Firefox versions continue to increase by one every week or so, but the more they change it, the more I’d just like it to stay the same. Here’s the list of plug-ins and fixes I usually go through on every new install.
Disable the “fancy” stuff. These settings can be reached from the special about:config page. I disable these
Then some plug-ins, some of them just to fix stuff as well
The list of annoying, unnecessary or inferior features the new Firefox versions is getting longer. To get back to where it was about a year ago, you already have to tune it by putting back the status bar, disabling animations, opening tabs at the end. Add to that the disabling of the “switch to tab” feature, which does no longer let you pick a second tab from history if you already have it open elsewhere. Usually, you can disable these things from the about:config page, however for this one you need a third-party plugin to get back to normal. It’s called “Switch to Tab no more“.
In Firefox 4, the old style status bar at the bottom was removed. Instead, the URL of a link is randomly displayed left or right in a small pop-up bobble. Annoying.
Luckily, a fix is already made: The Status-4-Evar extension. Download, install and the URL is back in the status bar as before.
After the latest upgrade to Fedora 15, Firefox 5, and Gnome 3 (more about that in later posts), there are several annoying features to remove and customize. One common theme creping in again and again is animated windows, tabs and the like. It adds nothing be distractions. Luckily, it can be configured:
In Firefox 4 and later, type in about:config in the URL bar. Search for browser.tabs.animate on the filter line, and switch that setting to off.
Thanks to the Firefox Support Site for this tip.
Since Firefox 3.6, new tabs open next to its parent. This is probably one of the features written most about after the new release. Or rather how to disable it, that is. I’ll just add it to my notes, so I can perform the fix on every new install.
- Type about:config in the address bar.
- Type browser.tabs.insertRelatedAfterCurrent in the Filter bar.
- The the value to false, by double-clicking or right-clicking.
After updating to Fedora 9 today, Autologin was disabled. It seems it has been deliberately taken out. The current fix for Gnome is as follows:
You might want to set the delay to a few seconds. More information here: