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Saturday, 13 March 2010

How To: Enable Windows 7 integration in Firefox 3.6:

This is a tutorial on how to enable Windows 7 integration in Mozilla Firefox 3.6. You can enable features such as tab previews in the preview pane and Aero Peek tab navigation. This is a great way to enhance the experience using Firefox under Windows 7.

1) Open Firefox 3.6.

2) In the address bar type: "about:config" (without quotes) and hit 'enter'.

3) If a warning message is displayed, click "I'll be careful, I promise!".



Warning:
Changing the advanced settings can be harmful to the stability, security and performance of Firefox. You should only continue if you are sure of what you are doing.


4) In the 'Filter' bar type: "browser.allTabs.previews" (without quotes).

5) Below the Filter bar the "browser.allTabs.previews" entry should be displayed. Right click the "browser.allTabs.previews" entry and click "Toggle". The "browser.allTabs.previews" value should now be set to "true".



6) In the 'Filter' bar now type: "browser.taskbar.previews.enable" (without quotes).

7) Below the Filter bar the "browser.taskbar.previews.enable" entry should be displayed. Right click the "browser.taskbar.previews.enable" entry and click "Toggle". The "browser.taskbar.previews.enable" value should now be set to "true".



8) In the 'Filter' bar now type: "browser.ctrlTab.previews" (without quotes).

9) Below the Filter bar the "browser.ctrlTab.previews" entry should be displayed. Right click the "browser.ctrlTab.previews" entry and click "Toggle". The "browser.ctrlTab.previews" value should now be set to "true".



10) Restart Firefox for the changes to take effect.

Mozilla Firefox 3.6 should now integrate nicely with Windows 7. It is a certainty that Mozilla will enable these features by default in future versions of Firefox, so if you don't feel comfortable making the changes, just wait for Mozilla to make them for you! :)


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