How to Fix Firefox Annoyances

Here’s a short-but-useful list of a few fixes for common Firefox issues …

Mozilla Firefox is my main web browser and even with Australis looming over it, it is likely that this is not going to change. If you use a web browser for a long time you will get into a flow when you are working with it. You do things a particular way and while it may not be the optimal way in a lot of times, it does work for you and that is all that counts.

I recently experienced issues — or annoyances — in the Firefox web browser that I did not want to experience any longer.

What is funny about those is that I published guides here on Ghacks on how to cope with them before, but for whatever reason, did not use the fix myself on this particular version of Firefox.

On we go:

Firefox Annoyances

Select text without trailing space

If you select a word or phrase in Firefox by double-clicking it, it will automatically be highlighted including a trailing space character. While that may not make a huge difference if you copy words occasionally, it does make one for me as I copy and select a lot on a day to day basis.

With the trailing space, I always have to remove it before I copy — by using Shift-Left for example or the mouse — or remove it after I have pasted it.

I also have to remove the space before I edit the selected text, for instance to bold it or add a link to it.

To fix this do the following:

  1. Type about:config into Firefox’s address bar and hit the enter key.
  2. Confirm that you will be careful if this is your first time.
  3. Search for layout.word_select.eat_space_to_next_word
  4. Double-click the parameter to set it to false.
  5. Restart the browser.

Pro Tip: Triple-clicking words will highlight the whole sentence.

Use Esc to stop page loads

This is probably even more annoying. Previously, you could hit the ESC key on the keyboard to stop Firefox from loading data from this point forward.

This was helpful to correct a spelling mistake you made and noticed after hitting the enter key. If you mistype a domain you want to go to now, you cannot stop it by using the Esc key. The same is true for searches from the address bar or search engines either if you have misspelled them.

There is no option to add the functionality back without extension. One extension that you can use for that is SuperStop which brings the functionality back to Firefox. You do have to press Shift-Esc though to stop the loading.

If you prefer the “old way”, try BetterStop which maps it back to the ESC key and offers more configuration options.

Add protocol and trailing slash at all times

firefox-http-trailing-slash

Mozilla started to remove information from Firefox some time ago. The company removed the favicon for example, and also made the decision to remove the http:// protocol information at all times and the trailing slash for root domains.

So, instead of displaying http://www.ghacks.net/ in the address bar, the browser displays only www.ghacks.net there.

The problem? If I want to add information after the domain name manually, I first have to type the trailing slash to do so. Plus, I was never a fan of removing information from the browser just for the looks of it.

  1. Type about:config into Firefox’s address bar and hit the enter key.
  2. Confirm that you will be careful if this is your first time.
  3. Search for browser.urlbar.trimURLs
  4. Double-click the entry to set it to false.
  5. Restart the browser.

Now Read: Mozilla Firefox Cheat Sheet

Are you experiencing other annoyances? Let me know in the comments.

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