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The 12 best Firefox 3.0 tweaks

Easy hacks to improve your browser experience

Firefox 3.0 is great, but to make it even better check out these functions and features. Each can be altered or tweaked to make your web-browsing experience near perfect.

One of the things we love about the new Firefox 3.0 web browser is its wealth of extra features, from the site identification button to the Bookmarks Library.

We've got the simple ways to access all these great Firefox 3.0 features.

For example: the 'about:config' function lets you change a number of Firefox settings and preferences, and is a great quick way to access the features we've rounded-up.

To access this function, simply type 'about:config' in the address bar and press Enter. A message will appear saying 'This might void your warranty!'.

Ignore that nonsensical warning and click 'I'll be careful, I promise!'. In the filter box, type the name of the setting you want to adjust. You'll see that entry appear in the area below. (If the name of the setting is very long, typing the first part of it will generate a list; you can then pick the setting you want). Make the changes to the setting as instructed.

Klaatu barada nikto! Meet the Firefox robot

You may not know it, but Firefox has a mascot - a robot that you can find in a hidden Easter egg in Firefox 3. In the address bar, type 'about:robots' and you'll see the cheerful metal guy. The robot-related quotes displayed are from books and movies in which robots play a significant role, such as Blade Runner and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

If you look at the title for the page, you'll find what at first glance may seem to be gibberish: Gort! Klaatu barada nikto! In fact, that's the phrase used by Helen Benson in the science fiction classic 'The Day the Earth Stood Still', ordering the robot Gort not to destroy the Earth.

Firefox 3.0 Robot

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