16 Firefox Tips You Should Know
We believe you would like to use the Firefox browser’s capability to the fullest as Firefox provides more ways to customize the browsing experience.
Here’s what we’ve collected – 16 Firefox tips you should know to let you access every single feature of Firefox on the fly and get more work done in less time.
How to Show the Browsing History
Using Control-H to display a history panel on the left of your browser. It’s very useful to recover a URL link which you visited few days before.
How to Open and Close a Tab
Control-T to open a new tab. Control-W to close a tab. Very useful if you like to open many webpages at the same time.
How to Open Up Bookmark Panel and Bookmart a Page
Control-B to open up bookmark panel. You can easily organize your bookmark by grouping them in folders. Control-D to bookmark the page but it will still ask you which folder you want to put it.
How to Access Download History
Control-J to access the download history to check what you’ve downloaded and the location of the particular file.
How to Access Easter Egg in Firefox
If you type “about:mozilla” in the address bar of any version of Firefox, you will be led to a page with a quote from the “Book of Mozilla” about the birth of Firefox.
How to Speed Up Firefox
How to Open Favourite URL’s with Shortcut Keys
ShortcutKey2URL allows you to open URL using shortcut keys. The shortcut you specify to open the website URL will be of the syntax [ ctrl + Q + any key ]
How to Navigate between Tabs
Control-Tab to rotate forward among tabs. Control-Shift-Tab to rotate previous to the tab. Control-1-9 to choose a number to jump to a specific tab.
How to Access Main Configuration Screen
You can get to the main configuration screen by putting about:config in the browser’s address bar. You can make a total different configuration here.
How to Remove the Close Tab Button
Through about:config, edit the preference for browser.tabs.closeButtons. Value defined from 0 to 3.
How to Clear History after Turn Off Firefox
Go to "Tools – Options – Privacy" and check "Always clear my private data when I close firefox".
How to Delete Visited URL
Just drop down the URL box, highlight the URL you want to zap then press the “delete” button on your keyboard. The URL will then be removed from the list.
How to Activate Address Bar Quickly
Press Control-L or Alt-D to enter a URL or search criterion into the address bar.
How to Search Faster with Smart Keyword
Right-click on the search box of a webpage, select “Add a Keyword for this search”, give the keyword a name and an easy-to-type and easy-to-remember shortcut name and save it.
How to Create Multiple Homepages
Go to "Tools -> Options -> Main". In home page field enter as many URLs as you wish separated by a space and a "|" in between. (EX: http://google.com | http://yahoo.com | so on…).
How to Delete Firefox Auto-complete Entries
Just start to type in into the form field until the grey dropdown appears, then use the cursor keys to move to the entry to be deleted and press the SHIFT key and the delete key.
Go to Tools -> Options -> Privacy -> History and turn the dial down to a more reasonable 5-10 days. You’ll need to clear your history or restart Firefox after you make this change, but in my testing the startup speed improved significantly.
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