Category: Web Browser Tricks, Tips and Hacks


This tutorial is for all Internet Explorer users who would like to change where their downloaded files are saved by default. Read below to find out how you can edit your download folder for Internet Explorer just by editing a data value.

The first thing you must do is open the “Registry Editor”, which can be opened by opening the “Run dialogue. The “Run” dialogue can be opened using the holding the “Windows” key and then pressing the “R” key. Once the “Run” dialogue has opened you must enter into the text box within the dialogue window the text below:

regedit

 

Once you have entered the above text into the text box within the “Run” dialogue you must then hit the “Enter” button. The “Registry Editor” window will now open.

 

You must search for a particular registry entry, which can be done by clicking the small “+” signs on the left of each of the folders in the left pane of the “registry Editor” window. You must navigate through the directories to the “Internet Explorer” folder as shown below:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software –> Microsoft -> Internet Explorer

 

Once you navigate to the “Internet Explorer” folder you must right the string on the right named “Download Directory”. The folder you must navigate to (circled in lower left) as well as the “Download Directory” string (circled on upper right) is shown in the screenshot below:

Editing the windows registry to change default download directory for windows internet explorer

 

You must right click the “Download Directory” and then click the “Modify” text, which will bring up this dialogue box:

Editing the IE data value

 

As you can see in the screenshot above, my current default download location for files in Internet Explorer is blacked out for privacy reasons, although your current default save location will appear here and you may edit it to the directory of your choice. For example; if you wanted every file you downloaded to automatically be saved to the root of the “C” drive then you would edit the data in the text box below “Value data” text the text below:

C:\

 

By typing the above into the box and then clicking “OK” and closing the “Registry Editor”, your new default save location will be the root of the “C” drive (i.e. C:\). Your default save location is now set to the directory that you typed into the text box.

Congratulations, you just made using Microsoft Internet Explorer so much easier. Enjoy your newfound Microsoft Internet Explorer setting modification knowledge.

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This guide written to describe how one can permanently delete a Facebook account, removing everything associated to their Facebook account. Read below to find out how you can not “disable” your Facebook account but PERMANENTLY DELETE it.

The first thing you will need to do is log into your Facebook account just as you normally would. Which will bring up a page the same, if not very similar to the screenshot below:

Facebook home page

 

Once you are logged into your Facebook account you must copy the URL below into the address bar at the top of your browser window and then hit enter.

http://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=delete_account

 

or copy the text below into your address bar:

 

http://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=delete_account

 

Once you have copied and pasted the above URL or clicked the hyperlink, you will be presented with the “Account Deletion” page, which will look like so:

Facebook account deletion page

 

You must click the blue “Submit” button, which will open the following popup window:

Permanently delete your account

 

Enter your password into the top text box, which is marked “Password”. Then you must enter the “CAPTCHA” text, which is in the picture above. The idea, in case you have never used this type of verification before, is that you enter the text in the picture into the text box beneath the picture to be sure that you are not a bot. Once you have entered your password and the text within the picture, you must click the blue “OK” button.

 

Now that you have entered your details and clicked the blue “OK” button, you will be presented with another popup, which will look like this:

Facebook account deletion notification

 

You will notice that in the small window the text will read as written below:

Your account has been deactivated from the site and will be permanently deleted within 14 days. If you log into your account within the next 14 days, you will have the option to cancel your request.

 

You now need to click the blue “OK” button once again. Once you have clicked the blue “OK” button, you will be redirected back to the login page, which will appear normally, just as shown below:

Returned to facebook login page

 

Your account will now be deleted after 14 days have passed since you clicked the last blue “OK” button. Be sure that you do not use any automatic logins to your Facebook account and also be sure that you must not login to your Facebook account through the Facebook login page or any other applications or websites that will log you into their site via your Facebook account.

Be sure to show this tutorial to anybody who you know are disabling their account only to accidentally reactivate it. Don’t just deactivate it, delete it! Enjoy your newfound Facebook account knowledge.

This guide is written to show the world that there is no need to register for a site that merely deals you information. Read below to find out how you can stop cyberspace from ripping you off in this world’s horrid time-lacking state.

The process is rather simple as it is based on a single website. The first step to gaining free access to almost any website that requires you to register is to visit the site linked below:

http://bugmenot.com

 

Once you have clicked the link above and are on the site you may then enter the website of which you would like to gain free access to without registering or paying a cent. The text you type in the text box must be in the following format for best results:

xxxxxxx.com

 

By typing in a search query in the format shown above guarantees you the best result.

 

Perhaps you would like to learn that little bit extra about the internet and your browser and how they work together? If so, the link below may be for you:

https://chafflube.wordpress.com/category/web-browser-tricks-tips-and-hacks/

Be sure to make a list of all of the sites you have always wanted to join but were faced with a pesky “Register here” screen. Enjoy your newfound internet knowledge.

This guide will tell you exactly how you can easily create your very own free e-mail account using Gmail.com. Read below to find out how quickly and simply you can start your own secure and free e-mail account.

Firstly, you will need to head to the Gmail website. Which can be found by clicking the link below:

http://mail.google.com/mail/signup

 

Once you have clicked the above link you will find that there is a reasonable long list of boxes requiring information. You will need to fill out the necessary boxes as accurately as possible and then click the “I accept. create my account.” button at the bottom of the page.

 

Be sure that the password you entered for your account is not too hard to remember but also too hard for people to guess. A password like your first name, last name, nickname, pet’s name, birthday or anything similar will put you at a much higher risk of having you account and details stolen by a hacker.

 

Now once you have created your account you will be able to log into your new e-mail account, also you will be able to subscribe to sites using your e-mail address as well as share it with friends who you would like to keep in contact with.

 

To log into your Gmail e-mail account you can go to the link below:

http://mail.google.com/

 

Once you follow this URL, look to the right of the page and you will notice two small text boxes. Written next to the text box is “username” and “password”. The boxes will appear like so:

Google Sign In

 

All you need to do now to achieve a fully functional free e-mail account is enter your login details, which will be:

username:   (type the e-mail address that you chose)

password:   (type the password that you chose)

 

Once you have done this correctly, your browser will redirect you to your e-mail inbox and you can read your e-mails at your leisure.

Enjoy your newfound e-mail creation knowledge.

This guide I am writing is intended to finally give the Facebook community the freedom to add the long awaited “Dislike” button into their statuses. Read below to find out how easy it is to post a status on your profile with a “Dislike” button. The first thing you will need to do is sign into your Facebook account. Then you will need to visit the following link to acquire the “Status Magic” app:

http://apps.facebook.com/statusmagic/ Once you have visited this URL and you have installed the application you can then post your statuses through the “Status Magic” app and add any button you would like (in place of the “Dislike” button). Once you have installed the app you can click the “Account” tab in the top right of your Facebook browser and then click “Application settings”. Once you have clicked “Application settings all you will need to do is scroll through your applications and find “Status Magic” and then click the “Status Magic” link to open it. When you open the “Status Magic” app through the “Account/Application settings” Link you will be led to a page similar to the one shown in the screenshot of my computer running the same app below: Status Magic Demo Now that you have opened “Status Magic” you can type your status in the text box provided and then type in the options for your custom button. Once you have written your post and edited the text for your custom button you can click the “Share” button and you are done. Your Post will now be published with the added option of the custom button you created.

It is that simple to create a “Dislike” button, or any custom button on Facebook for that matter. Enjoy your newfound Facebook interface enhancement knowledge.

This guide is written in order to guide any frequent Facebook users to fully understand how it is that some people can apply a full skin or theme to their Facebook interface. It is easier than some might think. Read the guide below to add some personalized style to your Facebook visit.

First of all you will need to make the Firefox browser your friend by using it as often as possible, if not all the time to surf the internet in general, Facebook especially.

 

The reason for making Firefox your preferred browser is that you will need Firefox to install your own personal theme to Facebook, as Microsoft Internet Explorer and most other internet browsers are not customizable. Firefox on the other hand is, in my opinion one of the most customizable and versatile web browsers in the world.

 

Now, if you do not have a copy of Firefox installed on your computer then head to the Mozilla site to download your free copy of Mozilla Firefox. Be sure to click on the download button that is most relevant to your current operating system.

 

Once you have downloaded the Firefox installer and you have installed it onto your computer, you can then run Firefox and watch the world of internet customization unfold before you.

 

First I recommend that you head to http://www.facebook.com and check out Facebook on Firefox to get a feel for your new browser.

 

Once you have familiarised yourself with Firefox you can then begin the fun part, customizing your Facebook. The first thing you will need to customize Facebook is a Firefox addon. This addon is called “Stylish” can be downloaded by following the link below and clicking the “Add to Firefox” button:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2108/

Or by following the direct link below:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/downloads/latest/2108/addon-2108-latest.xpi?src=addondetail

 

Once you click either of the two links you will be presented with a dialogue box that will look like so:

Stylish Addon Install

 

You will need to wait for the seconds to count down on the “Install Now” button before you are able to click it. Or you could disable this wait by using the following guide:

https://chafflube.wordpress.com/2010/08/24/how-to-remove-the-s-wait-when-installing-an-add-on/

 

Once the seconds have counted down (or you have disabled the (s) wait using my guide in the hyperlink above, you will be able to click “Install Now”. Once you click the “Install Now” button the addon will automatically install into Firefox; requiring a restart of Firefox. To restart Firefox you will need to hold “ctrl+shift+escape’ which brings up the task manager and then you need to locate the “Firefox” process and right-click it and then click “end process”. Now Firefox will close completely, so you now need to reopen Firefox just like you normally would.

 

After you have started Firefox you will notice an icon that looks like an “S”. That is your Stylish addon. Now to add a theme to your Facebook all you need to do is go to http://www.facebook.com and once the page has loaded right-click the “S” icon in the bottom right of your browser and then click “Find styles for this site…” like so:

Stylish addon

 

Once you click “Find styles for this site…” you will be taken to http://www.userstyles.org which is a site that allows you to download themes for Facebook to apply using the Stylish addon.

 

Now all you have to do is pan through all of the different themes that you are fronted with and choose the one you like best and click on any of the links like so:

Facebook theme selection

 

Once you have clicked on a link that you think sounds good you will be presented with a page that will allows you to download and install the theme you have chosen. This page should look like so:

Installing stylish theme

 

You will notice above that you are shown a preview of the theme. Also you will notice that the circled button will allow you to install the theme and it will become effective as soon as you have clicked the button and allowed it to install. When you click the “Install with stylish” button as shown above, you will be confronted with this dialogue of which you will have to click the “Install” button on, like so:

Install theme

 

Now once you have clicked the “Install” button like shown above, your theme will be active immediately. Now look what happens as soon as I head back to Facebook:

Theme has been applied

 

There you have it. Your very own personalized Facebook. Enjoy it.

It really is that simple to completely customize your Facebook experience with this simple, easy-to-understand guide.Be sure to send the link to this guide to all of your friends and family who use Facebook, I am sure they would love to personalize their Facebook to. Enjoy your newfound Firefox knowledge.

This guide will teach any Firefox user how to use their “about:config” page to increase the page load times on a dial-up or broadband connection by using the rarely mentioned technology called “pipelining”. Pipelining will cause Firefox to override its default setting of loading one item on a page at a time and instead loads multiple items on the page simultaneously, ultimately speeding up your page load times in Firefox.

To enable optimum pipelining you will need to go to the about:config page by typing “about:config” into the address bar and then accepting the warning message.

 

Once you are in the configuration editing page you are then able to change the following items to enable pipelining, which in most scenarios will provide an optimum web browsing experience.

 

Type into the Filter bar at the top of the page the following text:

network.http

 

Once you have entered this text you will be faced with an array of values relevant to the network settings of Firefox. You will need to change the following values as shown below:

Set “network.http.proxy.pipelining” to “true”

Set “network.http.pipelining.maxrequests” to “a number between 20 and 40”

Set “network.http.pipelining” to “true”

Also, right-click anywhere in the white/empty area of the page and click “new/integer”

You must then name this integer as “nglayout.initialpaint.delay”

And give it a value of 0

 

Once you have completed all four of these tasks then you will be able to restart Firefox and you will notice instant increases in page load times (unless of course you are on a dial-up internet connection, in which case you may only notice a slight improvement).

Now you will be using a pipelined version of Firefox that will give you an advantage over all other web users in terms of speed, reliability and data integrity. Enjoy your newfound Firefox pipelining knowledge.

This guide will let you control the amount of RAM that the Firefox browser on your computer is using while you are on the web. This guide is particularly useful if your computer does not have a lot of RAM. Read below to find out how you can use the “about:config” page to maximize the performance of your computer without losing the ability to explore the internet.

The first thing you will have to do is open your Firefox browser and then enter the following URL into the address bar at the top of the browser:

about:config

 

This URL is a webpage that accesses he configuration values of your browser directly. Thus allowing you to edit completely the look, feel and functionality of your Firefox browser. Once you have typed in this address you will be greeted with a page warning you about the dangers of entering this page. The page will say “Here be dragons!”. Although, don’t be worried this is only to protect the Firefox settings of an inexperienced computer user so you will just click the “I’ll be careful, I promise!”. Once you have clicked this button you will be led to the configuration page which will contain a lot of values.

 

Now what you will need to do is enter in the “Filter” bar at the top of the about:config page the following text:

browser.cache.disk.capacity

 

Once you enter this text into the Filter bar you will be left with a single value which will have a number value in Kb (Kilobytes) of your default RAM maximum for Firefox, which will usually be “51200”.

 

You can now change this value to anything you feel most fitting. I recommend the following:

Amount in Mb of System RAM         Recommended Kb For Firefox

 

     0 – 128 10000
128 – 512 15000
512 – 1024 20000
1024 – 2048 35000
2048 + 45000

 

As soon as you have edited the value to suit the total system RAM of your computer the you can resume using Firefox and the edited value will take effect next time you start Firefox. If you would like to see the effects immediately then open task manager, by right-clicking the start bar and then clicking “Task Manager” or hold “ctrl+shift+esc”.

It is that simple to decrease the impact on system performance that Firefox creates on your computer. Enjoy your new found Firefox configuration knowledge.

This guide will tell a Firefox enthusiast how to disable the “Here be dragons!” warning screen that appears when you enter the URL “about:config”. Disabling this warning will save time and provide convenience for a Firefox user who is interested in changing the look, feel or performance of their Firefox browser. Read below to find out how easy it is to remove this pesky and unnecessary warning screen and get on with your configuration editing.

Firstly you will need to type "about:config” into your address bar of Firefox and then click the “I’ll be careful, I promise!” button on the “Here be dragons!” Warning page. Once you have done this and you are fronted with the list of values in the configuration page, you will need to enter “general.WarnOnAboutConfig” into the “Filter” bar at the top of the page.

 

Once you have entered the text into the Filter bar of the about:config page you will be left with a single value. The value will of course be: “general.WarnOnAboutConfig” and will be set to “true”, unless of course you have already disabled the warning message.

 

To disable the warning message until you decide to re-enable it is as simple as setting this value to “false”. Once you have changed the value to false you will notice that from now, until you re-enable the value; you will be fronted directly with the configuration page as opposed to the warning page upon entering “about:config” into your address bar.

It is that simple to disable that irritating warning message that slows down your configuration editing. Enjoy your newfound Firefox configuration editing knowledge.

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!

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