Quick Tip: Remove Firefox Frequent List From Taskbar Menu

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Firefox has a jump-list of frequent used web pages when you right click the Firefox taskbar icon:

Firefox - Frequent

This can be disabled as follows.

Type about:config into the address bar and then press Enter.

Note the warning displayed and then click the I’ll be careful, I promise! button to continue.

In the search bar type frequent and then right click on browser.taskbar.lists.frequent.enabled and then click on Toggle from the drop down menu.


The value will change from true to false.

The change will take effect immediately.


Windows Phone Dev – Disabling the Tilt Animation on a ListView


I am working on a Windows Phone 8.1 Runtime app and have a ListView to display data on a detail page. The problem is that by default the tilt animation is enabled. This is not wanted because it gives visual feedback to the user that something should happen when the object is tapped.

To disable this behavior we need to create a copy of the default style of the ListView as follows:

Right click on the ListView in the designer and then select: Edit Additional Templates, Edit Generated Item Container (ItemContainerStyle), Edit a Copy…

A copy of the default style will be placed in your XAML.

Find the PointerUpThemeAnimation and PointerDownThemeAnimation Storyboards and remove them (or comment them out if you prefer):

     <VisualTransition From="Pressed"
             <PointerUpThemeAnimation Storyboard.TargetName="TiltContainer" />
     <VisualState x:Name="Normal" />
     <VisualState x:Name="Pressed">
            <PointerDownThemeAnimation Storyboard.TargetName="TiltContainer" />

Sources: http://www.visuallylocated.com/post/2014/07/09/Disabling-tilt-on-a-ListView-or-GridView.aspx

Quick Tip – Stop Firefox from prompting to install Flash Player

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To stop Firefox from prompting you to install Flash Player type about:config in the address bar and then press Enter. Confirm the exception:

aboutconfig - Void Warranty

Search for plugins.notifyMissingFlash and set it to false by double clicking it.

aboutconfig - notifMissingFlash

That’s it!


Quick Tip – Windows 8 Phone Turn Off Facebook Chat


To turn off Facebook chat on Windows Phone 8 first tap the Settings icon on the Start screen and then swipe left to get to the applications pane. Tap messaging:


On the messaging screen toggle the Use Facebook Chat slider to the Off position:


That’s it!


Windows 8.1 Preview – Turn Off Search Suggestions and Web Results from Bing

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Search results in Windows 8.1 combine local searches with results from the Bing search engine. For some users this might pose privacy / security issues.

Windows 8.1 Preview - Local and Bing search results
Windows 8.1 Preview – Local and Bing search results

In the Windows 8.1 Preview the Search Suggestions and Web Results from Bing feature is easily disabled (and I assume that this will be the same for 8.1 upon release).

Press the Windows key and C together to bring up the charms bar (or swipe from the right on a touch device). Click Change PC Settings:

Click or tap Change PC Settings
Click or tap Change PC Settings

Click Search & apps in the left hand pane:

Click or tap
Click or tap Search & apps

Toggle the Get search suggestions and web results from Bing to the Off position.

Toggle Bing searches to the Off position

Search results now do not include results from Bing:

Windows 8.1 Preview Seach results with Bing disabled
Windows 8.1 Preview Search results with Bing disabled