Posts Tagged ‘firefox tips’

How to Tweak the Firefox Address Bar

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Here’s a handy list of cool tricks that can be used to adapt the Facebook Address bar to fit the needs of individual users …

Address bars ten years ago were used to enter website addresses, and that was it. Address bars today get fancy names like awesome bar, one bar or omnibox to highlight that they provide a lot more than just the ability to enter and load urls in the browser.

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How to Disable Strict Add-On Compatibility in Firefox

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Given the constant stream of Firefox updates, you’d think that they would have done a better job of addressing these compatibility issues before now.

One of the biggest issues that Firefox users have with the rapid release cycle introduced earlier this year is the fact that updates often disabled their add-ons in the browser due to incompatibilities. Most of the time though those incompatibilities can be attributed to the maximum compatible version number assigned to an add-on, and not to technical incompatibilities. Many Firefox users made use of Nightly Tester Tools or the Add-on Compatibility Reporter to force add-on compatibility.

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How to Restore Firefox Bookmarks

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Here’s a handy trick for Firefox users …

One of the things that I migrate to new computer systems that I build or buy are my bookmarks. I have a collection of a few hundred sites in my bookmarks that I use regularly thanks to browsers recommending bookmarks when entering text into the address bar.

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Something is Trying to Trick Firefox into Accepting an Insecure Update

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Whuh-oh! This sounds like a potentially nasty exploit that we should all be on the lookout for …

For the last two days I have been receiving popup messages when running Firefox. They stated that “Update Failed. Something is trying to trick Firefox into accepting an insecure update. Please contact your network provider and seek help”. Since I have not changed a thing in that time that would affect Firefox’s update mechanism I first thought that it was a issue with the Firefox updating process itself.

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Configure Firefox to Install Add-Ons Faster

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

This looks like a helpful trick for Firefox users …

I install a lot of Firefox add-ons every week. First add-ons that I may use personally and then add-ons for review here on Ghacks or other sites. One of the things that bothered me for some time now is the artificial delay that Mozilla added to the installation process of extensions in the web browser.

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Firefox – Add HTTP Back to Address Bar

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

This seems like a fix for something that’s only kind of a minor annoyance to begin with … but it’s still a neat trick.

Mozilla recently made a few changes to the Firefox web browser that I personally do not like that much. One of the things that the developers changed recently is the way website urls are displayed in the address bar. HTTP websites no longer show up with the protocol http:// in front. Another change is that the core domain name is the only part of the domain that is highlighted in the address bar. The subdomain, e.g. www. or directories are shown in a lighter gray tone.

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Display All Modified Firefox Preferences

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Here’s a handy trick for listing all of the modifications that you’ve made to Firefox (sometimes, it’s easy to forget what we’ve already changed.)

If you are using Firefox as a web browser you have probably made some modifications to it. This can be something simple like a different home page or more sophisticated customizations like about:config under the hood changes.

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How to Run Firefox Stable, Beta, Aurora and Nightly Simultaneously

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

I’m not sure why one would want to do this … but apparently it is possible …

Can you run multiple versions of the Firefox web browser next to each other on a system? And if you can, how can you configure the different browser versions to either share a user profile, or use their own independent profiles? Maybe you have already installed multiple Firefox versions on your PC. If you did, you may have noticed that the browsers share the same user profile with all of its settings, extensions and themes. This usually leads to compatibility checks on every start-up to verify the compatibility of add-ons with the currently started version.

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Disable Firefox’s What’s New Page After Updates

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

I guess I must be lucky or something; all I had to do was close the “What’s New” page, and it never came back …

I just noticed that two Ghacks readers have problems with Firefox’s What’s New page after updating their browser to Firefox 3.6.20. The intention of the What’s New page is to provide Firefox users with information about new features and changes. The page will be displayed instead of the homepage currently configured by the user. The readers however mentioned that the What’s New page was shown to them on every start up of the browser, and not only on the first start.

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How to Uninstall the Babylon Toolbar Completely

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Personally, I usually avoid all toolbars like the plague …

There are quite a few users out there who have installed the Babylon Toolbar after downloading software from Cnet’s Download.com portal. This is not the only way of installing that toolbar though, as it is available for direct download at the Babylon.com website as well, and via other programs and services that use it to make money distributing the toolbar with their products.

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