9 Coolest Hidden Firefox Settings You Should Know

Firefox is highly attractive and easily customizable browser. It provides you excellent security and privacy. It also offers plenty of settings that provide you most beautiful customized experience. You must be aware of all the general settings that you can simply access in the settings menu. But, there are also many advanced settings which you can locate on specific web pages which use the “about” protocol. Here is a list of 9 advanced hidden Firefox settings that will be very useful to you

1.    Perform DNS Lookup

In-house DNS lookup – finding the IP address of a domain – can easily be performed in Firefox. You have to simply type “about: networking” in the URL bar and then press enter. The next page will appear on your screen. On this page, there will be a sidebar menu. The last option of the sidebar menu will be “DNS lookup”; click this option. There would appear a search bar and you need to enter Domain name and then press resolve; all the IP addresses will appear on the screen.

2.    Block Auto-Refresh

There are many addresses that come with Refresh HTTP headers that keep on refreshing the pages at regular intervals. If you want to stop pages being refreshed automatically, you can go to “about: prefrences#advanced”. Here you will see the main tab “General” and in its subcategory, that is “Accessibility”, check the box “warn me when websites try to redirect or reload the page”.

3.    Search as You Type

Sometimes people have some vague idea of what they are searching so in that case they certainly need some suggestions and threads. In Firefox you can press “Ctrl+F” which will open an in-page search box, and it will help you search a thread.

If you are tired of pressing key combos all the time and want your search engine to start searching as you start typing, all you have to do is go to address “about: prefrences#advanced” and access the subcategory “Accessibility” in the “General” menu. Here, check the box “search for text when I start typing”. From now onwards, whenever you will type, the Firefox will keep on searching automatically.

4.    Assigning a Different Function to Backspace Key

If you are afraid that your friend or anybody else who is likely to use your computer will access all your history by pressing Backspace key. You can change the functions of Backspace key, like when assigned, the Backspace key will scroll up the page and by pressing Shift + Backspace, it will scroll down the page. It is also possible that you give Backspace no function at all.

Simply go the address “about: config” and type “browser.backspace_action” in the search menu. The following page will show the default value of the browser setting which is 0. Double-click on it and change it to 1 for scrolling action and 2 for removing all the actions.

5.    Move Around With Cursor Keys

If you want to read a long article or a story online and you want to use the cursor for in-text navigation, you can do it in Firefox. Just go to page “about: preferences#advanced” and go to “Accessibility” option and check “always use the cursor keys to navigate within pages. Apart from default arrow cursor, a blinking text cursor will also appear on the wall which you can control with the help of arrow keys.

6.    Paste on Middle Click

If you remain busy all day long doing work on your computer which involves some copy-pasting on web pages, and you are tired of just clicking again and again to paste, you can get maximum benefit from this feature. If your mouse has a middle button, you can assign it to paste text from your clipboard to the web pages.

Go to page “about: config” and search “middlemouse.paste”. The default value will appear as false; to change it simply double-click on it and change the option from false to true.

7.    Change Default Colors

You can change the background, text, and color of different links in your Firefox browser. Simply go to the address “about:prefrences#content” and then select the “color” option in the main category of “Fonts and Colors”. Here you can choose the color of your own choice.

8.    Filter Awesome Bar Links

Whenever you start typing in the URL bar, Firefox gives you suggestions. These suggestions are based on your current history of webpages. You can filter these suggestions by typing some special characters into the location bar before you start typing the address. Here is a list of these special characters

# – Match page title
@ – Match URL
* – Match only to links in bookmarks
^ – Match only to links in history
+ – Match only to links that are tagged
% – Match only to links that are open currently
9.    Auto-Export Bookmarks in HTML

If you want Firefox to save automatically all the bookmarks in HTML format, making a list of links, then go to address “about: config”, and type “browser.bookmark.autoExportHTML” and then by double clicking change the false value to true.

After resetting your browser, you will find a file named “bookmarks.html” in your profile folder with all the links in it. From now on whenever you exit the browser, your bookmark list will be updated automatically. It is also possible that instead of restarting Firefox, you will have to restart your whole system for the changed effects.

This guest post is written by Lisa Myers, who works at Rebateszone. She is a software engineer by profession.

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When it comes time to scale your technology startup, things need to happen fast so you can keep up with growing customer demand. But which roles are essential for a small startup to scale successfully? Use this chart to know what positions to hire for and which responsibilities they should cover.

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Bank's data center knocked offline by loud noise

Even though we have SSDs of high capacity, people still use hard disk as they are relatively cheaper and yes Banks too use them. Hard disk drives (HDDs) have moving parts and if a sound is loud enough (sounds are just a vibration in the air, remember) then it might cause the read/write heads of your hard drive to jiggle so much that they end up crashing.
Members of ING Bank found themselves unable to use their debit cards this weekend due to a loud noise caused by a fire extinguisher test knocked out a few dozen hard-drives at the bank's main data center in Bucharest Romania. It's an uncommon, but not unknown phenomenon -- sound causes vibration, and hard-drives hate being jostled.

The data center downtime caused credit card transactions to fail, internet banking to fail, and ATMs to go kaput. Customers expressed their displeasure on Facebook.

The bank was testing an electronics-safe fire suppression system in the main data center, but a pressure discrepancy caused the system to emit a loud noise while expelling inert gas. According to the bank, the sound was measured a over 130dB -- apparently loud enough to knock the HDD's physical components out of alignment.

Solid state drives (SSDs) don't have any moving parts which means that they're not going to care if they suffer a shock or vibration. So folks switch to SSDs.

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Should Upgrade to Window 10 ? Feedback from user


This post was sponsored by EaseUS.


I upgraded my OS (operating system)   from window 8.1 to window 10.  In start I was pleased by its performance as the return of the start menu, adaptive and sleeker. It was more like window 7, moreover the feature no more full screen apps and four-way window snap makes it more interesting. And Cortana was truly helpful because of cross-device functionality but after few days I encountered some problems in this OS. I would like to discuss these problems with you as they are continuously making it difficult for me to use this OS.

Less free storage


Windows 10 is a worthy upgrade but it requires a lot of space in your machine. So after doing some research I found one thing that after installing window 10 the previous version of OS is still lingering in the background taking up the space more than required. Your older version of windows doesn’t disappear into the air. This is going by the name of ‘windows.old’.



As I am not a fan of sharing my things or data  with others.  After doing some digging I found some data sharing defaults in windows 10. So I recommend all users to review this problem. Use the start menu and search for setting app and click privacy in it. When you have opened this you will see in the left hand pane, you will see many areas in which your machine is sharing data. Kindly spend time on this so that you may know in which things/data  you are comfortable sharing with others.

No downgrade 


Another problem I faced is no downgrade is available in this OS one month later after upgrade.

Data loss


This is the biggest problem you will face in windows 10. If you have important files music/videos stored somewhere in drive C data would be lost. Other data would also be lost from your PC but mainly from C drive.

No system restore


Initially the system restore option is not available by default. You could turn this option on but this is a long procedure and it is a time taking one.

Cannot play a DVD


It does not come with a app to play DVD on. So to play movies you have to use VLC or other players.



Some software and hardware are not compatible with windows 10.

Data recovery software:


Now if you are facing the fourth problem discuss above then I have a solution for you. I am going to introduce you the best data recovery software for you from that you can recover your data easily by following three steps. And one more thing this is also memory card recovery software as well. So if you have lost some important pictures, or documents from the memory card then you can get it back through this software.

EaseUS data recovery:


EaseUS is the best data recovery software available in the market that helps its user with their data loss problems. Or we can say this is the best memory card recovery software available in the market. It is a solution to your every data loss problem. You only have to follow three steps to get back your amazing pictures back in your SD card. It is the award winning memory card data recovery software. It can easily get your lost data back



•    Launch the program
•    Scan your device
•    Preview and Recover

Step 1. Connect your SD card with your PC with the help of card reader. After that launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and select the file types you want to recover. Then click the next button to move towards the next phase

Step 2. Select the SD card where loss happens and select the "Scan" option, the software will quickly scan the selected SD card to find all your affected files.

Step 3. After you are done with scan, then you can preview your recovered data so you can select out of them which you wanted to recover.Then, click "Recover" button to get them back once.

 PS : This article is intended as a reference .

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