Open Firefox Settings in new tab window like Google Chrome

Heating up the browser wars, the two dominant browsers i.e. Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome are taking the good(s) of each other in effort to provide richer web browsing experience free of any hiccups. That’s why they are frequently updated. Every new release comes with more speed, flexibility, security, stability and prospective pavement to future web. When it comes to customization and flexibility, Mozilla Firefox beats others at one go. Power users always prefer Firefox because they get to do what they want to do in their favorite browser. Besides increasing flexibility and features of firefox with addons and extensions, there are lots of hidden features in firefox which can be enabled by making certain tweaks. One of such firefox secrets is revealed in this tutorial. The door to all such tweaks open through about:config page of firefox as explained below. When we hit on Firefox menu – Options – Options. The Firefox Settings dialog box pops up on the screen. The settings doesn’t open in a new tab window (as we see in Google Chrome). Firefox settings in new tab (as firefox addons option open in new tab) has several advantages like, we can browse other tabs while changing settings. We can navigate webpages while working with settings so that the changes are reflected in realtime otherwise unless we close the dialog box of firefox settings, we can not navigate to webpages. For example, see the image below for a preview of General Settings customized via this tweak.

Excited to proceed, be warned that this tweak is intended for smart and power users, not for newbies. Here is how to do it:

  • Launch Firefox browser.
  • In the address bar, type about:config and hit Enter.
  • Hit on I’ll be careful, I promise button.
  • In the search box, type the bolded text: browser.preferences.inContent
  • Double click on the value displayed to set it to True instead of False.
  • Close the Tab. Done. Now open firefox settings by clicking on Firefox menu button – navigate to Options – Chose Options.

Note: The above mentioned Mozilla Firefox tweaks works very well for the latest version i.e. Firefox 15, Mozilla Firefox Beta and Aurora versions. It may not work on older version of firefox.

What do you think of this feature? Should Mozilla developers make this tweak default in the future versions of Firefox? Don’t forget to leave your opinion!

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