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[HOW-TO] Open new Firefox tab to URL

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Firefox LogoWith the latest version of Mozilla Firefox, opening a new tab brings you to a page that displays your most frequently visited websites. However, have you ever wanted to change this activity? Maybe you prefer to see your favourite search engine’s page when opening a new tab. It will definitely speed up your browsing by saving you a few mouse clicks. Whatever page you want to load, there is an easy tweak that you can apply without the need for a plugin which is always great! However, you will need to be running the latest version of Firefox in order to utilize it. I was able to execute this on Firefox 17.0.1 and cannot say whether or not it will work on older versions.

  1. Open Firefox and type about:config in the address bar. Press ENTER.
  2. Confirm that you know what you’re doing and proceed.
  3. Do a search for browser.newtab.url and edit the string to reflect the website URL you wish to load. For example, http://www.google.com.
  4. Click OK and the change takes immediate effect.

That’s it! Reversing this change is as simple as finding the browser.newtab.url string again, right-clicking on it and choosing RESET.

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Written by falcon1986

29 December, 2012 at 2:17 PM

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LastPass – My new and favourite Firefox addon!

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Firefox LogoMozilla Firefox is my favourite web browser. Not only is it free and fast, but there are countless addons that you can install to unlock new features and functionality. I have been using the free LastPass plugin for Firefox for over 4 months now and it has become one of my favourites, perhaps even more than the other addons I use!

LastPass is a password manager that allows you to store all of your login details in a central database which is itself password-protected. All you have to memorize is a single access password and logging in to your favourite websites can be performed by the simple click of a mouse. Furthermore, because your passwords are always synchronized, you can utilize LastPass on different computers without having to migrate any databases! There is also a built-in password generator which you can call up at any time when a strong password is required.

LastPass is available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS. There is support for integration with popular web browsers such as Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Chrome. Give it a try today!

Written by falcon1986

9 January, 2010 at 1:35 PM

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Customize webpages with Stylish

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There are a few websites you visit frequently, but some of them could use a makeover. Perhaps the entire styling of the site could be improved for visual attractiveness or tweaked for improved usability. Before I found out about Stylish, I did not think this was possible. However, after applying some of the custom CSS found at userstyles.org I realized that I could customize the look of a few very popular websites I frequently visit and even create custom styles myself!

The Stylish plugin works within Mozilla Firefox (there are alternatives for other web browsers) and enables you to use your very own stylesheet to determine how you want a particular site to look. Many users have submitted their own styles for a few popular sites that you can take a look at. Just load the style into Stylish and the changes take effect immediately! My favourites are the ‘Google web search – dark grey redesign (vC)‘ and ‘Gmail Redesigned (by Globex Designs)‘ styles, the latter of which works in both Gmail and Google Apps E-mail.

In addition to site styling, there are also App Styles that can replace quite a few extensions available as separate plugins. Should you want to try your hand at customizing the style of your own, read through the Honestly Illustrated guide that goes into a lot of depth about the tools you will require.

I am quite fascinated with this plugin and what it can do. There are always new styles to discover and test out. One word of warning, however, is to constantly check for updates on your custom styles. As sites undergo changes, these changes will have to be adjusted for in the custom user styles. Sometimes functionality may break, but deactivating the style is usually a quick short-term fix. Enjoy!

Written by falcon1986

11 June, 2008 at 10:53 AM

Firefox’s Find and Quick Find

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Did you know that Mozilla Firefox has two page search features built in? Well, you probably know about ‘Find’, accessible by pressing CTRL+F which launches a small bar at the bottom of the window for you to input text. You probably do not know what ‘Quick Find’ does even though you may have been introduced to it before on an occasion when it annoyed the life out of you! Yes, the ‘Quick Find’ feature, accessible by just pressing the ‘ or apostrophe key launches in the same way as ‘Find’, but does something different.

You probably encountered ‘Quick Find’ while typing somewhere while in Firefox and suddenly saw that none of your input text was showing up on screen. After closing the ‘Quick Find’ bar you probably continued to type only to be annoyed once again by this bar reappearing at the bottom of your browser window. First of all, ‘Quick Find’ does have a useful function (believe it or not), one which has not been highlighted in Firefox’s feature-set or documentation. ‘Quick Find’ searches URLs, whereas ‘Find’ searches browser page text. ‘Quick Find’ can be used to search page text if you press the / key. Try it out for yourself.

This just goes to show you how some things that we may find annoying may actually have some usefulness. I have been searching around for a way to disable ‘Quick Find’ in the latest version of Firefox (2.0.0.13) and found this plugin. It worked perfectly! Just install it and restart Firefox. ‘Quick Find’ is immediately disabled so there are no setting changes that you need to make. Yay!

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16 April, 2008 at 7:02 PM

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Mozilla Firefox 2.0.0.12 already vulnerable

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Just two days after I posted about updating to the latest version of Firefox, there appears to be a vulnerability on the scene! 0x000000.com has apparently found a bug that allows a hacker to traverse the Firefox default directory through the “view-source” scheme!

What this translates to someone being able to see every single file within C:/Program Files/Mozilla Firefox/ when the appropriate vulnerability script is running on a website hosting the attack. When you really think about it, this is no big deal considering nothing very important resides in this directory anyway, but it is still a vulnerability that should not be there in the first place.

Expect the Firefox team to be releasing yet another update soon to come. Persons that utilize the NoScript add-on are the only Firefox users that are safe at the moment.

Written by falcon1986

10 February, 2008 at 7:09 AM

Mozilla Firefox 2.0.0.12 released

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firefox.jpgYesterday, while I had nothing to do, I decided to see if there were any updates to my Firefox add-ons and Firefox itself. It so happens that Firefox was updated to v2.0.0.12.

So far there only seems to be a few bug and security fixes. One fix that I find interesting is the memory corruption fix, which I hope repairs the sudden crashes I rarely experience.

Firefox is still my browser of choice. Believe it or not, it performs better than Internet Explorer 7 on Windows XP Professional for me and I like all of the very neat add-ons. I don’t know what I would do without AdblockPlus for Firefox. I even take it around with me on my Flash drive as a portable application, so I can always use it at public terminals.

If you too are a Firefox user you should update now. Just go to ‘Help’ >  ‘Check for updates’ and let the update manager handle the rest!

Written by falcon1986

8 February, 2008 at 3:21 PM

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