Saturday, May 25, 2013

Make Firefox Faster,better

Tips to make Firefox Faster than ever you have experienced !!

Before I start sharing all the tips && Tricks I wanna make it clear that, all these can be found by searching google or any other search engine. Here my effort is to make a compilation of those tips which I found easy && working. That's all. Enjoy your open world using firefox !

One MOST IMPORTANT thing in writing this – I assume that you know NOTHING about configuring, so I'm explaining each step as clear && vivid as possible.

The basic thing about tweaking the FireFox is to change its internal settings manually to optimize. Most of these tips work very fine with those who have a slower INTERNET connection. Say upto [limit] of 2Mbps [with fluctuation]. Now we move to the tips. Enjoy the ride of customization ! Good LuCK :D

  1. First of all Open a new tab [click on the “+” sign or Ctrl+T]. Now type in the address bar:

Now press enter. You will be warned of this:

Press on “I'll be careful, I promise”. This is a general warning. Nothing to worry !

2. Now set these value to the value provided here. Note that, you will type each entry at a time and then other. That means one by one in the search bar.
If any of the value shown here isn't found, then just add it !

  • Set "network.http.pipelining" to "true"
  • Set "network.http.proxy.pipelining" to "true"
  • Set "network.http.pipelining.maxrequests" to any number you like above 35 but below 250. This is the number of request sent at a time !
  • Now right-click anywhere black of the page you are and select New-> Integer. Name it to "nglayout.initialpaint.delay" and set its value to "0". It indicates the amount of time waited to show information to show as the browser gets it.
  • Set “network.http.keep-alive” to “true”.
  • Set “network.http.version” to “1.1”.
  • Set “browser.display.show_image_placeholders” to “false”. [Stops the display of placeholders while images are loading to speed up the page. Default is True]
  • Set “browser.tabs.animate” to “false”.
[Disables all tab animation features (e.g. when you click the ‘New Tab’ (+) button) to make the tab interface feel quicker. Default is True.]
  • Set “network.prefetch-next” totrue”.
This setting can automatically prefetch (load) the contents of pages linked to by the page you are viewing e.g. to load the homepage in the background, making it quicker for you to view next if you want to.
To take advantage of increased speed when browsing websites which use prefetch, keep this setting at the Default which is True.
[Some view prefetch as a possible security risk and disable it. My current view is that it isn’t a major concern – if a site is bad, it will just load bad stuff on the current page anyway without needing to prefetch it from elsewhere]
  • Set “network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server” to “8”.
Increases the maximum number of persistent connections per server which can help speed up loading of multimedia rich sites. Default is 6
  • Set “browser.sessionhistory.max_total_viewer to “0”.
  • Set “browser.tabs.animateto “False”.

3. Update your firefox regularly. Since this comes with numerous bugs fixed each time with new features.
4. Use less add-ons.
5. Remove your unused add-ons, this will save huge Megabyte of space on your RAM and Hard Disk as well.
>Select Firefox (or Tools from the menu bar) then Add-ons to open the Add-ons Manager. Click on Extensions and, if you no longer need an extension, Remove it – if in doubt, at least Disable it.

6. Update extensions – the easiest way to always keep extensions up to date is to open the Add-ons Manager and click the Tools ‘cog’ at the top then select (tick) ‘Update Add-ons Automatically’.
To perform a manual update, click the Tools ‘cog’ then select ‘Check for Updates’ and apply any that are found.
7Disable plugins you do not need – as with extensions, the more plugins you have enabled, the more problems Firefox may encounter:
Open the Add-ons Manager. Click on Plugins and, if you do not need a plugin, disable it. If you disable a specific plugin and ever do visit a site that needs it, just re-enable it. [The only plugins enabled on my system are Shockwave Flash and Silverlight for streaming videos. Amongst my disabled plugins are Microsoft DRM x 2, Quicktime, VLC, Windows Media Player and Google Update - none of which I have ever needed].
8. Update plugins plugins from third parties such as Adobe and Oracle are often targeted by malicious websites so it is important to keep them up to date (and new versions often include performance benefits).
9. Don’t Load Tabs Until Selected
If you have set the option to ‘Show my windows and tabs from last time’ (in Options \ General) when Firefox starts, it may have to load multiple tabs – keen users may have dozens of open tabs which Firefox has to load in full each time it starts. This can really slow down the time it takes to open Firefox – a common complaint. To greatly speed up the loading process:
  • In Options \ Tabs tick the ‘Don’t load tabs until selected’ box and press OK – this menu option will still open all your saved tabs when Firefox starts but will only load the current tab which can save a lot of time.

Don’t load tabs until selected’ – in Tabs menu

10. Click on any empty space and add these values:
Right Click –> New– > Integer or String or Boolean
[N.B.: Integer values take numbers, Boolean values are wither True or False]
network.dns.disableIPv6”: set “false”
content.notify.backoffcount”: set “5“; (Five)
plugin.expose_full_path”: set “true”.
ui.submenuDelay”: set “0; (zero)
content.switch.threshold” to “250000” (a quarter of a second)
content.interrupt.parsing” set the value to “False”
 “browser.cache.memory.capacityclick OK, enter “65536”

Now close it and Re-Start your Firefox. You'll damn see the difference with ever faster, smarter firefox ;). It's now too cool to illustrate !

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