Firefox: Power user tips and tricks

I've been playing a lot with the new Firefox 74 release over the past few days, and there's a lot built into this browser. Here are some tips and tricks I've used to make the browser my own.

I'm impressed with the new Firefox 74 release. A lot. It's a very capable browser and feels a lot faster and smoother than Google Chrome. I especially like how the browser can give people a high level of online privacy without them having to become experts in online privacy.

And over the past few days, I've been tweaking the browser to make it my own.

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1: Make sure DNS over HTTPS is enabled

Make sure DNS over HTTPS is enabled

Make sure DNS over HTTPS is enabled

Want to encrypt your browser's DNS searches? Head over to about:preferences#general, scroll down to Network and click on Settings… and make sure Enable DNS over HTTPS is checked. While you're here you can also configure which provider you use for the service.

2: Switch automatically over to newly opened tabs

Switch automatically over to newly opened tabs

Switch automatically over to newly opened tabs

If you regularly open new links in new tabs, this is a time saver! Head over to about:preferences#general, scroll down to Tabs and make sure that When you open a new link in a new tab, switch to it immediately is enabled.

3: Enable Facebook Container

Enable Facebook Container

Enable Facebook Container

Head over to about:addons and use the search box at the top-right to find and install the Facebook Container extension.

4: Resume where you left off after closing the browser

Resume where you left off after closing the browser

Resume where you left off after closing the browser

Want Firefox to reopen with all your old tabs? Head over to about:preferences#general, scroll to Startup and make sure Restore previous session is enabled.

5: Make sure Picture-in-Picture is enabled

Make sure Picture-in-Picture is enabled

Make sure Picture-in-Picture is enabled

This is my favorite feature -- it allows me to take videos from sites like YouTube and the like and have them as floating windows separate to the browser. You should see a label on videos, but if you're not seeing it, head over to about:preferences#general, scroll down to Browsing and make sure Enable picture-in-picture video controls is enabled.

6: One-click performance settings

One-click performance settings

One-click performance settings

Firefox has a one-click performance setting, and it's pre-enabled. You can check this at about:preferences#general and scrolling down to Performance and making sure Use recommended performance settings is enabled. To take control over these settings individually, uncheck the box.

7: Tweak your tracking protections

Tweak your tracking protections

Tweak your tracking protections

Firefox 74 has a lot of privacy settings, and by default, they are set to Standard. You can tweak these by heading over to about:preferences#privacy, and under Enhanced Tracking Protection you can choose what level of protection you need: Standard, Strict, and Custom.

8: Choose your favorite search engine

Choose your favorite search engine

Choose your favorite search engine

Firefox uses Google as the default search engine, but you can choose which service to use. Head over to about:preferences#search, and under Default Search Engine you can choose what works for you best.

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