy file to find so I thought I would share with you where it is at.

On Windows XP go to Documents and Settings, then go to your profile folder. From there navigate yourself through Application Data, then Mozilla, then Firefox (yes, it is pretty deep in there) and then your profile folder for Firefox.

You made it! Do the dance of joy and move on…

The file your looking to copy is stylish.rdf. Of course you could always just search your computer for the same file name – but what fun would that be?

Just right-click on it, copy it and save it elsewhere. Then when you need to restore the settings, drag and drop it back where you found it and all should be well again.

Where is my Firefox Profile Folder?

This is a question we get time and time again, so I thought I would post the full listing for where your profile folder is for Mozilla Firefox based on your operating system of choice…

Windows 95 (without Desktop Update)
C:WindowsMozilla

Windows 95 (with Desktop Update)/98/Me
C:WindowsApplication DataMozilla

C:WindowsProfiles<Windows login/user name>Application DataMozilla

Windows NT 4.x
C:WinntProfiles<Windows login/user name>Application DataMozilla

Windows 2000 and XP
C:Documents and Settings<Windows login/user name>Application DataMozilla

Windows Vista
C:Users<Windows login/user name>AppDataRoamingMozilla

Unix
~/.mozilla/

Mac OS X
~/Library/Mozilla/

~/Library/Application Support/

Looking for an easier way to access your profile folder?  You can do so right from the menu bar, if you know where to look for it.  Make sure you check out this tutorial for an even easier way to find your profile folder:

Find Your Firefox Profile Folder, The Easy Way!

Hope that helps you locate your Firefox profile folder.  If there is a location I missed, be sure to let me know and I will get it added.

Backing Up Firefox

One of the best tools I have found thus far for backing up your settings and profile in Firefox is MozBackup. I have tried them all, and this freeware program is the one I keep coming back to.

MozBackup is a simple utility for creating backups of Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, SeaMonkey, Mozilla Suite and Netscape profiles.

It seems like some other backup programs for Firefox miss something, or don’t restore just right. MozBackup does just about everything right, and hasn’t done me wrong yet.

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FEBE – Firefox Extension Backup Extension

Sure, the Firefox Extension Backup Extension might be a long name. I am sure it didn’t take a market team any time at all to come up with that one. To make things simple though, let us just call it FEBE.

FEBE is another great backup solution for Firefox. FEBE allows you to quickly and easily backup your Firefox extensions. In fact, it goes beyond just backing up – It will actually rebuild your extensions individually into installable .xpi files. Now you can easily synchronize your office and home browsers.

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