Upon Installing Firefox….

Cory Blog, Customizations, Software

In my last post I covered how to manage Firefox profiles. Well, now we need to extend on that topic. I created a new profile for Work, but my default profile, I believe, was garbled up a bit from customizing that it was actually running slower than my newly created profile. So, I deleted it and created a new default profile. (Silly me I forgot to export all my saved passwords, so now I have to try to remember them all, when I should have used Password Exporter 1.1). Right away I noticed that my new profile was quicker, without any speed tweaks, but there is always at least one back end tweak I add to any new installation of Firefox.

First of all, to get to the tweaking end of FF, you need to type “about:config” in your address bar. Yes, type it in your address bar. Press “Enter.” All that stuff you can tweak… if you know what you’re doing. You can speed the browser up, make colors more pretty, or tweak the Location bar. But what I like to do is simply extend the built in spell check to all text fields. By default, Firefox3 will not spell check in single text line fields, this is a problem if you’re a terrible speller (self admitted).picture-15

To tweak this, type in “layout.spellcheckDefault" in the Filter and change the Value from 1 to 2. That’s it. It’s that simple for all other tweaks too.

You can check out more tweaks at 21 About:Config Hacks(Tweaks) For Firefox 3