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It happened to me twice today. At first I thought Firefox had crashed because it wasn’t responding to my mouse clicks. It turned out that one of those annoying flash ads was playing somewhere in an area out of my visual range that I was forced to click before I could use the bloody page! I’m pretty tolerant when it comes to those annoying banners and flash ads, but when they start forcing me to interact with that dumb-ass banner every time the bloody page refreshes… they are pissing me off.
So I looked around and found out about the excellent Flashblock Firefox plugin. So from now on I’ll be blocking every one of those stupid ads. How about that. I bet that’s not what you thought of with that stupid folding O2 campaign. Oh, and yeah, you can add a few exceptions to the whitelist if you want, so that your favourite flash game sites or better, stuff like Flickr aren’t affected by it.
In addition to the interesting article posted on Coding Horror about the five Vista/IE browsing shortcuts anyone should know, I’m giving the same idea a shot for using the excellent Mozilla Firefox browser.
Why? Because keyboard shortcuts aren’t just good for impressing your peers with your l33t skillz as you command your software quicker than the eye can follow, they are also a huge time-save and decrease chances of getting a mouse-arm. Besides, it looks cool, but I said that already.
So here they are:
- Jump to the address bar with Alt+D.
- Jump the the search bar with Ctrl+K.
- Use Ctrl+Tab for browsing through your open tabs. Use Ctrl+Shift+Tab to go backwards. Whoosh! Look at em go!
- Ctrl+T opens up a new empty tab/page. Next you can jump to the search bar, or address bar to get to that page you wanted.
- Ctrl+Left Clicking A Link : this opens the link in a new tab. Very handy if you are surfing a blog (like this one) which has a lot of links to external pages (like this one).
- I just had to add one more. Ctrl+J opens up your Firefox downloads. I have the download window hidden by default so it doesn’t bother me when I start leeching something. A quick Ctrl+J pops this baby right up again and lets me check how long it’ll take to get those sweet files down to my system.
So there you go, ready to impress fiend and foe with your l33t shortcut skillz. Add some more in the comments if you feel I missed an important one. I’m always interested to learn a new trick.
Been checking out the latest Firefox beta 2 for about a week now and it seems to be quite robust, as usual. No crashes so far, and the spell checking feature is pretty damn cool and a great addition if you ask me. I’m using it right now for instance.
One detail on that one though. You have to install the English version to get that to work apparently. I chose to install the Dutch version first, feeling a little chauvinistic about my linguistic selection for a change, and I got punished for doing that right away by removing this neato feature.
The US version does have the feature enabled, and extra dictionaries can be added by surfing to http://www.mozilla.com/thunderbird/dictionaries.html for the moment.
I’m sure this will be automated once the final release hits the virtual shelves.
A new thing is the close button on each tab, instead of the single close button on the right for the current tab sheet. I hated that in the beginning, I just kept closing the wrong window (the most right one), but I’ve pretty much gotten used to it by now, and frankly, this way it simply is better and more intuitive.
And with the new undelete-last-tab-delete function, it’s no biggy if you close the wrong window while you’re still getting used to the moved close buttons… neato!
Another nice little addition is the Google suggest search in the search box. I always liked that idea, but never used it cause I always use the embedded search in FF.