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The newbies guide to Tweaking Firefox v2

Arrow Image In This Artical i try to out line and explaine many tweaks used to speed firefox greately. This is not recomended for dile-up users it would have no affect. It then teaches how to do these tweaks safely a securly

The newbies guide to
Tweaking Firefox v2

0 index
1 Why use Firefox?
2 adressbar Commands
3 tweaking
|-V2 tweaks
4 explanation
5 notes

this is the second version of this file. I have added a what this dose section to explain what happens. Also i only recommend you do this if you
have high-speed or some other form of fast internet connection.

1. Why use FireFox
The first question I am sure your asking is why should i use FireFox? Well Fire fox is a lot safer, its faster and of course tabbed BROWSING!

This is a feature that allows you to open multiple webpages in one single browser its is a lot easier to use as well.

2. Address's bars commands
the address bar is the bar at the top of the window that you type the website URL in to for example You can type any of the fallowing commands in to that address bar to see settings and info menus without the "

"about:" this shows info on FireFox itself
"about:plugins" this shows info on any extensions that you have installed
"about:buildconfig" this gives you a list of compiler option to allow you to build your own version of FireFox
"about:cache" tells you about the file cache, with a full list of links
"about:config" lets you look at the Configuration Console
"about:credits" shows you names of Hundreds of the people who worked on FireFox

3. Tweaking
Now for the actual tweaking of firefox. Before you start fooling around with the files you should back up the fire fox settings folder... You can find this in "c:\docu<i></i>ments abd Settings\[your user name]\Application Data\Mozilla" just put that in to the "run" field in the start menu then copy the files in there to you're desktop also just in case the software crashes you should run fire fox in safe mode
to do this go to start > run and type "firefox.EXE -safe-mode"

OK lets start tweaking in the adressbar type "about:config" it will load a bunch of options. Change these values
network.http.max-connections = 64
network.http.max-connections-per-server = 20
network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server = 10
network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-proxy = 10
network.http.pipeline = true
network.http.pipelining.maxrequests = 200
network.http.request.max-start-delay = 0
network.http.proxy.pipelining = true
network.http.proxy.version = 1.0

V2 commands
Ok this command you have to make a whole new command so right click anywhere a menu should pop up. From there go to "New" then "Integer" name it "nglayout.initialpaint.delay" after that set the value to "0"

4. The explanation


This determines how many HTTP connections can be made by firefox at one time. The tweak speeds up browsing multiple pages at once.


This determines how many connections can be made at once to one server at a time. The tweak allows you to speed up the download-time.


Unless you are connected to a proxy server this determines how many connections to the server it will try to keep alive at once. The tweak makes it so firefox keeps 10 connections at once alive.


If you are connected to a proxy this will determine how many connections to keep alive to the proxy at one time. The tweak makes it so firefox keeps 10 connections at once alive.


This is the Maximum start time for HTTP request

network.http.proxy.pipelining = true
network.http.pipeline = true
network.http.pipelining.maxrequests = 200
network.http.proxy.pipelining = true
network.http.proxy.version = 1.0

Most of the time firefox will make only one request to a server at a time. This allows you to make up to 200 at a time which speeds up your loading time.

V2 Tweaks


This sets the time that the browser waits before it starts to act on the files it is receives.

5 Notes
This is a cool little side not i have recently discovered that if you want to have firefox open multiple pages when you start it (all in separate tabs) This is what you do.
First Click tools at the top of your browser then go to options. A pop up should
appear in this pop up there are multiple tabs, go to the "general" tab. There
should be a form saying "Home Page" this is where you enter the Url to the site
you want to be your home page (the site that your browser opens when it starts)
if you put Multiple addresses in there separated by this character "|" -quotes
that Character can be created by holding down the "shift" key and hitting the "\"
key on most keyboards you have now just set multiple homepages! Enjoy

The end!! That's it ! 05/07/2006 if you have found this use full please go to my site or email me at for more soon to come text files of this sort.

Writen by Tzar, also know as The Infidel UtterChaos and PerfectChaos


Arto_8000on October 18 2006 - 21:36:50
I disagree with your point 1. All you've list is false, Opera is much faster and safer than Firefox. Also its not faster, its about the same speed as IE. I personnally use Firefox and its because its easier to use than IE. Stop saying Firefox is the safest, if IE didnt had ActiveX it would be as safe as IE. For your article i dunno why you prefer to start firefox in safe mode. For the tweaking, it's not particuly good i've try it a long time ago and page were not loading correctly. I needed to refresh it few time before it show correctly. You can try it but you'll see after a while picture arent show at the right place. If it was really faster and good, these configuration would stay as default.
korgon October 19 2006 - 00:45:17
Looks really close to this I saw http://www.aria-s. . .php?t=1406 Firefox is by no means faster than IE I have both and prefer IE,It all in the hands of how you control itWink
spywareon October 20 2006 - 14:11:24
I only use firefox for the cool extensions. Not for the speed or safety.
Adeon November 01 2006 - 19:47:01
You can use FasterFox.
UtterChaoson December 03 2006 - 16:04:02
haha korg its exactly the same as that one, the person just took my tag out at the bottom. That kinda makes me laugh thanks for the link
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