Firefox 4 – Increase the Width of the Active Tab in Firefox 4

Though many people are complaining about the new version of Firefox, there is a lot of good that has come out of it. One of the things that happened was the tabs have been moved to the top of the screen. This makes for much more screen real estate, but the downfall is that we can longer see the page title. This little userChrome tweak will help you increase the width of the tab in order to make more space to see the page title.

You just need to add a few lines to your userChrome.css file.

  1. In the Firefox button menu, select Help>Troubleshooting InformationTroubleshooting Information  menu
  2. In the about:support page, press the Open Containing Folder to access your profile folder
  3. In your profile folder, move to the chrome folder, and open the userChrome.css file. If it is not there copy the userChrome-example.css file as userChrome.css
  4. Add this code at the end of the file:
    @namespace url("");
    .tabbrowser-tab[selected]:not([pinned])[fadein] { min-width: 300px !important; }
  5. Restart Firefox to apply the change. Now the active tab will appear wider than the rest of the tabs so you can see more of the current page title.

Note: I wanted to have a very wide tab, so I set my min-width attribute to 300px – 200px is a good value to start with and you can adjust it from there. Volume Problem – Volume Increases After Each Song

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I’m a huge fan of the Firefox extension and have been using it for quite some time now, but the most recent update seems to have a huge bug that needs to be fixed immediately. What’s happening is anytime I skip a song, the volume seems to jump up to 100% (though the volume slider remains in the same position). The same thing happens when just goes from one song to the next (without skipping). The funny thing is that when this happens, I click on the volume slider and slide up – the volume level actually goes down because of the fact the volume is jumping between songs.

Has anyone else noticed this problem, or am I the only lucky one?

Using F5 Key to Refresh/Reload Page in Mozilla Firefox 3.5+

I don’t know why, but I recently noticed that the F5 key no longer refreshes the page (reloads the page) when using my Mozilla Firefox web browser. I’m a web developer, so I am often refreshing/reloading pages to see what changes look like as they are completed. I don’t know when Firefox changed (maybe with the release of 3.5), but I now apparently have to press Ctrl + R in order to refresh/reload the page that I’m on.

Has anyone else encountered a problem with the F5 key not reloading the page in Mozilla Firefox? Is there a workaround or a way to map keys in Firefox?

Failed to Connect – Firefox Can’t Establish a Connection at…

Using Firefox on my Mac has been great, I’ve never had any problems with it. Actually, I shouldn’t say that we I haven’t had any problems with it, but when compared with Firefox on my PC, the problems with Firefox on my Mac have been few and far between, until recently, when I came across a single website that gives me the following error message:

Failed to Connect

Firefox can’t establish a connection to the server at

Though the site seems valid, the browser was unable to establish a connection.

  • Could the site be temporarily unavailable? Try again later.
  • Are you unable to browse other sites?  Check the computer’s network connection.
  • Is your computer or network protected by a firewall or proxy? Incorrect settings can interfere with Web browsing.

I’ve searched around and most sites say that this is a firewall problem, however, I don’t have any firewall software running on my Mac. I’m connected to a Linksys wireless router, and when connecting to the same router from my PC, I’m able to connect to the website with no problems.

Has anyone else come across this problem? And if so, what did you do to resolve the problem?

Firefox Crashing – Mozilla Crash Reporter – Firefox had a problem and crashed.

I don’t know what is going on, but ever since I installed Firefox 3, it has been crashing occasionally. From time to time, when I shut it down, I get the Mozilla Crash Reporter window popping up. Has anyone else encountered this problem? Any suggestions? Here’s a screenshot of the Mozilla Crash Reporter that appears when Firefox Crashes

Firefox Crashing - Mozilla Crash Reporter

And here’s the text that I see within the Mozilla Firefox Crash Reporter window:

We’re Sorry
Firefox had a problem and crashed. We’ll try to restore your tabs and windows when it restarts.

To help us diagnose and fix the problem, you can send us a crash report.

[OPTION] Tell Mozilla about this crash so they can fix it.

[OPTION] Include the address of the page I was on

[OPTION] Email me when more information is available

Your crash report will be submitted before you quit or restart Firefox.