Increase Number of Recommended Add-ons in Firefox 3 - gHacks Tech News

Increase Number of Recommended Add-ons in Firefox 3

One of the new interesting features in Firefox 3 is the revamped add-ons manager that now recommends add-ons that are compatible to a user's Firefox version.

It would be interesting to see how many Firefox 2 users are actually running the browser without any add-ons installed and how this will change with the release of Firefox 3.

By default five recommended add-ons are shown when you perform a search on the about:addons page which is equivalent to the number of recommended add-ons on the Firefox homepage.

Five is not exactly a huge number of add-ons and it is nice to read that this number can be changed in the Firefox options.

Update: Mozilla seems to have increased the value to nine add-ons in recent versions of Firefox. The preference mentioned above on the other hand has a default value of 15, but any value above 9 seems to be ignored by Firefox.

extension search results firefox

I do not think that this feature is required by power users though who know where to get their share of add-ons. Casual users on the other hand may like the new add-on manager and use it to download the recommended add-ons, especially since it is built-in to the browser and does not require that you open the official Mozilla Add-ons repository or a third-party site to find out about new add-ons for the browser.

To change the number of recommended add-ons in Firefox 3 do the following:

  • type about:config in the location bar
  • Hit "I''ll be careful. I promise!" button.
  • Filter for extensions.getAddons.maxResults and change the value from 5 to another value between 0 and 8

Yes eight seems to be the maximum for now. You need to restart the web browser after you change the value. Note that any value above 9 has no effect. It is not clear why the default value is set to 15 despite that.

We need your help

Advertising revenue is falling fast across the Internet, and independently-run sites like Ghacks are hit hardest by it. The advertising model in its current form is coming to an end, and we have to find other ways to continue operating this site.

We are committed to keeping our content free and independent, which means no paywalls, no sponsored posts, no annoying ad formats or subscription fees.

If you like our content, and would like to help, please consider making a contribution:

Comments

    Leave a Reply

    Check the box to consent to your data being stored in line with the guidelines set out in our privacy policy

    Please note that your comment may not appear immediately after you post it.