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Firefox Boss Key

You are reading this Post from your work place….And suddenly your boss appears from no where…

Well Dont Panic….First this is only a scenario…its not real [i hope]… And Second…You do have an option to escape such cases…

First You need to use firefox 🙂 [I guess you can live with this constraint anyway Firefox is far better than IE]..Then install BossKey addon to Firefox.

Boss Key for FireFox

Once its installed, you can set any hotkeys…So next time…you read some thing in your firefox and when your boss comes to your place…All you need to do is press the hotkeys…and Firefox will hide itself in the system tray…:)

Is’nt it very useful. 😀

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Using Tabs

  • Open a New Tab : Ctrl+T
  • Go to the Next Tab : Ctrl+TAB
  • Go to the Previous Tab: Ctrl+Shift+TAB
  • Close the current Tab: Ctrl+W

Quick Search / Links within Page

  • To Search in Page : Ctrl + F Or /, Start typing in search box it will automatically go to the first occurance of the word, to goto the next occurance press Ctrl+ G
  • To Search Links in Page: Press [Single Quote]. This will spawn the Quick Find area at the bottom and start typing. It will show you the first match as you’re typing! To move to the next match, hit Ctrl+G
    • Hit Enter to open the Hyperlink in the current tab
    • Hit Ctrl+Enter to open the Hyperlink in a new tab

Page Navigation

  • Scroll Down one Page: Either hit Page Down or the Spacebar
  • Scroll Up one Page: Either hit Page Up or Shift+Spacebar


  • Previous Page: Alt + Left Arrow or Backspace
  • Next Page: Alt + Right Arrow
  • Refresh the Current Page: Ctrl+R
  • Refresh the Current Page (and bypass local cache): Ctrl+Shift+R – this one is good if you want to get the latest and greatest from the server, like for eBay auctions or something.
  • Go to your Home Page: Alt+Home


  • Put the Cursor in the Address Bar: Ctrl+L
  • Put the Cursor in the Search Box: Ctrl+K
  • Increase the Size of the Text on the Page: Ctrl++ (hold Ctrl and hit +)
  • Decarese the Size of the Text on the Page: Ctrl+- (same, just hit -)

Source: Firefox Support Page

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Expected Release Date: Quarter 3 of 2007

The proposed major theme for Gran Paradiso is “improved information and content management”. Gran Paradiso will continue to improve in areas where they have traditionally been strong in: security, usability, extensibility and customization, performance, web standards and compatibility.

You can find the Requirement Document of Firefox 3 here…

Some of the Interesting Requirements I found on their wiki:

  1. Enhancement on Add On Feature
  2. Plugin support for Flash, Acrobat, WMV, Quicktime, Java
  3. Enhancing Printing Support
  4. Save web pages as PDF documents. – I Love this requirement. I always wanted to grab the page as PDF and save it for later reference.
  5. Support pause/resume for downloads.
  6. Integrate with Windows Vista parental controls.
  7. Tab Grouping.

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Why Firefox Wins?

Why Firefox wins against other popular browsers….

This is what they say ….

Source: Firefox Wiki

Firefox will win because:

  • Users and developers love the extensions and customization available for Firefox
  • Perception of fast & slim. For AJAX apps, we are faster.
  • Perception of security and safety
  • WebDev segment love the product for its web compatibility and standards compliance
  • Developer tools and support
  • Brand value and open source (Participatory culture and community ownership model – by the Web, for the Web)

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Pipelining is a HTTP/1.1 feature that speeds up transfers by requesting several objects at once without waiting for a response first.
Read More On Firefox Pipelining FAQs.


  1. Type “about:config” into the address bar and click go.
  2. Scroll down to find the entries: network.http.pipelining, network.http.proxy.pipelining, network.http.pipelining.maxrequests.(Normally the browser will make one request to a webpage at a time. When you enable pipelining it will make several at once, which really speeds up page loading.)
  3. Alter the entries as follows: Set “network.http.pipelining” to “true”. Set “network.http.proxy.pipelining” to “true”. Set “network.http.pipelining.maxrequests” to 8. This means it will make 8 requests at once.
  4. Right-click anywhere on the screen and select New-> Integer.
  5. Name it “nglayout.initialpaint.delay”(without quotes) and set its value to “0”. This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it receives.
  6. Shut down your browser and reopen it. You shouldn’t notice much of a difference right away. But get browsing some of your usual sites and you should notice a much faster connection to the site!


  • This may not work on connections that are over 1mb.
  • Do not edit anything if you don’t know what it does!
  • Keep in mind that with using these pipelining tweaks, while it may seem faster at first things may slow down or have problems like images loading wrong. If that happens undo the tweaks.
  • This preference only has an effect if you are not using a proxy. If you are using a proxy, see network.http.proxy.pipelining.
  • network.http.keep-alive must be set to true for pipelining to work.
  • network.http.version must be set to 1.1 for pipelining to work.
  • While this preference will improve performance, it may cause problems loading pages from some servers.

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