When I configure Firefox these are the settings that make my Firefox experience better. Preference edits in order of most important top to bottom.
Save previous session (the “Show my windows and tabs from last time option”):
Load all previous tabs on program start (Firefox by default will not load tabs that are not in focus):
New pages open in tabs:
New tabs load in the background (i.e. not Firefox switch to them when they open):
Prevent accidental middle-click opening a new tab with paste contents:
Close download window when downloads are complete:
Clear download list when Firefox exits:
Spell check everywhere (one line text boxes too):
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]):
Disable Install Missing Plugins message:
Disable blinking text (rarely seen but distracting):
Disable toolbar web-page roll-overs (these can at times get in the way):
Tab re-ordering without preview:
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
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]
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!!!
- F3 will search forward; shift-F3 will search backward.
- Middle-clicking a tab will close the tab.
- For spell checking, you might have to add a dictionary (depending on distribution).
- Restore Firefox – if settings become broken.
- Gmail as defaul email client.
- Firefox Tips and Tweaks (I’ll be careful, I promise).
- monospace default font size.