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Sunday, May 22nd, 2005, 4:07 am

Valuable Firefox Tip

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I shall attempt to explain why your bookmarks are sometimes better in flat HTML form rather than in hierarchical menus.

Mozilla Firefox has a powerful “find as you type” feature. If you open Firefox Preferences → Advanced → Accessibility, you will find [Begin finding when you begin typing], which ought to be enabled. You can then begin entering keywords, hitting F3 if multiple matches are found. In Firefox 1.0.4 (unlike previous versions), text highlighted is also in focus, so on we move to a…

Practical example: If you are in a page that contains your bookmark/s (e.g. exported as HTML and includes a link to Google), type in the letters g o o g followed by ENTER and you should find yourself in Google. No mouse actions are involved and the entire process takes only a second or two.

2 Responses to “Valuable Firefox Tip”

  1. patrick h. lauke Says:

    you may already know this, but: for firefox, there’s no need to even manually export your bookmarks to windows, as they’re stored by default as bookmarks.html in your browser profile directory. make a toolbar bookmark/shortcut to that particular file:// location and away you go…

  2. Roy Schestowitz Says:

    Good point.

    I am well aware that the Mozilla suite holds application data in HTML or XML files. To be more general, one has to talk about bookmark export. I have about 12 bookmarks in my portal, going back many years into the past. Openness was a poorly addressed issue then.

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