* Spacebar (page down)
* Shift-Spacebar (page up)
* Ctrl+F (find)
* Alt-N (find next)
* Ctrl+D (bookmark page)
* Ctrl+T (new tab)
* Ctrl+K (go to search box)
* Ctrl+L (go to address bar)
* Ctrl+= (increase text size)
* Ctrl+- (decrease text size)
* Ctrl-W (close tab)
* F5 (reload)
* Alt-Home (go to home page)
4) Auto-complete. This is another keyboard shortcut, but itfs not commonly known and very useful. Go to the address bar (Control-L) and type the name of the site without the gwwwh or the g.comh. Letfs say ggoogleh. Then press Control-Enter, and it will automatically fill in the gwwwh and the g.comh and take you there - like magic! For .net addresses, press Shift-Enter, and for .org addresses, press Control-Shift-Enter.
5) Tab navigation. Instead of using the mouse to select different tabs that you have open, use the keyboard. Here are the shortcuts:
* Ctrl+Tab (rotate forward among tabs)
* Ctrl+Shft+Tab (rotate to the previous tab)
* Ctrl+1-9 (choose a number to jump to a specific tab)
6) Mouse shortcuts. Sometimes youfre already using your mouse and itfs easier to use a mouse shortcut than to go back to the keyboard. Master these cool ones:
* Middle click on link (opens in new tab)
* Shift-scroll down (previous page)
* Shift-scroll up (next page)
* Ctrl-scroll up (decrease text size)
* Ctrl-scroll down (increase text size)
* Middle click on a tab (closes tab)
7) Delete items from address bar history. Firefoxfs ability to automatically show previous URLs youfve visited, as you type, in the address barfs drop-down history menu is very cool. But sometimes you just donft want those URLs to show up (I wonft ask why). Go to the address bar (Ctrl-L), start typing an address, and the drop-down menu will appear with the URLs of pages youfve visited with those letters in them. Use the down-arrow to go down to an address you want to delete, and press the Delete key to make it disappear.
8) User chrome. If you really want to trick out your Firefox, youfll want to create a UserChrome.css file and customize your browser. Itfs a bit complicated to get into here, but check out this tutorial.
9) Create a user.js file. Another way to customize Firefox, creating a user.js file can really speed up your browsing. Youfll need to create a text file named user.js in your profile folder (see this to find out where the profile folder is) and see this example user.js file that you can modify. Created by techlifeweb.com, this example explains some of the things you can do in its comments.
10) about:config. The true power userfs tool, about.config isnft something to mess with if you donft know what a setting does. You can get to the main configuration screen by putting about:config in the browserfs address bar. See Mozillazinefs about:config tips and screenshots.
11) Add a keyword for a bookmark. Go to your bookmarks much faster by giving them keywords. Right-click the bookmark and then select Properties. Put a short keyword in the keyword field, save it, and now you can type that keyword in the address bar and it will go to that bookmark.
12) Speed up Firefox. If you have a broadband connection (and most of us do), you can use pipelining to speed up your page loads. This allows Firefox to load multiple things on a page at once, instead of one at a time (by default, itfs optimized for dialup connections). Herefs how:
* Type gabout:configh into the address bar and hit return. Type gnetwork.httph in the filter field, and change the following settings (double-click on them to change them):
* Set gnetwork.http.pipeliningh to gtrueh
* Set gnetwork.http.proxy.pipeliningh to gtrueh
* Set gnetwork.http.pipelining.maxrequestsh to a number like 30. This will allow it to make 30 requests at once.
* Also, right-click anywhere and select New-> Integer. Name it gnglayout.initialpaint.delayh and set its value to g0. This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it receives.
13) Limit RAM usage. If Firefox takes up too much memory on your computer, you can limit the amount of RAM it is allowed to us. Again, go to about:config, filter gbrowser.cacheh and select gbrowser.cache.disk.capacityh. Itfs set to 50000, but you can lower it, depending on how much memory you have. Try 15000 if you have between 512MB and 1GB ram.
14) Reduce RAM usage further for when Firefox is minimized. This setting will move Firefox to your hard drive when you minimize it, taking up much less memory. And there is no noticeable difference in speed when you restore Firefox, so itfs definitely worth a go. Again, go to about:config, right-click anywhere and select New-> Boolean. Name it gconfig.trim_on_minimizeh and set it to TRUE. You have to restart Firefox for these settings to take effect.
15) Move or remove the close tab button. Do you accidentally click on the close button of Firefoxfs tabs? You can move them or remove them, again through about:config. Edit the preference for gbrowser.tabs.closeButtonsh. Here are the meanings of each value:
* 0: Display a close button on the active tab only
* 1: (Default) Display close buttons on all tabs
* 2: Don't display any close buttons
* 3: Display a single close button at the end of the tab bar (Firefox 1.x behavior)