Firefox Tricks You Should Know!




1. KeyBoard ShortCuts :  


  • Shift+Spacebar (Page up)
  • Spacebar (Page down)
  • Ctrl + F (Find)
  • Alt+N (Find next)
  • Ctrl+D (Bookmark Page)
  • Ctrl+T (New Tab )
  • Ctrl +L (go to Adress Bar)
  • Ctrl +k (Go to search box)
  • Ctrl++(Increase Text Size)
  • Ctrl +- (Decrease text size )
  • Ctrl+W (Close Tab)
  • F5 (reload)
  • Alt+Home (Go to Home Page)




2.More screen space: You can make your icon small by navigating to View > Toolbars >Customize then check the “Use Samll Icons” Box


3.Auto Complter : Go to Address bar and type just the name of the site without “www” or “.com”. for eg; google. Then press Control+Enter. it will automatically fill the www and the .com and will take you to For .net addresses Press Shift + Enter.




4.Mouse Sortcuts: Sometimes mouse shortcuts may prove More usefull then Keyboard.
Following are some usefull mouse shortcuts.


  • Middle Click on link (Opens that link in new tab)
  • Shift+Scroll Down (Previous Page)
  • Shift+Scroll up (Next Page)
  • Ctrl+Scroll down (increase text size)
  • Middle Click on tab (Close tab)
5.about:config: Its a True Power User’s Tool. about:config is not something to mess with unless and untill you know what a setting does.You can get to main Configuration screen by typing about:config in the address bar of your browser.




6.Add a Keyword For your Bookmark: Go to your bookmarks faster by giving them keywords.
Rightclick the bookmark and then select properties. Put a short keyword of you liking in the keyword field. then save it. and now you can type that keyword in the address bar and it will go to you bookmark easily.




7.Speedup Firefox: You can speed up you firefox by doing some simple settings.
Check this link for complete tutorial > Speed up Your Firefox.


8.Limit Your browsers RAM Usage : Firefox takes up too much memory on you computer, you can limit the amount of RAM usage. Here is how you can do this.
Go to About:Config, filter”browser.cache” and then select “Browser.cache.disk.capacity”.its set to 50000, but you can lower it down depending on how much memory you Have. i recommend to try 15000 If you have between 512 mb and 1gb ram. you can change it accordingly.


9.Reduce RAM usage further when Firefox is minimized: This setting will move Firefox to your hard drive when you minimize it, taking up much less memory. And there is no noticeable difference in speed when you restore Firefox so it’s definitely worth it. Again, go to about:config, right-click anywhere and select New-> Boolean. Name it “config.trim_on_minimize” and set it to TRUE. You have to restart Firefox for these settings to take effect.


10.Tab Navigation: Instead of using mouse to select Different tabs that you have opened in you browser. use the keyboard. Shortcuts are:


Ctrl+Tab (rotate Forward Among tabs)
Ctrl+shift+tab(Rotate to the previous tab)
Ctrl+1+9 (Choose a number to jump to a specific tab)




12 Of The The Best Firefox Security Add-Ons!


1. Beef TACO

A Firefox add-on to opt-out of ad networks. Sets permanent opt-out cookies to stop behavioral advertising for 100+ different advertising networks: Google, Yahoo, Microsoft to name a few.

Allows you to right-click any text field on any website, and paste a free, one-time e-mail address from These disposable addresses comes in handy when registering on websites you don’t trust. The extension also opens the mailbox and waits for new e-mail for the address it generated for you.


Activate the extension by right-clicking on a user name and/or password field of a site that asks for registration. BugMeNot will log in for you automatically using user-submitted passwords. Features: multiple login attempts, failure reporting, and auto-submittal.


It allows JavaScript, Java and other executable content to run only from trusted domains of your choice, e.g. your home-banking web site, guarding your “trust boundaries” against cross-site scripting attacks (XSS), cross-zone DNS rebinding / CSRF attacks (router hacking), and Clickjacking attempts.


Better Privacy serves to protect against special longterm cookies, a new generation of ‘Super-Cookie’, which silently conquered the Internet. This new cookie generation offers unlimited user tracking to industry and market research.


Only remember one password – your LastPass master password. Save all your usernames and passwords to LastPass, and it will autologin to your sites and sync your data everywhere you need it.

7.AdBlock Plus

The add-on is supported by over forty filter subscriptions in dozens of languages which automatically configure it for purposes ranging from removing online advertising to blocking all known malware domains.

8.Web of Trust (WOT)

WOT is a website reputation and review service that helps you make informed decisions about whether to trust a website or not when you are searching, shopping or surfing online.


Today’s internet landscape include a new threat even from presumably legitimate downloads. Configuration changes (or hijacks) have gone into mainstream habits of software publishers. That’s where BrowserProtect comes to rescue. It monitors your browser against homepage and search hijacks.


Easily turn on or off Java, Javascript, Cookies, Animated Images, Flash, Silverlight, Stylesheets, Proxy and Automatic loading of images from the Statusbar and/or the Toolbar without having to open the Options or Plugins dialog.

11.Close’n forget

Close the current tab and forget about the visit : suppress the cookies related to the current page and, if configured, the whole domain from the history.


It’s the web’s largest, most comprehensive and most user-friendly privacy tool. An easy add-on for every major browser and available as an iPad and iPhone app, Ghostery helps people around the world understand and control more than 1,600 trackers that are tracking them when they browse.

Intex’s First Firefox OS Smartphone Coming This August



Home grown manufacturer Intex has unveiled the tentative pricing and specifications of its first Firefox OS-based smartphone: the Cloud FX. The Intex Cloud FX will be up for grabs starting first week of August and will be priced just under Rs 3,500 in Sri Lankan Rupee.

They will run Mozilla’s HTML5 web-based mobile operating system, Firefox OS and Mozilla is pitching it as more open and better suited to low-end smartphones than Android or iOS.

The firm already sells Firefox-powered phones in Europe and Latin America.

The current handsets, which are sold via eBay, retail at £59.99 in the UK, or $69.99 in the US.

The announcement comes as mobile manufacturers increasingly attempt to break into emerging markets, where smartphones are less widespread, mainly due to their high costs.

Mozilla, which currently works with mobile manufacturers ZTE and Alcatel, among others, has partnered with two of Indian based low-cost handset makers, Intex and Spice, to develop the low-price phones.

They will be powered by chips from Chinese company Spreadtrum.

The Intex Cloud FX features an 8.89-cm (3.5-inch) display (resolution unspecified) and will be powered by a 1GHz processor with the number of cores and RAM unspecified as of now. The device will sport a 2MP rear camera, as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. Not surprisingly, the specifications detailed by Intex appear to be more or less similar to the reference $25 Firefox OS smartphone platform unveiled by Mozilla and Spreadtrum at MWC 2014. Mozilla had announced at the Mobile World Congress 2014 that it would be coming up with affordable Firefox OS-based devices for emerging markets this year.

“Intex association with Mozilla Firefox is a step towards our brand’s promise to offer quality products to our consumers to improve their lives and set industry benchmarks. Intex Cloud FX is aimed at fulfilling the idea of – ‘Smartphone for all’ which will be priced below Rs. 3,500 in Sri Lankan Rupee. This smartphones will be equipped with enhanced phone and browser features of Firefox OS with an access to a rich ecosystem of latest web applications improving users overall smartphone experience at affordable prices” Sanjay Kumar Kalirona, Business Head of the Mobile vertical at Intex was quoted as saying.

New Firefox Launch party by Mozilla Sri Lanka


This articular  about re-establishment of the Mozilla community in Sri Lanka after long time first place Firefox Sri Lanka was started in 2008.By 2008, Firefox reached 20% worldwide market share and in 2013, Firefox was named as the most trusted Internet Company. So we through it is a good time re-start the community. This happened parallel to release of the New FirefoxOS. Event was started May 10, 2014 9:00 am.We tasted a sweet  Firefox cake  😉

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While tasking refreshment our Mozilla guys give introduction about FirefoxOS and demonstrated it not only that there were 4 Firefox installed phones audience got chance to get involved with new cool features of the FirefoxOS.

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Malinda and Kalpa demonstrated and give good technical details about FirefoxOS Web Apps development,feathers, used Frameworks and Local apps.they said that All the Firefox apps can be ported easily into Android and iOS and also they talk about the Firefox market place. when we publish a app in the Firefox market place it takes about 1 week for our app to be verified and to be available in the Firefox market place.There were twitter competition,those who tweeted the most creative ideas with the hashtag #mozillalk and won goodies.After all technical talking Chathu and Pasindhu announced winners.They got memorable gifts  🙂


Join with us and Everyone is welcome to contribute to the community.At last there will be more and you can stay tuneup up to date with Sri Lanka Mozilla community on Facebook and  Twitter .