Firefox Personas is a great Firefox add-in that I only just discovered, but has been around for some time. It allows you to totally customize the look and feel of the Firefox GUI and is very simple to use and configure.
Personas are lightweight “skins” that change the look of your Firefox web browser. You can easily switch between Personas with just a few clicks. There are hundreds of Personas to choose from, with more added every day. You can even create your own and share it with others.
As you can see, I’ve “skinned” my Firefox browser to show one of the default skins available in Firefox personas, but there are heaps to choose from as soon as you’ve installed it!
My clicking the personas’ menu in the bottom left corner of the Firefox window once you’ve installed it, you gain access to the massive list of already available skins to choose from, and if you don’t like what’s on offer there, you can check out the personas gallery to see what else you might like.
You can even create your own “personas” by using images you already have on your computer. The personas how to create personas page has heaps of information you’ll need to do this such as the size the images should be, and a quick 4 step guide on how its done.
I did mine in about 2 minutes it was that easy.
Firefox personas even work with existing Firefox themes. You really have to check out personas, its not even my software and I keep raving about it as if it was my own. I haven’t been this excited about a browser customization pack before, but this really takes the cake!
When you download a file, you usually have to wait a while for Firefox to finish scanning the file. If you want to turn this off:
1). Open Firefox and in the address bar type about:config
2). Click the button “I’ll be careful, I promise” to proceed:
3). Once this is done, you should see a big list of different settings Firefox is internally using. Scroll down until you find the setting browser.download.manager.scanWhenDone…
4). Set this value to False and restart Firefox.
Now whenever you download any files through Firefox, when it completes it won’t scan your file saving you precious time!
Credit: Thanks to Nirmal’s post “How to Disable Automatic File Scanning after File Download in Firefox 3” for this one. This was very useful for me so I figured I’d share it with you guys!
Just last week the release of Firefox 2.0 RC3 (Release Candidate 3) gave us a number of new features to play with including new tab functionality and anti-phishing measures just to name a few.
Now, this coming week (Tuesday 24th October) the final build of Firefox 2.0 will be released to the public and available for download off of Mozilla servers for the Windows, MacOSX and Linux platforms.
Some of the new features to grace this latest incarnation of Firefox include:
- Visual Refresh: Firefox 2’s theme and user interface have been updated to improve usability without altering the familiarity of the browsing experience. For instance, toolbar buttons now glow when you hover over them. We will continue to improve the look and feel throughout the release candidate process.
- Built-in phishing protection: Phishing Protection warns users when they encounter suspected Web forgeries, and offers to return the user to their home page. Phishing Protection is turned on by default, and works by checking sites against either a local or online list of known phishing sites. This list is automatically downloaded and regularly updated when the Phishing Protection feature is enabled.
- Enhanced search capabilities: Search term suggestions will now appear as users type in the integrated search box when using the Google, Yahoo! or Answers.com search engines. A new search engine manager makes it easier to add, remove and re-order search engines, and users will be alerted when Firefox encounters a website that offers new search engines that the user may wish to install.
- Improved tabbed browsing: By default, Firefox will open links in new tabs instead of new windows, and each tab will now have a close tab button. Power users who open more tabs than can fit in a single window will see arrows on the left and right side of the tab strip that let them scroll back and forth between their tabs. The History menu will keep a list of recently closed tabs, and a shortcut lets users quickly re-open an accidentally closed tab.
- Resuming your browsing session: The Session Restore feature restores windows, tabs, text typed in forms, and in-progress downloads from the last user session. It will be activated automatically when installing an application update or extension, and users will be asked if they want to resume their previous session after a system crash.
Source: Mozilla Firefox 2 Release Notes – What’s New
I’ve been running Firefox 2.0 RC3 since it came out and am quite impressed with the build. I am looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of the final stable build of the web browser I’ve grown to love – Firefox 2.0.