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Firefox Quick Find

Related Post: Check out my entry on customizing firefox keyboard shortcuts clipped from foliovision.com Firefox Quickfind: Hard to Type an Apostrophe Firefox has a great search feature based on Command-F (Mac) or Control-F (Windows). You get a cute little text box at the bottom of the screen which allows you to search the whole page. Subsequently Command-G works just fine to take you down through the page. Just ‘ (apostrophe) alone will bring up the Quick Find box. It looks almost the same but isn’t. Quick Find only searches URLs (a nice extra almost undocumented feature). If you want to do a Quick Find in all the text you need to use / (forward slash). You can get caught in an edit box (think Gmail or forums) and be unable to type an apostrophe. Type about:config in the address bar to access Firefox’s hidden preferences and toggle “searchkeys.disable.all” to true I haven’t decided whether to leave the QuickFind on (now that I know how it works). I certainly don’t think Quick Find should be on by default.

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Reopen closed tabs – Chrome and Firefox

I love the Ctrl+Shift+T function to reopen your accidentally closed tabs in Firefox and Google Chrome. That’s the other thing that Chrome did right – used intuitive shortcut keys based on good industry standards (ie: Mozilla).

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Google Chrome and Plugins

I really wish Google Chrome allowed plugins. Of course Google is probably not too happy about the idea as it might compromise stability of the browser. Plus it would mean they have less control over things – like greasemonkey scripts removing their clickTracking and sponsored ads. But it’s a shame because the browser is so fast (mainly with Javascript), and it’s also pretty good with standards and features (like moving towards css 3 selectors), but mainly it just loads quickly and it doesn’t take up too many memory problems. (I realize that firefox would also load faster if I disabled some of my extensions, but they really just help speed up my workflow.) Oh yeah, and Chrome’s break-away tab thing is pretty cool. I’d love to be able to move tabs between windows in firefox, or break them out more easily. Oh, and finally it’s pretty cool how the browser has some built-in crash-protection / recovery which will keep the OS out of it. @google – Would love to see a (non-hacked) mac version.

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