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Ok, not happy here - it decided to import my IE favorites and completely ignore any previous Firefox settings, saved passwords, etc. Did I miss something?

 

[EDIT]I see where importing IE favorites and such is now one of the new features, but I wish it would have given me the choice between doing that and keeping my old Firefox settings. Back to Firefox 0.8 and that's where I'll stay for now.

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The new themes page is up and the direct install also works (at least on my system). I went back to Pinball -- I like how it takes up very little space.

 

Lure is a little bigger, but looks good (except for the close tab button -- it seems buggy on my system, although it may be the product of something else).

 

-j

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FOR PEOPLE NEW TO FIREFOX:

 

1. You can use your scroll-wheel button to open tabs in the background. Just look at whatever links you're interested in on a page and click the scroll wheel over each. As long as they're regular HTML links, Firefox will open each link as a new tab. You can save groups of tabs as folders in your bookmarks.

 

2. You can also scroll-wheel click on stuff in your bookmarks sidebar to open things up in tabs. If you scroll-wheel click on a folder, it will open up all bookmarks in the folder as tabs.

 

3. Look in Tools --> Options. Click on Web Features button. Click on the "Advanced" button in the Java section on the right. This will give you control over whether you want sites to resize existing windows, raise or lower windows and so on. Very handy for when you accidentally happen upon a pr0n site.

 

4. You have a dedicated search field on the far right of your menu bar. If you click the down arrow, you'll see that you can search your search field for "Find in this page" as well as Google.

 

Click on "Add engines..." and go to town. I've added Amazon-US (other flavors also available), IMDB.com, Cambridge Dicitonary and All Music Guide (Artists). There are lots of others.

 

-j

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I downloaded this after not trying out FireFox, or Phoenix ( or whatever it was called a while back) for a long time. Nice browser, it's pretty quick, it rivals Safari on some sites it feels faster.

 

But I'm sticking with OmniWeb for now, I'm addicted to per-site preferences (which let you set such things as font size, image/ad blocking, colors, and even download location for any site independently).

 

It also has a better interface for adding search engines, you just go to a site, click in it's search field and add to your list of search engines right there. But I like FireFox's use of the favicon in the search field, so you know instantly which site you are searching.

 

I've yet to a browser with as many features as OmniWeb, and for the most part they are very useful and not just fluff.

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Robot Monkey:

The Burning Edge has a more in-depth overview of what's new in Firefox 0.9.

 

Those sound like some cool features, Ed. There is a new feature in 0.9 that's a step towards extending the search functionality similar to what you mention:

"Right-click a form textbox and select "Add keyword for this search" to set up bookmark keywords easily."

 

They would need to find a way to have bookmark keywords synchronized with Mycroft (the dropdown-selectable search field in the upper right hand corner) to make it usable there. Also, this bug really needs to be fixed at some point, since it makes it impossible to use bookmark keywords and Sherlock/Mycroft plugins on sites that use the POST method (this bug actually annoys me enough that I'm trying to figure out a semi-clean way to patch it).

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Am I doing something wrong? I don't like the way the bookmarks are only organized alphabetically. It mixes my loose bookmarks (those stored without a folder) into the same alphabetical list as the folders.

 

In IE you can separate the folders from the loose bookmarks. Is there any way to do that in Firefox? Also, can I put a folder of bookmarks in the bookmark bar? I tried dragging a folder from the drop-down bookmark menu but it didn't work.

 

What extensions do you guys use/recommend?

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Originally posted by iCamp@Jun 20 2004, 12:05 AM

Am I doing something wrong? I don't like the way the bookmarks are only organized alphabetically. It mixes my loose bookmarks (those stored without a folder) into the same alphabetical list as the folders.

That's driving me nuts as well, haven't figured out how to change it yet though (if it's possible). :(

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Monkey:

Yeah, I think that same table width bug affected a few other sites too, I know I ran into it more than once. The doc is semi-unofficial is probably why it was hard to find, I read The Burning Edge (daily updates on what's going on with the Firefox Trunk builds) pretty regularly, which is how I found it, it was also mentioned on MozillaZine.

 

splunk:

Is there any way to make the default google search bar longer?

Check this tip for changing the search toolbar size.

 

iCamp:

I think pretty much everything you want to do can be done in the Bookmarks Manager (Bookmarks -> Manage Bookmarks...). You can organize your bookmarks how you want them, and add seperators, etc. Also, you can put a folder of bookmarks in the bookmark bar by making a subfolder of the Bookmarks Toolbar Folder (I just tried it out and it works fine doing it this way. You can also drag a bookmark folder from the manager onto the bar and it will add it to the Bookmarks Toolbar Folder).

 

Also, my bookmarks just lump together by date added unless I organize them, there isn't any automatic alphabetical sorting going on (for me at least)...not sure what might be going on there.

 

The extensions I like:

AdBlock: block annoying images, ads, whatnot

Download Sort: automatically download files by extension or website into a specific folder (which will let you have per-site download prefs like Ed mentioned OmniWeb has)

 

Another cool extension-like thing I couldn't live without are Bookmarklets: automatically do all sorts of cool things at the click of a button (zap annoying colors, show all linked images on a page, etc.)

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I think pretty much everything you want to do can be done in the Bookmarks Manager (Bookmarks -> Manage Bookmarks...). You can organize your bookmarks how you want them, and add seperators, etc

 

Yea, but you have to move each folder manually. I just want a simple "sort by type" option. Maybe someone will come up with an extension for that.

 

Thanks for the other tips though...I'm checking out Bookmarklets right now.

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Well, my earlier complaint and then satisfaction are now somewhat mixed. :? For some reason, when I installed 0.9 on my work PC, everything went fine and I was able to get it to import the previous Firefox profile without a hitch. But when I go to install it on my home PC, it's not giving me the choice and is automatically getting my IE favorites. Guess I need to head to the Firefox forums and see if anyone else has had this problem.

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I've been using 0.8 for awhile and just upgraded, and suddenly FireFox crashes when I launch it. Anyone else have this problem? IE still works fine, and I even uninstalled it and redownloaded the install file and the thing STILL crashes.

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