Firefox Touch-ups

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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.

Configuration Edits

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.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

Font Appearance

For typefaces I like to use various Microsoft fonts. These are the fonts I use and their sizes:

     Serif  Georgia         16
Sans-serif  Ebrima
 Monospace  Lucida Console  10
   Minimum                  10

I created a webpage to look into what typefaces to use and their sizes; it can be downloaded here.

Add-ons

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:

Additional Information

  • Firefox Keyboard Shortcuts:
    • Ctrl+L—URL bar focus
    • Ctrl+K—search bar focus
    • Ctrl+F—Find
    • Ctrl+G—find aGain; Ctrl+Shift+G—find previous
  • A middle-mouse-click on 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 Languages > Add Dictionary; for Linux use the hunspell-en package for English.
  • Reset Firefox for situations where a remedy is tough to find (keeps bookmarks, passwords…).
  • Firefox Tips and Tweaks
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5 thoughts on “Firefox Touch-ups

  1. Matija "hook" Šuklje

    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.

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  2. Shae

    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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