Firefox happens to be one of the powerful and user-friendly Internet browsers, knowing some of the most advanced Firefox tips and tricks would only make you smart and advanced in using the Internet and also saving your valuable time. Firefox gives a lot of additional features even for Web development, that is one of the reasons why web developers choose Firefox browser in case of Internet Browser.
I have sorted most useful advanced Firefox hacks and hacking tricks we can use in our daily life and it saves a hell lot of time. Especially for the Techies and the people spends most of their time with PC
Knowing keyboard shortcuts has always made us faster than ever, instead of hovering the mouse from one side to another and making the work done after 3 to 4 mouse clicks It is better to know the shortcut key and saving more than 50% of the time every time when we perform any specific function. Here are the most useful shortcut keys are listed below
- 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 homepage)
Turn on mouse gestures:
Browsing the web by clicking and typing is all very average. Firefox lets you supercharge your online navigation & operating experience with mouse gestures allowing you to trigger specific actions by drawing specific gestures, you can make your own custom gestures depending your daily visits like facebook, Gmail or any other specific site. Give it a trial run, with the help of the FireGestures add-on, and there’s a good chance you’ll never look back.
Download & install the extension and restart your browser. To explore the available gestures, open the main menu (again, click the three horizontal lines on the top right) and choose Add-ons. Find FireGestures and click the Options button next to it, and you’ll find the configuration panel.
Under the Main heading, you can set the trigger button, which is a button you need to hold down while making a mouse gesture. FireGestures’ default trigger is the right mouse button, but you can change it if you’d like. Switch to the Mapping pane to see some of the gestures already in place. For example, dragging the mouse straight up or down while holding the trigger button will perform specific actions, such as opening links in new tabs. In the Mapping pane, U means up, D means down, R means right and L means left. And you can add more gestures to the extension’s repertoire here.
Sometimes you’re already using your mouse and it’s easier to use a mouse shortcut than to go back to the keyboard. Master these cool ones, these tricks are very helpful when you are in a situation you can’t use keyboard or your feeling lazy 🙁
- 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)
Delete items from address bar history:
Firefox shows previously visited website URLs in the drop down when you start typing any web address. It is very useful and pretty cool for visiting regular websites but sometimes you just don’t want some URLs to show up in the address bar. Well, we’ve got one solution shortcut:
Go to the address bar (Ctrl-L), start typing an address, and the drop-down menu will appear with the URLs of pages you’ve visited with those letters in them. Use the down-arrow to go down to the particular address you want to delete, and press the Delete key to make it disappear.
Add a keyword for a bookmark Just like Speed dial phone number in Nokia mobiles:
Go to your bookmarks typing one letter or a word in the address bar.
Right-click the bookmark and then > Select Properties. > Put a short keyword in the keyword field, > save it, and now you can type that keyword in the address bar and it will go to that bookmark.
Speed up Firefox:
If you have a broadband connection (and most of us do), you can use pipelining to speed up your page loads. This allows Firefox to load multiple things on a page at once, instead of one at a time (by default, it’s optimized for dial-up connections). Here’s how:
- Type “about:config” into the address bar and hit return. Type “network.http” in the filter field, and change the following settings (double-click on them to change them):
- Set “network.http.pipelining” to “true”
- Set “network.http.proxy.pipelining” to “true”
- Set “network.http.pipelining.maxrequests” to a number like 30. This will allow it to make 30 requests at once.
- Also, right-click anywhere and select New-> Integer. Name it “nglayout.initialpaint.delay” and set its value to “0”. This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it receives.
Reduce RAM usage when Firefox is not in use:
This firefox hacking trick will move Firefox to your hard drive when you minimize it, taking up much less memory. And there is no noticeable difference in speed when you restore Firefox, so it’s definitely worth a go. Again, go to about:config, right-click anywhere and select New-> Boolean. Name it “config.trim_on_minimize” and set it to TRUE. You have to restart Firefox for these settings to take effect.
Move or remove the close tab button:
Do you accidentally click on the close button of Firefox’s tabs? You can move them or remove them, again through about:config. Edit the preference for “browser.tabs.closeButtons”. Here are the meanings of each value:
- 0: Display a close button on the active tab only
- 1: (Default) Display close buttons on all tabs
- 2: Don’t display any close buttons
- 3: Display a single close button at the end of the tab bar (Firefox 1.x behavior)
Instead of using the mouse to select different tabs that you have open, use the keyboard. Here are the shortcuts:
- 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)
Limit RAM usage:
If Firefox takes up too much memory on your computer, you can limit the amount of RAM it is allowed to us. Again, go to about:config, filter “” and select “ ”. It’s set to 50000, but you can lower it, depending on how much memory you have. Try 15000 if you have between 512MB and 1GB ram.
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