Tag Archives | tip

Bring Back the Back Button History

imageSome people have been emailing me and letting me know they miss the drop down history list that used to be by the back/forward buttons in Firefox 3.6.  If you check out the browser interface of Firefox 4 – it appears this feature was stripped away.  Was it really?

Continue Reading →

Add a Custom Toolbar to Firefox

Look Ma! No Add-ons Needed!

Did you know that you could add another toolbar to Firefox without needing to install an add-on? This customization feature is often overlooked and can come in handy if you need some extra space to store your buttons or any other toolbar elements you have added to Firefox.

Continue Reading →

Hide and Recover the Firefox Menu Bar

Firefox Menu Bar

This is a handy browsing trick I just learned about recently.  Usually in my Firefox browser, I have the menu bar hidden, to save on screen real estate.  However, there comes a time (every so often) when I need to get it back.  Rather than un-hiding it, getting what I need, then hiding it again – I have found a much quicker way to bring the menu bar back for just a minute.

Continue Reading →

How to Unhide Firefox Toolbars in Full Screen

Firefox in Full Screen Mode

Recently, I needed to use Firefox in full screen mode, but ran into an annoyance you might have seen.  While the presentation was nice, seeing the web page stretch across my entire monitor when I hit the F11 key, I did not want the address bar and tab bar to disappear.

So, now the question I needed to answer is how can I always show the navigation toolbar and the tabs toolbar when browsing in full screen mode in Firefox?

Continue Reading →

Clear Firefox’s History for a Single Site

Forget About It!

Want to clear any stored information about one web site in particular, without clearing out all of your browser’s history files?  Hidden deep within the Firefox browser, there is a way to clear Firefox’s history for just one single web site.  You just have to know where to look.

Continue Reading →

Use Firefox’s Spellchecker Anywhere!

Did you know that Firefox comes in handy when it comes to proof reading pages?  Using a simple bookmarklet, you can easily enable Firefox’s built in spell checker on any web site.

The first step to take would be to bookmark this link (or drag and drop it onto your bookmarks toolbar).

+ spell check

When the bookmarklet is clicked, Firefox will turn on the built in spellchecker and highlight any misspelled words that are on the page you are currently browsing.  You can check for suggested changes too, of course they will not be saved to the page though.  This quick bookmarklet does come in might handy though for anybody who spends their time proof reading any online content.

(Kudos to Download Squad and UrbanoAlvarez.es!)

Bring iGoogle to the Firefox Sidebar (iPhone Version)

I start every one of my Firefox browsing adventures with iGoogle loaded up as my home page.  However, I would like to check up on my iGoogle page without going to the homepage over and over again through the day.  Can I just load it up into the sidebar?  Yes, we can!

 iGoogle in Firefox Sidebar

How do you make it happen?  Drag this link to your bookmarks bar:

Now, right-click the bookmark, and select Properties.  Click the check mark box for loading this bookmark in the sidebar, and then click on the Save Changes button.  Now when you click the bookmark, it should open up the iPhone version of the iGoogle Homepage.

If you have RSS items on your iGoogle page, they show up very nicely (you can see them in the screenshot above) and some items, like weather will be click-able to show you more information on whatever they are about.  The search box is about useless (due to it being so small) but other than that, another fine iPhone/Google/Firefox hack-around bookmark.

Bonus Tip – drag this link (iGoogle mini) to your bookmarks bar to make it a popup version instead.  If you like that, you can read more about the Top 5 Google Popup Bookmarklets on Mitchelaneous.

Scroll the Google News Headlines in Your Firefox Sidebar

You can load up Google News in your Firefox sidebar.  This quick tip and tweak will give you the ability to check out the iPhone optimized Google News in your Firefox sidebar.  This makes scrolling through the day’s news an even quicker and easier experience.

  Google News Sidebar

How do you make it happen?  Drag this link to your bookmarks bar:

Now, right-click the bookmark, and select Properties.  Click the check mark box for loading this bookmark in the sidebar, and then click on the Save Changes button.  Now when you click the bookmark, it should open up the iPhone version of the Google News. 

To use it, click on Front Page to get all the big news stories of the day, and then click on Sections to find specific news about a certain topic, such as World News, Sci/Tech, and more.  The search is also usable, to find news about anything you might be thinking about at the time. 

Bonus Tip – drag this link (mini news) to your bookmarks bar to make it a popup version instead.  If you like that, you can read more about the Top 5 Google Popup Bookmarklets on Mitchelaneous.

Open Bookmark Manager in Your Browser Window

bookmark-library-chrome-url

Need to access the Firefox 3 Library function without clicking on Bookmarks, then Organize Bookmarks?  You could always go with the keyboard combination Ctrl+Shift+B.  Want an easier one? Try typing this in your address bar:

chrome://browser/content/places/places.xul

This will open up your Firefox 3 Library inside of your main browsing window.  Now you can have a little more screen real estate to edit and manage your favorite links.  Bookmark it and get this "big view" at your fingertips anytime you need it with just the click of a bookmark.