Configuration Mania replaces about:config

January 27, 2009

props again to Tekzilla

For those who frequently access about:config via the Address Bar, there is now an add-on, Configuration Mania, that makes it even easier to manipulate those settings, especially for those who are uncomfortable with the geeky feel.

To get Configuration Mania, go to


Now, click on ‘Add to Firefox’


Click ‘install now’ to install the Configuration Mania Firefox plug-in (add-on)


After Configuration Mania installs, it will ask you to restart Firefox for the new settings and change to take effect.


Firefo will inform you that it will try and restore your open tabs when it restarts. This has always worked for me, so I wouldn’t worry about it.

When Firefox restarts, you can access Configuration Mania via ‘Tools’ and ‘Configuration Mania’.


Configuration Mania will look like this:



Stop Firefox Download Manager from popping up

January 27, 2009

There are two ways to prevent the Firefox Download Manager from popping up.

First way:

props to Tekzilla for this tip.

1. In the Address Bar in Firefox, type “about:config”, without the quotes and no space before ‘config’


2. In the filter bar, type

3. double click it, making sure the value turns from ‘true’ to ‘false’, and restart Firefox

Now, when you download a file, the download manager won’t pop up annoyingly. but remember to clear the download history, as that will still exist. To do so, click ‘Tools’, then ‘Downloads’, and ‘Clear’.

Second way:

1. Go to ‘Tools’, then ‘Options’.

2. On the ‘General’ tab, uncheck the box next to ‘show the downloads window when downloading a file’, and click ‘ok’.


Backup Firefox Passwords

June 26, 2008

You will need a Firefox Add-on (extension) called Password Exporter, which you can find here. Simply click ‘add to Firefox’ on the page, then ‘install’ on the window that pops up. Then click the ‘restart firefox’ button. Firefox will automatically restart. Then click ‘tools’, then ‘add-ons’, then ‘extensions’. Then click on the ‘password exporter’, then ‘options’, then ‘export’. You may also choose to encrypt the passwords, in which you can use the Master Password you use for the Firefox password manager, detailed here.

Stop Websites from resizing windows

June 13, 2008

In Firefox, under the content tab, click ‘advanced’ by ‘javascript’, and uncheck the box for ‘move or resize existing windows’

Sorting Internet Explorer and Firefox Favorites

September 7, 2006

To sorta, or alphabetize your favourites,

Right click on the Favorites menu in Internet Explorer and select “Sort by Name”.

You can use the exact same method in Firefox.