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Old 11-17-04, 02:11 PM
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Mozilla Firefox 1.0 question

I want to change the settings to that links that open in new windows will instead open in new tabs.

In the help menu, it's listed as:

Force links that open new windows to open in:

Firefox opens new windows from links when web pages request them. If you prefer to use tabs as you browse, this behavior may be counterproductive. You can force Firefox to open links that would normally be opened in new windows to be opened elsewhere. To do so, select the checkbox for this optionpreference and choose the behavior you desire.

Howver, the section of options it's referring to is not present in 1.0 that I can find.
Old 11-17-04, 02:24 PM
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Look in Tools -- Options -- Advanced -- is there a section for Tabbed Browsing? Expand that. There should be a setting in there.

This can also be done in about:config

set browser.tabs.showSingleWindowModePrefs to true

if you don't want the new tab to take focus set browser.tabs.loadDivertedInBackground to true

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That's what I mean, that group of options isn't listed there when you expand tabbed browsing, but it still described in the help. Seems like they accidentily omitted it from 1.o.

How do I do the :config thing? I need a little more details there.

Thanks!
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ah...in the address bar type "about:config" and it should bring up a bunch of stuff you can change manually. when it comes up, you can filter for the above settings or do a search. once the setting is found, right click and modify accordingly.
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Thank you! That got the options to show up under the tabbed browsing prefences and clicking the box worked like a charm.
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If you really want control over all aspects of tabs, install this:

http://piro.sakura.ne.jp/xul/_tabextensions.html.en
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or search for an extension named "TabBrowser Preferences"
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Thanks for asking that Josh. I was wondering that myself. Now here's 2 more:

1. I want it so that when I choose a site from my Bookmarks to open automatically in a new tab without having to press down the ctrl key.

2. I want to be able to double click a tab to close it.

Are these doable?
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kal-el, do you have a mouse with a middle button? middle mouse button actually does both your requests (middle click a bookmark and it will open in new tab; middle click a tab and it will close). otherwise i'll see what i can dig up.
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Nice, I was wondering this myself.. one of the few things I didn't like about Firefox over Maxthon.
One more down, still quite a few to go. Thanks for the advice.
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Holy crap.

That Tab Browser Extension allowed me to change EVERYTHING I thought sucked about Firefox's tabbed browsing.

Many thanks for the link!
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Originally posted by PixyJunket
Nice, I was wondering this myself.. one of the few things I didn't like about Firefox over Maxthon.
One more down, still quite a few to go. Thanks for the advice.
Same here. This is probably the 3rd or 4th time I've given Firefox a try and I'm actually liking it this time. So if I could get those 2 functions to be activated without having to worry about a middle mouse button, I may be fully converted.
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Originally posted by Kal-El
Same here. This is probably the 3rd or 4th time I've given Firefox a try and I'm actually liking it this time. So if I could get those 2 functions to be activated without having to worry about a middle mouse button, I may be fully converted.
Both of those functions can be enabled with the extension above, it's really customizable.

I'm in the same boat, this is my 3rd or 4th try on Firefox as well..
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List your issues here and we will try to help you out. Make sure you identify the version of Windows?? you are using and any recent themes and/or extensions that were installed.
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Originally posted by PixyJunket
Holy crap.

That Tab Browser Extension allowed me to change EVERYTHING I thought sucked about Firefox's tabbed browsing.

Many thanks for the link!
Yep! Just installed this and I may switch over permanently.
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For those interested, I found this over at Anandtech:

If you have a FAST computer and a FAST connection, do this:

(1)
*** FIND THE PATH NAME OF YOUR firefox preferences (prefs.js) ********

On Windows XP/2000, the path is usually %AppData%\Mozilla\firefox\Profiles\default.xxx\, where xxx is a random string of 3 characters. Just browse to C:\Documents and Settings\[User Name]\Application Data\Mozilla\firefox\Profiles\ and the rest should be obvious.

On Windows 95/98/Me, the path is usually C:\WINDOWS\Application Data\Mozilla\firefox\Profiles\default.xxx

On Linux, the path is usually ~/.mozilla/firefox/default.xxx/.

On MacOS X, the path is usually ~/Library/Application Support/firefox/Profiles/default.xxx/.
***
(2)
ADD the following (between the two lines) to your prefs.js, eg. with wordpad or notepad:

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user_pref("network.http.pipelining", true);
user_pref("network.http.proxy.pipelining", true);
user_pref("network.http.pipelining.maxrequests", 8);
user_pref("content.notify.backoffcount", 5);
user_pref("plugin.expose_full_path", true);
user_pref("ui.submenuDelay", 0);

user_pref("content.interrupt.parsing", true);
user_pref("content.max.tokenizing.time", 2250000);
user_pref("content.notify.interval", 750000);
user_pref("content.notify.ontimer", true);
user_pref("content.switch.threshold", 750000);
user_pref("nglayout.initialpaint.delay", 0);
user_pref("network.http.max-connections", 48);
user_pref("network.http.max-connections-per-server", 16);
user_pref("network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-proxy", 16);
user_pref("network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server", 8);
user_pref("browser.cache.memory.capacity", 65536);

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The last entry would allocate 65MB *internal* browser cache - but you can also set this to 32768 (32MB) or 16384 (16MB), depending how much memory you are willing to give FF. (Default for FF is 4096). I use 32MB which i think is a good compromise for me.

I already use a customized Moox firefox build with some of these optimizations already in it - but now it got even FASTER - insane
I did it on mine--running XP Pro on a P3 500mhz with 448MB RAM on Comcast Cable--and there is a noticeable improvement in speed. Changed the 64MB to 32 though. And of course I backed up the original prefs file.

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