Mozilla Firefox

Windows Specific

Installation Locations

  • http://mozilla.org
  • Local installation files can be found on the AppServer at:
    • \\asimov.uwaterloo.ca\exports\export\COMMON\mozilla---++ Opening an Address in IE causes Firefox to open
Summary steps to fix problem:
   1. Open regedit
   2. Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{c90250f3-4d7d-4991-9b69-a5c5bc1c2ae6}
   3. Right click on {c90250f3-4d7d-4991-9b69-a5c5bc1c2ae6}
   4. Press Delete

Delete or rename C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\ieproxy.dll

Firefox - Download Old and Current Releases

Mac OS Specific

PDF Browser Plugin for Mac Firefox System Administrator Documentation

Ubuntu Linux Specific

Running Multiple Versions

See: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/974208

Running the latest versions

  • Note: close any open firefox browser windows first
  • as root run these commands
    • add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-stable
    • apt-get update
    • apt-get upgrade
  • Now you can start firefox
  • To verify open the firfox help menu and open About Firefox

Common to all platforms

Save Sessions

* Notes from plugin page: Session Manager saves and restores the state of all or some windows - either when you want it or automatically at startup and after crashes. It can also automatically save the state of open windows individually.*

Privacy Related Plugins

Changing Right Click Open Tab behavior

  • browser.tabs.insertRelatedAfterCurrent = false (will open to the far right)
  • browser.tabs.insertRelatedAfterCurrent = true (will open to the near right)
Note: double click to toggle

Change Your Reported Browser Vendor String

  1. Type about:config in the Location bar - hit return
  2. Type useragent in the new Filter Bar
    If you have general.useragent.vendor you an right click on this value and change the name
    - or - you can create general.useragent.vendor as follows
    1. Highlight any general.useragent variable and right click and pick New -> String
    2. Enter general.useragent.vendor - it will prompt for a string value, enter the new value

Change Your Reported Browser Vendor Subversion String

  1. Type about:config in the Location bar - hit return
  2. Type useragent in the new Filter Bar
    If you have general.useragent.vendorSub you an right click on this value and change the version
    - or - you can create general.useragent.vendorSub as follows
    1. Highlight any general.useragent variable and right click and pick New -> String
    2. Enter general.useragent.vendorSub - it will prompt for a string value, enter the new value

Example

  • Here we change the general.useragent.vendor string to Firefox
    and the general.useragent.vendorSub to 1.7

useragent

Saving pages for syntax checks.

As of May 2007, the "Saves Page As..." menu in Mozilla Firefox 2.0.0.3 shipped with Ubuntu 7.04 works differently from Debian's Iceweasel 2.0.0.3:
  • Related files are saved into the directory with the base name of the destination HTML file.
  • The content of the saved HTML file differs from the source file not only in file links, but also in tags and style attributes.

Reducing Firefox memory and disk usage

Note: Firefox will by default use all of the available system memory and keep doing so forcing the system to SWAP
  • To access Firefox configuration page type about:config in the address bar - continue past the "I'll be careful, I promise" warning

Lowering Memory usage

  • In the Filter: dialog enter browser.cache
  • In the Preference Name section
    • Right click and pick New Integer with name browser.cache.memory.capacity the value is in K bytes, try 100000
    • Double click on browser.cache.memory.enable and set to true
  • In the Filter: dialog enter browser.sessionhistory
    • Change browser.sessionhistory.max_entries to 5
  • In the Filter: dialog enter config
    • Right click and pick New Boolean with name config.trim_on_minimize and set it to true

Lowering Disk usage

  • In the Filter: dialog enter browser.cache
  • In the Preference Name section
    • Right click and pick New Integer with name browser.cache.disk.capacity the value is in K bytes, try 200000
    • Double click on browser.cache.disk.enable and set to true

References

Missing Menu Bar

-- IlguizLatypov - 14 May 2007

Topic revision: r15 - 2014-03-10 - MikeGore
 
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