Archive for August, 2010

This guide is intended for one of two things, being that you could use this tutorial to move or remove some or all of the close buttons on the tabs for personal purposes or you could use this guide to commit to the same deed in a more “sinister” way by moving or removing a few or all of a friend or workmate’s tab close buttons. By removing the close buttons on all of the tabs you could open anything and the victim of the practical joke would not be able to close anything, thus providing an opportunity for humour. Read on to find out more.


Of course everybody loves a good practical joke, also people like their lives to be as convenient as possible. So in theory it was only a matter of time before a guide like this hit the internet. Well here it is, brought to you by myself with intent to being both convenience as well as a window for humour.


The first thing you are going to have to do is open your Firefox browser. Once you have opened your browser then you need to enter the following, without the quotation marks into the address bar “about:config” then hit enter. Once you have done this you will be faced with a page showing configurations and values but we only need one so what we will do is type into the “Filter” bar at the top of the page the following, without the quotation marks “browser.tabs.closeButtons” and hit enter.


Now you will have a page with one value in it, this is the value that we want to edit in order for us to customize our close buttons found on each of the tabs that we open during a browsing session.


To begin the modification you will need to right-click the value and select “Modify” from the shell menu that appears. This will bring up a dialogue box which you will enter one of the following number codes into.


Note: The default code is “1”

  • 0 = Display a close button on the active tab only
  • 1 = Display close buttons on all tabs
  • 2 = Do not display any close buttons
  • 3 = Display one single close button at the end of the tab strip

Now you are finished.


Enjoy a better browser experience by adding, removing or changing your browser for added browsing convenience and a better overall appearance for those Firefox users out there that find the multiple close tabs an eyesore!


This is for those of you who enjoy taking advantage of Firefox’s ability to install third party  add-ons and plugins. If you are a frequent downloader of add-ons and plugins for Firefox you may find that the (s) wait time before you are able to click the install button is extremely inconvenient and frustrating. Read on to find out how to increase, decrease or remove this wait.

Firstly I would like to show you what exactly I mean by the "(s) wait. I mean the wait in milliseconds before you are able to click the “Install” button and install your add-on.


The (s) wait is demonstrated in the screenshot below:


addon install wait


Now, like all of my other browser tutorials, you will first need to open your Firefox browser. Once you have opened your browser you will need to go to the URL “about:config” and then type into the “Filter” bar at the top of the page the following phrase, without the quotation marks “security.dialog_enable_delay” and then hit enter. Now you will have on your screen a single value that will be called “security.dialog_enable_delay”. You need to right click this value and select “Modify” from the sub-menu that appears.


Once you have done this a dialogue box will appear with the number of milliseconds Firefox will make you wait before it will let you click the “Install” button. The default is “2000” but you can now change this value to whatever you want. As a practical joke on your friend or workmate you could set it to say “99999999999999999” and then have fun watching them try to install an add-on or you could commit to the more productive approach which would be to set it to “0” to disable the wait completely.


Enjoy your faster and easier add-on installation. This also works as a great prank, have fun!

This guide was intended for those of you who use Firefox and, like myself are critical about grammar and literature flaws when using the internet. This guide will allow you to now only allow Firefox to automatically underline and point out your spelling errors in a few types of text boxes but ALL of the text boxes, thanks to the new system configuration layout offered by Firefox 3.6+. Read on to find out how you can become an elite speller online, even if you don’t know how to spell at all!

First off you will, once again need to open your Firefox browser and type into the URL bar at the top of the screen the following term, without the quotation marks “layout.spellcheckDefault”. Once you are fronted with the value then you will need to right click it and select “Modify”.


Now you need to modify the value to one of the following depending on your preferences:


  • 0 = Spell-checking is OFF for ALL text boxes and forms.
  • 1 = Spell-checking is ON for MOST text boxes and forms (this is the default value).
  • 2 = Spell-checking is ON for ALL text boxes and forms.

Now once you have edited these values you will need to close the Firefox program. This can be done in one of two ways, either by clicking the red “X” in the top right of the Firefox window. Or the more advanced (and seemingly more effective way) by opening task manager and in the “Processes” tab right-clicking the “Firefox” process and clicking “End Process” or “End Process Tree”.

Once you have done this then restart Firefox and enjoy your now-error-free work.

Enjoy a web browsing experience without typos, great for submitting online resumes or any other online activity of which you are expected to use perfect grammar.

This will guide you through making the minimum length of each tab shorter, so you can ultimately have more tabs open at once without the “Scroll” feature to appear at the end of the tabs. This scrolling feature can make working on the internet a much more time consuming feat. Read on to find out how easily it can be changed.

Firstly, you will need to open your browser and use the address bar to navigate to “about:config”. Once this page loads you will want to enter into the “Filter” text box at the top of the page the phrase “browser.tabs.tabMinWidth” without the quotation maks of course.

This will load up a value, you will want to right click this value and select “Modify”.


Like so:


about config browser min tab size decrease 

When you click the “Modify” button you will be prompted with a dialogue box.


The dialogue box that you will be prompted with will look like this:


config tabs min

You will notice that my value is currently set to 70. This defines the minimum width (in pixels) of each tab. The default is 100. I recommend 70, it is not to short but not too long and is ideal for research or any other task that requires 7+ tabs to be opened. Change the value to the preferred amount of pixels and then click the “Ok” button and close Firefox either through clicking the “X” at the top right of the screen or by using task manager. Task manager is much more efficient in that it ensures a clean, instantaneous closure of the application,  thus minimizing the risk of the software reversing your changes to its system settings. Overall this will produce a cleaner application of the tab shortening hack.

Enjoy your new access to a vast amount of tabs, use for educational purposes is a strong recommendation.

Have you ever wanted to know why it is that only a maximum of 12 suggestions come up when you begin to type and address? Well this is easily fixed using the “about:config” page in the Firefox browser. You can change the amount of suggestions to as many or as little as you like.

What you need to do first to change your URL bar suggestions is open the Firefox browser. Now type into the address bar the following, without the quotation marks “about:config” and hit enter.

You will notice that the browser configuration window will open, showing you a huge array of operating components. This may seem daunting but as long as you follow my steps directly you should have no problems.


The configuration page will look like this:


about config

Now you will need to type into the filter bar at the top of the page the following, without quotation marks “browser.urlbar.maxRichResults”

The value should come up on its own and you will now just need to modify the value.


The page will now look like this:



Now, you will notice that I have already changed my value from the default 12 to a massive 50 also I have right-clicked on the value and brought up a shell menu. You will need to click “Modify”. Once you have clicked modify you will bring up a small dialogue box.


The page will now look like this:


about config editing values

Now, change the value to the desired amount and then click “Ok”. Now the last step, open task manager and end the “Firefox” process and then re-open Firefox. Now you will have the amount you specified in your URL dropdown box.


Enjoy an easier to use browser interface!


Note: By editing values and other system data you could directly or indirectly interfere with the intended purpose of your computer and/or its overall functionality and usability. Also warranties may be rendered VOID upon changing values.

Don’t worry though. Voiding warranties is for people who truly do care about bringing out their computers full potential and utilizing it for their convenience and increased productivity.

Have you finally ditched that ye olde n00b browser known as “Internet Explorer”? If so and you have come to realize that Firefox doesn’t give you the option of auto-complete in your searches then this guide will tell you how to activate it through Firefox itself.

First off you will need to open your Firefox web browser and type in the address bar the following without the quotation marks “ about:config ”. Once you have typed this in hit enter and then you will notice a page saying something along the lines of “Here Be Dragons!” as well as a message warning you about the repercussions of changing the settings contained within. Conveniently it does not end here, it gives you the option to click the “I’ll be careful, I promise!”.

It should resemble the following:

here be dragons

Now you need to click the “I’ll be careful, I promise!” button.

Next you will be confronted with a huge (possibly overwhelming for beginners) list of settings. These settings will mostly consist of a word or group of words in line with a corresponding number or corresponding numbers.

The list should look similar to this:

about config

Now from this list you will need to edit a certain value. Be careful though as doing this incorrectly could completely ruin your Firefox browser, thus requiring a complete re-install. Which is not a huge deal, however a fairly big inconvenience.

Next you will need to hit ctrl+f to bring up the “filter” search bar. Now you enter “browser.urlbar.autoFill” without the quotation marks into the search box and hit enter. You will be presented with a value with “False” written under the “Value” column. Change the “False” value to “True” by right-clicking the “Value” section of the data entry and left-clicking “Toggle”.

The final step is to close Firefox by opening “Task Manager” and ending the process. Then re-open Firefox and you’re done.

Enjoy easier web searching.

It is not common knowledge to use this method to expose the files contained within the cache created by browsing the internet. Although it is very convenient when you want to recover say a video that you were watching online on Facebook, YouTube, etc. which has since been removed.

The first thing you are going to want to do is load up your web browser. I definitely recommend the use of Mozilla Firefox 3.6+ for the more experienced user. This is due to its huge range of customizations and plugins that are available free off the Mozilla site.

You can download the latest version of Mozilla Firefox here

Next you need to type into the address bar at the top of the page the following, without the quotation marks “about:cache”. You will now notice that you have been presented with a page of text. To view each cache just click the corresponding link found under the details of each cache.

I.e. if you want to view your Disk Cache to retrieve a lost file then you would click onto the “List Cache Entries” hyperlink below the description of the Disk Cache.

Like so:

disk cache

Once you have clicked the link you will be presented with another page  of text which will look similar to this:

disk cache further

You now have a directly accessible list of files that have been stored on your cache file which can be freely traversed and manipulated at your will.

Enjoy your newly found cache traversal knowledge. Use for legitimate purposes only.

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