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5 Awesome Firefox Tricks you Should Know [Part 1]

Mozilla Firefox is fastly becoming the most popular and widely used web browser because of its great features, add-ons and of course the fact that it’s free and open source. While many of us use Firefox, there are some cool & amazing Firefox Tricks which we must know in order to make our Firefox experience more pleasurable and easy.

Firefox Tricks

Useful Firefox Tricks for Mozilla Fan Club:

Before we move ahead, if you have not download Firefox, you can download the latest version of Firefox from here.

1. Tab Navigation:

Instead of using your mouse on click-selecting tabs, use keyboard shorts for tabs in Firefox.

  • 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)

2. More Screen Space:

Make Firefox icons smaller. This can be done by accessing the View menu and selecting Toolbars and then Customize

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Check the Use Small Icons box.

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3. About:config:

About configuration screen is a customization and configuration screen for those users who want to tweak the browser’s advanced features. You may check this guide for further information.

4. Add a Keyword to Bookmarks:

You can speedup bookmarks access in Firefox by specifying keywords for them. This can be done by right clicking the bookmark and then selecting its Properties.

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Put a short keyword in the keyword field, save it, after which you can type that keyword in the address bar and Firefox go to that bookmark link automatically.

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5. Website Autocomplete:

Often we type “www” and “com”, “org”, “net” manually along with website names. With Firefox you can quickly do this without typing by just entering the website name and hitting Ctrl-Enter, and it will automatically fill in the “www” and the “.com”. Similarly, for .net addresses, press Shift-Enter, and for .org addresses, press Ctrl-Shift-Enter.

Read: Useful Firefox addons to increase productivity

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7 Open Source Applications for everyone

Not only Open Source Applications cut the ties that bind you to a specific manufacturer, like Windows, they often compete with or exceed the features packed into commercial apps. Best of all, they are free. Here are seven apps anyone can and should use.

Open Source Applications

1. Firefox

When it comes to Internet browsers, one size doesn’t fit all, and Firefox understands that. Consider the following benefits of using Firefox:

  • Gain access to over 180,000 customized themes for your browser interface.
  • Customize your home page with the information you want, whether it’s sports, travel, research, or social information.
  • Take advantage of built-in security, such as anti-virus integration.

2. OpenOffice

OpenOffice packs all the power of Microsoft Office Suite, but it’s free. With OpenOffice, you actually get more features — it comes with a PDF creator and better tools for artists, such as Draw. One of the main benefits is that you don’t have to retype your documents. The program allows you to open your Word files and re-save them in OpenOffice format.

3. ClamWin

Anyone who spends time online has the potential of transferring a malicious virus or program onto a computer. Viruses can wipe out the registry, rendering the computer nothing more than an expensive paperweight. Or, they can snag your personal information and transfer your credit card or bank account information to cyber-thieves.The open source solution is ClamWin, a free anti-virus program. It offers the same features as Norton and already protects over 600,000 computers.

4. PDFCreator

If you just can’t bring yourself to make the switch from Microsoft Office to OpenOffice, at least save some money by using PDFCreator instead of Adobe’s expensive commercial product. PDFCreator installs on your computer like a printer. To create the PDF, you hit the “Print” option on the document and select PDFCreator as the printer. Instead of printing the document, a new screen will open with the PDF of the document. It’s that simple.

5. 7Zip

Most free and open source software (FOSS) programs use a welcome wizard to help you install the program onto your computer, but some use zipped files. To unzip the information, you need a zip utility, like 7Zip. Not only is 7Zip an open source program, it also offers you the ability to take advantage of every other FOSS that uses a zipped delivery.

6. FileZilla

As more people and businesses host websites, they have realized the need for a file transfer protocol (FTP) program. An FTP program is what transfers the web pages you have created to your server.

  • FileZilla is free.
  • It has a user-friendly interface.
  • The FTP makes uploading and downloading files easy to do.

7. TrueCrypt

Whether you want to protect your family photos, your financial information, or the trade secrets that make your business the sure-win over your competition, you can use an encryption program to increase your security. With TrueCrypt, you get the ability to encrypt USB flash drives, hard drives, or files.

These seven Open Source Applications offer you the tools you need to manage any job, whether you run a home or a corporation. Why are you paying for something you could get free?

Open Blocked/Country Specific Websites in Firefox with Blue Box

While visiting websites, one often comes across such websites which are restricted access to certain countries. For example, popular video sharing service Vimeo is not available for web surfers in Pakistan. One way to get around this access problem is, well, to change countries. However, this solution can more than often prove to be costly and time consuming. The other way around this, which is far more easier, is to change your surfing location virtually. This is possible by using web proxies which link the user to a server present in a foreign country which routes and links all their internet traffic.

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Luckily, Firefox’s huge add-on library has some great tools of accomplishing this task. Blue Box Proxy is a Firefox extension which allows users to access blocked websites in their area by temporarily having their internet traffic routed via proxy servers on foreign locations.

Once the Firefox add-on for Blue Box Proxy is installed, a context menu is added to Firefox’s right-click functions which enables the user to select “Open with Blue Box”. This will open a new tab in Firefox which will then link the website to the user’s browser via an external proxy server in a country where the desired website isn’t blocked.

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Upon testing, we found that Blue Box Proxy works fine for almost all major websites which are blocked for certain countries. For instance, we were able to open Vimeo using Blue Box Proxy.

Blue Box Proxy is available as a free add-on to Firefox and is compatible with almost all Firefox versions up to Firefox 4.0. It can be downloaded and installed via this link.

5 Firefox Add-ons to Increase Your Productivity

We have shared a lot about Google Chrome Extensions because Geeks at our blog are Chrome lovers but we can’t forget that Firefox also as even Firefox also provides lots of add-ons to make your tasks easier. Many add-ons on Firefox makes it little slow but then also these add-ons are useful too.

Here I am sharing 5 such Firefox add-ons which are worth trying:

CoolPreviews:

I just love CoolPreview Add-on because it gives a preview of web links, images, videos without even leaving the page by just mousehovering any link. It also bookmarks and send links to friends with just a click and very easy to customize.

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ReadLater:

Many times it happens that we find any article useful but we dont have time to read then rather adding to bookmark,you can use ReadLater Add-on to save that page. You can read it when you are offline or you can sync the whole list to your ReadItLater mobile apps and other computers too.

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TreeStyleTab:

If you are use to open lots of tabs then this Add-on is for you. It will allow you to arrange your tabs automatically that it new tabs opened from the links will be attached to the current tab in a tree-style form and you can browse web easily.

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AutoCopy:

As the name says,it copies the content automatically that is after installing AutoCopy add-on, whenever you will select any text it will be automatically copied to the clipboard and you don’t need to use mouse or shortcuts to copy content.

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Leechblock:

A must have add-on for people who spent their maximum time online surfing websites which causes distractions at work. LeechBlock gives you lots of options like which website to block, what time to block, when to block, how to block and lots more.

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If you are using Firefox Browser as your primary browser then do share with us which is your favorite Firefox add-on?

Download LastPass Extension for Safari

LastPass is one of the one of the most popular password manager which provides security as well as reliable to manage your passwords. We all have lots of different accounts online including multiple email accounts, lots of social networking accounts like Twitter, Facebook etc. and it becomes tough to manage all the passwords but LastPass can manage your passwords very effectively and recently LastPass has also acquired XMarks.

Tips to Manage Passwords:

You can also access LastPass right from your Safari browser. If you have Safari 5 version then you can enjoy LastPass Safari extension. If you are not aware how to enable extensions in Safari browser then here are simple steps:

  • Click on Preferences.

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  • Click on Extension Tab
  • Now enable Extension

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  • Install LastPass Extension:
  • Once your Safari browser’s extension is enabled, Go to LastPass Website to download extension.While Downloading, you would be required to enter your master password.

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  • After providing password, install the extension as guided.

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  • Once extension is downloaded, you will see a small “LastPass” icon on menu bar.

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  • You need to enter your LastPass email Id and password to access LastPass.

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If you are not registered on LastPass then, create an account. It’s quick and don’t take much time.Once you are login, you can enjoy all the features of LastPass.
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Isn’t a quick way to manage password? LastPass extension is available for Chrome and Opera also. Try out LastPass extension and do share your views with us.

How to Hide Toolbar in Mozilla Firefox

Using a web browser such as Mozilla Firefox in full screen mode is quite commonplace these days. Usually this is achieved by pressing the F11 key on the keyboard and once in the full screen mode, the address bar and the status bar auto hide giving more screen space. One has to hover the mouse on the top and bottom area of the screen to see the hidden address and status bars respectively.

Some users don’t like the idea that the auto-hiding of toolbar takes place while in full screen mode so this guide will tell you how to disable the auto-hide of toolbars in full screen mode:

Method 1:

Step 1: Launch Firefox and in the address bar (where you enter website URLs) write about:config and press Enter.

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Step 2:

Click on the I’ll be careful, I promise! button to proceed.

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Step 3:

Type animate in the Filter box and look for following integer key:

browser.fullscreen.autohide

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Step 4: The entry would be set to value True by default. Double click the entry to set it to False.

Method 2:

Step 1: Launch the Firefox browser and press F11 to enter into full screen mode.

Step 2: Move the cursor on top of screen to bring back the toolbars.

Step 3: Right-click on the navigation toolbar and uncheck Hide Toolbars option.

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I hope this tutorial will be handy for Firefox users who are trying to hide toolbar.

How to Secure Your Saved Passwords in Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox is probably the most loved browser right now by internet users all around the globe. It has such a great success because of its awesome security features which helps keeping users safe from online threats. Firefox has a great feature to save your login and passwords for websites which you access often e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Yahoo etc. so that you don’t have to enter username/passwords every time you access these websites. These passwords are saved in Firefox’s memory. However, one must make sure to keep the stored passwords safe as well. Here’s a guide on how to secure your website logins and passwords in Firefox:

Step 1: In Mozilla Firefox window, click on Tools in the menu bar and then Options from the drop down menu.

Step 2: In the Options window, navigate to the Security tab and and then check the option “Use a master password”.

Step 3: A new window will open and you can specify a master password and confirm it. Press OK and exit.

Step 4: Your passwords will now be secure and no one can access them. Next time when you press Show saved password, you will be required to enter the master password.

Are you using master password feature in Firefox to keep your password safe and secure?