If you are like me, you spend a lot of time using firefox. Chances are that you don’t use it as effectively as I do.
You probably use several toolbars which take way too much of your screen space. Right-click on a toolbar and select “customize”. Then you can drag everything around and hide the unused toolbars. I currently have three rows of toolbars:
- First toolbar has File, Edit, View menu and others, back, forward, reload, cancel, home icons, location bar, and finally a search bar.
- Second toolbar contains quick bookmarks – just the pictures without any text, so that I can fit in as many as possible.
- Third toolbar is shared google toolbar (used mostly just for PageRank), webdeveloper toolbar, user agent switcher and adblock settings.
I often see people wasting their screen space by using the default configuration with menus in the first toolbar and action icons and location bar in the second one.
Speed up firefox by installing fasterfox or simply google around a bit to find out (enable pipelining, disable ipv6, etc.).
Learn to use keyboard shortcuts:
- ctrl+T — open new tab
- ctrl+L — go to location bar
- ctrl+K — go to search box
- ctrl+up/down — switch search engines when in search box (don’t forget to order them in a way that suits you)
- alt+enter — open the search from search box in a new tab
- ctrl+shift+T — open an accidentally closed tab (you can even repeat this shortcut — superb!)
- ctrl+b — bookmarks
- ctrl+h — history
If you use a mouse, install and learn to use mouse gestures. At least the few ones for back/forward and open/close tab. I personally prefer FireGestures, as that is the only gesture extension that actually knows what I mean when I perform the gestures.
And I almost thought I wouldn’t make another post in March.