Archive for Sunday, October 22, 2006

Upgrading to Firefox 2

Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2006 by El Guru in Blogs, Firefox, Fx 2.0, Mozilla News, Tips & Tweaks

As I mentioned here and even here, it looks good for Firefox 2 to be released this coming Tuesday (October 24th). Now I am sure many folks are wondering ‘How do I upgrade to Firefox 2?’ Well, like Microsoft and IE7, the auto-update won’t be until sometime in November or may be even December.

Now, if you want it as soon as it comes out, you can download it directly from the Mozilla Firefox Page (note: this link will always link to the most current released version of Firefox). I would recommend you do a couple things you should do to be safe and make the upgrade easier. First, just as a precaution back-up your profile (nothing should go wrong, but just in case, you won’t lose everything). Second, AFTER you have downloaded Firefox 2, uninstall Firefox 1.5 (don’t worry your profile is stored else where so you will still have all your bookmarks, saved preferences, extensions and themes). Note: uninstalling the prior version of Firefox is not mandatory, but will make things simpler.

For those who want to wait until Mozilla offers you an auto-upgrade to Firefox 2, you will need to wait until you upgrade to Firefox 1.5.0.8 (due out sometime in November) first. You can not go directly from Firefox 1.5.0.7 to Firefox 2 via auto-update. The details as to how this will happen are still a little fuzzy, but my understanding is Firefox 1.5.0.8 will offer an upgrade to Firefox 2 when the 2.0.0.1 build is released (November or December).

Oh and for those who can’t wait until Tuesday, Mozilla has a Firefox 2 Preview Release Get a sneak peek at Firefox 2! on the main Firefox site. It is Firefox 2.0 RC3, which will become the final Firefox 2, unless as Asa Dotzler said, “Unless something unexpected happens.” Just to be sure and follow the directions from above as if you were downloading the final release.

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Firefox 2.0: Close Tab Buttons

Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2006 by El Guru in Firefox, Fx 2.0, Tips & Tweaks

One of the new & improved features in starting with Firefox 2 is having the ‘Close Tab’ button on each tab. However, there are folks who don’t like change and would rather have the close tab button at the end of the tab bar as it is in Firefox 1.x builds. Sure there are extensions that will do this for you, but why bother downloading an extension when all it does is make a change to a setting in about:config? A simple about:config tweak will change the way the ‘close tab’ button is displayed:

  • Click the about:config button (if about:config extension is installed) or open a new tab and type about:config in the address bar and press enter
  • In the filter field type browser.tabs.closeButtons
  • Double-click on the entry and enter the corresponding number below:
      0 – Display a close button on the active tab only
      1
      – Display a close button on each tab (default)
      2
      – Don’t display any close buttons
      3
      – Display a single close button at the end of the tab bar (Firefox 1.x behavior)
  • Click OK
  • Close the about:config editor or tab

In case y’all are wonder, I have mine set to ‘0’, that way I won’t accidentally close the wrong tab and another quick way to see which tab is the active tab.

Note: If you are using Tab Mix Plus extension, this tweak will not work.