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.

Firefox – Server Not Found Error

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Recently I have been getting random Server Not Found pages in Firefox (v18.02) on my Windows 8 laptop. Clicking the Try again button on this page takes me to the page I want, but this is annoying.

Update: The fix below turned out to be temporary. I had to open a command prompt and enter ipconfig /flushdns to resolve the issue.

The solution for me was to change the proxy setting in Firefox to Auto-detect proxy settings for this network as follows.

  • Click the Firefox button
  • Click Options on the drop-down menu and then click Options on the pop-out menu
  • Click the Advanced button and then click the Network tab
  • Click the Settings button in the Connection section of the window (Configure how Firefox connects to the internet)
  • Click the Auto-detect proxy settings for this network radio button and then click OK to exit the menus.
  • Restart Firefox.

Ubuntu 10.4 / Linux Mint 9 Isadora – Flash Player Is Out Of Date

After using Ubuntu 11.4 (Natty) for a while I’ve decided to install Linux Mint 9 Isadora (which is built on Ubuntu 10.4 (the last Long Term Support release)). In the end Natty and Unity did not seem polished enough to me (so I will revisit Unity with subsequent releases to see how it is progressing).

I did like the almost full-screen browsing experience that Natty delivered as well as the ability to sync files, contacts and Tomboy Notes with Ubuntu One. With this in mind Mint 9 seemed like a good choice – I liked that it only featured one panel at the bottom of the screen and the Mint menu is well thought out. Add to that the fact that things like Flash are already installed and that I can type directly into the Mint menu to search for installed software and I was sold.

I installed Mint 9 on two machines this week and was surprised when one of them reported that Flash was out of date (in both Firefox and Chromium). I checked Update Manager and tried re-installing flashplugin-nonfree to no avail.

I soon found a fix on the Ubuntu Forum though, which cleans up possible conflicting versions of Flash that might be installed and then re-installs flashplugin-nonfree from the repositories:

sudo apt-get purge lightspark
sudo apt-get purge swfdec-mozilla
sudo apt-get purge mozilla-plugin-gnash
sudo apt-get purge adobe-flashplugin
sudo apt-get purge flashplugin-nonfree
sudo apt-get purge flashplugin-installer
rm -f /home/**/.mozilla/plugins/*flash*so
rm -rf /home/**/.wine/dosdevices/c:/windows/system32/Macromed/Flash
sudo rm -f /usr/lib/firefox-addons/plugins/libflashplayer.so
sudo rm -f /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/libflashplayer.so
sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/flashplugin-alternative.so

This glitch aside I am quite impressed with Mint so far – it has a great selection of applications and is quite user friendly too.

Hotmail Not Working In Firefox – Windows 7

I just experienced an issue with Firefox 5 on Windows 7 where I could no longer navigate Hotmail.

Clicking on emails did nothing and clicking on mail folders also did nothing. Quite a few people seemed to be experiencing the issue and the fix for me was to simply clear the Firefox cache:

Click the Firefox button at the top left and then click Options and then Options again.Click Advanced followed by the Network tab and then click the Clear Now button to clear the offline cache. Restart Firefox.

Ubuntu 10.4 Lucid – No Sound When Playing Flash Video On YouTube With Firefox

There are plenty of posts online about issues with sound when trying to play Flash video on YouTube with Firefox. I encountered this issue today on a fresh install of Ubuntu 10.4 Lucid and managed to fix it without too much difficulty.

I had just installed Ubuntu but had not bothered to run Update Manager yet – so my first piece of advice is to update your system and reboot (if it is not already up-to-date).

I then installed the Flash-Aid Add-on in Firefox. Flash-Aid allows you to uninstall and install various instances of Flash (or Linux equivalents) via a graphical interface. Click Tools, Add-ons, Get Add-ons and then search for Flash Aid and install the Add-on.

Restart Firefox and then click Tools and Add-ons again. Select the Flash-Aid add-on and then click the Preferences button.

I decided to uninstall Flash completely and start over – so I clicked the Expert Mode check-box at the bottom of the Flash Aid window and then clicked the Removal Options tab.

I selected everything that I had possibly installed previously and then clicked the Installation Options tab. Here I selected Adobe, from repositories.

Then I simply clicked the Script Preview tab followed by the Execute button – this ran the uninstall scripts followed by the installation script.

After this I still did not have sound working on YouTube – but running Update Manager and rebooting the computer fixed the issue.

Flash-Aid is a great tool for quickly and easily managing the version of Flash that you wish to use.

Ubuntu 10.4 Lucid – Enabling The Backspace Key To Go Back One Page In FireFox

Using Windows a lot has got me in the habit of using the backspace key to go back a page when browsing the internet.

Firefox does not enable this behavior by default in Ubuntu – fortunately it is not too hard to configure.

Open Firefox and then type about:config as the URL and then press Enter. You’ll see a nice large warning:

Click I’ll be careful, I promise to continue.

Type browser.backspace_action in the filter until browser.backspace_action is the only item that you see below.

Double-click on the browser.backspace_action preference and change the default value of 2 to 0 (zero).

This setting will take immediate effect.

Source: My Digital Life