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How To Make Firefox The Most Useful Web Browser There Is

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If you are already not convinced that firefox is better than everything out there, here are a few tips and tweaks that will make you want to switch. If you are using firefox, maybe you still didn't know about these.
 
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Step 1: Getting Firefox

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Just download and install firefox... Works with just about every operating system there is... But don't get the beta, there aren't as many themes and plugins for those

http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/

Step 2: Speed 'er Up!

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Do this if you have high speed internet, it won't work as well if you are using dial-up.

In the address bar, type in about:config

Once you are there, in the filter bar, type in pipe. You will come out with 3 results, network.http.pipelining
network.http.pipelining.maxrequests
network.http.proxy.pipelining

The first and the third should normally be set to false, and the middle one should say 2.

Double click the first and last one to set them to true, and double click the middle one to set it to 20 or 30. Try each out or even different numbers and post your results, because i did not really notice a different between 20 and 30, but then again I have satellite internet.

That 20 means it will make 20 requests at once, now you know why this is only for people with fast internet.

Step 3: Still Movin' Fast!

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Now, right-click anywhere in the window, select new, then select integer. Name it nglayout.initialpaint.delay and set the value to 0. This is the delay to open a web page.

Step 4: MORE MEMORY

Now, to give firefox more memory, make a new integer, name it browser.cache.memory.capacity and depending on how much memory you have, give it anywhere above 8 megabytes. To do that, set the integer anywhere above 8,192. It's in kilobytes... I have mine set to 90,000 which is i guess around 90 megabytes...

Firefox seemed to respond faster after doing this...
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plznothanks3 years ago
Wesfletch3 years ago
To tell the truth, Firefox isn't necessarily the BEST. I find that Google Chrome is faster for everyday surfing, while Firefox has much faster flash capabilities. Firefox is also more customizable, but, the "best" really depends on your needs. I personally swap back and forth between the 2.
Yes, I agree, but I also understand that chrome runs YouTube very well, it is created by the owners, and YouTube is the only flash I use.
Ah well, I'm young and quite addicted to flash games. I find that chromes just a bit laggy with anything too graphic intensive.
O, maybe I should try firefox with the powder game and falling sand, I do play those and they really lag.
Yeah, a good game I use to test speed is Dust on NotDoppler. It requires very good flash, and lag is obvious.
Thanks, I never realized that my browser could be the lager, now those games run much better, I guess I will have to keep Firefox even though I only use it for one thing.
Woogaus4 years ago
I'm running version 3.6.10 Firefox and when I clicked on the tab it automatically had Instructables listed, all I had to do was acknowledge it. I haven't tried it with any other sites yet.
The Beta version of Firefox 4 is available, and it did much better, it actually went back to original, found my most visited, and automatically made them bookmarks, without me importing old info.
jj.inc Woogaus3 years ago
Chrome does the same thing, I type In and then I just hit enter, I don't even have to click the down arrow or the actual drop down, it just auto goes in unlike any other browser.
Woogaus3 years ago
When I typed in about:config, I got a lot more than 3 or 4, haven't counted them, but I would say close to 1000 lines.
Lftndbt6 years ago
bah!!

Internet explorer > Firefox >>> OPERA

Nice Instructable though... ;)
jj.inc Lftndbt3 years ago
Just so you know, You need to swap > to < unless OPERA sucks 4 times worse than IE.
WHAT??!!?!?

IE<Opera< =Firefox!!!=
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Erm... placing IE above firefox... epic fail.
sorry, i messed up, i deleted that
Ah, I see.
heyzuphowsitgoin (author)  xACIDITYx5 years ago
I think you two are looking at it different ways. Nonetheless, Firefox still seems to be best, although chrome is catching up. If any of you use a mac, try out Sunrise. Fastest browser ever. Unfortunately, it has no add ons and is very basic.
heyzuphowsitgoin (author)  Lftndbt6 years ago
thanks I;'ll try opera out! thanks for the advice :p
erikals4 years ago
there's an extension I use called Net Usage Item. It takes an XML feed from your ISP's data usage page and shows it in a handy bar in your tool bar.
ampaxx5 years ago
a nice add on, if you use gmail, is gspace. it allows you to easily store files using the storage space in your gmail
john 6215 years ago
will tweak work with firefox 3.0.6 ? cant get past step #4 or this info does,nt applie i reset verything back to there defaults
camel flag5 years ago
because u have a proxy on chalky
Dms124445 years ago
Thanks, I am using firefox right now (although I have been for 4 years now) and i just made it better. ps:seriously nice job, In my opinion though I do like Opera web browser as well.
chalky6 years ago
in the "speed her up" category of your instructable you said they were only three options but i have four so what gives??
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dariel24 chalky6 years ago
yeah i have 4 options too, just modify the:
network.http.pipelining-----------------------true
network.http.pipelining.maxrequests---20 or 30
network.http.proxy.pipelining---------------true

and ignore the fourth, or in mine it says
network.http.pipelining.ssl
chalky dariel246 years ago
network.http.pipelining.ssl is the third option in my pipe config??
see enclosed clip i have already changed it from false to true,so should i change it back??
thanks in advance
sean.
dariel24 chalky6 years ago
i also dont know. well if your firefox is still working i dont think you need to change it back... even if you ignore it (back to false) firefox still runs very fast. you decide.
chalky chalky6 years ago

PS/firefox roxxxxxs

dariel246 years ago
from years ago.....
i KNEW FIREFOX IS THE BEST
and now my firefox is even BETTER
thanks for the GREAT instructibles
ps, i rate this instructibles with 5 star :-P
FIREFOX ROX! Anyways, I knew about the pipelining, but not the rest.
nomax6 years ago
I recommend the add-on fast-dial, you can have your favoured websites as thumbnails for faster access (like in opera):

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/5721
Holy crap, I have had Firefox for ever, and didn't know you could speed it up. Just tried it, and its like moving from dial up to hi speed all over again. This thing is on some serious speed now. Thanks!
martymunch6 years ago
I just got a new Mac and started using Firefox (about two weeks ago) after someone else had recommended it. Good ideas, I did steps two through five and there is a definite noticeable difference. Thanks!
enza996 years ago
"This sets the maximum number of requests that can be sent to a server via pipelining before anything is sent back to the browser. You can choose between 1 to 8."
Making Firefox faster: editing your about:config
enza99 enza996 years ago
forgot to say thats for network.http.pipelining.maxrequests
btw i was looking for this i havnt seen it on here yet =P
Fasterfox makes firefox soo much better, and sorry to tell you but Opera sucks, it goes
IE>Opera>SAFARI>FIREFOX
tjsdaname6 years ago
safari is also good for windows...... but firefox rules!!!!
Monkey T.6 years ago
Okay, another add-on i tottally LOVE! is yoono, try it!
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