Two quick changes in Firefox about:config

April 29th, 2009 | Tags:

Here are two quick and simple changes which I always make on a fresh Firefox install. They are both accessed through the about:config URI. Simply type about:config to the Firefox address bar and accept the disclaimer. This reveals a lot of “hidden” settings which cannot be changed directly through the preferences dialogs.

  • To make backspace button go back in history (this is default in Windows but not in Linux), change the value of browser.backspace_action to 0.
  • To open the result of search from the search bar in a new tab change the value of browser.search.openintab to true.

A reference of these and other about:config parameters can be found in the MozillaZine Knowledge Base.

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