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8 Tricks That Will Change Your Firefox Experience


Mozilla’s Firefox is undoubtedly one of the most preferred choice for developers/designers as far as web browsers are concerned. The fact that it lets you play around conveniently with its settings so as to ensure you have an amazing browser experience all the time makes it one of the better options available today. Did you know, there are a few interesting tips and tricks that can speed up Firefox remarkably?

See also Chrome tricks here and now let’s get into why you clicked on the link in the first place.

1.Do you know these Keyboard Shortcuts?

-Spacebar: page down

-Shift-Spacebar: page up

-Ctrl+F: find

-Alt-N: find next

-Ctrl+D: bookmark page

-Ctrl+T: new tab

-Ctrl+K: go to search box

-Ctrl+L: go to address bar

-Ctrl+=: increase text size

-Ctrl+-: decrease text size

-Ctrl-W: close tab

-F5: reload

-Alt-Home: go to home page

2.Do you know these Mouse Shortcuts?

-Middle click on link: opens in new tab

-Shift-scroll down: previous page

-Shift-scroll up: next page

-Ctrl-scroll up: decrease text size

-Ctrl-scroll down: increase text size

-Middle click on a tab: closes tab

3.Adding smart keywords

If you use a particular search a lot:

Right-click on search box > Add a Keyword for the search > Name the keyword and a shortcut name > Save 

Now, everytime you want to do the specific search:

Firefox address bar > Type the keyword for instant search


Address bar (Control-L) > name of site sans “www” or “.com” > Control-Enter to auto-fill 

In case of .net addresses: Control-Enter is replaced by Shift-Enter

In case of .org addresses: Control-Enter is replaced by Control-Shift-Enter 

5.Tab navigation

-Ctrl+Tab: rotate forward among tabs

-Ctrl+Shft+Tab: rotate to the previous tab

-Ctrl+1-9: choose a number to jump to a specific tab

6.Deleting items from address bar history

Address bar (Ctrl-L) > Type an address > Use down-arrow to go down to an address you want to delete > Delete key

7.Speeding up Firefox (for Broadband connections)

Type about:config in address bar and hit return > type network.http in the filter field:

-Set network.http.pipelining to true

-Set network.http.proxy.pipelining to true

-Set network.http.pipelining.maxrequests to any number 

-Right-click anywhere and select New Integer > name it nglayout.initialpaint.delay > set its value to 0

8.Limiting RAM usage

about:config > filter browser.cache > select browser.cache.disk.capacity > lower the value down from 50000

Source: Efytimes Network

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