Skip to comments.How To Speed Up Firefox (Helpful Vanity)
Posted on 12/12/2004 12:45:50 PM PST by KoRn
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I still prefer IE over Firefox. The main reason is adjusting text size on web pages. I am on the computer all day for work and visit many web sites. It is much less cumbersome to use IE. With IE you can put the "Size" button on your toolbar, click on it and hit "larger". With Firefox, you have to click "View", then "Text Size", then "Increase" and and then repeat all those steps AGAIN if you want to go to a even larger text size. What a hassle! The extension doesn't work with the 1.0 version.
Push the keys CNTL+ to increase text size and CNTL- to decrease size. I believe this works on both browsers.
Those keyboard commands require me to sit upright and get out of my reclining position in my chair in order to use the keyboard. That's a hassle, too!
I found this answer on another forum. I have at least a GB of ram in every machine I use and they're all recent so I never noticed this minimize problem. Maybe this will help you.
By default, when you minimize Firefox, it gives back to Windows most of the RAM the browser was using. It sometimes can take several seconds for the browser window to become fully loaded when you restore the window to its original size. This is one of those "version 1.0" things, in my opinion, that will become more streamlined in future bump revs of the program.
Fortunately, there's a hidden setting that can accomplish the restoration of Firefox windows much more quickly:
Step 1. Use about:config to create a new, Boolean value. Type or paste the following string into the dialog box that appears:
Step 2. Click OK to close the dialog box. Change the value from "true" to "false" and restart Firefox.
This doesn't piggishly retain all of the RAM that Firefox has claimed. If Windows needs more RAM to devote to another application, Windows can take it. What the setting does is prevent Firefox from giving up most of its RAM until the memory is actually required elsewhere.
Setting this item to "false" may noticeably slow down other applications while Firefox is minimized, if your PC has less than 256 MB of RAM. If so, change the setting back to "true."
Bumperzzz for all of the Firefox interest today!
I'm using Comcast with IE; I clicked on your Google link and it took 3.5 seconds.
Your cable connection is probably slightly faster than my DSL - for me, it took 4.2 seconds in IE, versus 4.4 in Firefox. With pipelining disabled in FF, that is, and IE doesn't implement http pipelining anyway. Enabling pipelining in FF caused that same page to take 13.9 seconds to load here, a fairly significant slowdown.
Send me the URL to the site you are trying this one. Some sites don't support it. I'll check it out.
It's the Google translation page - see post #230.
Sounds like another job for an extension to me. I'm not volunteering this time -- I wrote "openurldialog" last time based on a comment like this.
Don't feel bad. I was once about 500 feet beyond the limit and the telco wouldn't budge, sticking me with overpriced 64Kb ISDN. I was about to set up getting my neighbor to get DSL, put a directional wireless antenna on his house, and beam it to me so we could share the connection. But then I moved, where I now have 2.5Mb (actual test rate) cable -- sweeeet.
Satellite's nice, but forget it if you want to do gaming or have to VPN into work. The latency will kill you.
Get a good mouse and assign them to buttons. Or learn how to do extensions and make those buttons (easy if you can do simple programming).
I should start making custom obscure extensions for people. Profit!
Very good! Thanks for the tip!
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