A browser that can get the job done for me is all I need. Firefox has been good enough for me. It is ready to go from the installation. I find a few touch-ups can help me out a bit.
The edits I make are listed below followed by their description. The configuration editor I use which makes editing them a bit quicker for me. The editor can be opened by typing
about:config in the URL bar.
app.update.auto true # Firefox update automatically (Windows) browser.chrome.toolbar_tips false # UI-element-popup-tips turn off browser.startup.page 3 # previous-session-tabs are restored on launch browser.sessionstore.restore_on_demand false # previous-session-tabs are restored when clicked on browser.sessionstore.resume_from_crash false # restore session dialog after crash, reboot... disable browser.tabs.loadDivertedInBackground true # new-tabs open in the background browser.zoom.full false # web-page-text will only zoom layout.spellcheckDefault 2 # spell-check extend to single-line-entry fields middlemouse.contentLoadURL false # middle-mouse-click load clipboard-URL turn off middlemouse.openNewWindow false # middle-mouse-click new-tab-open general.autoScroll false # middle-mouse-click scrolling turn off mousewheel.default.delta_multiplier_y 200 # mouse scroll speed nglayout.enable_drag_images false # tab-window-previews-on-drag turn off privacy.donottrackheader.enabled true # web-sites request they not track me
For typefaces I like to use various Microsoft fonts. The fonts that I use and their sizes are:
Serif Cambria 15 Sans-serif Calibi Monospace Consolas 13 Minimum 10
I created a web-page to be able to compare the various fonts: Various Typeface Representations for Web Browsers
For my needs Firefox has most of the abilities built-in. There are a few that are well designed that I have learned to trust:
- Firefox Keyboard Shortcuts:
Ctrl+L—URL bar focus
Ctrl+K—search bar focus
middle-mouse-clickon a tab will close the tab.
- For spell checking it is likely a dictionary will need to be added: with a word in a text-entry field right-click
Add Dictionary; for Linux use the
hunspell-enpackage for English.
- Reset Firefox for situations where a remedy is tough to find (keeps bookmarks, passwords…).
- Firefox Tips and Tweaks