Using Firefox or Mozilla

Firefox Search Box
You'll find a handy search box in the top right corner of your Firefox window.
    * Clicking the little drop down arrow lets you select from several different search engines. Click the one you want then enter your search text in the box.
    * Here is how to add more search engines to your list
    * If you use Google Desktop Search, you'll want this plugin  to allow you to add GDS as one of the search engines. Additionally, this little plugin will help you get around the current 10 results per page that GDS imposes on you.

How to remove search engines from the Firefox search box (this tip is for Windows users. Others should be able to find similar files in their program directory):
    * Go to C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\searchplugins
    * Delete the two files (there will be .png or .gif and .src) for the search engine you want to remove (for example google.src and google.gif) and restart Firefox.

Ad Block
    * With Ad Block installed you can stop all kinds annoying ads on web pages. Blocking them speeds up your browsing as well.
    * By default, Ad Block doesn't block anything. You add filters as you browse by clicking the Ad Block link that gets installed in the lower right corner of your browser or pressing Ctrl+Shift+A or going into Tools - Ad Block - Preferences.
    * More great tips are available from Mozilla for Ad Blocking

BetterSearch
    * BetterSearch uses the wonderfulness of Firefox to enhance search engines. You get a thumbnail picture link to the site and you can choose an inline preview. Try out the BetterSearch extension
    * It enhances Google (all international versions, too), MSN Search, Yahoo Search, A9, AllTheWeb, del.icio.us and Simpy.com.
    * I've put to gether a screen shot of how a Google results page is enhanced. Have a look here: Better Search Screenshot


Keyboard Shortcuts
CTRL + A Select all text on a webpage
CTRL + B Open the Bookmarks sidebar
CTRL + C Copy the selected text to the Windows clipboard
CTRL + D Bookmark the current webpage
CTRL + F Find text within the current webpage
CTRL + G Find more text within the same webpage
CTRL + H Opens the webpage History sidebar
CTRL + I Open the Bookmarks sidebar
CTRL + J Opens the Download Dialogue Box
CTRL + K Places the cursor in the Web Search box ready to type your search
CTRL + L Places the cursor into the URL box ready to type a website address
CTRL + M Opens your mail program (if you have one) to create a new email message
CTRL + N Opens a new Firefox window
CTRL + O Open a local file
CTRL + P Print the current webpage
CTRL + R Reloads the current webpage
CTRL + S Save the current webpage on your PC
CTRL + T Opens a new Firefox Tab
CTRL + U View the page source of the current webpage
CTRL + V Paste the contents of the Windows clipboard
CTRL + W Closes the current Firefox Tab or Window (if more than one tab is open)
CTRL + X Cut the selected text
CTRL + Z Undo the last action
F1 Opens Firefox help
F3 Find more text within the same webpage
F5 Reload the current webpage
F6 Toggles the cursor between the address/URL input box and the current webpage
F7 Toggles Caret Browsing on and off. Used to be able to select text on a webpage with the keyboard
F11 Switch to Full Screen mode


Control animations with about:config
If you’ve never used about:config, you’re missing out. Type about:config into your Firefox address bar and hit Enter. One easy configuration change is limiting animated images. Double-click image.animation_mode and change it to ‘none’ to stop all animated images, or ‘once’ to let them run through once. You can revert to the default behavior with ‘normal’


Several Tips

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)

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: 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

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
(eg http://forums.mozillazine.org/|http://www.google.com|http://www.y...

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: 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.

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: 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: You can save all open tabs in a bookmark folder. Ctl-D, select the "bookmark all tabs in a folder" select or create a folder.

Tip: To stop animated gifs from moving, press the ESC key.

Tip: Instead of clicking the Back or Forward buttons, hold down the Shift key and turn the scroll wheel to back or forward

Tip: 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 the firefox website, I might give it the keyword "ff". Now, when I type "ff<Enter>" in the address bar, it goes to the firefox site. I find it is often faster than going through your bookmarks to find it

Tip: Ctrl and a number key will go to the tab indicated by the number. (e.g. Ctrl+3 will go to the third tab from the left)

Tip: CTRL+F5 refreshes the page without accessign the file cache

Mouse and Keyboard Images
Holding down the Shift or Ctrl key when you RightClick to "View Image" or "View Background Image" will open the image in a New Tab or New Window.


Quick Google search from Address Bar
1. Go to the "Bookmarks" drop-down menu and select "Manage Bookmarks..."
2. Select "New Bookmark..."
3. A Properties for New Bookmark will appear
4. Under Name, give it a name like, "google search"
5. Under location, put this address, "http://google.com/search?q=%s" but without the quotation marks.
6. Under Keyword, put something very simple like the letter "g" (without quotes)
7. Hit OK then you are done.
Once you have done this go to the address bar, type the letter "g" (without quotes), hit the spacebar and type any word you want to search for like "afterdawn", hit enter and you have done a quick search. For example type, "g afterdawn". press enter and a google search for afterdawn will turn up.


Sure Way to Block ALL Ads from Firefox
There is a Extension Called Adblock] that most people use, but there is a second extension that goes with it called Adblock Filter Set G that pretty much disables all third party ads, but still keeps the browser functional without disabling the banners that come from the host site.
Both extention can be found here:
Adblock -> http://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=10&applicati...
Filter Set G -> http://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=1136&applica...


Opening, Closing and Switching Tabs
Whether you use tabbed browsing or not is up to you, however there are some basic things you can do to make better use of this feature. To start with, to open any link as a new tab you simply need to click your center mouse button while pointing to a link. If you don't have a center mouse button, hold down the CTRL key then left-click on a link to get the same result. This opens the link up as a new tab with the contents hiding behind your currently displayed page by default. To switch to this new page, simply click on its tab. If you want to force a link to open as a new tab in the foreground, you need to hold down the SHIFT key and use the relevant methods above. If you want to close a tab quickly, simply click the center mouse button on the tab, or press CTRL + W or CTRL + F4 while viewing the tab. To switch quickly between open tabs, press CTRL + Tab to go to the next open tab, or SHIFT + CTRL + TAB to go to the previous open tab. If you want to go to a specific open tab, press CTRL and a number key (e.g. CTRL + 2) to jump to that tab.
In fact, if you click your middle mouse button on a range of things in Firefox, they will typically open up in a new tab (substitute CTRL for middle-click). For example, click the middle button on the back or forward arrows at the top of Firefox, and the previous or next pages you've visited will open in a new tab. Middle-click on an item in your history and it will open in a new tab. Middle-click on the Homepage toolbar icon and your home page will open in a new tab.


Using the about:config Option
config.trim_on_minimize [Boolean] (False) - This setting only works in Windows, and determines whether Firefox - much like other Windows applications - reduces its memory usage when minimized to the Taskbar. If set to true (the default), it will use less memory when minimized, which is useful for systems with low RAM and multiple open applications. However if set to false it will speed up minimizing/maximizing Firefox, as it will not constantly attempt to reduce and reclaim RAM - thus I recommend a setting of false for most people.

dom.disable_window_open_feature.* [Boolean] - There are 11 settings which begin with this tag (and end with one of the following: .close, .directories, .location, .menubar, .minimizable, .personalbar, .resizable, .scrollbars, .status, .titlebar, .toolbar). These 11 settings control the elements of popup windows which you can force to be displayed. For example, if you set the dom.disable_window_open_feature.close setting to True, it will force all popup windows which open up to have a close button in the top right hand corner of the popup window. This is useful since many popup windows (mainly ads) deliberately remove such elements to prevent easy resizing/closing of their content. For that reason I recommend you set at least the .close and .resizeable settings to true.

dom.popup_maximum [Integer] (2) - This setting determines the maximum number of simultaneous popup windows which can be open at any time. The default is 20, but I recommend a very low value such as 2, since most of the time users will only ever have 1 or 2 open legitimate popups on their screen at once, and this also helps prevent websites from flooding your screen with lots of popups.

image.animation_mode [String] - This setting determines how animated GIF images behave in Firefox. If set to None, animated images will never play; if set to Once animated images will only play through once then stop; and if set to the default of Normal animated images will play as they normally do. I personally prefer Once so I can see the animation a single time, but it doesn't loop over and over.

network.http.max-connections [Integer] (24) - This setting determines how many simultaneous HTTP connections can be made by Firefox. The default is already 24, however for most people on moderate to fast Internet connections you can try raising this to a value like 48 or even 96 to allow for more open connections, thereby speeding up browsing multiple pages. The maximum is 65535, but remember that by raising this setting you are only raising the maximum possible number of connections. You aren't forcing Firefox to increase the actual number of connections it makes every time; if your system actually attempted to force 300 connections to open at once for example it would likely slow down to a crawl.

network.http.max-connections-per-server [Integer] (8) - This setting determines how many simultaneous connections can be made to a single server. The default is 8, however you can increase the value for broadband connections to something like 16 or 32 to attempt to increase browsing speed. The maximum is 255, however note that raising this setting to a high value (in conjunction with a high value for the network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-.* settings below) may be construed as a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack by some servers and your connection may be refused. Aside from that, it may actually slow down your browsing and it's also poor netiquette to hammer people's servers with dozens of connections from a single machine, so I strongly suggest that you keep this value sane (e.g. 8 or 16).