Browsers: the software bundle that everyone uses to surf over the internet. There are lots of browser software bundle available to choose from. Few of the most popular browsers are Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, IE and Opera. User seeks speed and instant browsing features without any performance degrade in the browser. Well, in every browser the website response at the same speed but the factors that slow down loading time depends on the computer hardware you are using, bandwidth and of course the extensions and Add-ons installed in your browser.
Well, many believe and use Google Chrome as a perfect browser while many would be attached with Mozilla Firefox or with Opera based on their own requirement and the unique features that each browser provide. A feature like inbuilt VPN which is served by Opera browser and not by Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. If you are a Mozilla Firefox user or migrating from Google Chrome to Mozilla Firefox then these tweaks will help you optimize and boost the Mozilla Firefox performance wise.
Thanks to the Mozilla Firefox customization feature using “about:config”. To access and implement the tweaks-Open Mozilla Firefox and type “about:config” in the URL and press enter. In the next screen it will show a warning/caution. Proceed with caution and click I accept the risk!
#1 Release RAM when Firefox is Minimized
When you are running out of memory or you have low memory or running multiple applications then Mozilla Firefox can release the memory (RAM) when minimized. So, the released memory can be used for another application. To perform this setting navigate to about:config and search for “config.trim_on_minimize”. If not found then,
Enter config.trim_on_minimize in preference name and click OK.
In the next screen select true and click OK.
#2 Increase cache memory for faster navigation
Those who are having slow internet connection issue or those who navigate between pages back and forth now and then, then this tweak will enhance your browsing speed. This modification will assign more cache memory to store web pages for faster retrieval of web page. Search for “browser.sessionhistory.max_total_viewers” on “about:config”. Right-click and select Modify change value to 1 or 2. Modifying that value to zero (0) will not store any pages in the memory. Change the value based on your available RAM.
64MB – 1
128MB – 2
256MB – 3
512MB – 5
1GB – 8
If your system is having low memory then changing it to lower numbers might help.
#3 Open every search result in new tab
This is one of my favorite tweak. I hate when Mozilla Firefox uses the same opened tab, when I search for something. With this tweak, it will open search result in new tab. Navigate to “about:config” and search for “browser.search.openintab”. Right-click and Toggle to set it to true.
#4 Speed up Firefox by disabling open/close tab animation
This tweak is useful when you are dealing with numerous tabs as closing/opening tabs animation takes a few more moments to close and open. To enhance navigate to “about:config” and search for “browser.tabs.animate”. Right-click and select Toggle to set it to false.
#5 Speed up page rendering
Mozilla applications render web pages incrementally – they display what’s been received of a page before the entire page has been downloaded. Generally beginning of the web page doesn’t have much useful information to display; Mozilla applications will wait a short interval before first rendering a page. This modification will boost up page rendering. Navigate to “about:config” and search for “nglayout.initialpaint.delay”. If you do not see the option then
Enter “nglayout.initialpaint.delay” in preference name and click OK.
In the next screen enter “0” and click OK.
#6 Increase web page loading speed
You can send multiple request before any response is received. This modification will reduce the web page loading time along with reduction in network load. Navigate to “about:config” and search for “network.http.pipelining” . Right-click and select Toggle to change it to true.
#7 Enhance responsiveness of Firefox
When you are not interacting with computer for some time (0.75 sec) and waiting for a web page to load then it becomes less responsive as it moves to low frequency interruption mode. The high frequency interrupt mode interrupts parser more frequently for higher UI responsiveness. To reduce navigate to “about:config” and search for “content.switch.threshold”. If not found then
Enter “content.switch.threshold” in preference name and click OK
In the next screen enter “2000000” and click OK
These 7 tweaks can help you boost your Mozilla Firefox performance now. If you are Google Chrome user then here are the 8 hacks to boost Google Chrome now. Subscribe for direct updates right in your inbox. Keep sharing. Stay tuned to Tech Tunes.
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