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There are many cool little Firefox tweaks that users often don’t know about, all hidden away and editable from a special link within Firefox. These following tweaks will make your Firefox quicker and more efficient for today’s broadband connection.

To get to this special menu, in the address bar type about:config and then press enter. Firefox 3 presents you with an extra button asking you to “promise and be careful” which you can safely click.

Now you should be presented with a list of options that you can change to improve Firefox’s performance. Below are some common settings that can be changed. Simply click on the filter box and search for the following settings and change their values as below:

  • network.http.pipelining → true
  • network.http.pipelining.firstrequest → true (Not in Firefox 3)
  • network.http.pipelining.maxrequests → 32
  • network.http.proxy.pipelining → true
  • nglayout.initialpaint.delay → 0 (Not in Firefox 3)

These little gems will help your Firefox fly faster. Pipelining allows multiple HTTP 1.1 requests to be sent before any responses are received from the browser, hence allowing you to ask for more data at once. Give it a go and try it out – you’ve got nothing to loose!

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