Tweaks to speed up your Firefox browser

Firefox is one of the popular browsers amongst Internet users. Today, many users have broadband connections which enable the user to surf the Internet faster. However, majority of the applications installed on your PC or Mac tend to use some amount of bandwidth to connect to the Internet which reduces the available bandwidth for surfing. If you use Firefox for surfing the Internet, a few tweaks can improve your browsing experience.

Firefox offers an option to tweak settings but many users do not know about this. The primary reason to discourage users from changing the settings is any wrong change in the configuration can prevent your computer from connecting to the Internet or can lead to a security risk which can be exploited by hackers. Let’s learn about more about these tweaks and learn the right way to change the settings.

· Launch Firefox browser

· Type about:config in the address bar

· You will get a warning discouraging you from changing browser settings. The warnings says “ This might void your warranty”. Go ahead and click on I’ll be careful, I promise.

The settings window opens in the tab and you can see a list of browser settings in an alphabetical order.

Tweak 1: Reducing the RAM used by the browser for cache.

1. Locate “browser.sessionhistory.max_total_viewer” in the list. Alternatively, you can also copy and paste the name of the setting in the Filter box.

2. Set the value of this setting to “0” (zero)

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Tweak 2: Increasing the loading speed of pages

· Locate network.http.pipelining” and set its value to “true”

· Locate “network.http.proxy.pipelining” and set its value to “true”

· Locate “network.http.pipelining.maxrequests”and change its value to “10” (ten)

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Tweak 3: Creating additional entries to improve page loading

1. You need to create these entries in the browser configuration tab that open with about:config

2. Position your mouse pointer in an empty area in the configuration tab and click the right mouse button for the menu

3. Go to New and select String or Integer from the option

Note: if the value of the browser setting is true or false, select String. If the value of the browser setting is a number, select Integer.

4. You will be prompted to enter the name

5. Enter network.dns.disableIPv6.

6. By default the value of this setting will be “true”. You need to set it to “false

Note: to change the setting to “false”, you need to just double click on it or click on the option “Toggle” in the right click menu after selecting the entry.

Repeat the steps given above to add following browser settings

· “content.notify.backoffcount” and set its value to “5“

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· “plugin.expose_full_path” and set its value to “true”.

· “ui.submenuDelay” and set its value to “0”

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Ravi Shankar

A Software developer and blogger who is always looking to provide technical help to the wider community.

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