Speeding Up Firefox

Everybody seems to be jumping on the bandwagon and switching from Microsoft Internet Explorer to Mozilla Firefox. I would, too, except Firefox unfortunately doesn’t access a few of the Web sites that I use heavily, such as some with financial data. Until that problem is resolved, I’ll probably still hang onto IE, yet favoring Firefox for its crisp reaction time.

In the meantime, I believe I’ve made my Firefox even faster with this little tip, and since I know many of you have made the switch to Firefox, perhaps this little tid-bit will help you as well.

With Firefox open, enter about:config in the URL box; then, enter network.http in the browser’s filter function. In the line identified as network.http.pipelining, change the setting of “false” to “true” by double clicking on the line. In the line identified as network.http.proxy.pipelining do the same thing to change the setting from “false” to “true”. In the line identified as network.http.pipelining.maxrequests, doubleclick on the line twice and a window will open. Change the value to 20.

These changes enable Firefox to use network connections more efficiently and, in turn, should somewhat speed up accessing Web pages in the browser. There’s no guarantee, but it’s worth a try.

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