If you are annoyed by “Connecting…” messages when opening new tab in Internet Explorer, then continue reading because we have a solution to fix this.
One of the reasons on why this could happen is installed add-ons. Fortunately, IE team has provided a tool which will tell you how much certain extension can slow down new tab page load.
As from the information in the right column, you can now optimize your load time by disabling one or few add-ons, unless you want to sacrifice functionality over performance.
Picture source: IE Blog
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- Google Chrome Gestures Extension
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Thanks to Daniel Hendrycks, mabdul and Nox for links.
If you love clean working environments, then this is a must use tip for every Opera user. Ever got annoyed by system tray icon? Want to remove it? It’s easier than you thought.
Right click on Opera shortcut > Properties
Find target fields which should look similar to this:
Target: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera\opera.exe”
Replace with: “C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera\opera.exe” /notrayicon (with quotes).
Find your launcher and edit it by adding -notrayicon in the end.
opera %u -notrayicon
Update: there is an option in opera:config now, check this post for more details.
During Safari 4 browsing experience on Windows, I couldn’t understand why Safari won’t restore my last opened web pages during the launch nor do find a way to do that. Fortunately, I have found a solution to do that and it’s really simple.
If menu bar is hidden, hit Alt to enable it, then click:
History > Reopen All Windows from Last Session
After we have removed search box from the speed dial page, it’s time for the final clean up and hide/delete (call it how you want) “What is Speed Dial” and “Configure Speed Dial” buttons.
In the address bar type:
opera:config#Speed Dial State
Replace existing number with “2” (without quotes).
Hit “Save”, restart Opera.
Enjoy clean page.
While speed dial can be helpful to access your frequent visited web pages, a Firefox extension called “New Tab King” has another vision.
Instead of a blank page or speed dial, it will show you your most visited web sites as well as recent closed tabs, bookmarks and frequently accessed shortcuts.
Download New Tab King
It’s actually easier than you thought.
Tools > Preferences > Search
Select search engine which is used in your speed dial (Ask.com, if default)
Edit > Details > uncheck “Use as Speed Dial search engine”
This is some awesome stuff for web developers/site owners. Google today has released a Firefox add-on (requires Firebug) which analyzes your site and gives you ideas on how to optimize it for the fastest browsing experience possible and save some bandwidth.