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Firefox Crashes on 64bit OS – Toshiba Add-On The Culprit

Every now and again, the hardware guys just get in the way. Toshiba created a plugin for Firefox called Automatic password input in fx. Here’s the thing – it doesn’t work on a 64 bit operating system. It totally crashes Firefox. And in a bid to be even more helpful, you cannot uninstall that plugin. But you can do the next best thing – disable it. Here’s how…

1. Go to the start menu and start Firefox(safe mode)
2. Disable all add-ons
The browser should now load in Safe Mode.
3. Go to Tools -> Add-Ons
4. Click the “Extensions” tab
5. Disable the extension called “Automatic password input in Fx1.0”

Firefox Add-Ons

Firefox Add-Ons

You can then close Firefox and start it again normally (i.e. not in Safe Mode). Done.

Firefox Go Button and Change Cursor

With Firefox 3, the “Go button” (circled in blue below) in the url bar is only available some of the time, depending on context.

I myself, prefer to have it there all the time. As Firefox is highly configurable, all I have to do is make a small addition to the userChrome.css file (located in C:\Users\[yourUserName]\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[profileNumber].default\chrome\).  Just add:

#urlbar[pageproxystate="valid"] > #urlbar-icons > #go-button {
	visibility: visible !important;
}

Note, if this is the first time you have configured these files, make a copy of the existing file userChrome-example.css and rename it userChrome.css.

Another little change I like in my configuration is to change the mouse cursor when it is hovering over a hyperlink which, when clicked, will open the target in a new browser window. This time, you need to make a change to userContent.css, which is in the same directory as userChrome.css. To do this, you just add the following:

/* Change cursor for links that open in new window */
:link[target="_blank"], :visited[target="_blank"],
:link[target="_new"],   :visited[target="_new"] {
   cursor:  crosshair;
}

Happy computerating!

Change the View Source Editor of Firefox

Firefox is highly configurable. One of the many things that it affords users, in terms of configurability, is the ability to choose the application that they want to use to view the source markup of pages loaded in the browser. Personally, my weapon of choice is notepad++ – an excellent, free text editor which has many cool features and is highly extensible.

So, to make notepadd++ the view source editor of Firefox, follow these simple steps:

  1. open firefox and type about:config in the address bar.
  2. at the top of the page, immediately below the tab, you will see a textbox which enables you to filter the possible settings. Type in “editor”, as depicted in the screenshot below.
  3. change the value of view_source.editor.external to true.
  4. enter the filepath to your installation of notepad++ in the view_source.editor.path configuration item.

Change Editor


You’re done. Next time you fire up “the fox” and click View/Page Source (or ctrl+U), the markup for that page will open in notepad++, with nice syntax colouring and all its other concomitant features.