Mozilla Firefox is a great browser that has long remained at the top in the battle of Internet web browsers. It is very fast when it comes to speed and has plenty of great downloadable add-ons and customizable options in its arsenal as well.
While it’s already great as is, a little tweaking and knowledge of a few shortcuts will give you a buttery-smooth Firefox browsing experience. Read on to find out how you can maximize your use of this open-source browser.
Add it on!
Firefox has thousands of add-ons available online that will allow you to add extra features. These add-ons do everything! You can change themes, automatically block annoying pop-up videos, quickly translate foreign language websites, share something on Facebook at a click of a button, and much, much more.
Take a look at Mozilla’s add-ons page.
Firefox has plenty of mouse and keyboard shortcuts, but here are the most common and useful ones that can help speed up your browsing:
- Mouse Wheel Click – click on a link to open it in a new tab
- Ctrl + T – New tab
- Ctrl + W – Close tab
- Ctrl + Shift + T – Undo close tab
- Alt + Left/Right Arrow – Back/Forward
- F5 / Ctrl + R – Reload page
- Spacebar – Scroll down
- Shift + Spacebar – Scroll up
And if you want to create your own shortcuts, you can download Customizable Shortcuts, an official Mozilla extension so you can go make your own!
Searching made easy
If you do a lot of searching within sites, Firefox’s search keywords will make life a whole lot easier for you.
In sites that have their own search features – such as Wikipedia – all you have to do is right click on that particular site’s search box and then click “Add a Keyword for this Search.” A dialog box will pop up and this is where you can put in whatever you like as your keyword – “wiki” or just “wk,” for example. After you’ve done this, typing something like “wiki Michael Jordan” or “wk Michael Jordan” in Firefox’s address bar will take you directly to Michael Jordan’s Wikipedia entry. You can assign keywords to all sites that have a search feature.
On the address bar, pressing Ctrl + Enter will automatically add “.com” when you’re typing a website address. Shift + Enter adds “.net”, and Ctrl + Shift + Enter adds “.org”.
Toggle through tabs
If you’re the type of person who uses many tabs while browsing, you can cycle through multiple tabs by pressing Ctrl + Page Down to move to the tab on the right, and Ctrl + Page Up to move to the left tab. You can do the same on a Mac by pressing Command + Option + Left/Right Arrow.