Archive for September, 2010

Re-enable URL AutoFill on FireFox 4

Posted in Blog, Tech on September 23rd, 2010 by Matt – Be the first to comment

The default behavior in Safari has always been that, while typing a URL, enter selects the most likely recommendation. Its super efficient. Why it's not the default of all browsers, I'll never know. FireFox before version 4 had the ability to auto-complete address bar suggestions. In about:config the option was called browser.urlbar.autoFill. With Version 4, that option no longer functions. As usual an extension has come to the rescue!

The "Enter Selects" FireFox Add-On

The enter selects add-on doesn't truly auto-fill the remainder of the the URL bar. Instead it simply selects the first suggested awesomebar result for whatever you've typed. The end result is the same. A quick "g, enter" gets me to Google, "l, enter" gets me to lifehacker, "j, enter" gets me to Jalopnik. I know I could have set up some tags on my bookmark entries, but this is a much more effective method that changes over time as the sites I visit change.

Another entry goes on my FireFox must have extension list.

Thinning Down FireFox 4's Tab Bar - Update!

Posted in Blog, Tech, Tutorial on September 16th, 2010 by Matt – 11 Comments

This post is now outdated, please see the update available here:

My previous post about modifying FireFox 4's tab bar layout has been one of the more popular posts on my blog. After updating to FF4 Beta 6 the modification broke, but I've found a solution:

#navigator-toolbox[tabsontop="true"] #TabsToolbar{
padding-left: 80px !important;
padding-right: 102px !important;
padding-top: 2px !important;
margin-top: -25px !important;

padding: 3px 5px 3px 5px !important;
height: 20px !important;

As you can see, the only change is we tell the tab bar to move up 25 pixels from where it was. We also ditch the tab position as fixed as it's not really necessary.

FireFox 4 with a better tab layout

This gets us back to our old style. I haven't had time to test all the edge cases to see if it messes anything up, but it should get your normal browsing bar back to an acceptable size.