Some firefox 3 tips

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1. Use the big FF3 back button in Ubuntu.

For the Linux version of FF3, the FF devs went for improved gtk support. I think that is great, but some users don’t follow me on that opinion and want the xp/vista firefox theme on their Ubuntu box.

Since Firefox supports themes, it’s easy to do that.


2. Let mailto: launch gmail.

You all know the annoying mailto: html function that launches your email client.

Well lots of people don’t use email clients and prefer to use gmail or yahoo.

And with FF3, that possible.

Yahoo instructions

1. Select Tools — Options and click the Applications icon at the top of the page.

2. Click mailto, and select Use Yahoo! Mail.

3. Click OK.

Gmail instructions

1. In the address bar, type about:config and press Enter. Ignore the warranty warning.

2. In the filter box, type gecko.handlerservice.

3. From the entries that appear, double-click gecko.handlerServiceAllowRegisterFromDifferentHost. This will change its value from false to true.

4. In the address bar, copy this code, exactly as you see it, then press Enter:


5. Below the address bar, you’ll get a message asking if you want to add Gmail as the application for mailto: links. Click the Add Application button.

6. Next time you click a mailto: link, a screen will appear that lets you choose an appropriate application. Select Gmail, check the box next to “Remember my choice for mailto: links,” then click OK.
3. Feedly

Technically it’s an add-on, but its so much more.

If you install feedly, you’ll have a button next to the “home” button where you can access it.

Feedly will create a webpage based on the things you like. It collects articles from your favorite sites, rss feeds, bookmarks, …

The feedly guys made a little video you can watch to understand it better.

You can download it here.

A screenshot from my feeldy:

4. Set default actions

Are you tired of being asked if you want to save that .deb file you just downloaded or if you want to open it?

You can set default actions for those kind of things, so you won’t be bugged by FF that much.

Go to edit -> preferences -> applications to do so.

5. Add more search engines to the right search bar.

The one I like the best is the imdb search engine.

You can find them here.

If you got any other tips, please share.

  1. if only i could specify specific download locations for certain media to automatically save to in “edit -> preferences -> applications” ….

  2. Using Feedly right now. It’s like Digg, meets Stumbleupon, meets a psychic who likes to gather things you like in one place.

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