Speeding Up Firefox

In today’s web browser market, there are several options: Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari. While you may prefer one over the other, sometimes applications or websites work better with certain browsers. Whether you prefer Firefox or need to use for a specific reason, there are quick steps you can take to improve the speed of the web browser.

Step 1: Changing Pipeline Options

One of the reasons a browser can be slow is because it only makes one request to a webpage at a time. By enabling pipelining, the browser will make several requests at one time, which increase the speed of connection. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open Firefox and type “about:config” into the address bar and hit enter.*


  1. Scroll down the generate list until you find the following entries:
    1. network.http.pipelining
    2. network.http.proxy.pipelining
    3. network.http.pipelining.ssl”

network pipelining

Step 2: Altering Entries

After you’ve located these entries you need to alter them by double clicking on each one. When you’ve done this successfully, the Value column will change from “false” to “true.”

False to True

Step 3: Increasing Speed

In order to further increase your browsing speed, you need to adjust the amount of time the browser waits before acting on information it is receiving. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Right click anywhere in the web browser window.
  2. Select “New” and then “Integer.”
  3. You need to name the new integer “nglayout.initialpaint.delay”.increasing speed
  4. Lastly, set the new integer to have a value of “0”.

Value to 0

Following these steps will greatly increase your browser speed, which will allow you to be more productive and efficient.

*Please note that doing any of this may void the Firefox warranty.