March 29th, 2011 at 1:00 am
I spend a lot of time on the Internet. So for me, my browser is more of a desktop control center. I like having what I need easily available without a lot of mouse clicks or movement. So when I upgraded to Firefox 4 last night, I spent a little time getting to know the changes and reorganizing things the way I like them.
For all you Firefox users out there who are ready to upgrade to the newest version (you can get it here), here’s a few tips to get you quickly acclimated to the environment.
- If you use multiple tabs like I do (to excess), they’ve created “App Tabs” to help you save space and not risk accidentally closing them. Just right click on an open tab and choose “Pin as App Tab”. This shrinks the tab down to mini size , makes it permanent, and moves it to the left. Use it for all of your regularly visited sites (Facebook Garanimals blog, email, etc.) It’s a combination of the Faviconize and Permatab add-ons, built in.
- FF4 automatically moves the tab bar to the top of the browser. If you prefer it down below the toolbars, right click on a blank area at the right end of the tab bar and uncheck “Tabs on Top”
- Firefox menus are in the orange Firefox box drop-down on the uppermost left of your browser. If you prefer the classic menu choices, just right click on the blank space just below the address bar and check off Menu Bar.
- The active tab history drop-down that used to reside to the right of the Back/Forward buttons is gone. To get the history, right click (or left click and hold) while pointing to the Back/Forward buttons and the history for your active tab will appear.
- The Refresh button is now all the way to the right of the Address Bar (like IE). If you’re like me and prefer it where it was, you can just right click on the button and choose Customize. Then you can drag it (or any of the other buttons) to wherever you want it. When your cursor changes to a hand, that means you can move it.
There are more new features, like Tab Groups (which I love love love), that I will cover in future posts. These will give you a quick start and make you feel at home right away.
Let me know if you’ve discovered anything cool in FF4.