So, if you’re a Firefox user, today I will share some of my favorite tips and tricks that can make your Mozilla Firefox faster, cooler, more efficient… greatly improve your web surfing experience. It just takes a little while to learn these, but once you do, your browsing will be faster and smarter in no time.
Probably the most important Mozilla firefox browser keyboard shortcuts that I think are:
Ctrl+L (Send the active cursor to the address bar in Firefox)
Ctrl+T (open a blank tab shortcut key combination)
Ctrl+K (go to search box)
Ctrl+F (find a text on the current page)
Alt+N (find next occurrence of the the word in the current page)
F3 (also does the next occurrence search)
Ctrl+D (Bookmark current page – A better method to save bookmarks)
Ctrl+W (Close the Current Tab)
Spacebar (Scroll a page down)
Shift+Spacebar (Scroll a page up)
F5 (Page reload)
Ctrl+= (Magnify page contents by 1 size)
Ctrl+- (Zoom out page contents by 1 size)
Ctrl+0 (Reset Zoom to normal)
Navigation on the Tab Bar
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)
More screen space (make your icons small):
Go to View – Toolbars – Customize and check the “Use small icons” box.
Though you have access to many keyboard shortcuts, but still there are some Mouse shortcuts which could be much helpful:
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)
Speed up Firefox:
1) 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):
2) Set “network.http.pipelining” to “true”
3) Set “network.http.proxy.pipelining” to “true”
4) Set “network.http.pipelining.maxrequests” to a number like 30. This will allow it to make 30 requests at once.
5) 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.
Limit Ram Usage:
If your Firefox is taking too much memory then you can limit its memory so you can get other tasks done also. For this write “about:config” in your address bar and press enter. Type “browser.cache“ in the search bar and select “browser.cache.disk.capacity“. It is set to 50000 but you have the choice to take it down and set it where you think is right. For example you can try 15000 if you have memory of 512MB to 1GB.
Autocomplete Website URL:
This is another simple tip from Firefox tips but is not well known. When you need to open a website.
Just write its main URL, for example for Twitter, you just type Twitter and press Ctrl+Enter and it will autocomplete the website address www.twitter.com. For .Net addresses press Shift+Enter and for .Org addresses press Ctrl+Shift+Enter.
Got any favorite Firefox tips or tricks of your own? Let us know in the comments.