Speeding Up Firefox

I just came across a useful tip for increasing the speed of the Firefox browser if you’re using a broadband connection.

Firefox is frequently suggested as an alternative to using Internet Explorer, due to the ongoing security holes and spyware problems that are being found in Internet Explorer. I also keep it alongside Safari on the Mac, primarily because of the very nice RSS bookmarks which keep me up to date with blogs and news sites.

The tip which I found on the Ryan. Connect blog is as follows:

  1. Type “about:config� into the address bar and hit return.
  2. In the filter box type “network.http.p�.
  3. Double-click “network.http.pipelining� to set it to true.
  4. Double-click “network.http.proxy.pipelining� to set it to true.
  5. Double-click “network.http.pipelining.maxrequests� and change its value to 30.
  6. In the white area right click and click on New > Integer.
  7. Name it “nglayout.initialpaint.delay� and set its value to 0.
  8. Exit and re-open FireFox.
  9. You should now load pages much faster than before.

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