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Tips and hints to make FireFox work better. - 04-18-2007 , 03:03 PM


Tips and hints to make FireFox work better.
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Table of Contents
Chapters:



1. Downloads
2.0.0.3 for Windows, English (5.7MB)



2. Speeding up Firefox
-Fast Computer, Fast Connection
-Fast Computer, Slower Connection
-Fast Computer, Slow Connection
-Slow Computer, Fast Connection
-Slow Computer, Slow Connection


3. How to tell whether Firefox is faster after optimizing it
-Steps 1-7
4. Firefox Shortcuts
-Open a blank 'New Tab'
-Open a bookmark in a new tab
-Close a tab
-Open your homepage in a new tab
-Navigate tabs with the keyboard
-Set mutliple Home pages
-Rearrange add/remove Icons on the toolbar
-Let Firefox complete web addresses for you
-Bookmark the current page
-Increase/Decrease font size
-Save all open tabs in a bookmark folder
-Stop animated gifs from moving
-Bookmark an Livebookmark (RSS Feed) -Add a keyword for a bookmark
-Quickly do a search on a word



Download
Download Firefox - Free 2.0.0.3 for Windows, English (5.7MB)



Speeding up Firefox




To speed op Firefox to its full potential, Type 'about:config' into your browser and fix your settings for what you have.
Fast Computer, Fast Connection



  • user_pref("content.interrupt.parsin g", true)
  • user_pref("content.max.tokenizing.t ime", 2250000)
  • user_pref("content.notify.interval" , 750000)
  • user_pref("content.notify.ontimer", true)
  • user_pref("content.switch.threshold ", 750000)
  • user_pref("nglayout.initialpaint.de lay", 0)
  • user_pref("network.http.max-connections", 48)
  • user_pref("network.http.max-connections-per-server", 16)
  • user_pref("network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-proxy", 16)
  • user_pref("network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server", 8)
  • user_pref("browser.cache.memory.cap acity", 65536)




Fast Computer, Slower Connection



  • user_pref("content.max.tokenizing.t ime", 2250000)
  • user_pref("content.notify.interval" , 750000)
  • user_pref("content.notify.ontimer", true)
  • user_pref("content.switch.threshold ", 750000)
  • user_pref("network.http.max-connections", 48)
  • user_pref("network.http.max-connections-per-server", 16)
  • user_pref("network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-proxy", 16)
  • user_pref("network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server", 8)
  • user_pref("nglayout.initialpaint.de lay", 0)
  • user_pref("browser.cache.memory.cap acity", 65536)
Fast Computer, Slow Connection



  • user_pref("browser.xul.error_pages. enabled", true)
  • user_pref("content.interrupt.parsin g", true)
  • user_pref("content.max.tokenizing.t ime", 3000000)
  • user_pref("content.maxtextrun", 8191)
  • user_pref("content.notify.interval" , 750000)
  • user_pref("content.notify.ontimer", true)
  • user_pref("content.switch.threshold ", 750000)
  • user_pref("network.http.max-connections", 32)
  • user_pref("network.http.max-connections-per-server", 8)
  • user_pref("network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-proxy", 8)
  • user_pref("network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server", 4)
  • user_pref("nglayout.initialpaint.de lay", 0)
  • user_pref("browser.cache.memory.cap acity", 65536)
Slow Computer, Fast Connection



  • user_pref("content.max.tokenizing.t ime", 3000000)
  • user_pref("content.notify.backoffco unt", 5)
  • user_pref("content.notify.interval" , 1000000)
  • user_pref("content.notify.ontimer", true)
  • user_pref("content.switch.threshold ", 1000000)
  • user_pref("content.maxtextrun", 4095)
  • user_pref("nglayout.initialpaint.de lay", 1000)
  • user_pref("network.http.max-connections", 48)
  • user_pref("network.http.max-connections-per-server", 16)
  • user_pref("network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-proxy", 16)
  • user_pref("network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server", 8)
  • user_pref("dom.disable_window_statu s_change", true)
Slow Computer, Slow Connection



  • user_pref("content.max.tokenizing.t ime", 2250000)
  • user_pref("content.notify.interval" , 750000)
  • user_pref("content.notify.ontimer", true)
  • user_pref("content.switch.threshold ", 750000)
  • user_pref("nglayout.initialpaint.de lay", 750)
  • user_pref("network.http.max-connections", 32)
  • user_pref("network.http.max-connections-per-server", 8)
  • user_pref("network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-proxy", 8)
  • user_pref("network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server", 4)
  • user_pref("dom.disable_window_statu s_change", true)
How to tell whether Firefox is faster after optimizing it
  1. Clear the cache of Firefox from the Firefox settings dialog - this is very important!
  2. Before you optimize Firefox, navigate to http://www.numion.com/stopwatch/ and do a speed test on http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/
  3. The time needed to load the site completely will be displayed to you in the browser window. Write down the time.
  4. Clear the cache of Firefox from the Firefox settings dialog again - this is very important!
  5. Now, close Firefox, and optimize it with FireTune
  6. Start Firefox again, and repeat the speed test on http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/
  7. Compare the displayed result with the result from the test before the optimization
Firefox Shortcuts
These are short and simple tips to make browsing easier. They require no 'hacking' files or changing configuration. Middle-click refers to pushing down the mouse wheel in the center of your mouse, if your mouse wheel does not support middle-clicking then crtl+leftclick works the same. Laptops utilize both left+rightclick as the middle-click button.



Open a blank 'New Tab'



Double-click empty space on the Tab Bar



Open a bookmark in a new tab



Middle-click on the bookmark



Close a tab



Middle-click on the tab will close it



Open your homepage in a new tab



Middle-click on the homepage button to open your homepage in a new tab



Navigate tabs with the keyboard



Ctrl+Tab to navigate tabs to the right.
Crtl+Shift+Tab to navigate the tabs to the left.
Even quicker way is Ctrl+[# of tab]



Set mutliple Home pages



Tools>Options>General and seperate each page with the pipe | symbol
(Shift+button above the enter button)
eg. http://forums.mozillazine.org|http://www.google.com|http://www.yahoo.com



Rearrange add/remove Icons on the toolbar



Toolbars: View>ToolBars>Customize



Let Firefox complete web addresses for you



Type in something like 'shatterstudios' in the address bar and hit:



  • Ctrl+Enter to add http://www. before and .com after the text
Bookmark the current page



3 Simple ways:
  1. Hit Ctrl+D
  2. drag the icon from the location bar to your Bookmarks folder
  3. or you can drag the icon to the desktop to make an shorcut for that page
Increase/Decrease font size



Hold Ctrl AND press + or -



Save all open tabs in a bookmark folder



Ctl-D or Bookmarks>Bookmark This Page, select the 'bookmark all tabs in a folder' then select or create a folder.



Stop animated gifs from moving



Press the ESC key



Bookmark an Livebookmark (RSS Feed)



Click the orange button on the status bar and select 'subscribe to rss feed'



Add a keyword for a bookmark



You can give 'keywords' to your bookmarks by right-clicking the bookmark and then Properties. If you put a string in the keyword field now you can type that keyword in the address bar and it will go to that bookmark. For example, if I have a bookmark for Fox News website, I might give it the keyword 'news'. Now, when I type 'news' in the address bar and hit 'enter', the Fox News site is loaded.



Quickly do a search on a word



Highlight a word and drag it up to the search bar and it will do a search for that word using whatever search engine you currently have selected. Also can right click the highlighted word and select 'Search Web for 'shatterstudios.'

Last edited by Daleks United; 04-19-2007 at 07:11 PM. .

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04-27-2007 , 07:41 PM


Making .wmv (Windows Media) Video on a Mac

there are several ways to convert from MOV to WMV - you could use Quicktime Pro or Flip4Mac but they co$t money

here are 3 free methods, with samples and tuts - the settings i use are for this example only

using iMovie HD:
Metrotest1.wmv
File Export
Expert settings - Share
Export: Movie to Windows Media - Options
Export using: WMV 9 Standard
Two Pass CBR
Quality = 90
Bit Rate 420
Size 320x240
29.97 fps

Using iMovie & VLC Player
Metrotest2.wmv
iMovie:
File Export: Movie to Quicktime Movie
Options
Video MPEG-4
FR 29.97
High
Data Rate 640
Size 320x240 (VLC Player cannot convert the size to a smaller size, only larger)
Sound AAC

VLC Player:
File/Open File - (Browse to file/Open)
Streaming/Saving (check box)
Settings
File (browse to name output file add .wmv to name)
Encapsulation Method ASF
Video - WMV2 Bitrate 420
Audio - mp3
Ok - OK

Using iMovie & VisualHub
($28 CDN - the free version allows 2 minute clips)
Metrotest3.wmv
iMovie:
Compress for: Full Quality

VisualHub:
File Add
WMV button
Advanced Settings
Size 320x240
Bitrate 420
Save Settings/Save to...
Start

 

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