Firefox Tweak Guide

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 13, 2005
Updated • Apr 30, 2013

If you are new to Firefox and have been using Microsoft's Internet Explorer or the Opera web browser before you may find some of the features of Firefox confusing on first glance. The Firefox Tweak Guide explains most Firefox preferences and features in detail making it a great asset for new (and probably even some veteran) Firefox users as it helps you understand what all those switches and preferences do.

It begins by explaining profile and the general appearance of items in Firefox, followed by an in depth explanation of Firefox options.The author compiled a list of Firefox extensions that he uses afterwards. If you are new to extensions, they are add-ons that you can install in the browser that extend its functionality.

The final part explains advanced configuration elements like about:config and explains some of the options you can change to make Firefox even faster.

Everything is explained in detail with screenshots which makes it easy to follow even advanced topics that are explained in the guide. I'm using many of the authors suggestions and I encourage you to take a look as well and change Firefox the way you want it to be. Great guide for every Firefox user.

Update: The guide has not been updated for newer versions of the web browser. While some may see this a problem, the majority of instructions and tips are still valid in newer versions of the Firefox web browser.

Some things are outdated though, like the location of the Firefox profile which has changed in newer versions of the Windows operating system. Some of the extensions suggested are not up to date anymore as well.

The majority of about:config parameters on the other hand should still work. If you are unsure, you should search for the parameter on a search engine to find out if it is still in use in newer versions of the browser.

While you can take away some interesting concepts and ideas here, I personally would suggest to take a look at newer Firefox tweaking guides like this one here.


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