Dave, I’ve been using Firefox for a few months and really like it, but I just heard that there are some tweaks you can make to the program that actually speed it up quite a bit. Can you tell me how to make those adjustments and help me get the fastest possible Web surfing experience?
There are indeed a number of different adjustments you can make to Firefox that can improve its performance, the first and most important of which is to always make sure that you have the very latest version on your system. Pop over to get Firefox and download it right now.
Good. Now, enter the URL about:config and then type in “network.http” to the browser’s “filter” function to identify the following entries:
If your Firefox is set up like mine, the first two will be set to “false”. Change them to “true” and then enter a value like 20 for maxrequests.
These will make the browser use your network connection more efficiently (or, depending on your perspective, more aggressively) which should visibly speed up rendering pages in the browser.
There’s a lot more you can learn if you pop over to Mozillazine’s Firefox Tuning discussion, if you really want to fine-tune your Web browsing experience.