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This is mostly for my own reference, but I thought it worth posting in case anyone else finds it useful. Now that Firefox 2.0 is out, I've noticed a number of changes in the default UI and behaviour from 1.5 that one can no longer change through the options dialogue, and which I find awkward. This is a list of the hidden preferences (visible through about:config) and their settings.

Opening a group of bookmarks in tabs overwrites existing tabs
browser.tabs.loadFolderAndReplace should be set to false (open bookmark groups in new tabs)
Close buttons on each tab make it harder to close several tabs, and more likely that you'll close a tab accidentally when selecting it
browser.tabs.closeButtons should be set to 3 (single close button at the right end of the tab bar)
Firefox accepts all cookies, regardless of originating server
network.cookie.cookieBehavior should be set to 1 (only accept cookies from the originating server)
Go button on url bar takes up extra screen real estate
browser.urlbar.hideGoButton should be set to true (hides the Go button)
Keywords in the url bar go to Google I Feel Lucky or Google Browse by Name, rather than a basic Google search
keyword.URL should be set to http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=utf-8&q= (default for non-Firefox Mozilla products)

Date: 2006-10-26 09:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kludge.livejournal.com

Here's one I like:

browser.tabs.tabMinWidth - Set to 0 to give no minimum width for tabs (tabs behave as in 1.0-1.5, getting smaller and smaller as more tabs are added rather than the scroll buttons appearing).

I'd also quite like to get rid of the tab drop-down (next to the single tab close button), but I can't find any likely looking setting for that. I've got a feeling that might be a chrome editing job (which I'm not averse to, it just takes time and I'm too lazy at the moment).

Date: 2006-10-26 10:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nmg.livejournal.com
In userChrome.css:

display: none !important;

Date: 2006-10-26 10:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nmg.livejournal.com
Sorry, that should probably be .tabs-alltabs-button

Date: 2006-10-26 10:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nmg.livejournal.com
No, I was right first time.

Date: 2006-10-26 01:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kludge.livejournal.com

Ah yes, that works nicely! Thanks!

I forgot that the profiles thing has userChrome in it - last time I did something XUL-related I needed to unpack one of the jar files. I think perhaps that was something tricksy, though, like allowing user certification in Sunbird.

Date: 2006-10-26 09:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kludge.livejournal.com

Oh, and the cookies one is weird, I hadn't realised that that had changed. It seems very odd that they'd change to a default setting that seems less secure than the previous one.

Date: 2006-10-26 10:54 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] drplokta
They've taken it out because it didn't work properly -- at the very least, it was extremely easy for a hostile site to circumvent it.

Date: 2006-10-26 04:27 pm (UTC)
ext_8103: (Default)
From: [identity profile] ewx.livejournal.com
Is that not a serious bug??

Date: 2006-10-26 10:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mikej-uk.livejournal.com
Ooh, useful stuff, thanks - just installed FF2.0 and was wondering how to get the tabs back to sanely closable :)

Date: 2006-10-26 10:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nmg.livejournal.com
btw, did Mark Nixon tell you that I'm now your internal examiner?

Date: 2006-10-26 10:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mikej-uk.livejournal.com
Indeed! Although he did forget to tell me when my viva actually was ;-)

Date: 2006-10-26 11:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nmg.livejournal.com
The date I have is the 24th November.

Date: 2006-10-26 11:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mikej-uk.livejournal.com
Same here - that's good :) Knew I should've relented and written some Cities references into the thesis ;-)

Date: 2006-10-26 07:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clarehooper.livejournal.com
Hee! You are the Viva Man. Good luck, even though it's weeks away. :)

Date: 2006-10-26 10:48 am (UTC)
matgb: Artwork of 19th century upper class anarchist, text: MatGB (Default)
From: [personal profile] matgb
Aye, it's one of the things stopping me from DLing it currently.

Date: 2006-10-26 10:31 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] andrewducker
I always had the close buttons on the tabs. But being able to edit the behaviour is definitely vital.

Which is why I'm not moving to FF2 until a compatible version of TabMix Plus is out.

Date: 2006-10-26 02:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] professoryaffle.livejournal.com
I may be being dense but I have lost the extension configuration, didn't it used to be in a drop down menu but now I can't find it and the help only seems to give me instructions of what to do once I have the extension panel open

Date: 2006-10-26 02:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nmg.livejournal.com
There's now a single UI for managing themes and extensions - look in Tools->Add-ons.

Date: 2006-10-26 02:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] professoryaffle.livejournal.com
ah that explains why I couldn't find it


Date: 2006-11-25 11:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aldabra
Wow, thank you. I had no idea all that stuff existed. (Sent to you by [livejournal.com profile] despotliz after bemoaning the changes...)

Date: 2006-11-26 10:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nmg.livejournal.com
Glad it was of use!


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