For many, the Mozilla browser is still their favourite, and although Google Chrome is made with the majority of the market, there are still many who defend this great piece of software, which is also the only one of the main web browsers that do not track all and each of your movements. If you are one of those who use Firefox because they think it is better than Chrome, or simply because it meets what you need and you care about your privacy, today we bring you a series of tips to increase the speed with which you browse the web in Firefox.
Before we begin, a little warning. Following these instructions will make you modify default values in Firefox settings. If your browser works well enough and you don’t think it needs more speed, better leave it as it is. If you think you could benefit from a faster loading on the web or lower consumption of RAM, go ahead.
INCREASE THE SPEED WITH WHICH FIREFOX LOADS WEB PAGES
- Open Firefox and in the address bar type ” about: config ” (without quotes) and press Enter.
- You will see a Firefox security warning telling you that you are about to play with things from big people. Continue if you feel brave.
- In the search box above, type ” network.http. «
- Locate the entry ” network.http.pipelining ” and change its value to ” true by double-clicking on the line.
- Locate the entry ” network.http.proxy.pipelining ” and change its value to true.
- Locate the entry ” network.http.pipelining.maxrequests ” and change the numeric value to 10.
With this what you are doing are 2 things: enable pipelining, which allows the browser to make more than one request to a web page at the same time (by default only one is made); and setting the value to 10 the browser will make 10 requests at the same time. You can change the value to less or more to test how it works best for you.
REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF RAM THAT FIREFOX USES FOR CACHING
To keep a lot of data accessible in a faster way, browsers store all kinds of information in cache, and although it is beneficial because it allows us to load pages that we visit very often a little faster, sometimes this is inefficient when we open many websites, the We close and Firefox is still using a lot of memory to cache them. To reduce the amount of RAM that the browser uses for its cache function, do the following:
Type ” about: config ” in the address bar again and press Enter.
In the search type ” browser.sessionhistory.max_total_viewer “.
Change its value to 0 by double-clicking on the line and entering the new value.
REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF RAM FIREFOX USES WHEN MINIMIZED
The chances are that if you have the browser minimized it is because you are not using it, however, that does not prevent you from continuing to consume memory for each open tab and loaded extension that you have. With this trick, you can create a variable in the configuration that will reduce the memory consumption of Firefox when it is minimized.
- Type ” about config ” in the address bar.
- Right-click anywhere and select New -> yes / no to create a variable of value “true or false”.
- In the drawer that appears type ” config.trim_on_minimize ” and press Enter.
- Select True as the value, press Enter and restart Firefox.
If you want to return to the default values, you just have to follow the same steps and revert the changes. What will be simple since Firefox highlights which variables have been modified by the user?