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Mozilla Firefox Tips and Tricks

Discussion in 'Web & Internet' started by yus15, Jan 12, 2014.

  1. yus15

    yus15 Support Team Staff Member Support Team

    1. One-Click Bookmarking


    Firefox offers a very fast way to add a site to your bookmarks — simply click on the star icon in the browser's "Location Bar."

    Clicking once will add the page to your "Unsorted Bookmarks" folder while clicking twice will open up a window that will allow you to edit where the bookmark should be saved, its title, and any tags (see #2 below).


    2. Tag Your Bookmarks for Quick Access

    One way of organizing your bookmarks in Firefox is to tag them with keywords. You can either do this as you save them down, or retrospectively by going to the "Bookmarks" menu, selecting "Organize bookmarks," finding the bookmark you want to tag, and adding in the keywords.

    Once you've added a word, such as "news" as you can see in the example above, Firefox will offer this as a tag option in future, meaning you just have to tick the box to add it as a tag to another site.

    Once you've set up your tags, typing a tag into the Location Bar will bring up all the sites you've tagged with that word, offering quick access to sites you visit often.


    3. Shrink Your Icons


    You can change how Firefox's toolbar icons are displayed to give you a little more screen space. This is useful when every pixel counts (as on a netbook screen), or simply to achieve a more minimalist look.

    Simply go to the "View" menu, select "Toolbars," hit the "Customize" option and then tick the "Use Small Icons" box.


    If you want to lose the icons altogether, you can follow the same steps, but hit the drop-down menu next to "Use Small Icons" and select "Text" for a graphics-free toolbar.


    4. Add Icons to the Toolbar


    If you carry out the same actions often, such as printing, viewing your history, or managing downloads, there's a way to add more functionality to your toolbar.

    Go to the "View" menu, then "Toolbars," then the "Customize" option, and you can drag and drop a number of extra icons to the top of your browser for easy access.

    5. Change the Default E-mail Setting


    When you click on "Send Link" or "mailto:" links in Firefox, the browser will load up your operating system's default e-mail program (so likely Outlook in Windows or Mail on a Mac). But it's quite often the case that these aren't the mail programs you want.

    You can stop the annoyance of Firefox loading up a default mail program by changing your preference in settings, and it's really easy if you use Gmail or Yahoo Mail.

    Go to "Tools," "Options," "Applications" and scroll down until you see "Mailto" on the left. Now, just hit the drop-down menu and select the e-mail program you'd like to use in the future. The next time you click on a mail link in a webpage, it will load up your preferred e-mail program.

    6. Save a Search Shortcut


    You can save time on sites you search regularly so that you can quickly start a search process on that site from anywhere on the web. To get this set up, right-click on the site's search box and select "Add a Keyword for this Search."

    Once you assign a keyword to a site search, you can simply type "keyword + search term" in your Location Bar to search that website. So, for example, typing "Mashable + Social Good" will search Mashable.com for that content, once the keyword is set up. This will save you the extra steps of loading the site, finding the search box and entering the term.


    7. Change the Default Font Size


    You can ensure you're never left squinting at tiny text on your monitor with an option that forces sites to display text at a minimum font size.

    Although it should be noted that this may cause some sites to display erroneously, if textual clarity is more important to you than web design purity, go ahead and make the changes — your optician may thank you for it!

    Go to "Tools," "Options," then "Content" and then click on the "Advanced" button next to "Fonts & Colors." You can then select a minimum font size from the drop down menu. Rest easy knowing that you'll never be presented with a sea of 6 pt. text again.

    8. Learn Some Shortcut Keys


    There is a whole load of mouse and keyboard shortcuts in Firefox, but we've highlighted the ones we find most useful:

    • Control + Enter — adds .com to the end of text in the Location Bar
    • Control + Shift + T — reopens the last tab you closed
    • Alt + D — highlights the text in the Location Bar
    • Control + Page Up/Down — Moves to previous or next tab
    • / — Quick find
    9. Set Up Multiple Homepages


    It's true, you can have more than one website as a homepage. You can configure Firefox to load your webmail, favorite news site and social network of choice as it starts.

    To set this up, simply load up the sites you want as your homepages, go to "Options," then "General," and then hit the "Use Current Pages" button.

    Now, the next time you start Firefox, you'll be productive from the get-go.

    10. Clear a Single Site From Your History


    We've all done it — typed "Facbook" instead of Facebook And now the browser loads up the wrong site every time. However, this need not be the case, as Firefox offers a clever way to delete one site from your browsing history rather than forcing you to clear all your recent activity.

    To tidy up any typos in your web tracks, go to the "History" menu, click on "Show All History," and then type the name of the site you want to get rid of in the "Search History" box. When it has loaded, simply right-click on the site and select "Forget About This Site." Now it's no longer history — it's ancient history.

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  2. xSilent

    xSilent Support Team Staff Member Support Team

    Ayos to for Mozilla Firefox user gaya ko (y)
  3. yus15

    yus15 Support Team Staff Member Support Team

    Hehe :)