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Firefox 4 Tips

March 19, 2011 Comments off

Firefox 4 ImageThe final version of Firefox 4.0 is scheduled for release on March 22nd so I upgraded to the latest Firefox 4.0 Release Candidate last night and so far so good.  I like the new look and the speed of the new version.  It also has some great new features such as:

  • New Tab Location
  • Tabs for applications
  • Easy switch to tab
  • Synchronizing Settings
  • Managing Add-ons made easy
  • Panorama
  • HTML 5 support
  • Full Hardware Acceleration
  • Organizing tabs made easy
  • Firefox button for easy access and reduced clutter.

Extensions usually take a little while to be updated but I was able to install all the ones that I use regularly including Delicious.

I’ve also outlined below a couple of tips I used to get everything working.

1) Tab width

It used to be possible to change the Tab width in the about:config setup however the current Firefox 4 release candidate appears to now ignore this.  Fortunately someone has created an add-on that will fix this for you and allow you to update the tab widths.  Here’s the link https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/custom-tab-width/.

2) Delicious Bookmark Add-on

The Delicious bookmark add-on works with Firefox 4.0b3pre but currently doesn’t install on Firefox 4.0 RC however it is possible to force it to install and so far it’s working fine for me.

SOLUTION:

First goto the addon site and choose install anyway.

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

The browser will complain that it can’t be installed.

Within FireFox 4 goto “Help” in the Menu, then “Troubleshooting Information”

Click on the button “Open Containing Folder” (within the box “Application Basics” on top of the page)

Close Firefox

Goto into directory “extensions\{2fa4ed95-0317-4c6a-a74c-5f3e3912c1f9}”

Within the file install.rdf change

em:maxVersion=”4.0b3pre” />

to

em:maxVersion=”4.0″ />

Restart Firefox

The above worked perfectly for me and once Firefox was restarted the extension was enabled.  I then manually added the tag and bookmark buttons to the toolbar.

Thanks to the users on the delicious support forum http://support.delicious.com/forum/comments.php?DiscussionID=5168

I’m always looking to improve Firefox so please share your tips or favourite add-ons in the comments section below.

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