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Customize Firefox - Reviewed Extensions, Add-ons, and Settings for Firefox

When I install the Mozilla Firefox web browser, I like to install some additions and tweak some settings. This list was last updated when I upgraded to Firefox 2.0.

Firefox Extensions

Firefox Themes

Firefox Preferences

Some of these can be set from the preferences dialog. I prefer to use about:config to set these easily.
PrefValueDescription
accessibility.typeaheadfindtrueEnable "find as you type"
browser.download.dir/tmpDownloads go to the temporary directory
browser.download.manager.closeWhenDonetrueClose the download manager when the download is done.
browser.download.manager.retention1Clear list of downloads when firefox exits.
browser.download.useDownloadDirfalseChoose where downloads get put.
browser.link.open_external3Open external in a tab
browser.link.open_newwindow3Links that would open in new windows open in tabs instead.
browser.startup.homepageabout:blankSet a blank page when you open the browser.
browser.tabs.closeButtons3Show a single close button to the right of the tabs rather than a close button on each tab. YOu can always middle click on an individual tab to close it.
browser.tabs.selectOwnerOnClosefalseSelect tab to the right of the current tab when closing a tab.
browser.tabs.tabMinWidth25Let tabs be pretty small.
browser.tabs.warnOnClosefalseDon't warn when closing multiple tabs at once.
editor.singleLine.pasteNewlines2Replace new lines with spaces when pasting into single line text boxes
font.default.x-westernsans-serifNo serifs on most web fonts please.
font.name.monospace.x-westernBitstream Vera Sans MonoUse open source fonts.
font.name.sans-serif.x-westernBitstream Vera SansUse open source fonts.
font.name.serif.x-westernBitstream Vera SerifUse open source fonts.
font.size.variable.x-western12Consistent 12 point font size for all fonts by default.
keyword.URLhttp://www.google.com/search?num=30&q=Typing words into the address bar should search Google.
middlemouse.contentLoadURLfalseWho really wants a URL on middle click? It usually means that I'm trying to paste and I missed the text box.
network.cookie.lifetimePolicy2Expire all cookies not in whitelist at end of session.

Firefox Files

I copy three files around between my profile directories. I keep these in sync between my home computer and my work computer. I also copy these over when I upgrade my browser: