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Quick Tips: Speed up Firefox page displayMake Firefox stop waiting that lengthy 250 milliseconds before displaying a page.
There are oh so many ways of speeding up Firefox that like names for snow amongst Arctic peoples we have to start inventing them. Here's a quick tip to increase page render speeds in Firefox. That's how fast pages load to the uninitiated. As with most of these tricks, you'll need to head on into about:config. The new Firefox 3 gives you a little warning when you go there. And I will too. You need to beware that messing about in about:config can destabilize Firefox. There, you've been warned. Now the fun part. Making your own strings. By default Firefox waits 250 milliseconds before it begins displaying a page. We can change that. Right click anywhere in the about:config page area Select "New" and "String". Type nglayout.initialpaint.delay in the box press enter. Then type 0 This reduces the wait time to 0 Mozilla recommends you also create content.notify.interval and set it to match with the nglayout value. This will make pages start to appear faster, but remember it will increase the overall page load time, since you're starting the page display earlier. That's it for this Quick Tip. I'm Tom Merritt, CNET.com.