TechSpot: A Compendium of Firefox 4 Beta Tweaks

With Chrome nipping at Firefox's ankles, Mozilla knows it has to perform a drastic overhaul – and it is. Firefox 4 is shaping up nicely, adding tons of new features and addressing many complaints about the current version. Despite that fact, many people will find it difficult to embrace some of the upcoming changes.

Fortunately, Mozilla hasn't deviated from what's made Firefox the second most used browser in the world: flexibility. We're going to look at some tweaks you might want to apply if you're running the current Firefox 4 beta, such as changing the color of the new orange menu button, moving tabs back to the bottom, getting add-ons to work and more.

Truth be told, many of our staffers were becoming Chrome converts or rather they had already moved completely, but this first Firefox 4 beta is looking particularly solid and in a short time Mozilla has been able to win back a few of us. Haven't downloaded the Firefox 4 Beta yet? You can do so here (Windows/OS X), highly recommended.

Read: A Compendium of Firefox 4 Beta Tweaks

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lets hope they can put back the menu bar, i dont really like the tabs above and the whole lets put all firefox option in a single button.

how about having a faster BOOT TIME!

gosh that thing takes an eternity. seriously. staring at the screen while it loads. activating direct2d and directdraw only makes things worst!

Weren't the tabs supposed to be in the upmost area, when the browser window is maximized? They were showing this in the promo video.

Most people must get pretty excited about each beta release. It's not the same for me, because I track a lot of new features in bugzilla. Instead, I get excited as each individual feature lands, and it helps you to appreciate the hard work that gets put into each patch. For example, take a look at the new colours for the Firefox button.

https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=574681

Look at the attachment called "Screenshot of Patch 1.0".

Meph said,
Most people must get pretty excited about each beta release. It's not the same for me, because I track a lot of new features in bugzilla. Instead, I get excited as each individual feature lands, and it helps you to appreciate the hard work that gets put into each patch. For example, take a look at the new colours for the Firefox button.

https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=574681

Look at the attachment called "Screenshot of Patch 1.0".

Wow... could you get any more patronising?

Meph said,

Huh? I didn't sound like that, did I?

Don't worry, Meph, Zoonyx was just trying to use a big word. He failed miserably.
Keep on finding those bugs. Firefox is shaping up to be an excellent release.

mocax said,
i can't run ff3 and ff4 simultaneously although ff4 is installed on a separate folder.....

Think it's impossible at the same time, you need to close FF4 and then open FF3

mocax said,
i can't run ff3 and ff4 simultaneously although ff4 is installed on a separate folder.....

create a shortcut and add -p -no-remote to it. This launches the profile manager (allows you to create a new profile) and allows you to run multiple instances at the same time. -p "profile name" launches Firefox with a specific profile.