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Firefox tuneup

When I configure Firefox these are the settings that make my Firefox experience better. Preference edits in order of most important top to bottom.

Preferences

Note: These edits are done in the configuration page (typing about:config in a new tab/window).

Save previous session (the "Show my windows and tabs from last time option"):

browser.startup.page
3

Load all previous tabs on program start (Firefox by default will not load tabs that are not in focus):

browser.sessionstore.restore_on_demand false

New pages open in tabs:

middlemouse.openNewWindow
false

New tabs load in the background (i.e. not Firefox switch to them when they open):

browser.tabs.loadDivertedInBackground
true

Prevent accidental middle-click opening a new tab with paste contents:

middlemouse.contentLoadURL
false

Close download window when downloads are complete:

browser.download.manager.closeWhenDone
true

Clear download list when Firefox exits:

browser.download.manager.retention
1

Spell check everywhere (one line text boxes too):

layout.spellcheckDefault
2

Set DPI. Firefox assumes a DPI of 96 so if your monitor is different it is good to set this to get correct font sizes (the number is calculated by dividing current the DPI by 96 [i.e. 102/96]):

layout.css.devPixelsPerPx NUM

Disable Install Missing Plugins message:

plugins.hide_infobar_for_missing_plugin
true

Disable blinking text (rarely seen but distracting):

browser.blink_allowed
false

Disable toolbar web-page roll-overs (these can at times get in the way):

browser.chrome.toolbar_tips
false

Tab re-ordering without preview:

nglayout.enable_drag_images
false

The number of lines to scroll and use smooth scrolling:

mousewheel.acceleration.factor
15
mousewheel.acceleration.start
-1
general.smoothScroll
true

Default source code viewer:

view_source.editor.external
true
view_source.editor.path
/usr/bin/gedit

Font Size(s)

I find it best to use the CSS font definition sizes to set the font size. I've created a font test that works well for this. [link]

Add-ons

I tend to not use add-ons as they sometimes they diminish; and because I find that Firefox has most of what I need. However, one add-on that I find needed is clear-fields: it makes a translucent 'x' icon at the end of the URL and Search bar that clears the text when pushed (very handy with the middle-click paste mouse button). I also fine that Scroll Search Highlighter is a great addition. It highlights all text found (i.e. via the find bar) and displays where they are located in the page on the scrollbar. I edit to the highlight colors to help out a bit:

ui.textSelectBackgroundAttention
#EF0FFF
extensions.scrollbarSearchHighlighter.highlightColor
#00A0F0

Extrenui and Have a Good Day!!!

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5 comments on “Firefox tuneup

  1. Thanks, for the tips :)

    I recently found another nice add-on: TACO – it consists of cca. a hundred opt-out cookies for various sites that profile their visitors for e.g. advertising.

  2. TACO, I like the name, and, yeah, no problem. TACO looks like a good thought, will have to check it out.

  3. I’m sure you wanted to say :

    middlemouse.contentLoadURL false

  4. Yes, I did Colar. Thanks for the heads up.

  5. Thank you for your suggestion of Highlight Focus. I personally do not use many Firefox extensions, but this one certainly deserves to be installed for me. I always loose my damn focus thing and have to hunt for it on the page or reselect it with my mouse when I sit for a moment and try to think about what I want to type/do/browse/etc.

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