While firefox is a great browser by itself, its real strength is in its ability to be customized to its users through skins, extensions, and numerous options. Here are a few tips for beginners on how to get the most out of firefox. If popular, this may evolve into a weekly column.
- Recovering Tabs
- Customizing your Homepage
- Organizing Bookmarks
- Getting a more productive skin
Setting FireFox to recover tabs
One of the useful things about FireFox is you can change a setting to easily recover your tabs, just go to Tools > Options and then main if you aren’t already there. and in the Startup section just change the drop down menu to “Show my windows and tabs from last time.” Hopefully that should keep you more organised and you shouldn’t have to worry about a crash or accidentally closing it. And for all of you who aren’t already using FireFox, download a copy here. I assure you that you won’t regret it.
Customizing a homepage
Google has their personal homepage service set up, I find it very useful to have an RSS feed in one little frame and my emails in another along with a list of articles I might be interested in etc. If Google isn’t your method of choice, you can also try netvibes or protopage.
The bookmark toolbar is great for organizing your most commonly used bookmarks, just drag them on in the order you want and arrange them with the separators. But for your bookmarks menu, it will quickly get cluttered without some folders. Make folders for everything. if there are bookmarks without a folder on your main menu you need another folder. For all the leftovers put in an other folder. It will make you feel good and it will make it easier to find what you need.
Choosing a productive FireFox skin
Choosing a FireFox skin I find is important because most people spend a lot of time browsing the internet. Get something clean and simple so it’s not distracting. I like just a simple gradient and maybe a clean bevel along with some simple arrow icons, it’s set up very simple so I can find what I need easily, there are no patterns or glow effects to distract me from my work. My favourite theme is GreyModern2 located here for all interested. Clean, Effective and that’s all it needs to be.
Thanks for reading my quick post, I hope this will help you use FireFox more effectively.