Optimizing Firefox 3 Hacks And Tweaks

And-Tweaks Previously I was using Firefox 2 and was happy with its performance. Then I downloaded the latest version on world download day. More than 60 million downloads are done till now. Earlier I used to tweak my browser to optimize it for the best performance. Now I am experimenting with the possibilities of the latest version. I am sharing them with you here. However I am a little disappointed with the extension compatibilities of the latest version. I guess I will need to re-install most of the extensions I was using with the earlier version. Its a pain considering the fact that most of those extensions do not have an updated versions for Firefox 3. I also found out what more I can do with the latest firefox, and then thensome easter eggs too! I hope these tips, tricks, hacks and tweaks will help you in optimizing the browser to suit your needs.

Firefox 3
Firefox 3

Optimize Firefox 3

As I was trying to tweak Firefox 3 to suit my needs, I realized that it is more cutomizable and user friendly than the previous version. I used the 'about:config' to do most of the tweaks. If you want to them please take a back up of your settings first, so that you can revert back, if you don't find the hacks and tweaks useful for you.

Firefox 3 Hacks And Tweaks

The following tweaks are obtained by typing about:config and then modifying the page. Make sure you take a back up copy just in case something goes wrong. Here are some of the hacks for the experimantally oriented.
Step one: Type about:config in the address bar and hit enter
Step two: Make the following modifications to the file by typing in the values on the respective fields to get the desired result (feel free to experiment)

1. To enable/disable Single Click Select URL of address bar
browser.urlbar.clickSelectsAll = True 
browser.urlbar.clickSelectsAll = False
2. To auto Complete URL while typing in the address Bar  
3. To set the number of auto complete URL in the address bar
browser.urlbar.maxRichResults = #
(# indicates the number of auto complete URLs shown. The default is 12)
4. To disabler Browser Toolbar Tip = False
5. To paste copied content by clicking the center button on the mouse
middlemouse.paste = True
6. To disable blinking text
browser.blink_allowed = False
7. To create a single close button to for all Firefox Opened Tabs.
browser.tabs.closeButtons = 3
8. To increase number of recently closed tabs.
9. Right click view source in your editor
view_source.editor.path= Path of Editor 
10. To enable fast scrolling across tabs
toolkit.scrollbox.scrollIncrement =75
11. To stop displaying website icon in address bar and on the tabs = False
12. To enable spell check in text fields
layout.spellcheckDefault = 2
13. To speed up the browser
network.http.max-connections 30 to 96
network.http.max-connections-per-server 15 to 32
network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server 6 to 8
network.http.pipelining false to true
network.http.proxy.pipelining false to true
network.http.pipelining.maxrequests 30 to 8
network.http.pipelining.ssl false to true
network.http.proxy.pipelining false to true
14. To disable annoying browser behavior
Change the followowing values to 'false'
15. To show more tabs on single window
browser.tabs.tabMinWidth = 75
16. To display search results in new tab
I have used many of the above about:config hacks with Firefox 2 before and it is working for the new version as well. If some thing goes wrong after applying these changes, restore your about:config to older setting.


Using Software to Fine Tune Firefox 3

People will be coming out with more helpful hacks, useful tips, tweaks and tricks soon. FireTune is a simple freeware utility that will help you to fine tune Firefox 3. It is meant for tuning network related settings and is done with respect to your computer speed and Internet speed. This saves your lots of time which you would waste while doing this optimization manually. Click here to download this utility. If you feel that the changes done with Firetune are not upto the mark then you can always revert back to your original settings.

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