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Firefox and Internet Explorer “Boost your productivity”

I can live without Microsoft Word, and I’m confident I could manage well enough if you removed Excel from my PC. Even my favorite e-mail app is a non-essential. But take away my browser, and I might as well not even start up my PC.

Mozilla Firefox is the first program I open and the last one I close each workday (or worknight, as the case may be). I found some great time-savers for the program, and since many of you prefer Internet Explorer, I’ve got some productivity-enhancing keyboard shortcuts for both browsers.

Reset Firefox’s Javascript Options: Many of the Web’s best features are powered by Javascript, but like every technology, it can be a real troublemaker in the wrong hands. Firefox gives you some control over how much power Javascripts have when you activate them. Click Tools*Options*Content, and choose the Advanced button next to Enable JavaScript. If you’re using Firefox 1.5, the options checked by default are “Move or resize existing windows,” “Raise or lower windows,” and “Disable or replace context menus.” The first allows Javascripts to change the size or position of the current window. The second lets a script place a window above or below the current window. The third makes it possible for a script to disable or change your right-click (context) menus. In Firefox 2.0, only the first and third of these options is checked by default. The last two options in this dialog box let Javascripts hide the status bar at the bottom of the browser window, or change its text to allow scrolling-text messages. I leave options 1 and 3 checked, but you may want to give Javascripts more or less control.

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Internet Explorer, IE, Firefox, Mozilla, Microsoft, Productivity, Performance, Tips and Tricks, Shortcuts, Keyboard shortcuts, Customization, Javascript

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