7 Tips for More Firefox Efficiency

For many of us web workers, Firefox is the browser we live in for much of the day. We’ve done a lot of coverage on this site of Firefox extensions, tab management and more, but the more I use Firefox the more on-the-fly navigational tips I pick up. In this post, I’ll round up some useful ones that can make your sessions more efficient.

Bring Back That Tab. I work with a lot of tabs open in Firefox, and sometimes I close one by accident. To bring a closed tab back from the dead, go to the History menu and choose Recent Tabs.


Bring Back That Site. In addition to resurrecting closed tabs, you can revisit a site you were at yesterday by going to the History menu and choosing Show in Sidebar. You’ll get a breakdown of sites visited by day.

Delete Bookmarks. If your list of bookmarks balloons to the size mine does on a regular basis, it’s good to know how to get rid of bookmark entries. Right-click on any one and hit delete to eject it. The Organize Bookmarks choice on the Bookmarks menu can also keep your list manageable.

Customize Your Toolbars. I’m always surprised by how many Firefox users just use the standard toolbars. You can customize any toolbar, and add buttons, by right clicking on the toolbar and selecting customize. Buttons can be dragged and dropped.

Customize Your Tab Handling. Go to the Tools Menu and select Options to customize many aspects of Firefox. Select Tabs to provide the default options you want for tab handling.

Disable Password Manager–if You Want! Some people like to have their passwords for favorite sites entered automatically in when they visit a site. I happen to not like it, and it’s a better security practice not to do it automatically. To disable this, go to the Tools menu, select Options and click off “Remember passwords for sites.”

Get More from Your Mouse. If you use a mouse with a scroll wheel, you can use it to get a lot out of Firefox. See my previous collection of mouse tips for more.

Do you have any good tips for Firefox users?

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