If you search for something in Firefox, the results are displayed in the same tab by default. Many times when you are doing a search, you don’t want to navigate away from the current page and you would rather get the search results in a new tab. Here’s how to do that in Firefox:
1. In the address bar, type about:config
2. Filter results by typing browser.search.openintab
3. You will see the value set to false
4. Right-click and from the menu choose Toggle
That’s it. As soon as you click on Toggle, the value would be changed to True and your search results would now open in a new tab. This small tip turns out to be quite useful if you do a lot of searches from your browser instead of going to Google or Bing home page.
Mozilla has released another update to Firefox 3.5 in the form of Firefox 3.5.2, this version fixes 4 major security vulnerabilities, which are marked as critical and include;
- MFSA 2009-46 Chrome privilege escalation due to incorrectly cached wrapper
- MFSA 2009-45 Crashes with evidence of memory corruption (rv:184.108.40.206/220.127.116.11)
- MFSA 2009-43 Heap overflow in certificate regexp parsing
- MFSA 2009-42 Compromise of SSL-protected communication
It is highly recommend you download the latest update or upgrade Firefox manually.
Download Firefox 3.5.2
If you find yourself accidentally clicking the close button on firefox tabs quite frequently, you can remove that little “x” by following these instructions:
1. In the address bar, type about:config
2. Filter results by typing browser.tabs.closeButtons
3. You will see the current value set at 1.
4. Right click on 1 and choose Modify from the menu.
5. Selecting a value of 3, would remove the close button from individual tabs and put a close button on the right hand corner.
6. Selecting a value of 2 would remove the close button. You will still be able to close the tab by pressing Ctrl+W.
Just last week we had told you how Firefox was nearing 1 billion downloads, and today is the day of celebration for the Mozilla foundation.
They have just completed a feat of over 1 billion downloads that was unfathomable a few years ago, created a browser that has been a favorite to many including us.
To celebrate the occasion Mozilla has also created a site One Billion Plus You. Let’s cheer this moment by giving them three cheers for this huge achievement, this is definitely a great thing to happen to the open source community and will definitely mean that more and more people will start building softwares with a hope that Firefox has provided them with.
Hip Hip Hoorah to Firefox and Mozilla!!!!
Firefox Add-ons are things that make Firefox a really good browser to use, and to be frank even though I like Google Chrome there are quite a few things that I need to depend on Firefox for.
Mozilla does allow users to develop Firefox extensions with Jetpack, however if you are looking for something more detailed, you can download a free e-book (limited time only) that will help you get kick started in developing add-ons/extensions for Firefox.
The book is written by James Edwards and usually retails for $9.95, however for a limited time you can download it for absolutely free. Thanks Sandip.
The book covers several topics including;
- Learning about folder structures and files in a extensions
- Developing user interface with XUL and styling with CSS
- Keyboard shortcuts and I18N features
- Guide to publish your add-ons to Mozilla add-ons gallery
Download Developing Firefox Add-ons e-Book [PDF with 46 pages]
It has barely been over a week since we wrote about the Firefox 3.7 mockups and there are already mockups of Firefox 4.0 mockups put on the Mozilla wiki.
Looking at these Firefox 4.0 mockups, we are quite surprised that Mozilla is almost trying to emulate the look and feel of Google Chrome.
Almost Chrome like look with tabs and top, and buttons for page options and tools, along with Omnibar like search options.
Tabs at bottom, just like current Firefox but with a additional bookmarks button.
Combining of the Stop/Refresh and Go buttons into a single one. The buttons will;
- Turn green when you start typing.
- Blend with the location bar when at rest.
- Turn blue on hover.
- Turn red when a page is loading.
Please note that these are only mockups and not the final version of Firefox 4.0, there may be several changes and additional features in the finished version, however we definitely like the look they are thinking to implement.
What are your thoughts? Do you think Firefox 4.0 mockups look good enough to you?
Firefox 4.0 Windows Theme Mockups
Just a few days ago we wrote about the Firefox 3.7 Theme mockups, if you liked what you saw, you can now get the same look and feel for Firefox.
However installing the theme is not straight forward, and you will need to follow a series of steps before you can get the look and feel of the Firefox 3.7 mockups.
For complete instructions to install the theme and get the proper effects visit Mozilla Firefox 3.7 Mockup Theme page.
You may have installed several Firefox add-ons, many of them have provide users with options that can be changed and personalized.
However many times these options are need to be dug out by going to the extensions management tab in Firefox.
Sometime earlier we had told you about a More Tools menu to easily segregate add-on options from the regular Firefox options, the options menu add-on goes one step further by providing you with a easy dropdown menu listing all the available plugin options.
The next time you want to change options for any add-ons, click on the extensions icon next to address bar and choose the add-on you want to make changes to.
Please note, you will have to drag the options button to the toolbar to view it, if you aren’t aware how to do it, you can read our earlier article on how to customize Firefox toolbar.
Download Options Menu [via Mozilla Links]
Firefox 3.5 was released just a short time back, however Mozilla has already begun work on Firefox 3.7 the next version of the browser.
Mashable spotted the new theme mockup screenshots of Mozilla in the Mozilla Wiki.
The new features in the theme will include;
- Embracing Glass: Toolbar and Tabs using Glass. Buttons translucent and slightly glossy to meld with the toolbar. Raised 3D lookachieve tactile "feel".
- Page Button: Connect the Page button to the left side of the tab area. Directly connected to the Page.
- Tools/Bookmark Bar: Connecting the Tools button to the side of the Window to emphasize the fact that it is used for customizing and changing the UI. Adding a button next to that to toggle the Bookmarks Bar which is turned off by default.
Here are the screens from the mockup created for the default Windows Firefox theme.
What do you think of the theme for Firefox 3.7? Remember these are just initial mockups and lots of things may change in the final version of the product.
When you visit a website, your browser stores that information in the Cache memory so it doesn’t have to download all the content when you re-visit it. Managing your Cache is pretty important to browse websites faster and to properly utilize your space.
Here are some tips on how to achieve that:
1. Increasing Your Cache:
Every browser has a default Cache size but you can easily increase it to allow more content to be downloaded. If you regularly visit a website that has large size images, you probably would need more than 15-20 MB to store those images in your Cache. You can increase that size to whatever is appropriate.
Here’s how to increase your Cache size in Firefox:
Go to Tools >> Options >> Advanced:
On the Network tab, you will see the option to specify a size for your offline storage. You can set it to as much as you want for example 100 MB, 200 MB or even 500 MB.
2. Emptying Your Cache:
Unfortunately, some browsers like Chrome, do not offer you the option to increase your Cache size. The only way to manage it effectively in such cases is to empty it as frequently as possible so a lot of old stuff doesn’t sit there. If you have IE7 or IE8 you can actually set the option to empty your cache every time you close the browser. To do this, go to Internet Options >> Advanced.
3. Monitoring Your Cache:
How do you know what Cache size is appropriate? Well, in most of the browsers you can monitor your Cache usage by simply typing about:cache in the address bar. This will show you how much inactive storage you have and if you should increase/decrease the size of your cache.
4. Changing the location of the Cache:
In some cases, the location of your cache memory in your hard drive might not the most effective one. If you desire to change that, you can do it by following these steps:
- In Firefox, type about:config in the address bar.
- Right click anywhere in the preferences window and choose New >> String.
- Copy and paste browser.cache.disk.parent_directory as the new preference.
- Enter path of the directory where you want your cache to be.
These tips can help you smartly manage your cache and have a faster browsing experience.
Flock the social networking based fork of Mozilla has a much better interface than Firefox, if you are looking to get the same interface to Firefox, you are in luck.
A new experimental theme has been released for Firefox which is based on Flock. The theme looks pretty decent and similar to Flock.
Installing this theme will not bring the social networking features to Firefox, to do that you can check our earlier post: Converting Firefox into a Social Networking Hub.
The theme is compatible with Firefox 3.5.1 and earlier versions.
Download Flock Fox Theme For Firefox
Mozilla has made the Firefox 3.5.1 officially available through the Firefox site and through all the mirrors that are used for distribution.
Updates are available for all languages supported by Firefox, you can also upgrade Firefox manually without the need to download and install a new version.
Alternatively you can also wait for the upgrades to be automatically pushed to you, which may happen in the next 24-48 hours, considering that this release fixes a pretty critical security vulnerability.
Download Firefox 3.5.1
However Mozilla has been working on a fix for the issue and have already started distributing copies of Firefox 3.5.1 which fixes the security bug.
The patch though is not available officially and is expected to be released in the next 48 hours.
However Martin from GHacks Tech News has a copy of Firefox 3.5.1, which he has shared with others through a mirror, this is a US version and will only work on Windows.
Download Firefox 3.5.1, also visit the Firefox 3.5.1 update post for more details about this download.
Mozilla has confirmed that they are working on a fix. In the meantime there are a couple quick fixes you can implement.
- Type “about:config” in the address bar and press Enter. Ignore the warning.
- Change its value from True to False. You can change the value by double clicking on the line or using Toggle option from the right click context menu.
This will force Firefox to use the older rendering engine which is slower, but immune to this exploit. Once a patch is released simply change the value back to true.
The critical nature of this vulnerability coupled with the full disclosure of the exploit is extremely worrying. Until a fix is released by Mozilla we would highly recommend that all Firefox users apply these quick fixes and stay on the safer side.
A little while back we had written about a workaround for getting Google Gears to work in Firefox 3.5, however that version was a beta and might have had bugs, however mainstream users can now rejoice as Google Gears is now officially available for Firefox 3.5.
If you have been putting off the upgrade to FF 3.5 you don’t have to wait any longer, go to http://gears.google.com to download the latest version of the Firefox add-on.