Firefox 3: Full Page Zoom, and How To Get Rid Of It

Like many of you, Firefox 3 is my go-to browser for normal use, but v3 has one annoyance I helped someone fix today: they switched up the standard zoom (Ctrl + + or -) to enlarge everything, including pictures, and not just text. If you don’t like it, here’s how to put it back they way it was:

  1. In the address bar, type about:config.
  2. You will get a warning about changing things, read it and make the promise.
  3. You will see a loooong list of variables. To make things easier, type zoom on the Filter line.
  4. First item will most likely be browser.zoom.full, set to true. Double-clicking that will set it back to false. You can also undo the one that makes it remember the zoom based on specific sites, while you are at it.
  5. Close that tab and you are done. Your normal zoom is back.

There you have it. Curious about what other things can change? Check out this Lifehacker article. Or this one from GHacks. Of course, any change you make is at your own risk, but most changes are easy enough to put back the way they were.

You could just go to View | Zoom | Zoom Text Only, but by changing things this way, you get your feet wet with about:config, one of the things that sets FF apart from crappy IE6/7.

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Live Search Cashback

I read about this at Lifehacker earlier today. The next time you are looking for products online, take a spin over to MS’s Live Search Cashback page and give it a try. It’s a product search similar to Froogle or CNET’s Shopper, with a clean interface. The difference being that all of the particpating merchants have a percentage cashback when you search and make the purchase through this page. There are many popular merchants involved (including Newegg), and you only have to accumulate $5 for them to pay you out (Paypal, Direct Deposit or a mailed check). So far, I haven’t found many warts other than MS’s Live pages not working well in Firefox 3 RC1.

Firefox 3 – Fastest Web Browser?

That’s what Lifehacker asserts, especially in JavaScript performance. Gmail is improved as well. Click the link for full details. I’m running Firefox 3 RC1 right now, and this post in and of itself is part of my testing. So far, so good.

Lifehacker's Guide To Free Software And Webapps

Lifehacker has a roundup for 2007 Free Software and Webapps they have featured (and like). Where applicable, they have linked to many of the guides and screenshot tours of the various apps. As usual, anything missed is pointed out in the comments. Some very useful stuff I need to check out.

Lifehacker: First Look at Firefox 3.0

Lifehacker has a preview of the latest beta build of Firefox 3.0. They have updated bookmarking with STARS, saved searches, as well as the typical design updates you get with a new version.

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PriceDrop – Firefox Extension

Here’s more fun found at Lifehacker: PriceDrop. It lets you track items on Amazon for price drops, and the advantage is all the details are stored locally, not on an external website. Very useful to keep an eye on items for price guarantees. There’s a somewhat similar web-based app called PriceProtectr that works for a multitude of stores.