Sunday, May 6, 2007

Tweaking & Optimizing Firefox

The award-winning Web browser is now faster, more secure, and fully customizable to your online life. With Firefox 2, they added powerful new features that make our online experience even better.
Actually, there is a way to tweak your favorite web browser, Firefox for better performance.
By typing about:config in the address bar, Firefox gives you access to loads of editable settings.

A little Firefox Tweaks

NOTICE: Make sure you backup all of the Firefox folder and appdata. You can use MozBackup to backup and restore your Firefox profile.

These tweaks are a .cheap and dirty. way to speed up the browser, and enable a few nice features. However, the more experienced net user might want to go ahead to the advanced tweaks too.

a>Type "about:config" in the address bar (where you usually type a web address to) without the quotes.

This will bring you to the built in configurator, (example of what it looks like) where the tweaking can begin

b>In the filter bar start typing HTTP, this will take you to the first set of settings we will change.

c> Change: network.http.pipelining to true by double clicking

d> Change: network.http.pipelining.maxrequests to 8 by double clicking then entering the new value in the box

e> Change: network.http.proxy.pipelining to true by double clicking

f> Change: network.http.max-persistant-connections-per-proxy to 8

g> Change: network.http.max-persistant-connections-per-server to 8

h> Change: network.http.max-connections to 48

i> Right-Click anywhere in the configurator and add a new integer. The name of this must be nglayout.initialpaint.delay and a value of 0

j>Restart Firefox by closing all windows and tabs and then reopening Firefox for the changes to become effective.

Special for FX 2.0 only :
Fx 2.0 only: With Firefox 2, set the key to 3 to restore your browsing session - with form entries intact! - every time you start your browser or undo close tab after a wayward click.
P/s: By default, Firefox 2 automatically restores your session if your browser crashes - but this does it every time you restart your browser normally

More on tweaking firefox, you can find it here:
Firefox Settings
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