Firefox started out as an extremely slim browser whose functions had been deliberately kept to the bare minimum by its community of developers. Back then, there were no multi-core processors and memory prices were sky-high. Due to these reasons, Firefox was a welcome addition to the family of browsers, and it quickly became dominant…leaving Internet Explorer miles behind, especially in terms of speed.
Now, saying that Firefox is a very slim browser doesn’t mean it’s lacking in utility features. Quite the opposite! Check out the following tips below to take your FireFox’s operating performance to the next level.
Quick Access to Favorite Bookmarks: The bookmarks toolbar, where you can store the most frequently used bookmarks, is hidden by default. To view it, click the Firefox button on the upper right hand corner and navigate to “Bookmarks Toolbar.”
To fill the bar with entries, go to your favorite websites and drag the globe icon to the right of the “Back” button. Alternatively, you can click on the star icon on the right side of the address bar, so that it turns yellow and the page is added to your list of bookmarked pages.
The bookmarked page ends up in the general bookmarks list. If you click on the yellow star again, you will be taken to the properties of the bookmark. On the far right of the bar you will find the a button that allows you to quickly access to the general bookmarks list.
Pinning Tabs: Do you have some favorite sites or pages that you want to keep permanently open? You can pin this webpage. Here’s how: Right click on the tab where your favorite webpage is on and choose “Pin Tab.”
You will notice that the respective tab title becomes narrower, only displays the icon of the site and the close button is nowhere to be found. The next time you start Firefox, the “pinned” tabs are loaded automatically. To undo the pinning, just right click the tab again and click the command “Unpin Tab.”
Activate the Profile Manager: If you share the same Windows user account with other people, anyone can get your personal profile, including your Firefox bookmarks, settings, extensions, themes and more.
What you can do is create a profile that only you can use. To do this click on the Firefox icon with the right mouse button and select “Properties.” Go to the end of the “Target” line and add a space followed by the parameter “profile manager.”
Quit the browser and restart it. Before the browser window opens, you will get a dialog box that allows you to create and delete profiles and select one if one is present. Unfortunately, there is no option to password-protect profiles.
Delete Surfing Traces Automatically: To erase your surfing traces manually, press the key combination Ctrl-Shift-Delete. This will erase everything including the buffer (cache), the list of sites visited, the data entered into forms and cookies, and more.
Do you want the data to be automatically deleted when you exit FireFox, do the following steps: click on the orange Firefox button top right and then go to “Options > Options > Privacy” and select “Use Custom Settings” from the History section. Enable the “Clear History When Firefox Is Closed” and click the “Settings” button to its right. From here, you can check which traces should be deleted each time you exit FireFox.
Use Private Mode: If you want to surf without leaving any tracks online, you can also switch to private mode. To do this, click on the orange Firefox button and then click “New Private Window.”