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What’s That Preference helps users understand about:config preferences [Firefox]
Posted By Ashraf On January 22, 2012 @ 7:04 PM In Freeware Reviews | 11 Comments
About:config in Firefox is an interesting place. Anyone with the proper knowledge can use about:config to make handy customizations to Firefox , such as forcing Firefox to display HTTP:// in the address bar . The key phrase in that last sentence is proper knowledge. Most of the preferences in about:config aren’t very self-explanatory in regards to what they are for; and that often serves as a barrier for people looking to customize Firefox via about:config. What’s That Preference is an addon that looks to change that.
What’s That Preference is a Firefox addon that allows users to quickly search for information on about:config preferences via MozillaZine or Google. It does this by adding entries in the right-click menu of about:config; the menu that pops up when you right-click any about:config preference.
For those that don’t, MozillaZine is essentially Wikipedia for Mozilla products; it is a community-sourced knowledge database containing information on Mozilla products, which includes Firefox.
After downloading and installing What’s That Preference, using it is very straightforward. When you are in the about:config page in Firefox, simply right-click the preference you want to learn more about and select either MozillaZine Reference, MozillaZine Group Reference, or Web Search:
MozillaZine Reference opens a page on MozillaZine’s website that provides information on the particular preference you right-clicked. MozillaZine Group Reference opens a page on MozillaZine’s website that provides information on the group of the particular preference you right-clicked (i.e. accessibility, app, browser, etc.) Web Search runs a Google query on the name of the particular preference you right-clicked.
Aside from that there is only one other option/feature of What’s That Preference. By default the two MozillaZine options open MozillaZine pages in a new tab. If you prefer, you have the ability to open MozillaZine pages in a lightbox-like popup within about:config itself — no new tab required. To enable this option, have MozillaZine Results To Panel option enabled (you can find this option via the same right-click menu I discussed above).
What’s That Preference is a simple yet very useful addon. Of course since it essentially is just a shortcut to MozillaZine/Google, you could accomplish the same preferences research without What’s That Preference installed. However, What’s that Preference makes the research very easy and convenient; as such, it is highly recommended to anyone that likes roaming in Firefox’s about:config.
You can grab What’s That Preference from the links below:
Version reviewed: v0.3
Supported OS: Any operating system with Firefox 4.0 – 12.0a1
Download size: 5.1 KB
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 Firefox: http://dottech.org/tag/firefox/
 Firefox to display HTTP:// in the address bar: http://dottech.org/tipsntricks/23803/how-to-force-firefox-7-and-higher-to-show-http-in-urls/
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 What’s That Preference addons repository page: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/whats-that-preference/
 direct download: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/downloads/latest/306385/addon-306385-latest.xpi
 AddictiveTips: http://www.addictivetips.com/internet-tips/quick-reference-firefox-aboutconfig-preferences-on-mozillazine/
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