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Firefox Tweaked

Wyatt • • Rants and Technology

OK, first off, I love Firefox. It’s great; however, there are several things that just annoy the hell out of me. For example:

  1. No “X” on each tab
  2. Google Search not maintained per tab
  3. Default loading of links in background
  4. Crashes loose my tabs

However my friends, I have found the tweakers delight :-). Now, I know it’s been documented other places; however, I’m just going to put it here in the event that I blow something up and loose my stuff … it’s also for your benefit if you want to use it. Three of the above can be fixed in the magical “about:config” tab. The remaining has an extension to fix it. Ready to tweak? Great. Here comes the meat:

1. No “X” on each tab
This is an easy fix. Open about:config in a new tab or window and put extensions.tabprefs.showTabButton in the filter area. Right click the value and choose toggle. Restart Firefox to complete the changes.

2. Google Search not maintained per tab
Again, another easy fix, just not documented well. Fire up about:config again and this time find the value extensions.tabprefs.searchbar. Right click and toggle and you’re in business. Restart if the changes don’t take occur when you fire up a new tab.

3. Default loading of links in background

Don’t recognize this one? Well, here’s the skinny. Apparently the default behavior of Firefox is to start caching links on a page in the background … a trick from back in the dial up days to make browsing better. Since I live in the world of high speed … this is damned annoying to me. Again, fire up about:config and search for browser.sessionhistory.max_total_viewers. Change this value to 0 and restart Firefox to make the change.

4. Crashes loose my tabs
This one requires an extension to fix. Head on over to the SessionSaver and do the download and install thing. Restart and tweak the changes to your delight and now crashes and accidental tab closures are no longer a bother.

While you’re in about:config, you may want to poke around and see if there is anything else cool you can convince the beast to do :twisted:. Let me know if you find anything spiffy.

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