Miscellaneous Firefox Tips
User Help for Mozilla Firefox
Starting a Tips & Tricks to help newcomers (or older users who may have forgotten). Please add your Tips and/or tricks... Keep it simple.... AND PLEASE DON'T POST ANY QUESTIONS... Use the Search Function(at the right of the page) or start a new thread.
Tip: Double Clicking empty space on the Tab Bar will open a 'New Tab'
Tip: Middleclick/MouseWheelClick on a Bookmark on your Personal Toolbar will open it up in a New Tab
Tip: MiddleClick/MouseWheel Click on a folder will open all the bookmarks in the folder in a new Tab(s) (Note: see http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic ... 18#1015518)
Tip: holding down the Shift or Ctrl key when you RightClick to "View Image" or "View Backround Image"will open the image in a New Tab or New Window.
Tip: Unused menus or menu Items can be hidden by using the customizing your userChrome.css stylesheet (do a forum search for more info)
Tip: Extensions can greatly add functionality to FireFox. Browse extensions at http://update.mozilla.org and another excellent source http://www.extensionsmirror.nl/index.php
Last edited by AnonEmoose on November 30th, 2004, 8:14 pm, edited 2 times in total.
Tip: MiddleClick/MouseWheel Click on a Tab will close that Tab.
Tip: MiddleClick/MouseWheel Click on a History item will open the page in a new Tab
Tip: MiddleClick/MouseWheel Click on the Back and Forward buttons will open the last/next page in a new Tab
Tip: MiddleClick/MouseWheel Click on the Home button will open your homepage in a new Tab(s)
Tip: MiddleClick/MouseWheel Click on the Throbber (the 'busy' icon at the top-right) will open the Firefox homepage in a new Tab
Tip: For those without middle mouse buttons or mousewheels, ctrl-click will also open new tabs for links, bookmarks, bookmark folders, history items, and toolbar buttons.
Nice guide, AnonEmoose. I'll sticky it, I think.
"All things being equal, the simplest answer is usually the correct one" - Occam's Razor
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:5.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/5.0
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:5.0) Gecko/20110624 Thunderbird/5.0
Tip: Ctrl+TAB you can navigate in the tabs to the right
Tip: Ctrl+Shift+Tab you can navigate in the tabs to the left
Tip: Many Laptops mimic the MiddleClick/MouseWheelClick function if you click both right/left pads at the same time.
Tip: Set mutliple Home pages : Tools---->Options--->General and seperate each page with the pipe | symbol
Tip: Clear your Download history to make the download manager more responsive : Tools---->Options--->Privacy
Tip: Rearrange add/remove Icons on Toolbars: View--->ToolBars--->Customize....
Tip: Drag any link to the Download Manager Window to add & download the link
Tip: Use the Search feature at http://forums.mozillazine.org/search.php .. (can be found on right panel -->)
Try Middleclick/MouseWheelClick on "View Image" or "View Backround Image"
MenuEdit is also useful: http://www.extensionsmirror.nl/index.ph ... l=menuedit
Help on about:config can be found at:
http://kb-upgrade.mozillazine.org/index ... ig_Entries
In Firefox: "Save Link As..." = "Save Target As..."
I didn't see this tip said in previous posts, so here goes:
Tip: Middle-clicking in a link wherever will open that link in a new tab.
And, hello everybody!
Right clicking in a search box (such as the 'search mozillazine, powered by google', on the left of this page) and selecting 'add a keyword for this search' lets you make an interactive keyword bookmark.
Here is how it works:
Give it a name, such as 'Mozillazine search'
now, assign a keyword to it, such as 'moz'
From now on, you can search mozillazine (or any other search box you used for this) from your address bar like this:
Enter 'moz search topic' in your address bar and click Go!
Tip: Pressing ctrl+enter will add http://www. before and .com after the text in the toolbar and load the resulting url. Similarly, shift+enter will add http://www. and .net, and ctrl+shift+enter will add http://www. and .org
Tip: You can work offline like in IE by clicking File>Work Offline. This means that you can browse your previously visited pages even when you're offline.
Edited by Vectorspace to correct BBCode
Last edited by ianalis on December 6th, 2004, 8:07 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.7.5) Gecko/20041107 Firefox/1.0.3
Tip: Many tweaks can be made in your <a href="http://kb.mozillazine.org/index.phtml?title=Firefox_:_FAQs_:_Edit_Config">config files</a>. Many pieces of advice at these forums involve editing these files.
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Tip: If you wish to remove an item from your Address Bar Drop down menu, Highlight it WITHOUT CLICKING and use Shift+Delete
Tip: A bookmarks's position Dragged & Dropped (ie. change position in a Folder or move from one folder to another or move to another position on the toolbar) by highlighting it & clicking on it (WITHOUT LETTING GO) and Dragging it to your desired position
Tip: A Folder can be move the same way as above tip but u MUST hold down the SHIFT key while Dragging
Tip: Former/current users of IE who are accustomed to copying items from "Temporary Internet Files" folder (FireFox calls it "Cache" ) can achieve the same results by Tools--->Page Info and then select the "Media" Tab, then Highlight the item u want to download and clicking "Save As..."
Tip: If u accidentally delete a bookmark and want to recover it, if it is not already open then, open the "Bookmarks Manager" (Bookmarks--->Manage Bookmarks) and either use Ctrl+Z or Edit--->Undo (in The Bookmarks Manager)
Tip: DoubleClicking a file entry in the Downloads Manager will open/launch the file (provided u haven't moved it yet)
Tip: You can also directly download anything from a page by drag and dropping it onto the 'download' icon in your toolbar (provided you put it there in 'right-click > customize')
Tip: You can bookmark the current page by dragging the icon from the location bar to your Bookmarks folder. You can also drag it to the desktop to make an icon for that page.
Tip: Of course, you can also do what SallyK said in the other direction: drag a text file, a link, a picture, etcetera... from your folders or your desktop to Firefox and it will open in Firefox!
Last edited by michaelvdorpe on November 28th, 2004, 1:23 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Tip: You can adjust your toolbars to your liking. Right click on any toolbar, and select 'Customize'. While this dialogue is up, you can move buttons around on your toolbars by click-and-drag to the new locatiion. The window that pops up when you do this is a holding area for unused icons. You can drag any item from it onto your toolbars to have it made available, and you can drag any icon from your toolbars onto this box to hide that icon completely.
Tip: Some toolbar items, such as the Location bar, will expand to takeup all available space.
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