about:crashes in Mozilla Firefox 3

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Did you know that Firefox 3.0 automatically sends error report to Mozilla whenever your Firefox session crashes?

You can find out how many times Firefox has crashed and what it is sending to Mozilla, by typing in about:crashes into the address bar and pressing enter. You should see a screen similar to this one:

You can click on any crash report to get its details. (When i’ve tried this it has taken a long time and i’ve not actually managed to view the report, but your milage might vary)

You can also see the top crashers by version (only version 3 – including the alphas/betas have this feature). Here are the top crashers for Firefox 3.0. It even shows you which browser the crashes were on so you can see if it’s a O/S issue or not!

Paste multiple lines into a single-line text field in firefox

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Double Line Pasting

Have you ever been in Firefox and wanted to paste multiple lines of text into a single-line text field? You know, like in the example above where there is an address which has been placed on two different lines, but if you paste that into the Google Maps search field it will cutoff anything on the second line.

Although you can’t do this in Firefox by default, it is actually possible with a quick little tweak:

  1. In the Firefox Address Bar type about:config and press Enter.
  2. Find the option that is named editor.singleLine.pasteNewlines and double-click on it.
  3. Change the value to 2.

Double Line Pasting Config

Now you can copy and paste, or drag and drop multiple lines of text into a single-line input field! How cool is that?

source: CyberNet

Change default google search in firefox

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I’ve just been trying to find out how to change where a search from firefox’s search box goes.

By default it goes to google.com, but i wanted to use google.co.uk. I’ve searched around and didn’t find anything giving a definitive answer so thought i’d write it here.

(Note: You should close firefox before making any changes)

It’s a very simple fix, basically all you need to do is navigate to the firefox directory (“c:\program files\mozilla firefox” is the default for windows) then open the “searchplugins” folder.

Next you need to edit the “google.xml” file and change this line:

<Url type=”text/html” method=”GET” template=”http://www.google.com/search”&gt;

to

<Url type=”text/html” method=”GET” template=”http://www.google.co.uk/search”&gt;

or whichever google locality you wish to use.
I also changed this line (but i’m not sure if it’s necessary):

<SearchForm>http://www.google.com/firefox

Then re-open firefox and search away! 🙂