Category: Browser Interface Tips


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.

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 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!

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:

 

image

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.

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