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Web Browser Wednesday




At first glance it may seem like Firefox lacks a lot of configuration options, hoever, much of the fine tuning lies underneath. Most Firefox power users will know about the about:config window which can sometimes be a tedious tool ,but there are a lot of customizable options located there.

Mozilla actually warns users that they should not change settings in the about:config window unless they really know what they are doing. Often times it is compared to editing the Windows Registry, where one wrong setting can crash Windows.

To help users out we have provided our own guide to configuring Firefox using about:config, which also includes a long list of tweaks. If it just doesn’t seem worth the hassle, then you’ll want to continue reading this article because there are now much easier ways to tweak those “hidden” settings…

—Preferential (Homepage)—

Nogg3r5 pointed out this great extension over in the CyberNet forum. It is a great extension because it takes everything from the about:config and breaks it up into categories. To top it off, they provide a description for all of the entries so that you know what they do without needing to visit Mozilla’s knowledgebase!

After installing the extension you’ll notice a new entry in the Tools menu immediately below the Options choice:

Preferential

Then you’ll be presented with a bunch of collapsed menus which look something like this:

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You can now start browsing through the settings to find the ones you are looking for. From what I have seen, the largest category of settings can be found in the browser section:

Preferential
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This is definitely something that Mozilla should look at including in Firefox as a better way to edit the entries in the about:config screen.

—Configuration Mania (Homepage)—

Now if that still seemed too complicated, you need something that breaks it down even further. How about something that puts the settings in an easy-to-understand interface similar to the existing configuration screen for the Options? Let’s now turn our attention to Configuration Mania!

This extension is cool because it puts a ton of settings together in a way that makes them very easy to understand and manipulate. Before now, almost all of these settings had to be configured through the about:config screen, but now they will almost seem as if they were naturally integrated in Firefox.

Just like the Preferential extension, Configuration Mania has its options located in the Tools menu:

Configuration Mania

Starting up that extension will present you with a screen similar to this one:

Configuration Mania
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As you can see this one also has collapsible menus, but it organizes the settings a little nicer. Oh, and don’t be deceived by the small appearance because there are a lot of settings there for you to tinker with. Here is a screenshot of what all the browser settings look like when they’re expanded:

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And that is only the settings from one of the 5 tabs! Here are a few more screenshots from the rest of the tabs:

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As you can see there are a lot of different things available for you to configure and play with, but it will take some time to go through all of the settings presented here. Let us know if you find any you didn’t know about!