7 secret tricks for web browsers

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Many useful features are well hidden in Firefox and Chrome. Massinova.com reveals secret tricks for browser users.

You can open the page in any browser. But especially Firefox and Chrome offer many more options – you just need to know them. By learning the right tricks and tips, we can make the browser automatically translate foreign pages, search your favorite sites without a roundabout route through Google or permanently surf in the mode of saving transfers. Have fun!

Faster personalization


Enter about:preferences and press enter to go directly to the Mozilla browser settings. If we complete the command with the keyboard hash and add the function name, we will go directly to the appropriate tab. Here are some examples:

  • about:preferences#search – management of search functions, for example, allows you to change the default browser;
  • about:preferences#privacy – leads to the privacy settings of the browsing data;
  • about:preferences#security – allows you to adjust security settings;
  • about:preferences#sync – opens browser synchronization functions.

One more tip: by clicking on the icon with an asterisk we create tabs for the addresses of configuration pages. Then access to them will be even faster, and we will not have to remember the addresses.


In Chrome, we open chrome://settings to go to general browser settings. If we want to open a specific option, then from the Chrome version number 59 we can do it using the following shortened commands:

  • chrome://settings/onStartup – adjusts the behavior of the browser after launch;
  • chrome://settings/privacy – changes security and data protection options;
  • chrome://settings/reset – restores the Chrome browser’s standard settings;
  • chrome://settings/downloads – changes the save location of the downloaded files.

You can open individual Chrome features with the following shortcut commands:

chrome://extensions – access to all extensions;
chrome://history – opens the browsing history;
chrome://bookmarks – opens the bookmark manager;
chrome://about – displays a list of the most important commands for Google Chrome.

Detection of performance disturbances

When the browser fails, we do not have to close it. One element may hang on one of the pages or the browser extension may be responsible for the delay. These types of problems are best solved like this:


To open an overview of resource consumption or open extensions and open tabs, enter “about:performance” and press “Enter”. Items marked in “red” slow down the system. Click on “Disable” to disable the extension, “Reload tab” to reload the card, or “Close tab” to close it.


We press “Shift + ESC” to open the task manager in Chrome. As in the “Windows” task manager, we will also find out here how much pages and extensions burden “operating memory and processor”. We mark the tasks listed there that particularly burden the system resources, and click on “End Process” to close them.

Quick launch

To quickly open, for example, massinova.com, press “Windows + R“, enter “firefox massinova.com” and press “Enter”. To open a page in Chrome, instead of “firefox“, enter “chrome”. We can naturally enter the address of any website.

Downloaded files under control

Opening a list of all downloaded files usually requires two clicks. You can do it twice as fast by creating a bookmark with the appropriate destination address. Users of “Firefox” type in this address “about: downloads”, press “Enter” and click on the icon with an asterisk form a tab in the “Bookmarks”, “Taskbar” folder. Chrome users open “chrome://downloads” and they do the same. If the bar is not displayed, press “CTRL + SHIFT + B“.

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Private surfing

In incognito or private mode, Chrome and Firefox do not save any traces of Internet activity. Here’s what to do to let browsers run automatically in this mode:


Add “about:preferences#privacy” to the Firefox’s address bar and press “Enter”. Click on the list next to “Firefox”: and choose “will use user settings”. Then select “Always active private browsing mode” and restart.


Right-click on the “Chrome” icon on the desktop and select “Properties”. In the text field next to “Target”, add “-incognito“. Save changes with “OK” or “Continue”.

Stopping browser’s spy functions

Browsers not only receive data, but also provide a lot of information about the user. In particular, features that increase the comfort of using Chrome work only when the browser is in constant contact with Google. In addition, many websites spy on us while surfing. From this tip, we will learn how to give it back.


The “Mozilla” browser sends only a few measurement data to the “Mozilla Foundation” such as “memory usage” or “response speed”. What are the data, this we will learn from “Firefox”, typing “about: telemetry” and pressing “Enter”. To stop this, enter “about:preferences#advanced” in the address bar, press “Enter” and on the “Shared data” tab, uncheck the “Firefox health report” item. If we want Firefox not to save any data that might reveal us, then we’ll open “about:preferences#privacy” in the browser. Click on the list next to “Firefox:” and select “will use user settings”. Now on “Accepting third-party site cookies,” click “never” and “Storage of cookies:” to “to close Firefox”.


We open the “chrome://settings/privacy” page and disable the following functions: “Use the web service to help solve errors in navigation”, “Use the hint service” …, “Automatically send to Google statistics”, and “Use web service to correct spelling mistakes. “

Translator in the browser

“Google Translate” is a powerful tool for translating websites, but we do not have to “bother” it to understand a foreign language site. On request, the Google browser will translate the pages completely automatically. For this purpose, we open the “chrome://settings/languages” page. We are expanding the “Language” list and activating the “Suggest translation of pages in foreign languages” position. To add other languages, click on “Add languages”, select the desired language and click on “Add”.

Preview tabs

With this clue, “Windows” will display all open Firefox tabs as a taskbar preview. Enter the address bar “about:preferences“, press Enter and select “Preview tabs on the Windows task bar“.